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Really Right Stuff TA-3 Leveling Base with Lever-Release Clamp and Hook

BH #RETA3LCHK • MFR #TA-3-LC-HK
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Really Right Stuff TA-3 Leveling Base with Lever-Release Clamp and Hook
Key Features
  • For RRS Versa S.3 Tripods
  • Lever-Release Clamp and Hook
  • Load Capacity:25 lb
  • 30 Degrees Total Leveling
The TA-3 Leveling Base with Lever-Release Clamp and Hook from Really Right Stuff is a useful foundation for all types of tripod heads and is suitable as a panorama base. Compatible with the Really Right Stuff Versa Series 3 tripods, this version has a lever-release clamp and a hook to attach weighty objects to stabilize the tripod. Constructed of CNC machined 6061 aircraft-grade anodized aluminum, the base will support up to 25 lb and features a total of 30 degrees of leveling capability. A large bubble helps hasten the leveling process. The base can be removed to reveal the integrated TA-3-VB video bowl which will accept any head or accessory compatible with a 75mm video bowl.
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Really Right Stuff TA-3-LC-HK Overview

The TA-3 Leveling Base with Lever-Release Clamp and Hook from Really Right Stuff is a useful foundation for all types of tripod heads and is suitable as a panorama base. Compatible with the Really Right Stuff Versa Series 3 tripods, this version has a lever-release clamp and a hook to attach weighty objects to stabilize the tripod. Constructed of CNC machined 6061 aircraft-grade anodized aluminum, the base will support up to 25 lb and features a total of 30 degrees of leveling capability. A large bubble helps hasten the leveling process. The base can be removed to reveal the integrated TA-3-VB video bowl which will accept any head or accessory compatible with a 75mm video bowl.

Benefits

  • Lightweight leveling base
  • Compatible with RRS Versa Series 3 tripods
  • Holds up to 25 lb without slipping
  • Low friction polymer anti-jam plate secures your head solidly and accentuates vibration damping for your load
  • Delivers 30° of total leveling capability
  • Lever-release clamp for mounting tripod head
  • Large 12mm diameter bull's-eye bubble level is easy to see
  • Textured rubber grip on bottom of handle is easy to grasp firmly with or without gloves
  • Rubber grip handle is 4.5" wide and does not significantly impact your ability to drop the tripod to ground level
  • CNC machined 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum with type II anodizing
  • UPC: 818413020030

    Really Right Stuff TA-3-LC-HK Specs

    Load Capacity25 lb (11.3 kg)
    HeightTotal height excluding stud: 7.3" (185)
    Height above tripod: 1.4" (36 mm)
    MountLever-release clamp
    DiameterPlatform diameter: 2.9" (74 mm) (Excluding bubble level)
    Mount diameter: 2.8" (71 mm)
    Maximum Width4.3" (109 mm) (Including bubble level)
    Adjustment+/- 15° (Total 30°)
    Bubble LevelYes
    Weight17.5 oz (496 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight1.345 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6 x 5.8 x 5.55"

    Really Right Stuff TA-3-LC-HK Reviews

    Great leveling base

    By Kazuhiro
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2020-07-29

    The leveling base I purchased is the TA-3-LC-HK, which has an Arca-Swiss compatible clamp on top and the longest handle knob. In the past, I have had to adjust the length of the legs to get them level, but this can be tedious and time consuming. This leveling base solves that problem in one fell swoop. I also purchased the TH-DVTL-55 (Round Dovetail Plate), which make it easier to change the head. It is very useful for leveling the camera and also for changing the head.

    Solid! Worth the money

    By Eric
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2019-01-20

    This is a great leveling base. I’m glad I spent the money. It’s very smooth and locks up extremely tight when needed. Only way to go running heavy rifles.

    Solid, well designed. Reeks of quality.

    By Mark
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2018-05-22

    This is built with high standards and precision. I like the long handle, its really easy to grab and make micro adjustments. If you like to lay your tripod flat you may want to opt for the shorter or �no stem version. I put this on a RRS Versa Series Tripod, but should work perfect for a Gitzo or ProMedia Gear tripod. I use a Gimba head and a BH-55 ball head on it, the quick release handle is secure and high quality. This really simplifies the leveling process, no more fussing with leg adjustments. If you are only going to use one type of Tripod Head you probably won't need the quick release clamp. HIGHLY Recommend

    A must-have for pano-gimbal work and video work.

    By Jerauld
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2017-04-28

    If you use a Really Right Stuff Pano-Gimbal head OR the Really Right Stuff FH-350 fluid-head OR by pure habit use a leveling base with a ball-head, I highly recommend this leveling base. The clamp is crucial for switching between various heads. If working at minimum height with your Series 3 tripod is of utmost importance, I recommend ordering the Leveling Base with the 2.5 handle directly through Really Right Stuff (as B&H doesn't sell that model). The 4.5 handle with thehook in this model is a bit long for ground clearance. If you value having the hook as well the extended handle for easier adjustments, this is for you. Note: All the handles can be sold separately, so you can buy this leveling base, buy another handle, and switch the different handles in and out depending on your needs.

    Great Accessory

    By Brian
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2020-05-15

    The RRS TA-3 is a nice accessory for their Versa Series 3 line of tripods. It allows you to quickly and easily adjust and level your head, or whatever else you want to attach to your tripod. The only thing I didn't realize when purchasing the TA-3, to use with a TVC-34L tripod, is that I can't slam the tripod to it's lowest setting because of the hook. It's not a huge issue, but something to be aware of if you're looking to get low.

    Incredible!

    By David
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2019-12-01

    What can I say, it's Really Right Stuff. Super smooth operation with rock solid engagement when tightened. I use this for spotting and ranging targets at long distance and shooting a 15lb rifle from a tripod.

    2 Thumbs up!

    By Bradley
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2019-05-15

    This is exactly what I thought it would be! Works just as I had hoped, I like the longer handle/clamp and the hook for adding a bit of weight when needed. Two Thumbs up!

    Perfect except weak torque capacity

    By John
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2019-01-22

    Ive been using the TA-3 Leveling Base for several months now, mounted on a RRS TVC-34L tripod. The design makes it very easy to level my ball heads or gimbal heads, simply twist counter-clockwise to loosen, pull straight down to get it in the vicinity of level, fine tune with the bubble, and a quick clockwise twist to lock it. Super easy, and very ergonomic. However...the specifications say that it only has 25 lbs of load capacity, which I interpret to mean 25 lb-ft of torque capacity in this case (only torque matters). Usually with camera support gear the stated capacity specifications are conservative, and the actual load capacities are much larger in practice. However, even when I tighten the TA-3 to my maximum hand strength, I find that the lock is unfortunately weak. I would say that the torque capacity is actually somewhat less than 25 lb-ft, but I havent measured this precisely (and anyways doing so intentionally could damage the locking mechanism, and I have no desire to do so). Now that I know about this problem, I can easily avoid it in most of the work I do, so it isnt a critical flaw. RRS does not offer any stronger options for leveling bases in this particular generation of tripods, the TA-3 is it. If my work required stronger support, then I would have to swap out the TA-3 and go for a strong ball head (such as the BH-55) instead. If your own work will regularly require leveling and sustaining large torque loads, then I would not recommend the TA-3.

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