Feisol Tournament CT-3342 Rapid 3-Section Carbon Tripod is the clear choice for professionals and enthusiasts alike who know that perfection in their art requires the same perfection in the equipment they use. The most advanced materials have been considered in its design, including a body frame featuring aerospace-quality 7075 aluminum alloy. Specialized carbon fiber legs, offering superior strength and durability, are also a unique feature of the CT-3342. It all adds up to a photographer's dream: a tripod that is not only incredibly strong and secure, but amazingly light as well.
Reviewed by 2 customers
Bought this center column kit because I like to be able to make small vertical adjustments without having to adjust the leg angles or extend the legs. The center column locks into place firmly. Only adds a small amount of weight to my whole set up (legs, RSS 40 ball-head, and this center column). Would recommend it for those who like to have the flexibility of a center column.
I have been using a Bogen 3021 aluminum tripod for the last 20 years topped with a RRS BH-40 ball-head for the last 6 or 7 years. Took this on a trip to Yosemite and it was a bear to hike with (very heavy). So, decided to jump to carbon fiber. Did quite a bit of research on the usual suspects: Gitzo, RRS, Manfrotto, etc. Then, happened upon a site (I forget which) that mentioned this not so well known brand called Feisol. The data looked good, took the leap. Very happy with the tripod. It is incredibly light and very sturdy. Took it out for a night shoot for cityscapes on top of a 9 story parking garage. Windy and cold night. Shots came out very nicely. Again, very stable and not nearly so cold to the touch as aluminum is. Some "complaints" and these fall into the categories of "minor" or "just got to get used to it". . . 1. It is very light, so light that bumping the tripod may easily knock it over. No hook comes with the tripod so maybe consider buying the hook or the center column w/ hook to hang a weight or your camera bag. 2. The platform is very wide. At 3" diameter, it is much wider than the ball-head and so turning the locking lever can hit the platform. There are workarounds and adjustments that you can make so that the lever clears the platforms and leg knuckles, but I mention this for your consideration. 3. Someone else mentioned that the leg spread was not as wide as other brands. I see that this is the case compared to my old 3021. Would have been nicer if the stance were wider, imho. This last detail is the only reason for the 1 star deduction; maybe it should really be a 0.5 star deduction. Otherwise, a fantastic product, would highly recommend this for the great value and very nice build. Would have loved to get the RRS tripods but my wallet can't take the hit.