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Feisol 3401 vs 3442 stability?

morsere01

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morsere01 Registered since 26th Feb 2012
Wed 14-Mar-12 05:32 PM

Is there an appreciable difference in stability between the Feisol 3401 and 3442 tripods? I read all sorts of reviews and suggestions on Nikonians for both of these tripods, but never one that compared the 2 of them directly. Most of these posts were from several years ago and some things have changed since then, notably: price, metal leg locks, and addition of anti-rotation legs to both series, maybe some other things.

I have a heavy induro A413 and an old bogen 3021bpro, both aluminum so I am looking for a lighter general use rig for lenses under 200mm, preferably under $400.

Price is definitely a factor for me. As it stands, I can get the 3401 for just $285, or the 3442 for $400. My real question is what do I get for that extra $115?

I see the 3442 is:
- 2 inches taller (I don't mind bending a bit, I'm 5'8")
- a little bit lighter weight(insignificant in my mind)
- can accommodate 2 extra pounds (possibly insignificant?)
- and the legs fold over the top (I can't use this w/ my markins M10 anyway, so actually a minus for me as the 3442 are a little longer)

Is that really it or is there a some unseen stability thing favoring the 3442? Perhaps due to the larger base? I am not interested in a center column so that does not come into play.
Thanks!
Ryan

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