3Pod P5CFH 8X Carbon Fiber 5 Section FlatFold Tripod with K2 BallHead

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The convertible P5CFH Tripod with K2 ball head from 3POD is a multipurpose, compact camera support system forged with industrial-strength carbon fiber and anodized finish,making it lighter, harder, more portable and more durable than traditional constructions. Suitable for payloads up to a hefty 20lbs, this tripod is a true space-saver without sacrificing strength or stability.

The P5CFHuses a cutting edge "flat-travel" design that does away with the bulkier traditional "round" folding style. Its 56.5inch body collapses magically into andiminutive, completely flat 13.5 inch package, perfect for stacking with other equipment or tucking neatly into a suitcase.

The removable 2-tiered center column allows this versatile configuration, takingadvantage of the column's added height for high-angle shots. Textured rubber pads at the base of each leg grip for a slip-free hold on smooth surfaces, and can be removed to reveal spikes that anchor the tripod tightly in grass or uneven ground.

The legs themselves lock in place with a 1/2 twist, with special metal jacketed clamps that won't rust, loosen, or wear out over time and boasts advanced protection against the destructive forces of heat, cold, dust and moisture.

This is a full featured tripod capable of tackling all the challenges of the trail. Each leg angle is individually adjustable and fixed, as you would expectin superior designed tripods, allowing for compensation to uneven surfaces, evenledges and stairs,in angular placement with 3 position settings. The asymmetrical placement of the legs serves to create a offset to the center of gravity and more flexible positioning in the wild.

K2 Aluminum Ballhead:
The included K2 aluminum ball head combines hardy CNC forged process with high-quality hydraulic dampening for 360º of fluid movement. Don't be fooled by its compact appearance; this tough ballhead can hold cameras up to 28.6lbs. The smooth movement of the ball itself is controlled with directional adjustment knobs, and the panning base rotates 360º, perfect for panoramic splicing. The quick release plate features a universal mounting screw for cameras of all sizes and locks your equipment securely to the ballhead, protecting it from accidental dropping.

The 3Pod P5CFH is commonly used for Landscape/scenery and more.The 3Pod P5CFH is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Unstable (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (4),Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (6)

3Pod P5CFH Features

  • CNC forged Carbon fiber construction
  • Flat travel folding style
  • 2-section removable center column
  • Spiked feet with removable rubber grip covers
  • Metal-jacketed twist locks with advanced wear protection
  • Unique burnished pattern on legs.
  • Bubble Level
  • Compass

3Pod P5CFH Specifications

CNC forged Carbon fiber
Max Tripod Height
56.5 inches
Max Height
Legs: 40 inches
Center Column Type
2 Sec
Folded Length
13.5 inches
Leg Sections
Max Load Capacity
Footprint Diameter
Leg Spread: 2 x 30" - 1 x 32"
3 Year
Head Type
Ball Head

3Pod P5CFH Reviews

Review Snapshot®


(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 1 Stars



Most Liked Positive Review


Nice Purchase; Arrived on time

The contact Isreal advised me to purchase this product over another, and even though it was about $30 more, I'm happy with his recommendation.


Most Liked Negative Review


Ball Head failed

The tripod works just find, but the ball head tighting screw failed. I went to the store i New Tork and was able to exchange the tripod for the another.

Reviewed by 8 customers


Bends and wobbles very easily


from Boston  -  Photo Enthusiast

Simply pressing the shutter button on my mirrorless camera is enough to make this tripod shake for several seconds. Because the flat fold design leaves no space for the center column to go through the base, it must instead be unscrewed. While the tripod can be broken down into two short pieces, most the time you will leave it assembled and it is then much longer when folded up and not as portable. Otherwise there are a lot of nice design details, smooth and easy to use ball head, and even foot spikes under the rubber pads.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Bought for night photography


from San Antonio Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

This tripod weighs more than an aluminum one,but still a manageable weight to carry around on an outing or in a backpack. The slide out legs have four knobs to loosen and tighten on each leg, so it's not as quick as the ones with quick clips. I was hoping it would be sturdier than my aluminum one for long exposures. I'm not sure it is; I took a night photography class and the instructor noticed it moving in the breeze. I had to lower it for more steadiness and block the breeze with my body as best I could. I also can't seem to get it to a good spot for straight vertical photos/turning the camera 90 degrees. This tripod had good reviews that I found when I chose it, so possibly my expectations were high. I'll keep it, however, instead of returning it. I like the compactness of it for travel.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Lightweight and Cost Effective


