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Really Right Stuff TFA-01 Ultra Pocket Pod and BC-18 Microball Package

BH #RETFA01UBC18 • MFR #13718
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Really Right Stuff TFA-01 Ultra Pocket Pod and BC-18 Microball Package
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 10 lb
  • Max Height: 3.2"
  • Folded Length: 7.7"
  • Leg Section: 1
The TFA-01 Ultra Pocket Pod and BC-18 Microball Package from Really Right Stuff is a great combination of a lightweight and portable table top tripod and the Arca-type compatible BC-18 Microball.
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Really Right Stuff Ultra Overview

The TFA-01 Ultra Pocket Pod and BC-18 Microball Package from Really Right Stuff is a great combination of a lightweight and portable table top tripod and the Arca-type compatible BC-18 Microball.

Really Right Stuff Pocket Pod

The Pocket Pod from Really Right Stuff is a 5.1 oz support that folds down to 6" inches in length to fit in just about any bag. Made of aluminum and stainless steel, the Pocket Pod can be used as a monopod with its legs together or as a tripod with a maximum height of 6" with its legs partially splayed where it can support up to 15 lb. A 1/8" hex key is provided to adjust the leg tension. It's at its default setting of 1.7" with the legs fully splayed however, that it's a real performer. Used this way it's a suitable choice for mirrorless cameras or DSLRs with 70-200mm f/2.8 and 300mm f/4 equivalent telephotos. The Pocket Pod is compatible with several Really Right Stuff ball heads and comes with a 3/8"-16 adapter to accommodate them.

Benefits
  • For travel, macro, and general photography
  • Great choice for mirrorless and standard DSLR cameras with 70-200mm f/2.8 and 300mm f/4 equivalent telephotos
  • Entirely CNC machined 6061T aluminum and stainless steel
  • Adjustable leg tension with provided 1/8" hex key
  • Head screw size: 1/4"-20 with 3/8"-16 adapter
  • Rubber feet grip at any angle
  • Corrosion-resistant parts
  • 15 lb load capacity
  • UPC: 818413021006
    Really Right Stuff BC-18 Micro Ball Clamp

    The BC-18 Micro Ball Clamp from Really Right Stuff is lightweight and ultra-compact, which makes it a nice addition to your camera bag for travel photography or video needs.

    The clamp's 1/4"-20 male threaded mounting post will fit into any bracket, cage, or video rig that contains a 1/4"-20 female thread. The screw-knob style clamp can hold most Arca-type compatible plates, and has a load capacity of up to 10 lb. The articulated ball joint has 45° of movement in four different directions, and it locks into place with the locking lever located right under the clamp.

    The CNC machined 6061-T6 aluminum Micro Ball Clamp has an black anodized type II finish, making it wear- and corrosion-resistant.

    Weight capacity of 10 lb
    Arca-type compatible
    Ultra-compact profile for travel
    Lever lock for ball joint and screw knob lock for clamp
    Ball joint articulation up to 45°
    CNC machined 6061-T6 type II anodized black aluminum
    UPC: 818413022102

    Really Right Stuff Pocket Pod Specs

    Key Specs
    Camera Mounting Screw
    1/4"-20 Male, 3/8"-16 Male
    Load Capacity
    15 lb / 6.8 kg
    Maximum Working Height
    6" / 14.5 cm
    Minimum Working Height
    1.7" / 44 mm
    Closed Length
    6.0" / 15.2 cm
    Materials
    Aluminum Alloy
    Weight
    5.1 oz / 146 g
    Camera / Device Attachment
    Camera Mounting Screw
    1/4"-20 Male, 3/8"-16 Male
    General
    Load Capacity
    15 lb / 6.8 kg
    Maximum Working Height
    6" / 14.5 cm
    Minimum Working Height
    1.7" / 44 mm
    Closed Length
    6.0" / 15.2 cm
    Materials
    Aluminum Alloy
    Weight
    5.1 oz / 146 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight
    0.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
    8.55 x 5.95 x 2.4"

    Really Right Stuff BC-18 Micro Ball Clamp Specs

    Assembly
    Assembly Dimensions
    L: 2.9 x W: 1.8 x H: 1.2" / L: 73.2 x W: 46.0 x H: 30.0 mm
    General
    Quick Release Type
    Arca-Type
    Load Capacity
    10 lb / 4.5 kg
    Material
    Aluminum
    Weight
    3.7 oz / 104.9 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight
    0.375 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
    4.2 x 3.25 x 2.15"

    Really Right Stuff Ultra Reviews

    Advantage of BH-25 bullhead

    By Russell
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-02-01

    I've owned this configuration several years and have found it to work extremely well. The Ballhead tightens well and doesn't sag. I've used it with my 70-200mm f2.8 lens and D850 DSLR and it works well. When the legs are fully splayed it is very sturdy, but if the legs are not fully deployed the tripod tips easily because of the small spread of the legs on such a small tripod. If the legs are not fully deployed, I put one of the legs forward along the direction of the lens to provide extra stability or I hold the tripod down. With the legs fully splayed, the wider base is extremely stabile. The other (BH 18) head available with this table pod has a slightly higher weight limit and it is slightly smaller and lighter; however, unlike the BH-25 head that has a drop notch the BH-18 doesn't. The BH-18 head only tilts 45 degrees as well. The drop notch on the BH-25 comes into play if there isn't a good place to set the tripod on the ground. In this case, a wall, a rock. a tree, or some other solid vertical structure may serve as a vertical support. With this BH-25 set up you can use the notch to allow a picture in landscape orientation while holding the tripod against the vertical structure for support. In this instance, when using the BH-18 head you need to have a L bracket on the camera to accomplish landscape orientation. If you use an L bracket all the time this wouldn't be a problem. Also, though I haven't actually used the BH-18 head you have to move a lever on the mobile portion of the camera to tighten the head which I suspect might change camera position slightly; Whereas the BH-25 tightens the head by turning the larger knob below the part of the device that tilts with the camera. The panning still moves below the knob until it's tightened, but I would think this should be easier to control to maintain framing.

