FLM CP-26 Test Results

One of very few tripods that FLM makes, the CP-26 is their travel offering.  The design is very similar to many other travel tripods, but the CP-26 features FLM’s high build quality and unique styling touches.  Unfortunately, the performance of the tripod isn’t anything exceptional, falling right in line with the performance that we typically expect from a lightweight tripod with five leg sections.

NameFLM CP26
Yaw Stiffness292.3 +/- 1 Nm/rad
Yaw Damping0.128 +/- 0.013 Js/rad
Pitch Stiffness1059 +/- 6 Nm/rad
Pitch Damping0.516 +/- 0.052 Js/rad
Retail Price$381
Weight2.91 lbs (1.322 kgs)
Manufacturer weight rating26.4 lbs
Maximum Height47.6 in (120.9 cm)
Minimum Height13.1 in (33.3 cm)
Max Height with Center Column55.6 in (141.2 cm)
Center ColumnYes
Base Diameter2.0 in (5.1 cm)
Folded Length15.2 in (38.6 cm)
Folded Circumference13.0 in (33.0 cm)
Folded Volume204.0 cu. in. (3.3 liters)
Leg MaterialCarbon Fiber
Leg Sections5
Primary Leg Angle22.5 deg
Leg LocksTwist
Top Tube Diameter26.5 mm
Second Tube Diameter22.0 mm
Third Tube Diameter19.0 mm
Fourth Tube Diameter16.0 mm
Fifth Tube Diameter12.0 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 oscillations about the vertical axis of the tripod:

Exceptionally clean data, as is typical on tripods with low damping levels.  No doubts about the resonance frequency here.

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

The damping is much better for the pitch direction which results in the much broader peak in frequency space.