Carbon Fiber Tripod Leg Diameter

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joeybottcher New Member • Posts: 7
Carbon Fiber Tripod Leg Diameter

I am looking into getting either the Benro TMA38CL or TMA48CLX. I would like to get the "38" for the sake of portability(23" folded vs 26.5"), weight(4.3lbs vs 5.8lbs), and price($357 vs $452). However, I feel like I may be sacrificing stability by doing so. The leg diameters are as follows:

Leg          TMA38CL      TMA48CLX

Leg 1          32mm           36mm

Leg 2          28mm           32mm

Leg 3          25mm           28mm

Leg 4          21mm           25mm

The "48" is definitely beefier with its smallest leg (25mm) equal to that of the 38's second to smallest leg. For me, stability to withstand wind is a pretty high priority, but I don't know if the gains in leg diameter is worth the trade-off when considering the downsides. I.e. weight, price, and less portability.

What have been your experiences when confronted with this trade-off?

Thanks,

Joey

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