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ReallyBigCameras
03-13-2008, 09:53 PM
If you've always dreamed of owning a lightweight, sturdy carbon fiber tripod but were put off by the high cost, now's your chance to get a fantastic deal on a great Feisol Tripod.

Feisol has just completed the re-design of their Standard Class series of carbon fiber tripods. They've improved both the design and the materials used in building these tripods.

And here's the best news, if you order before 5:00pm Tuesday March 18, 2008 you can have the new, improved Feisol Standard Class models at the old prices.

But, you have to act fast. Once this offer expires, the new retail pricing (necessary to cover the added cost of the higher quality raw materials) on these models will go into effect.

Here's the details on this special VERY limited time offer:

Feisol CT-3301:
Through 3/18/08 = $170.00 + shipping
After 3/18/08 = $215.00 + shipping

Feisol CT-3401:
Through 3/18/08 = $175.00 + shipping
After 3/18/08 = $219.00 + shipping

Feisol CT-3402:
Through 3/18/08 = $165.00 + shipping
After 3/18/08 = $209.00 + shipping

You can view complete specs and photos of these models at:
http://reallybigcameras.com/Feisol/Standard_Class.htm

A table comparing all current model Feisol tripods can be seen at:
http://reallybigcameras.com/Feisol/Feisol_Table

Even at full price, the new, improved Feisol Standard Class tripods represent an outstanding value in quality carbon fiber tripods. At the special pre-order prices, nothing else comes close to offering the same performance for the money.

If you have any questions, or would like to place a pre-order to take advantage of this special pricing, please send me an email at: sales@reallybigcameras.com.

Sincerely,
Kerry Thalmann
Really Big Cameras - an Authorized Feisol Dealer
http://reallybigcameras.com

mikebarger
03-13-2008, 11:24 PM
I have a 3221 bogen, which of these is a step up in capicity from the bogen?

thanks

ReallyBigCameras
03-13-2008, 11:48 PM
I have a 3221 bogen, which of these is a step up in capicity from the bogen?

thanks

Mike,

Thanks for your interest in Feisol tripods from Really Big Cameras.

All three standard series models are load rated for 9kg (19.8lbs.) compared to the Bogen/Manfrotto 3221's load rating of 6kg (13.2lbs.).

The differences in the Feisol Standard Class models concern the number of leg sections (3 - for the CT-3301 and 4 for the CT3401 and CT-3402) maximum height (the CT-3301 is the tallest and the CT-3402 the shortest - unless you add the optional two-section center column) and folded length (CT-3301 is longest, CT3402 is shortest).

In terms of duplicating, or slightly improving, the specifications of your Bogen/Manfrotto, the CT-3301 with the optional center column, is the most similar. It's slightly taller and has a very similar folded length.

Of course, the big difference is that it's 40% lighter (3 lbs. with the optional center column compared to 5 lbs. for the Bogen/Manfrotto).

Kerry Thalmann
Really Big Cameras
http://reallybigcameras.com

mikebarger
03-14-2008, 02:50 PM
Thanks for the information, I'll take a look.

Mike

ReallyBigCameras
03-14-2008, 09:01 PM
Mike,

You're welcome. Just let me know if you have any more questions.

Kerry Thalmann
Really Big Cameras
http://reallybigcameras.com

David A. Goldfarb
03-14-2008, 09:30 PM
I just want to know if ESPN broadcasts these tournaments where they use "Tournament Class" tripods. I'm imagining a contest where competitors put heavier and heavier cameras on their tripods to advance from one round to the next, and whichever tripod holds the most weight wins. Or maybe it's a kind of biathalon with the competitors carrying Deardorffs and tripods on skis.

ReallyBigCameras
03-15-2008, 01:26 AM
I just want to know if ESPN broadcasts these tournaments where they use "Tournament Class" tripods. I'm imagining a contest where competitors put heavier and heavier cameras on their tripods to advance from one round to the next, and whichever tripod holds the most weight wins. Or maybe it's a kind of biathalon with the competitors carrying Deardorffs and tripods on skis.

David,

"Tournament Class" refers to the quality of the carbon fiber material used in the leg tubes of this product. There are different grades, or quality levels, of carbon fiber materials. The higher grades are more expensive to produce and are, therefore, often reserved for use in products used in serious athletic competition where every ounce and every second are critical. Such high grade carbon fiber materials are used in high end tennis rackets, golf clubs, bicycle frames, race cars, kayaks, racing yachts, etc. Prior to getting into the tripod business Feisol was a supplier of carbon fiber tubes for use in other applications. Their "Tournament Class" was the first in their line to use the higher grade (stronger AND lighter) carbon fiber tubes. Hence the product name.

Kerry Thalmann
Really Big Cameras
http://reallybigcameras.com

ReallyBigCameras
03-15-2008, 01:31 AM
IOr maybe it's a kind of biathalon with the competitors carrying Deardorffs and tripods on skis.

As someone who has carried a large format camera outfit while skiing, I certainly appreciate the weight savings of a carbon fiber tripod. I still have painful memories of the "good" old days and getting smacked in the back of the head by my 10 lb. metal tripod whenever I did a face plant (which was rather frequently in my case). In my experience, a lightweight carbon fiber tripod is much more cranium friendly.

Kerry Thalmann
Really Big Cameras
http://reallybigcameras.com

ReallyBigCameras
03-16-2008, 08:00 PM
Just a quick reminder that there are only 48 hours left to take advantage of these special pre-order prices on the new, improved Feisol Standard Class tripods (models CT-3301, CT-3401 and CT-3402). These special prices expire at 5:00pm on Tuesday 3/18/08. After that time, the new retail prices on these tripods will go into effect.

Please see the links in my original post above for details on this offer and specs and photos of the new, improved Feisol Standard Class tripods from Really Big Cameras.

Kerry Thalmann
Really Big Cameras
http://reallybigcameras.com

mark
03-16-2008, 09:11 PM
tempting, tempting, tempting

MikeK
03-16-2008, 10:11 PM
I have the CT3371 and more than pleased. Customer service from Feisol was superb.

It is my walk about tripod and usually has my Shen Hao or Pentax 6x7 attached.

Mike

Hokuto
04-04-2008, 02:12 AM
I got one of the newly improved "standard" tpods from Feisol and have written a "First Impressions" (http://www.fourthirdsphoto.com/vbb/showthread.php?p=153163) review. Bottom line: well-made tripod at attractive price.

Mick Fagan
04-04-2008, 06:57 AM
Hokuto, welcome to APUG and a very good a practical write up.

You have answered some questions I have had about these tripods.

Mick.

ReallyBigCameras
04-04-2008, 01:29 PM
Hokuto,

Thanks for posting the link to your excellent review of the CT-3301. It is very thorough, well written and contains a lot of good photos of the tripod and its accessories.

As a large format film photographer, I was not familiar with the 4/3 Photo web site and probably would not have found your review without the link posted here. It seems like a very friendly, active community.

Kerry Thalmann
Really Big Cameras
http://reallybigcameras.com

Hokuto
04-05-2008, 12:45 PM
Thanks Mick and Kerry for the welcome. Unfortunately, I've pretty much put my analog days behind me ("the smell of acetic acid in the morning...")--with the exception of tripods, which are eminently "analog"--so I thought I'd chime in on the Feisol bit.

mikebarger
04-05-2008, 10:14 PM
Nice write up. Wish I had seen it before the sale expired. Just couldn't let the money go on an unknown (at least to me) item.

Mike