August 12, 2021

Sunwayfoto T3240CS Shooting / Hunting Tripod Kit Preview

Summer season has proved the most productive for Sunwayfoto engineers and marketing team especially in the tripods area. After the New Sunwayfoto Carbon Fiber Tripod Lines and Models came the New Series of Ultra Compact Carbon Fiber Tripods. And now comes the announcement of the Shooting / Hunting tripod kit.

This is model T3240CS Shooting Series Carbon Fiber Tripod kit with integrated ball head.

As denoted by the model names it belongs to a sturdier genre of tripods with 32 mm top leg diameter in 4 sections without a center column. It resembles to the T3240CK a lot, but equipped with a low profile ball head embedded in the apex instead.

This is what makes the tripod totally different than we have known before, since the ball head sits very low within the apex limits offering maximum possible stability. 
This leads to somewhat limited tilt of 35° on all sides, which is more than enough to level a rifle, while it is still able to turn around 360°. The motion is controlled by a lever latch which tightens and loosens the ball very quickly.
The head is complemented by one of the larger newly released Sunwayfoto Arca-Swiss compatible Quick Release clamps, equipped with a lever release for fast action.

Nonetheless, the new tripod design can also be used for photography shooting as long as your camera is equipped with an L Bracket, quite common nowadays though, in order to be able to shoot in vertical / portrait mode.

Further than that, the tripod shares the same innovative characteristics, some of them unique and patented, as the recently released Traveller, Knight and Master Series models, as we can see below.

Common Characteristics Summary 

All time standard are top grade Carbon Fiber tubes, aerospace quality Aluminum and type III hard coat anodizing. Besides that all new Sunwayfoto models share the completely new weatherproofing system with redesigned twist leg locks.
All twist locks are now weather sealed from dust and grit, but not only, since they are completely waterproof due to isolating O rings on top and bottom which seal the contacts after locking, while allowing the legs to be extracted and retracted freely when unlocked.
More than that the Super-Fit Silicone lock grips have gone under special treatment so they won't slip even after long submersion under water.

Patented Sealed Twist Lock system

Rigidity and stability of the leg joints has been enhanced further. The alignment friction tube shims between the leg sections are of one piece and 40 mm / 1.6 in long. This means more accuracy in the leg movement and utmost rigidity when the leg sections are fully extended.
Furthermore, the aluminum lock rings on the wider diameter upper part are not only glued on the carbon tube but also screwed since the tubes are now threaded.

Improved friction shims and dual O-rings

The leg hinges are completely redesigned in order to avoid loosening up after frequent use. An innovative mechanism that uses an inclined surface between the inner connecting part and the leg joint prevents the screws from twisting and loosening up.

New patented leg hinges design

Among the improved features shared between all new models are the spring loaded leg lock latches.
You only need to pull out the latch when wider leg angles are desired. Shift leg in place and the latch clicks back securing the leg.

New patented semi automatic leg latches

Lets take a closer look at what the new Shooting Series model has to offer in characteristics and features.

The T3240CS Shooting Tripod Kit 

Manufacturer Specification:
Number of Leg Sections:4
Tube Diameters (mm):32/28/25/22
Folded Length:55 cm
Height with Extended Legs:12-144 cm
Tilting Angle:35°
Weight:1.65 Kg
Load Capacity:25 Kg
Leg Angles:23°, 55°, 85° 
Mounting Clamp:Arca Compatible  

Weighing only 1.65 kg including the heavy duty ball head, T3240CS  is only by 150 gr heavier compared to the T3240CK Knight Series which has a flat apex without center column but also lacks a ball head. It can be easily carried around considering also the small folded dimensions of 55 cm including the ball head.

It can be the perfect companion in all terrain, since is weather sealed and tough stable.

With the embedded ball head design and by missing a center column the tripod may come down really flash to the ground at 7 cm minimum ground level height. This is a true ground level height since it is measured on top of the head QR clamp.

This feature makes it one of the lowest ground level tripods if not the lowest, making it interesting for other shooting genres than rifle shooting.

Last but not least, there are a few extra 1/4"-20 accessory mounting holes on the leg hinges and a couple of 3/8" threaded holes around the apex. These will allow the attachment of brackets, lights and other accessories.

Contents and Accessories

The T3240CS Shooting Series tripod is accompanied by a new Carrying case with ample space for a ball head and pockets for accessories.
Inside the case you will find the User manual, 3 extra Stainless Steel Spikes with water insulation rings, a Cleaning Cloth, a 3/8" to 1/4" bushing and all necessary sizes of Allen hex keys for the tripod screws.

I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos by courtesy of Sunwayfoto ©2021

Price & Availability:
Recommended Retail Prices for the T3240CS Tripod Kit is US$ 539.00 and will soon be available from major chain stores, Amazon and eBay.

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