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Will the Feisol CT-3441T tripod accept a Manfrotto RC2 quick release head?

 
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Apr 11, 2012 18:09 |  #1

I am looking at a nice light carbon fiber travel tripod for tall (6 ft.) people and saw all the reviews on the Feisol CT-3441T. I have a Manfrotto monopod already with a Manfrotto 234RC Monopod Head. Can I use the same head on this tripod?

Also if I decide this head isn't right for me and I want a ball head, is there a Manfrotto that is compact enough for the CT-3441T? I really like the quick release on the Manfrotto and have a BlackRapid RS7 strap with the FastenR-T1 attachment that allows it to work with the Manfrotto RC2 quick release plates. It would be ideal if I can go from tripod, to monopod, to strap all using the same Manfrotto RC2 quick release plate on my camera.


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Apr 11, 2012 18:21 |  #2

My back LOVES my Feisol CT-3441T!

It should accept a Manfrotto… the top of the tripod is simply flat with a screw sticking out. Isn't that the standard setup?


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Apr 11, 2012 18:48 |  #3

Harpo63 wrote in post #14249999 (external link)
My back LOVES my Feisol CT-3441T!

It should accept a Manfrotto… the top of the tripod is simply flat with a screw sticking out. Isn't that the standard setup?

Thanks for the info on the Feisol! Yes my main concern is will the tripod fold down nice and compact with the Manfrotto head. I am assuming the stud you screw the head onto is the same size across all brands.


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Apr 11, 2012 19:01 |  #4

The 234RC only has one tilt adjustment. How do you plan to use it on a tripod when you need to adjust all 3 axis?


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Apr 11, 2012 20:37 |  #5

The Feisol will accept the Manfrotto 234 monopod head, but that's not a very good solution. The monopod head is designed for a monopod (obviously), so there's no panning option. You simply turn the entire monopod which is no big deal. If you use that Manfrotto 234 on a tripod, you'd have to pick up the entire rig and rotate it just to frame your picture. You're going to have a heck of a time trying to frame a shot on uneven ground.


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Apr 11, 2012 20:40 |  #6

Save up for a good travel sized ball head. Consider switching to an Arca compatible system while you're at it.


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Apr 11, 2012 21:01 |  #7

Thanks for the info msowsun and klr.b. I've gotten so used to shooting off of a monopod I didn't even think about that. Good call.

klr.b, I'm not familiar with Arca at all. Will that work with the BlackRapid strap?


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Apr 11, 2012 21:11 |  #8

LucidPhoto70 wrote in post #14250833 (external link)
Thanks for the info msowsun and klr.b. I've gotten so used to shooting off of a monopod I didn't even think about that. Good call.

klr.b, I'm not familiar with Arca at all. Will that work with the BlackRapid strap?

There's plenty of people that do both. There's a good example here.


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Apr 12, 2012 13:57 |  #9

LucidPhoto70 wrote in post #14249945 (external link)
I am looking at a nice light carbon fiber travel tripod for tall (6 ft.) people and saw all the reviews on the Feisol CT-3441T. I have a Manfrotto monopod already with a Manfrotto 234RC Monopod Head. Can I use the same head on this tripod?

Also if I decide this head isn't right for me and I want a ball head, is there a Manfrotto that is compact enough for the CT-3441T? I really like the quick release on the Manfrotto and have a BlackRapid RS7 strap with the FastenR-T1 attachment that allows it to work with the Manfrotto RC2 quick release plates. It would be ideal if I can go from tripod, to monopod, to strap all using the same Manfrotto RC2 quick release plate on my camera.

Hello Lucid,

You have received excellent advice so far. I want to add my two cents: The ball head is critical for several reasons, stability, ease of use and weight. But you already know that. However, to get full measure you need to think about how the ball head "mates" to the camera body. Any play or vibration and you have pretty much wasted your money. The arca-swiss-clamp is the quick release part that is integrated into the head of many popular ball head. There is another part that makes it all work, the so-called mounting plate that attaches to your camera via the tripod mounting screw. It has a rail that fits into the Arca Swiss clamp and once tightened, that baby ain't going anywhere. I have a plate designed for each of my camera bodies. Companies like Acratech or Kirk offer these for all popular camera bodies. They go for about $50.

The Arca Swiss system is excellent. Used with the appropriate mounting plate it is convenient and absolutely rock solid.




  
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Apr 13, 2012 13:27 |  #10

klr.b wrote in post #14250882 (external link)
There's plenty of people that do both. There's a good example here.

Thanks! Looking into this.

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Hello Lucid,

You have received excellent advice so far. I want to add my two cents: The ball head is critical for several reasons, stability, ease of use and weight. But you already know that. However, to get full measure you need to think about how the ball head "mates" to the camera body. Any play or vibration and you have pretty much wasted your money. The arca-swiss-clamp is the quick release part that is integrated into the head of many popular ball head. There is another part that makes it all work, the so-called mounting plate that attaches to your camera via the tripod mounting screw. It has a rail that fits into the Arca Swiss clamp and once tightened, that baby ain't going anywhere. I have a plate designed for each of my camera bodies. Companies like Acratech or Kirk offer these for all popular camera bodies. They go for about $50.

The Arca Swiss system is excellent. Used with the appropriate mounting plate it is convenient and absolutely rock solid.

Thanks for the info on the Arca Swiss system! Looking into them now.


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Apr 18, 2012 00:47 |  #11

I have decided on the Feisol CT-3441T and the Photo Clam PC-36NS ball head. I'm looking at getting the Arca Swiss clamp for my BlackRapid strap as klr.b posted. Still trying to decide if I should get a plate or an L bracket to complete the setup.


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Apr 18, 2012 10:54 |  #12

Based on your research, is the PC-36NS strong enough to support your 70-200? I bought a Feisol CT-3442 and I'm still searching for a ballhead since Really Big Camera is not carrying the PC-40NS anymore.




  
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Apr 18, 2012 13:30 |  #13

ProtocolSnow wrote in post #14286686 (external link)
Based on your research, is the PC-36NS strong enough to support your 70-200? I bought a Feisol CT-3442 and I'm still searching for a ballhead since Really Big Camera is not carrying the PC-40NS anymore.

Based on this review and the last pic HazChem posted it should:

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1164700

I bought the head from Amazon so I wouldn't have any issues if I need to return/exchange it.


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Apr 18, 2012 15:19 |  #14

Ah, I see. That sounds good. I'm probably still a week or two away from buying the head, so please come back and give us an update when you get the 36NS :)




  
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Apr 18, 2012 16:57 |  #15

I have a PC-30N and it's fine with my 7D+400 5.6 (no problems so far in a few months of usage, the 30's actually fairly strong). Given the larger ball diameter I'm sure the 36 will be fine.


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