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Redged RTA-320 Steady 3-Section Aluminum Macro Tripod

B&H # RERTA320 Mfr # RTA-320
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Product Highlights
  • For Table-Top or Low-Angle Photography
  • Maximum Height of 15.9"
  • Supports Up to 11 lb
  • Folds to Just 8.7"
  • Reversible Center Column
  • Twist Locks for Anti-Rotation Legs
  • Rubber Feet
  • Weighs Only 1.3 lb

The Redged RTA-320 Steady 3-Section Aluminum Macro Tripod is a sophisticated, extremely compact tripod for table-top or low-angle photography. Composed of lightweight, heavy-duty aluminum alloy tubes, the 3-section legs and center column extend to a maximum height of 15.9" and fold down to just 8.7" for easy transport.

Though it's a "macro" or table-top model, the RTA-320 includes many of the tripod features that professionals expect: Anti-rotation legs for quick setup, a relatively high load capacity of 11 lb, a reversible center column, and no-slip rubber feet. In addition, both the twist locks and the center column are designed to prevent sand and dust from invading the RTA-320. At only 1.3 lb, this Steady tripod is an excellent choice for backpackers and other traveling photographers.

Aluminum tubes
The tripod's leg tubes consist of lightweight, heavy-duty aluminum alloy
Non-Rotation Legs
Because of the non-rotation system, all locks of each leg can be opened at the same time, in one movement. Setup happens in a matter of seconds
Easy Lock Rings
The Redged ring-locking system keeps dust and sand from entering the tripod, ensuring perfect operation. It requires no extra power to achieve a safe locking
Column-Locking Ring with Wings
The wings ensure tight locking of the center column when heavy photographic gear is placed on the tripod. Rubber sealing prevents sand from entering the locking mechanism
Three Leg Positions
Besides the normal position, the tripod offers the extra-low position for low viewpoints and ground-level macro subjects, and a middle position for table-top photography and macro photography (flowers, insects, etc.)
Reversible Column
By inverting the center column, it is possible to realize even lower camera positions and macro positions. This is also great for making reproductions of flat objects, using the setup as a sort of copy stand
Stability Hook
The counterweight hook is designed for attaching extra weight (a photo bag, or a bag with sand or stones), to increase the stability of the tripod, especially during windy conditions
Reversible Mounting Screw
Reversible screw has both 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threads, so any photo head or other accessory can be attached
Rubber Feet
Universal rubber feet, suitable for many surfaces
Leveling Bubble
High-precision leveling bubble makes for perfectly leveled shots
Tripod Bag Included
Supplied with a high-quality tripod bag
General
Load Capacity 11 lb (5 kg)
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 (reversible screw)
Maximum Height 15.9" (40.5 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 13.0" (33.0 cm)
Minimum Height 3.7" (9.5 cm)
Folded Length 8.7" (22.0 cm)
Weight 1.3 lb (594 g)
Legs
Material Aluminum alloy
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
Diameter (Top Leg Section) 0.79" (20mm)
Leg Lock Type Twist lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet No
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid
Center Column Sections 1
Redged RTA-320 Steady 3-Section Aluminum Macro Tripod
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  • 5 Year Limited Warranty
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    RedgedRTA-320 Steady 3-Section Aluminum Macro Tripod
     
    4.9

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Folds away (11)
    • Lightweight (11)
    • Stable (10)
    • Unfolds quickly (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (7)
      • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Night shots (5)
      • Home (3)
      • Wildlife (3)
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      5.0

      Great little tripod

      By BeachWeddingGirl

      from Orange Beach, Alabama

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Redged RTA-320 Steady 3-Section Aluminum Macro Tripod:

        Bought this tabletop tripod for use with my macro lens while shooting rings at weddings. It's small enough when folded up that I can fit it easily into my camera bag. It comes with a little carrying pouch also. I did have to hold one leg while I practiced doing macro with my Nikon D700 and Tokina 100mm f2.8 macro to keep it from tipping over. But that's no biggie for me. My photos still came out great.

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        5.0

        A Fantastic Little Tripod

        By The Technopeasant

        from San Rafael, California

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Redged RTA-320 Steady 3-Section Aluminum Macro Tripod:

            This tripod is sturdy, light weight, and easy to set up and use. The legs adjust out wide and the center column can be split to bring the base plate down very low. Operation is smooth in all regards.
            This may matter to some: the leg locks are plastic dogs that you move into place with your fingers. Not spring loaded, are just sliding wedges.
            The 1/4 to 3/8 thread adapter is a double ended stud you remove and flip around, so nothing to lose.
            The carry bag is well made, and has built in stiffness rather than just being soft. I carry the tripod in its bag in the cargo pocket of my pants.
            Comes with a nut wrench, but you don't need it to change the thread adapter around. The base plate is large enough you can tighten or loosen the whole shebang by hand.
            If I have any not-positives, it would be that the base plate is indeed large. A small tripod head might cause a large camera to contact the base plate when flopped over 90 degrees, and thus not make it into full portrait.

