Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod

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  • Load Capacity: 50 lb
  • Max Height: 68.8"
  • Min Height: 4"
  • Folded Length: 24.4"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.7 lb
  • Twist Locks with Integrated Wipers
  • Rubber Ball Feet
  • Variable Angle Stops
  • Versa Apex with Multiple 1/4"-20 Sockets
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Maximum Height: 68.8"

58.5" 68.8"

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Really Right Stuff TVC-34L overview

  • 1Description

The TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Mk2 from Really Right Stuff is a mid-weight carbon fiber tripod designed for use in both the field and studio.

Constructed from Really Right Stuff's patented carbon fiber weave, the TVC-34L weighs in at 4.7 lb and can safely support up to 50 lb. It's 4-section leg design allows the tripod to extend to a maximum height of 68.8" and lower down to a minimum working height of just 4".

Quick set-up and break-down is facilitated by easy-to-use twist locks, which require just a quarter rotation to unlock and re-lock each leg section. This design also helps to maintain the tripod's slim folded silhouette. Additionally, when traveling with or storing the tripod, the entire support can fold down to just 24.4" in length, small enough to travel or hike with.

Each leg is attached to the tripod's collar via an offset leg joint that helps to evenly distribute heavy loads and maintain the tripod's rigidity. The joints and collar are constructed of lightweight anodized aluminum which, aside from lending inherent strength to the tripod, also provides it with natural wear and corrosion resistance. Each one of the three leg joints also feature a variable angle stop that automatically locks into place as the legs are folded downward into "standard" position.

The TVC-34L's feet are a unique teardrop shape that prevents the leg sections from touching the ground at even the lowest height settings and the most unusual angles. Their rubber exterior provides a non-slip grip on nearly any surface and can be used both indoors and outdoors without concern. For users wishing to change the native rubber feet to metal "all-terrain" spikes, a set of metal spikes are available separately.

It's 4-section leg design allows the tripod to extend to a maximum height of 68.8", lower down to a minimum working height of 4", and with a folded length of 24.4"
The tripod weighs in at 4.7 lb, and it can safely support up to 50 lb
Twist locks with integrated wipers to keep particles out of the locking mechanism
Versa apex, which accepts a 75mm video bowl, has multiple 1/4"-20 sockets for accessories
Rubber feet provide a non-slip grip on surfaces and can be switched to metal "all-terrain" spikes, which are available separately
UPC: 818413029309
In the Box
Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • 2 x 3/16" Hex Key
  • 5/32" Hex Key
  • Single-Use Tube of Medium-Strength Thread-Locking Compound
  • Nylon Stud Cover
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Really Right Stuff TVC-34L specs

    General
    Load Capacity 50 lb / 22.68 kg
    Maximum Working Height 68.8" / 174.8 cm
    Minimum Working Height 4" / 10.2 cm
    Folded Length 24.4" / 61.98 cm
    Weight 4.7 lb / 2.13 kg
    Materials Aluminum Alloy, Carbon Fiber
    Legs
    Leg Lock Type Twist Lock
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 4
    Leg Diameter 1.4" / 35.56 mm
    Feet Features Rubber
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 29.0 x 6.0 x 6.0"

