Based on the outstanding Feisol CT-3472 Rapid, the lightest large size tripods ever produced, the Feisol CT-3472LV Rapid Tripod incorporates all the CT-3472 Rapid's superb features; in addition, it is equipped with a revolutionary leveling base center column.
The CT-3472LV Rapid Tripod is not only incredibly light and stabile, but also allows for lightning-quick angle adjustment. When no center column is needed, it can be replaced with a standard mount base, effecting even greater weight reduction.
Reviewed by 1 customers
This tripod is incredibly strong and sturdy. I was a little concerned because the rated load was less than many of the others I was considering, but this has all the capacity needed. That muscle does carry with it corresponding weight, so this is not a tripod I would recommend for backpacking. I wanted something taller than my current tripod and was considering the mega-Gitzo XLS, but its 28" folded length (without the ballhead) was a concern. I travel a great deal by plane and was worried that it would not be allowed as a carry-on on some smaller regional aircraft. This Feisol folds to only about 22" and because the legs fold back over the ballhead, there is no added length. More importantly, it's just a very strong, sturdy and tall tripod. I'm not a fan of center columns, and with it removed this tripod, along with my ballhead, puts the camera's viewfinder and live view right at eye level. Plus without the center column it can get down to only inches off the ground for those low perspectives. The center column installs very quickly and puts the camera well above eye-level which is great for the northern lights or other night sky photography where the camera is pointed sky-ward. No more kneeling or stooping down all night. Although I am not a fan of center columns, I have no concerns about the stability of this one - it's as sturdy as the legs. That said, if I were to do it again I probably would not order the LV version with the leveling center column, instead ordering the legs and the optional rigid column. I doubt that I will use the leveling feature that much (especially since most of the time the center column will be removed). But I certainly do not consider it a drawback or a con - just personal preference.