Test Results

  1. Introduction & Specifications
  2. Design & Operation
  3. Test Results
  4. Head Choice
  5. Comparison & Conclusion


Yaw Stiffness1399 +/- 4 Nm/rad
Yaw Damping0.406 +/- 0.04 Js/rad
Pitch Stiffness4612 +/- 28 Nm/rad
Pitch Damping0.821 +/- 0.082 Js/rad

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.

Recommended Gear Limit

In terms of typical photographic and video gear, there really is no limit to what I would consider appropriate for this tripod.  Feel free to throw your gimbal head and massive telephoto lens on here.  

Example Test Data

The following data is example raw data from the stiffness and damping measurements.  The relevant information with regards to the tripod performance is entirely contained within the stiffness and damping figures presented above.  The plots below are solely present so that the tested stiffness and damping figures are believed. Each plot and the corresponding Fourier frequency space plot correspond to one of the ten trials done on each axis to obtain the test results.  For a more in depth discussion on the meaning of these graphs, see the methodology section and the understanding the test results page.

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

Data all looks good.  Excellent stiffness, good damping.


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

Definitely hitting the right resonance, but the damping is so high that the oscillation doesn’t look so clean.