Feisol Elite CT-3472 M2Test Results

The CT-3472 M2 is from Feisol’s highest end and largest tripods, the Elite series.  The performance is excellent, especially for the folded size and weight.  Its performance is nearly, but not quite, the equal of the top tripods from RRS, Gitzo, and Promediagear.  The price however, is significantly lower.  The small size and weight for a systematic scale tripod make the 3472 an intriguing option for who need to support larger loads on the go.

NameFeisol Elite CT-3472 M2
ClassSystematic
Yaw Stiffness995 +/- 3 Nm/rad
Yaw Damping0.189 +/- 0.019 Js/rad
Pitch Stiffness3508 +/- 17 Nm/rad
Pitch Damping0.474 +/- 0.047 Js/rad
Retail Price$600
Weight3.88 lbs (1.76 kgs)
Manufacturer weight rating66 lbs
Maximum Height58.3 in (148.1 cm)
Minimum Height3.6 in (9.1 cm)
Center ColumnNo
Base Diameter2.81 in (7.1 cm)
Folded Length21.3 in (54.1 cm)
Folded Circumference17.4 in (44.2 cm)
Folded Volume513.0 cu. in. (8.4 liters)
Leg MaterialCarbon Fiber
Leg Sections4
Primary Leg Angle22 deg
Leg LocksTwist
Top Tube Diameter37.0 mm
Second Tube Diameter33.1 mm
Third Tube Diameter29.3 mm
Fourth Tube Diameter25.5 mm
Exchangeable FeetYes
Foot TypeRubber
Bottom HookYes

The stiffness and damping data are the averages of 10 trials for each measurement. The reported error is the standard error, except in the case of the damping data. I have set the error in the damping at 10% as the standard error metric does not appropriately capture the error in fitting to the data. All of the reported specifications are measured, with the exception of the weight rating. The tripod is measured at full height, with the center column down.

Example data for yaw oscillations about the vertical axis of the tripod:

No problems here.  Sharp resonance, everything looks good.

 

Example data for pitch oscillations about the radial axis of the tripod:

The data is a little noisier here, but there is still no doubt about the resonance frequency.