from Northern Virginia  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this tripod to be my main travel tripod. I liked the light weight from the carbon fiber and the fact that it included a decent ball head. Additionally the fact that it folded down to such a short length for packing while still being able to be extended to 56 in. tall was a plus. I should have paid a bit better attention to the photos since in order to achieve the short collapsed length the tripod needed to be taken apart in two sections, the legs and the telescoping rod with the ball head. So while the legs fold flat, you need to find somewhere else to pack the extension rod and ball head. Also, I was planning on just clipping this tripod to the outside of my Manfrotto camera backpack, but this does not work when the tripod is in two pieces. If I leave the tripod assembled it is too long to attach to the outside of the backpack. Instead, I just bring the legs with me and attach the ball head to the legs without the telescoping extension. This allows me to attach it to my backpack and pack it flat in suitcases. Unfortunately, this also means that the max height of the tripod is 40in. Furthermore, shooters with larger heavier cameras may find that the tripod is a bit flimsy for them, especially with the extension rod. I found that on a windy day it was very hard to keep my camera (Nikon D610 with 20mm) from swaying on the top of the extension rod. I plan to try again by just attaching the ball head to the tripod legs to see if that solves the issue. All in all I still like it and use it frequently, an for $150 feel it was priced right, but cannot give it more than 3-stars.


Easy to pack


from Randleman, NC  -  Photo Enthusiast

I wanted a tripod that was easy to pack and carry during my travels. This tripod is nice and light due to its carbon fiber composition. The fact that it lays flat makes it easy to pack and it doesn't take up as much space as traditional tripods. One drawback to its being light, however, is that it is vulnerable to wind. I just hang some weights from the center pole, and that helps stabilize it. It is well-made and I am very happy with it

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Nice but flimsy


from Canyon Country, CA  -  Pro Photographer

I liked the price and the weight but it was a bit flimsy for the camera I have. If you have a smaller camera this would be fine. But if you have a larger one it is too bouncy to get a good shot.


Nice Purchase; Arrived on time


from Seattle, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

The contact Isreal advised me to purchase this product over another, and even though it was about $30 more, I'm happy with his recommendation.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Traveler's friend


from Chicago, IL  -  Photo Enthusiast

My main tripod when traveling. I like to do macro shots of flowers, and this works very well no matter what the ambient lighting. It is also great for taking city scapes in the evening. It would be better if it could be converted into a monopod.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Ball Head failed


from NY, NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The tripod works just find, but the ball head tighting screw failed. I went to the store i New Tork and was able to exchange the tripod for the another.


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Shopper  Can I replace the head on the tripod with an Acratech panoramic system head?
Steve J  What is the maximum and minimum heights of the p5 cfch tripod? The technical specs seem to be different than the specs that Diane Williams shows on her Adorama TV video. As an example, she says the maximum height is 61 inches, but your specs say 56 inches. I'd also like to confirm the minimum height when lying flat during travel and do we need to remove the center column to make it flat.
ALAN M  My wife uses a 5d mk ii and 24-105 L on this tripod with no trouble. Hang a sandbag or backpack from the center to help with shake. If u are hiking in somewhere its an awesome piece of gear. Not for studio use obviously. The legs are 13 inches long and 1 3/8 high. The center section and ballhead are 13 3/8 long. Tripod with center section is 50 inches from floor to top of ballhead, not measuring mounting screw. As monopod its 53 5/8 to the ballhead. I attach this to my backpack stacked centersection on legs and strapped together. That's 3 inches thick. Is it a manfrotto pro b? N o. But if you travel or especially hike its worth more than the asking price.
Steve J  I wonder if it will hold my Nikon D7000 with 18-200 VR II lens without being shaky.
Jonathan D  Do you have to detach the center column to make this fold down to its shortest length?
JAMES V  Nope not at all.
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