Jobu Design Algonquin Carbon Fiber Tripod

Jobu Design Algonquin Carbon Fiber Tripod

Jobu Design Algonquin Carbon Fiber Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 55 lb
  • Max Height: 62"
  • Min Length: 5"
  • Folded Height: 26.7"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 4.2 lb
  • Twist Locks
  • Spiked Feet with Removable Rubber Caps
  • Foam Leg Covers
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Jobu Design TCF-36 overview

  • 1Description

The Jobu Algonquin Carbon Fiber Tripod is made of strong and lightweight carbon fiber, and each leg is composed of three leg sections for maximum stiffness. It extends out to be 62" tall, folds away to only 28", and weighs 4.2 pounds. The stainless steel spiked tips have removable rubber caps, allowing for sturdy use in a variety of surfaces. Standard 55, 25 and 5° leg angles allow shooting from 5" to 62" in height.

The three leg sections are individually adjustable and held in place via twist locks. Each leg has a foam cover for added comfort, especially in hot or cold temperatures.

UPC: 728795730086
In the Box
Jobu Design Algonquin Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Camouflage Dust Bag
  • 1/8" Hex Key
  • 3 x Security Screws
  • 3 x Silicone Bumpers
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Jobu Design TCF-36 specs

    General
    Load Capacity 55 lb / 24.9 kg
    Maximum Working Height 62" / 157.5 cm
    Minimum Working Height 5" / 12.7 cm
    Folded Length 26.7" / 67.8 cm
    Head Mount Type 3/8"-16 Screw
    Weight 4.1 lb / 1.9 kg
    Materials Carbon Fiber
    Legs
    Leg Lock Type Twist Lock
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 3
    Tripod Feet Features Spiked, Retractable
    Center Column
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column No
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 30.0 x 5.3 x 2.1"

