The LN-324C is a mid-size tripod from Leofoto’s systematic ‘LN’ line. Leofoto has a reputation for building high quality products for the price, and this is no exception. Being a systematic tripod, this is designed to be a versatile piece of equipment capable of carrying video equipment or being adapted for studio use with a center column.
|Yaw Stiffness||712 +/- 3 Nm/rad|
|Yaw Damping||0.349 +/- 0.035 Js/rad|
|Pitch Stiffness||2372 +/- 15 Nm/rad|
|Pitch Damping||0.666 +/- 0.067 Js/rad|
|Weight||4.87 lbs (2.209 kgs)|
|Manufacturer weight rating||55 lbs|
|Maximum Height||59.7 in (151.6 cm)|
|Minimum Height||3.7 in (9.4 cm)|
|Base Diameter||2.3 in (5.8 cm)|
|Folded Length||22.5 in (57.2 cm)|
|Folded Circumference||16.0 in (40.6 cm)|
|Folded Volume||458.0 cu. in. (7.5 liters)|
|Leg Material||Carbon Fiber|
|Primary Leg Angle||24 deg|
|Top Tube Diameter||32.5 mm|
|Second Tube Diameter||28.0 mm|
|Third Tube Diameter||25.0 mm|
|Fourth Tube Diameter||22.0 mm|
|Foot Type||Rubber Platform|
The test results are included here as I consider them to be part of the tripod’s specification. For full discussion of the stiffness and damping, see the test results page of the review.
There is nothing particularly out of the ordinary in the specifications. The weight is a little bit higher than we expect from a tripod of this size and class. Most others are just over four lbs. The leg angle is perfectly acceptable at 24 degrees. With four leg sections, the folded size is decently compact, but don’t expect to get it comfortably into a carry on bag. Below is the LN-324C in a maximum standard size carry on bag:
It barely fits, pushing into the edges of the bag. Obviously this is without an attached head as well. So, while yes, you can technically put it in a travel bag, don’t expect to put much else in there, or get a large checked piece of luggage.
What’s in the Box? Leofoto provides a cornucopia of accessories in the box with the tripod. First off, and most obvious is a decent quality carrying case. You won’t feel the need to rush out and buy a different one, but at the same time the nylon is a little thin, the zippers are a little on the small side. It was made with cost in mind, so don’t expect it to last decades. Also included is a 60mm video bowl. Most manufacturers charge a pretty penny for this particular accessory, so it is a nice addition for those who will be using the tripod with a leveling fluid head. However, most leveling heads use either a 75mm or 100mm bowl. You would have to do some searching to find a 60mm one, and even then, you shouldn’t be investing money into an obscure standard. So while including the video bowl is well intentioned, it is largely useless. Finally, and at long last, the LN-324C includes a variety of tools for doing any necessary maintenance. Aside from the tools, I would rather none of this was included and the price of the tripod was lower as a result. Most of these items are just going to take up storage space in your closet.