    Impressive strength and craftsmanship

    By Jeff
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-06-03

    This will hold a Canon C70 with the MP-E 65mm macro lens on a RRS ball head without budging. That's an extreme example, but it did work and it was stable macro video. That's impressive. Very small, yet very strong. It does not seem so far fetched a price considering the solid engineering and weight capacity while fitting into your hand or pocket.

    Light, solid, easy to use

    By Janet
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-04-27

    I bought this for use with my mirrorless camera and existing ball head. The legs are easy to expand into different positions, and stay put. I have fun using this as it's so small and compact, yet reliable.

    Well Designed and Constructed

    By Christopher
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-02-15

    The RRS pocket pods are quite versatile for table top photography and audio recording.

    Excellent

    By Brian
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-02-07

    At first I was somewhat worried by how small the legs were on this tripod, but then I remembered this is RRS and gave it a chance. I was using one of those mini Manfrotto table-top tripods, and believe me, this is so much better. It can go all the way to ground level, which makes it more versatile. Of course, you'll find the typical RRS quality and smoothness. It's expensive, but I'm satisfied with what they've built.

    Table Top tripod King

    By Ryan
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2020-06-16

    If you can get past the cost. If you do table top or macro photography this is really a fantastic product. The knob is also able to be pulled to a new position if you are tilted and the BH25 head is hitting the lever release you can just move the locking / panning knob not sure the name of it but it can be moved out of the way. The legs are also adjustable it is really a mini tripod. Probably the one and only one you will buy.

    RRS is amazing

    By Ron
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-08-31

    RRS - everything they make is perfect!

    The best compact travel tripod + ball head combo.

    By William
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-08-12

    It is short enough to go into pants pockets and strong enough for a Sony mirrorless camera with a long lens. I have had one of these for over 4 years and it is problem-free. The only change since 2017 to the TFA-01 is a tube carrying case and the RRS printing on the legs. I recommend this over Gitzo's travel tripod.

    See any errors on this page? Let us know

    The tripod and the BC-18 ball head both have a ...

    The tripod and the BC-18 ball head both have a male stud, so how to they fit together?
    Asked by: James
    The stud that comes with the TFA-01 is removeable.
    Answered by: Wayne
    Date published: 2021-03-05

    Is there a recommended carrying case?

    Is there a recommended carrying case?
    Asked by: Craig
    Not that I know of. I just wrap it in bubble-wrap and put it in my bag. It might work in one of the lens wraps that come with a lens, Or maybe a sock? ;-)
    Answered by: Susan
    Date published: 2021-08-30

    is this TFA-01 Basic or Ultra?

    is this TFA-01 Basic or Ultra?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    That is the Ultra Pocket Pod - you can identify it by the small grey sliders near the top of the tripod. The sliders release the tripod legs from stops and allow them to spread in order for the tripod support to be closer to the ground. The Ultra Pocket Pod operates very intuitively once you see how it works.
    Answered by: Ralph J
    Date published: 2019-09-28

    RRS told me I need this adapter to connect my FLM ...

    RRS told me I need this adapter to connect my FLM 38FTR ballhead to this tripod. Is this the same as the Kirk Double Male Stud BH #KIDS1 MFR #DS-1 ?
    Asked by: Barbara
    The screw on the tripod is 1/4 inches so that tripod head needs to match. You can use a reducer bushing if needed on the tripod head. They cost less than five dollars.
    Answered by: Christopher
    Date published: 2021-07-04

    How does this compare to the GorillaPod?

    How does this compare to the GorillaPod?
    Asked by: Allen
    I don't have a GorillaPod but this is a very sturdy tripod that probably can take a lot more weight for longer exposures.
    Answered by: Gharavi
    Date published: 2020-11-19

    Is the spring loaded hinge between legs and base ...

    Is the spring loaded hinge between legs and base plate robust or a weak point? Can the spring dislodge easily?
    Asked by: David
    RRS Pocket Pod I think it is the best one. I also own gitzo mini tripod. But I prefer RRS then the other one. I never had spring dislodged with heavy load, tele lens 200-600 sony + sony A7/A9 series. I think this is the best mini tripod out there.
    Answered by: Krisrawitno
    Date published: 2020-07-22

    Does this tripod have a bubble level?

    Does this tripod have a bubble level?
    Asked by: Diane
    I just use the level in my camera
    Answered by: Mary
    Date published: 2020-08-29

    Does this come with a ballhead?

    Does this come with a ballhead?
    Asked by: Alex
    A ball head does not come with the pocket pod.
    Answered by: Steve
    Date published: 2019-07-18
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