    Jobu Design TCF-36 reviews

    Algonquin Carbon Fiber Tripod is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent workmanship and light-weight I have been using the Jobu Algonquin carbon fiber tripod and HD4 gimbal head since Jan 2015. The combination provides exceptional stability, strength, and rigidity for my Canon 500 f/4 prime lens and 7D Mark II. The results are phenomenal and I am completely satisfied with the performance. The large rotating locks make leg adjustments fast and easy, even when wearing thick winter gloves. The carbon fiber legs provide excellent stability with minimum weight, and will support up to 66 lbs! I highly recommend this tripod for any serious photographer who needs to support 400 mm to 600 mm pro lenses in the field mounted to pro bodies, and carry them over the shoulder all day.
    Date published: 2015-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simplicity.. This is one sturdy tripod. The simplicity of its design is what drew me to the Algonquin. But its the Algonquin's performance in the field is what matters. And its an excellent performer, as they say its robust and stiff, a very stable platform on which to mount your gear. I've owned other tripods made by other, more well known manufacturers, but the Jobu beats them all for stiffness...and the customer service is excellent. Try picking up the phone and calling the head of one of the other more well known tripod makers..then try Ian at Jobu and you'll see what I mean.
    Date published: 2017-02-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended! My travel tripod is a Feisol CT-3442 tripod, a tripod without a center-column, yet 54 high, weighing only 1.1kg and measuring 19 folded. However, when I tried to use it with a newly purchased Tamron 150-600mm, it simply could not do the job in any acceptable way. At the long end of the lens, in the 500-600mm range, I could see the image shake for between 5 and 10 seconds, each time I touched the camera, before eventually settling down. I do not want to imagine a windy situation. That was true either with my RRS (Really Right Stuff) BH-55 ballhead, or the excellent Jobu Jr. 3 gimbal. The problem was truly with the tripod.Recently I ordered a brand new Jobu Algonquin tripod. An in-depth research for a real sturdy tripod to use with long lenses, yet light enough that you do not end up leaving it home, ended up with the following models: TVC-33 from RRS, GT3532LS from Gitzo, and the Jobu Algonquin. It was easy to find tons of reviews on the first two, but not so much on the model from Jobu. Price-wise, the winner was easily the Jobu, but I was less sensitive to cost having bought (like too many of us) too many tripods only to eventually upgrade them. This time I wanted the last tripod for my needs: holding a Sony A7ii with at most a Tamron 150-600mm, using the Jobu Jr. 3 gimbal head. The RRS was the most expensive, especially from a Canadian $ perspective.I've ordered it directly, rapidly received it and now has finished testing it. In a nutshell, couldn't be any happier with my purchase. The tripod is rock-solid with very little resonance, the real issue with tripod and long lenses (see Diglloyd.com on that topic requires subscription). When you hit a leg sideways, on any segment, at most there will be resonance in the first second and that's it. Otherwise, you are easily able to get really sharp pictures , in my case all the way to 600mm. I could press the shutter (on 2-second delay), remove my hands, and get perfect shots. And when using the gimbal head unlocked as when tracking animals, again, the tripod was inert and rock-solid other than the movements I was responsible for. As an additional note, I have their small gimbal head, which in theory is a tad too small for 600mm; but I'm happy to report that I cannot imagine a larger model doing a better job, at a significant heavier weight.I'm 6' 1 and the center-less column tripod which is 62 before either my ball head or gimbal head is taller than I can comfortably use! I will need to use a permanent marker to indicate on the lowest leg segment, a couple reference lines to only extend it to a usable height. A suggestion to Jobu would be to permanently etch some reference marks on the lowest leg segment to ease setup.The top-platform which did not look as impressive on pictures than some of the competition is actually very impressive and looks indestructible. This compares more than favorably to the competition. I've seen pictures of broken Gitzo platforms where a leg attaches. I cannot even imagine that happening on the Jobu.With a caliper, I measured the three leg segments and their respective diameters are: 36mm, 32.5mm and 28mm. The weight is advertised at 1.9kg but I measured it closer to 2kg, at 1.986kg. The height of the tripod when not using the third leg segment is 42.5.The removable rubber caps, covering the very high-quality metal spikes, are reasonably easy to remove (might be thougher at minus 20 degrees) yet appear tight enough not to lose them by accident. Unseen on the tripod picture on the company's website (a recent update I guess) are 3 thick rubber rings just above the first tightening collar, below the foam leg covers. These rings insure that when you close up the tripod, those are the pieces that touch each other, rather than the collars or any carbon part. Furthermore, when you open the legs as wide as possible, to be close to the ground, it is also those rubber rings that touch the ground (if it's flat), rather than the collars or any carbon part. I've had my questions promptly and clearly replied to by Ian pre-purchase, the owner and guy we see in the company's video. Both the Jr. 3 gimbal head, and the Algonquin tripod, are beautifully made and show the quality workmanship of this organization. Highly recommended!