    Really Right Stuff TVC-34L reviews

    TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The last tripod I will ever need to buy I've owned a bunch of tripods - still have three or four after giving my niece and nephew some of my older ones. I'm also a really big fan of Really Right Stuff. The RRS line of tripods are what I always aspired to but hadn't pulled the trigger on buying one until they came out with their Mark II line that incorporated all of the features that were on my wish list. This one is absolutely the best tripod I've ever had my hands on even though it was a lot of money. I'd have actually saved money if I hadn't bought all of those other tripods first. Its rock solid even with my Canon 1 series camera with the 100-400 lens and 1.4x converter on it. Plus its a lot lighter than any of my other tripods.
    Date published: 2018-10-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best tripod I've ever touched, now I own one Like many photographers, I've been through quite a few tripods, and initially making the mistake of trying to find cheaper options for camera support and falling for marketing gimmicks. I won't bore you with the details, but after a lot of trouble I still didn't have a stable and strong portable tripod I could easily port around. My previous carbon fiber tripod turned out to be weak at the joints and flexes a lot in the wind. And my lenses had been growing in size, now including super-teles such as a 300/2.8 and 500/4. I can get by with these using my Gitzo monopod in good light, but for more careful work, I had no options other than a solid tripod and gimbal. So I finally gave up and decided to go straight for RRS gear, knowing that this was the best I could buy (I owned a few other RRS gear, but this would be my first RRS pod). And, I reasoned, it would be a tripod that would last the rest of my life, one that I could pass on to my kids. I was initially thinking that I would need the TVC-43 tripod, the largest made by RRS, but that is because I had also been using other brands where one loses a lot of rigidity at full extension...I had been making up for this by not extending the leg sections all the way, leaving a little leg inside each joint, and using the tripods at shorter heights. The TVC-43 seemed like the only option for a complete solution to my tripod troubles. A fellow photographer convinced me that the 43 was for heavy video gear, and overkill. He said the 34L was a better option for my needs, plenty tall and that the legs are rigid at any degree of extension. He was right. I live outside the US, where RRS gear is difficult to find, and priced about 2X the retail cost in the US when I can find it. So I ordered from B&H, knowing their reliable service and international shipping capabilities. Everything came perfectly, with DHL arriving ahead of schedule and allowing me to set a time for delivery so that I could be at home when it arrived. Bravo B&H! When the TVC-34L came in the box I opened it and pulled it out of the plastic bag inside, et voila! There it was, a tripod ready to go. It is quite beautiful, the carbon fiber pattern/weave that is visible on the outside is impressive. Of course, the first thing I did was to extend the legs all the way out, and I was astonished to see how tall it can get. It is not a small tripod, and with a head on top it could easily see above heads in a crowd (if you could set it up under such circumstances). It also gets down very low, if desired. The action of the ratchet locks for adjusting the tilt angle of the lens, the feeling of high rigidity of the entire rig, the wonderful feeling of ergonomic leg locks (nice and large and easy to grip), the speed at which I could open and close it, all of these were equally astonishing. The included feet also seem solid and have a good gripping capability on a variety of surfaces. Last, but not least, the weight is impressively light! Fully extended, I've never moved around such a large, rigid, gangly item that was simultaneously so light. So, the initial WOW factor really bowled me over. I immediately put a gimbal head on, grabbed my 500/4 lens, and took it out for some test shooting. This is a good lens for testing vibrations, by opening live view on the rear camera display and zooming all the way in, I can easily see the slightest vibrations. I didn't see any of the wild gyrations and fluctuations that appear on my other pods of the past. It was VERY steady. I took many test shots using a high resolution D810, and then opened the files on my computer to see how they looked. It was truly a stunning discovery, I was getting sharpness out of this lens that I never even knew was possible previously. Even at f/4, wide open, everything was super-sharp. Already the tripod justifies the expense, since it improves the image quality of my longer lenses immensely. My next test shoot involved doing some long exposures (most around 30") at night in a local cemetery. I had done some long exposure work in the past, but I never had a tripod that could deliver sharp results. And again, with the TVC-34L for support, I was getting stunning results, pixel-sharp. This support opens up all kinds of new photographic opportunities that were previously unavailable to me. I later added a RRS Versa 3 leveling head with lever release mounting clamp, and now this setup is about as good as I can imagine owning. It easily handles the 500/4 with a ~2 kg gimbal head attached (same weight as the tripod itself). It stows quickly and easily, and I can use it in a variety of settings. There are only 2 minor trade-offs I would mention in this review, which may be important for some shooters. First is that the legs do not extend in to as compact a length as some other pods, it is a