Excellent Travel Tripod- FEISOL 3441T Carbon Fiber Tripod
I am active on the Canon forums & had posted this review there last year. I figured I would repost it since there appear to be quite a few photo enthusiasts here. Prior to getting the Feisol carbon fiber model, I extensively used the Bogen Manfrotto 3021 which is a 'beast' of a tripod. Very heavy and stable but not conducive to travel. I spent a considerable amount of time researching various travel tripods. In the running were various model from the Benro travel angel family, Velbons and some of the Gitzo knockoffs (like Triopo) etc. I did not opt for the Gitzo's because for my uses, I could not justify the high prices. I decided to go with the Feisol 3441T
(tall version) based on the reviews online. Initially my plan was to keep my Bogen 3021 as my 'at home' tripod and use the Feisol as the travel one. However, after receiving the Feisol and trying it out, I decided to sell the Bogen and use the Feisol everywhere.
- There are several reviews about the quality of the Feisol tripods and I whole heartedly agree with them. The tripod is very well built and appears to be made of high quality components (CF type, spider material etc.) The tripod came with a carrying bag which is sufficient for its purpose. Some have complained about the poor shoulder strap arrangement but for me it is not an issue. The tripod included 2 Allen wrenches and the hook to attach a bag/ weight at the other end of the center column.
- You will find all the detailed specifications on the 'reallybigcameras.com' website so there is no need for me to list them. In comparison to the Bogen 3021, the 3441T seems extremely compact in its dimensions (see pic below, Bogen on the left and the Feisol on the right). However, when opened it is actually a few inches taller than the 3021. This was a pleasant surprise! For my height (6'1") the 3441T is perfect even w/o extending the center column. I have to bend a little bit, but its not that big of a deal. Not having to extend the center column is great since sometimes that can lead to vibrations. In the picture below the Bogen is the one on the left and the Feisol on the right.
Folded the entire tripod is quite compact and should pose no problems during travel, especially via air.
- I opted for the non - ARL version as it wasn't worth the extra ~$88 for me. I am not a professional photographer and will not be using the tripod all the time. Others might disagree. I used that money towards a quality ball head - Markins Q3T. The Markins ballhead is a perfect fit for the Feisol legs, the legs close perfectly around the Markins. The leg joints are a bit stiff but those can be adjusted easily. The 'twist' locks function well & I have not had any issues so far with the legs rotating.
- The vendor for Feisols is excellent and is very educated in the technical aspects of these tripods. Since purchasing the tripod, I have used in during several long distance trips - West Coast, Smokies, Germany and The Czech Republic. Never had a single issue carrying it on board the aircraft and the tripod has functioned perfectly w/o any issues.
I hope this review comes handy for someone interested in buying a new tripod.