    Date published: 2015-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Performance / Value out there. I have been trying to reduce the weight of my gear and the claims for the Algonguin seemed to fit the bill, but would it live up to the standard. With this addition, I own three tripods. A Feisol Tournament Class 3342. This is my light weight set up. I use it for hiking with an Acratech Ultimate Ball head attached. It comes in at under 3lbs. This set can handle a pro body and up to a 80-200MM zoom, and even a 300MM F4. It doesn't extend all that high, but its a very stiff pod for the weight. Then there is my super Gitzo, 1325. I have had this for quite a few years. Its outfitted with Titanium spikes and a Kirk replacement center plate along with a RRS ball head. This pod handles the big stuff, but it weighs in at nearly 8lbs complete. So, now for the Algonquin. I set it up along side the Gitzo with an Acratech GP head. The pair looks like it was made for one another. Pure industrial functionality. I used an Olympus OMD EM1 with a 300MM 2.8 for the test. This ends up being a 600MM equivalent focal length. I check dampening and stiffness for both pods. Well, the Jobu and the Gitzo were about equal. Both dampen well and gave tack sharp images. But here is the kicker. The Jobu with head weighs in at just 5.7 Lbs. That is a substantial savings in weight and you feel it every time you set up the pod. This is quite the achievement. The legs are thicker, but the top plate is a bit narrower. The overall size appears smaller than the Gitzo. The folded length is exactly the same, but the Jobu extends taller. Fully extended it is a bit more stable than the 1325. The whole pod just oozzzes quality. Everything is machined aluminum. The Gitzo is powder coated castings. The legs are no nonsense and the locks are just fabulous. The legs do not twist when unlocked. This pod is a great value and paired with the Acratech GP head, its just a perfect set-up. I could hike with this - no problem. The ultimate test was to put the GP head on an Acratech leveling base. Then mount the camera and 300mm, slide the whole set up in to the Ball heads notch and you now have a Gimbal type set up hanging off the side of the pod. The tripod handled the off balance set-up with ease. It was very workable, and again tack sharp images. Get one - you will not want for anything else. Anthony
    Date published: 2015-08-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Performance This is the finest tripod I've tried , sturdy, beautiful workmanship, lightweight and affordable, give the Algonquin a try you will not be disappointed!
    Date published: 2015-06-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superior Design The Jobu Algonquin tripod is worthy of a great review. What strikes me more than anything is the simplicity of the design and features, which equates to reliability and ease of use in the field. There is nothing on this tripod that is superfluous, but there is everything that you absolutely require of a good tripod. I am fortunate to have found this tripod because it provides me with the confidence to take it with me into wilderness areas where it gets abused more (by packing it in), and has to handle wind, weather, and rough terrain. Even though Jobu themselves say that it is not a back country tripod because it is too heavy and bulky, I have come to learn that it is not a problem to carry a 4 pound tripod vs a 2 or 3 pound tripod - a little extra weight will not break my back, and the quality of photos, along with the reliability, is of unquestioned value. I have been able to use other expensive, high quality tripods, but easily, and happily, settled on the Jubo design. I fully agree with all the other reviewers that this is an outstanding tripod, and when compared to the other leading tripod manufacturers, is a fantastic value.
    Date published: 2016-02-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jobu I purchased the Algonquin tripod two months ago prior to a trip to Utah, California, and Wyoming. We photographed in Rocky Mountain NP, Arches, Natural Bridges, Antelope Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Seqouia, Yosemite (got rained out), Death Valley, and Yellowstone. I had the chance to use the tripod at home for two weeks prior to the trip. All features of the tripod worked flawlessly. I bought a Really Right Stuff leveling head to use with the Mark IV gimbal head which I had also purchased from Jobu. On the trip, which lasted five weeks I took many land scapes, panoramas, and wild life images. I put some indexing marks on the gimbal head and was able to take double row panoramas. I used a nodal bar an could mount my camera on the gimbal head with a short lens. I used a Canon MarkIII with a 24-70 2.8, 24-105 and a 100-400. I was able to easily set up for photos and the tripod and gimbal head were extremely stable and adaptable to all situations. I used the set up in Bryce in four inches of snow, Death Valley at over 105 degrees and in Yosemite in fog and rain. All of the equipment functioned flawlessly. The locks on the tripod were very secure and never slipped in any way. At one time after an 18 mile combination mountain bike ride and hike (tripod in a backpack) to photograph the Wahweep Hoodoos. I did get some sand in the tripod legs. Afterwards I was able to easily diasemble the locks and clean the sand from the legs. The gimbal head was extremely smooth and locked up tightly. The Really Right Stuff leveling head made leveling the gimbal head a snap. The tripod was extremely stable and my images turned out very well. Everywhere I went the tripod and gimbal head attracted attention from fellow photographers. All were greatly impressed with the quality and performance of the tripod and gimbal head. I would highly recommend this set up to anyone using either short or long lens setups.
    Date published: 2015-06-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from light and solid....definitely worth buying ! I use with 300/2.8 and extender...with Jotul Jr. 3 head
    Date published: 2016-06-16
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