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K&F Concept TC2335 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review

The post K&F Concept TC2335 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Adam Welch.

In recent years I have worked with quite a few products from the people at K&F Concept. The quality varied from great to average to not spectacular. When I was asked about their TC-2335 tripod with carbon fiber tripod, my expectations were cautiously optimistic. That said, I am happy to report that this small carbon fiber tripod from K & F Concept offers a lot of performance. So, let's talk about K&F Concept TC-2335 carbon fiber tripod; what I liked, what I didn't like and what you should know if you happen to be on the market for a lightweight travel tripod.

First appearances

When the box first arrived, my immediate response was "this is small … very small." Not only that, but the entire package was alarmingly lightweight. After opening the box, I realized the logical reason for this: the TC-2335 is really small and incredibly lightweight. It is even the most springy, compact tripod I have ever evaluated. The tripod itself is housed in its own padded carrying case.

After I removed the TC-2335 from its carrier, I received a surprisingly attractive carbon fiber tripod.

In terms of aesthetics, the TC-2335 is one of the nicer tripods I received from K & F Concept. The carbon fiber is well done and is standard matte gray. This specific model comes with a matching orange color scheme that looks great, but it is also available in an unlikely "thunder" version with blue exposure graphs on the legs of the tripod … yes, really.

All leg locks are of the twist type and are provided with rubber. I was genuinely surprised by how neat the leg locks are and would compare them with some standing models of the higher type that I have dealt with.

All in all, the appearance of this tripod looks fantastic. But how would it perform in the field? Let's figure it out.

In operation

Before we start running the TC-2335, let's review a few specifications that you want to know.

Practical technical specifications

  • Folded height: 13.6 inches (34.54 cm)
  • Maximum height: 53.1 inches (134.9 cm)
  • Minimum height: 12.9 inch (32.8 cm)
  • Weight: 1.85 g (839 g)
  • Maximum supported weight: 26.5 lbs (12 kg)

Stability

For such a small form factor, the TC-2335 is very stable. The sections of the occluding leg have a relatively small diameter and this would lead to the assumption that the legs are thin. But this is not the case. In the locked state, this small tripod is reasonably stable, even in strong winds and uncomfortable positions.

Speaking of the legs, I have already said how impressed I was with the leg locking mechanisms, but there is more. Given the slender legs, I was worried that overall stability would be compromised. However, the leg locks are excellent for stopping almost all leg movements.

The leg angle locks are something that I don't like about this tripod. They are not spring loaded; which means that after you have pulled out the locks, you have to manually push them into place to lock the legs. Again, I am sure this is a weight-saving measure, but in my opinion the added convenience would have been worth the small amount of bulk.

The ball head

I used this tripod with three separate cameras, ranging from lightweight crop-sensor mirrorless to full-frame DSLR. The headset had no problems supporting the weight that was placed on it during my tests. K & F states that the tripod is capable of carrying fourteen times its weight virtually. Although that can be extreme, I have no doubt that the ball-head mechanism could support a camera system of up to five to six pounds if circumstances present themselves.

The ball head itself has only a single adjustment button that controls both the panning and the headset connection. I'm sure this is a weight-saving measure, but can sometimes lead to complications when adjusting your camera. While the panning is silky smooth, the ball head appears somewhat rough and quite audible when moved. A small amount of lubrication can help in this area. I think I should also note that the headset not only has a bubble level – which is pretty handy – but also a magnetic compass.

Again, yes … really.

What is great

In terms of packability, the TC-2335 from K & F Concept is fantastic. It is extremely light and does not take up much space anywhere. It would be ideal for those who fly a lot or at any time that there is room for a premium. It looks great and is more than suitable for most camera systems that you probably want to take with you. The twist locks on the legs are also secured with extreme strength. In general, the entire platform for a tripod of this size is remarkably stable.

What's not so great

I can't get past the corner lock because the legs are not spring loaded and this is the biggest torment I have with this tripod. Admittedly, this is the first tripod that I have remembered and that does not have this function. At the same time, I know for sure that this could be a personal preference. Also, the reasonably usable headset is not exactly smooth to use, and I would have liked a secondary button for pans.

Final assessment

For a tripod intended as a travel companion for the highly mobile photographer, the K & F Concept TC-2335 is a wonderful, cost-effective option if you are looking for a compact carbon fiber tripod. It looks good and a solid posture will be entirely suitable for most photographers who understand its use and limitations.

Do not look for a workhorse tripod here. On the contrary, I would recommend that you consider the TC-2335 as a fully suitable shooting platform that will come in handy when weight, size and portability take precedence over the subtle functions found in larger, more dedicated camera support systems.

The post K&F Concept TC2335 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Adam Welch.

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