little longer when folded up and stowed away. If this is a concern, you can easily find numbers for the length for this and other tripods on the B&H website. The second is that the footprint of the tripod (the triangular area between the feet when deployed) is somewhat large at max height, which is because this tripod goes rather high without relying on a center column to get up there. The larger footprint means that you some times have to move the camera itself back away from the edge of an obstacle you'd like to shoot over, making it harder to do so. This can also make it more difficult to set up the tripod under some circumstances, such as in crowded areas. The combination of these two tradeoffs means that you also have a fairly large footprint when used at minimum height...for example, must too large for most table tops. However, both of these trade-offs are conscious decisions that were probably made by RRS because they wanted to emphasize strength and rigidity of support, both of which would be compromised by increasing the number of leg sections (which adds more work to set it up or put it away) or using a center column (these are notorious for adding vibrations).
    Date published: 2018-10-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mercedes of tripods, indeed I already knew the reputation of this tripod before ordering it, and given its high price point I very much expected it to be the very best that money can buy. Well, the TVC-34L exceeded these expectations, and then some. It feels far lighter than I expected for its size, I will not mind carrying it around (it can strap sideways to the bottom of my backpack). Basically this tripod does what it is supposed to do: it has an extremely solid feeling, and makes a very stable platform for shooting. I tested it with my 500mm f/4 lens (using the RRS PG-02 head) and this gave me a good opportunity to compare with other tripods I've used before. On solid ground, the vibrations are very well-controlled. I can zoom all the way in live view mode and see the slightest shake/vibration on the screen, so I tapped and bumped the lens while mounted to see how the vibrations dissipated, and I am quite impressed (very well controlled). I was able to get super sharp photos wide open with this lens at all distances, something I struggled to do with other kinds of support owing to the vibration sensitivity and extremely shallow depth of field of this longer lens wide open. I've only just used it once and already in love. It is beautiful just to look at, and lovely to touch. This is going to be a tripod for life. It makes me eager to go out and do more challenging shoots, long exposures, big panos, super-telephotos, all of it! I'm going to have a lot of fun with this amazing tool. One thing to note is that it is very stable at full height, and this is partly because it does not have a center column. But this means that the legs have to be longer and that they spread out wider on the ground than a center-columned tripod. If you need to work fully extended in height but also in tight quarters then you might want to use a different kind of tripod (or even tall monopod).
    Date published: 2018-10-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I bought this with a bh55 ballhead. I've only taken it out once, but it's an excellent tripod. Sturdy, easy to operate, and is built with excellent craftsmanship. Only downside is weight. It might be a little heavy for long hikes. Get the 24L and BH 55 for long hikes. Definitely worth every dollar! If you have the money, buy this tripod.
    Date published: 2018-10-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy and well built tripod This tripod is a very strong. I won't be carrying this in my pack due to weight, but in yesterdays wind storm with 3 sand bangs attached to the tripod, it was rock solid. This will be a life time purchase for me. It's built so well, it won't need replacing. Tim
    Date published: 2018-08-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from As good as the Feisol tripods in most respects I bought the RRS TVC-34L to get the height I wanted, although it means having a tripod that is too long when collapsed for air travel. I could put it in checked luggage but twice in past month the airlines have not had my checked luggage on board when the plane landed and I needed to return the following day to the airport. Legs are stiff and load rating appears to be accurate. Options for changing out the base for a leveling base though then one loses the set screws to keep the head securely mounted to the tripod. What I wish RRS would understand is that except for the USA the world is metric. Pain to have to have non-metric hex wrenches for the Really Right Stuff products when all my other photo gear uses metric hex screws and fasteners. Overall I prefer my Feisol CT-3472 which works equally well, cost a lot less, has options for a leveling base and for adding a center column and ships with a high quality carry case that is included with the tripod. The RRS TVC-34L tripod carry case cost an additional $77.
    Date published: 2018-10-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG.... I never knew I could love a tripod as much as I do now. After years of beating an old (and well valued) Manfrotto (it finally broke) I decided to really invest in a top of the line set of legs. Worth every penny.
    Date published: 2018-08-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best tripod Compared to my old gitzo G1325, RRS TVC 34L mk2 is really good, the tripod is very stable, smooth, suitable for me 185cm high, I love the wild bird photography, TVC 34L MK2 is a very good tripod
    Date published: 2018-07-14
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