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            5.0

            Redged RTA-320

            By mshlafer

            from Ann Arbor, MI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Or Any Low-level Sh

              Comments about Redged RTA-320 Steady 3-Section Aluminum Macro Tripod:

              This tripod is going to get a lot of use, primarily for its intended use, macro. I'm a little hesitant to make this my "travel tripod." It certainly is compact, but the maximum height isn't all that much, and this old man isn't likely to hit the proverbial deck to use itfor anything else but macro. We'll see if I change my mind on that.

              As others have noted, this tripod is SOLID and not at all a toy! I suspect the majority of reasonably priced "macro" tripods are flimsy pieces of junk (I've owned several of them), but that's not at all the case with this little gem. It's a real winner in my book!

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              5.0

              Compact, light-weight very stable

              By Herr Vredy

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Supports A Lot Of Weight

              Cons

              • No Leg Warmers

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Travel

              Comments about Redged RTA-320 Steady 3-Section Aluminum Macro Tripod:

              I use this with my Nikon D700. I was looking for a compact and light-weight tripod that could carry a heavy body and lens (e.g. 24-70), but wasn't too expensive.
              When folded, it is very small and it fits in my backpack. It can carry my D700 and heavy lenses very well. Sometimes you have to be carefull how to position the legs, so it can't fall over, especially when shooting in portrait, but it doesn't bother me. Overall it is very stable.
              I would certainly recommend it.

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              5.0

              Perfect partner to My larger tripods

              By Captain Mark

              from Cape Coral,Florida

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Center Column Feature
              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Travel

                Comments about Redged RTA-320 Steady 3-Section Aluminum Macro Tripod:

                The RTA-320 is built better than any other small tripod that I have purchased in the past.

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                5.0

                The perfect macro/travel Tripod

                By SkyCor

                from Salt Lake City, UT

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Redged RTA-320 Steady 3-Section Aluminum Macro Tripod:

                  I like to take a lot of Macro photos and this little Tripod makes it easier. It's short enough that I can get the camera down to a low level and it's strong enough to handle the weight of my DSLR and focusing rails. I also travel quite a bit and this Tripod is very easy to pack.

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                  5.0

                  Sturdy and Small

                  By izzycoyote

                  from Portland, OR

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro
                    • Night Shots
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Redged RTA-320 Steady 3-Section Aluminum Macro Tripod:

                    Super sturdy and compact tripod. Legs and connections are not so stiff that you can't change settings quickly. I originally bought this for a trip to Mexico. Now that I'm back, I'm looking forward to getting to use this tripod with my macro lens--should be fantastic

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                    5.0

                    Solid little tripod

                    By blue fox

                    from Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Redged RTA-320 Steady 3-Section Aluminum Macro Tripod:

                      I use this tripod for close to the ground macro photography. So far it has worked as well as I expected.

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                      5.0

                      So much fun with it

                      By VC

                      from Montreal, Qc.

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Redged RTA-320 Steady 3-Section Aluminum Macro Tripod:

                        In the low level angle category its the best option.
                        Its not only cute but strong and if its not enough you can put extra weight.

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                        4.0

                        Not a toy!

                        By spitfire1938

                        from Rochester, NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • Unlevel

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Redged RTA-320 Steady 3-Section Aluminum Macro Tripod:

                        Substantial construction makes this tripod an absolute ridged platform. My camera rig weighs nearly 7 pounds and is solid on a manfrotto 484RC2 set atop the RTA-320. It's legs set to 3 positions and the split center post allows for very low set ups; 3 3/8" without head and 6 3/4" with head. The attachment screw accommodates 1/4" and 3/8" threads and can be changed quickly.
                        The only negative is the tripods legs are different lengths when extended. It will not sit level on a level surface without tweaking for level. the bubble level is , therefore, handy. The ball head makes this a mute point but there are applications where native 'level' is critical, particularly if time is an element. (It's not an issue when legs are retracted.) The Redged RTA-320 is without question a professional tool in all other regards.

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                        5.0

                        Love this desk tripod

                        By Sealwatcher

                        from Cape Cod

                        About Me Casual Photographer

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Redged RTA-320 Steady 3-Section Aluminum Macro Tripod:

                            I needed to support my Vortex Razor on the kitchen table. Did lots of research to find a brand/model that was strong enough for the scope's weight, but small enough so that it wouldn't dominate the table surface. This fits the bill perfectly. Note that it does not come with a head, so you'll to buy one or else swap a head from another tripod, like I did. Its all easy to use, set up, etc. Great tripod.

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