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Field Optics Research MicroLite FT-5017C Carbon Fiber Tripod

BH #FIFT5017C • MFR #FT5017C
Field Optics Research MicroLite FT-5017C Carbon Fiber Tripod
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 26.4 lb
  • Max Height: 50.4"
  • Min Height: 10.2"
  • Folded Length: 12.2
The FT-5017C carbon fiber MicroLite from Field Optics Research is a lightweight support, weighing only 1.8 lb, that can hold optics weighing up to 26.4 lb. Its five-part telescoping legs with twist locks can extend up to 50.4" tall and shrink to just 10.2" short. The tripod is also portable, measuring only 12.2" tall when folded. Its center column is reversible and comes with an attached ballast hook for additional stability.
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Field Optics Research MicroLite Overview

The FT-5017C carbon fiber MicroLite from Field Optics Research is a lightweight support, weighing only 1.8 lb, that can hold optics weighing up to 26.4 lb. Its five-part telescoping legs with twist locks can extend up to 50.4" tall and shrink to just 10.2" short. The tripod is also portable, measuring only 12.2" tall when folded. Its center column is reversible and comes with an attached ballast hook for additional stability.

UPC: 685450679923

Field Optics Research MicroLite Specs

General
Load Capacity26.4 lb / 11.97 kg
Maximum Working Height50.4" / 128 cm
Max Height without Center Column37.9" / 96.27 cm
Minimum Working Height10.2" / 25.9 cm
Closed Length12.2" / 31.0 cm
Head Mount Type3/8"-16 Screw
Weight1.8 lb / 0.82 kg
MaterialsCarbon Fiber
Bubble LevelNo
Legs
Leg Lock TypeTwist Lock
Leg Positions3 Positions
Independent Leg SpreadYes
Leg Sections5
Leg Diameter0.91" / 23 mm
Feet FeaturesRubber
Center Column
Center Column FeaturesReversible, 3/8"-16 Accessory Mounting Thread
Center Column Sections2
Center Column Extension TypeRapid
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.5 x 4.5 x 4.4"

Field Optics Research MicroLite Reviews

Well, the size is nice.

By Ethan
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-08

I wanted to really like this tripod. It's compact. The construction seems sound. I believe it's made in the USA. The problem is that it couldn't stabilize my spotting scope at all heights. I ended up returning.

Wonderful Travel Tripod

By Brannan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-02-02

I was a bit uncertain about buying this tripod due to the utter lack of almost any reviews anywhere on the web. But don’t let that discourage you in the slightest! This tripod is ridiculously light. It folds down to just a bit over 1 foot long, yet when extended fully I only have to bend slightly and I’m 6’ tall. It is carbon fiber which for anyone that’s felt it before does give it a plastic like feel but it is very strong. Also the locks on the leg extensions and middle shaft unscrew to unlock, but never stop so if you were to keep unscrewing they would come off. But understanding that, just unscrew them a small bit, extend into position and then retighten them down to lock. The leg locks that allow you to flip them 180 degrees have a pleasant clicking into place so you know when you have them in the right location. And when flipped around for maximum compact size, with a small head (like my Sirui C-10S Ball Head) that extends a bit beyond the legs, it still fits easily in the included bag. The bag is well made and almost feels as heavy as the tripod, with solid stitching and included shoulder strap. Having said all that I should make clear that because of this light weight, long legs, and flexible carbon fiber build, it can have a bit of a wobble. On long exposures you will want to use a remote or app to trigger the shutter. You could drop the middle shaft so the camera is sitting on the legs, which does help a lot, but then it’s sitting rather low. I know that sounds like a big negative, but I’ve noticed this on a lot of tripods with tall center shafts so I’m not dropping a star. Besides this is meant to be a travel tripod and this WAY out shines its faults. Overall, understanding how to use this tripod will allow for ease of use. And its ridiculously small form and light weight make it an unbelievable travel companion that I am VERY happy I purchased. I look forward to taking longer trips with it in my pack and almost forgetting it’s even there.

Update Earlier Review

By Bernard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-10-26

After using this tripod for two weeks I have decided to update my review to five stars. Yes this tripod could be sturdier but it is extremely well made for the price. The quality of this tripod is comparable to my much more expensive and heavier Gitzo tripod. Considering its weight and price I do not think one could expect more. I really like that MicroLite folds to such a compact size and weighs less than two pounds. You do sacrifice height and total stability, but if you need something very light and compact in a full size tripod this may be the one to get.

Good small light weight travel tripod

By Bernard
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-10-17

Considering its small size and light weight this is a very good tripod for travel, backpacking, and carrying on a bike. Of course it is not as sturdy as my larger Gitzo tripod, but that is to be expected. For the price the tripod is well made. I've used it with my Nikon D800 and several lenses including the Sigma 150-600 sport. That works but it is pushing the tripod to its limit. By the way, I am using the tripod with a Sunwayfoto FB-28i ball head. The two together are light and are a good combination.

Has it's limits

By Jerry
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-04

My Canon 5D MK1V and 24-105 is pushing it's limits. Well made and think would be great for lighter gear.

Pretty Dang Good

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-23

I was very skeptic getting this considering the lack of reviews. But after getting it, I am fairly impressed by it! I have other tripods for different uses, but this one is my main go-to tripod for travel or when needing something small and very lightweight. It fit into my external bag pocket where my other tripods couldn't. Bonus! Its pretty sturdy, goes up to about upper chest height, has fast locking and opening, and does the job. Just slap on a good ball head and you're good. Supports my camera with a 70-200 2.8 no problem.

Just Right

By Terrance E
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-05-15

So I’m an old person  anymore.  I still get out a lot though for photography.  I wanted to still be able to carry along  a tripod and effectively use it.  It had to be really lite, fit in my day pack, and support my 7D2 with 150-600 C lens. As I already had a decent ball head, I only needed the tripod.  I use the tripod with four sections extended  and sitting on my 16” camp stool.  Perfect for an old guy like me.  I have now spent many a day at my favorite duck pond photographing.  This set up is just right for me.  As a bonus, if you fully extend the legs and raise the center column  and push the legs together, you have a very useable monopod.  Providing you aren’t much over six feet tall. I’m getting a lot of use out of this tripod.  Just the ticket for an older American like myself.

Cheap quality not worth it

By Dennis
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2019-02-10

Cheap construction.  Even with light use feet come out easily, plastic locks fail and legs come out and are hard to get back in.  It is light weight and a lot more compact and cheaper than my Gitzo traveler.  Seemed like an ideal travel kit solution when packing space is at a premium.  Might still be, if you dont mind fighting with it every step of the way.  Didnt expect Gitzo quality for this price, but did expect that it would keep itself put together.

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Asked by: Yanlong G.
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