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Jan 15, 2015 06:31 |  #1

Which tripod from RRS has similar or equivalent specifications to Gitzo series 3 [mountaineer] CF?

I am looking for a tripod that has 3 main features:

1. Load capacity minimum 20KGs even it is overkill
2. Folding length less than 60cm [<23"]
3. Weight less than 2KG, but i may accept weight around 2.5KG only to give rigidity or sturdy to the tripod

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Jan 15, 2015 09:08 |  #2

I think the only tripod that RRS makes that comes with a center column is their TQC-14 which is a small travel tripod. Their regular tripods are all systematics, although you can buy center columns for them separately. They have a new series 3 model TVC-34 which is a direct competitor to the Gitzo 3542LS, with very similar specs and price.


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Jan 15, 2015 13:04 |  #3

peter_n wrote in post #17383635external link
I think the only tripod that RRS makes that comes with a center column is their TQC-14 which is a small travel tripod. Their regular tripods are all systematics, although you can buy center columns for them separately. They have a new series 3 model TVC-34 which is a direct competitor to the Gitzo 3542LS, with very similar specs and price.

I see, then i have to keep a look at that model

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Jan 15, 2015 20:38 |  #4

They also have the 3 leg section series 3 tripod that was their very first model, the TVC-33. Inevitably, it has a much longer folded length than the new TVC-34 which isn't so good for travel.

The Gitzo 3542LS/RRS TVC-34 specs are great for an average sized person who doesn't use very big lenses and may occasionally take the tripod on a trip. I use a Gitzo 3541LS and it's a really good tripod too, although no longer manufactured. I have a Gitzo center column for it also which I've never used, but will someday...


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peter_n wrote in post #17384632external link
They also have the 3 leg section series 3 tripod that was their very first model, the TVC-33. Inevitably, it has a much longer folded length than the new TVC-34 which isn't so good for travel.

The Gitzo 3542LS/RRS TVC-34 specs are great for an average sized person who doesn't use very big lenses and may occasionally take the tripod on a trip. I use a Gitzo 3541LS and it's a really good tripod too, although no longer manufactured. I have a Gitzo center column for it also which I've never used, but will someday...

This is the main reason i use Gitzo series 3 and wanted to upgrade it to newer version of Gitzo or RRS, i want a tripod that is for travel with good enough load capacity even for long lenses or heavy gear so it is overkill for smaller gear and folding smaller, i have Gitzo series 2 but it is not so sturdy enough to be honest, and i always feel worried it may not give sharp results for longer exposure in windy conditions.

I am not sure if i should go with 3 sections or 4 sections legs, i did read the details between the two and still if i should look at any tripod overall or each/specific detail must be considered.


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Jan 16, 2015 09:00 |  #6

For travel I'd definitely go with a 4 leg section model. 26 inches is too long as I generally travel as light as possible.


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Jan 16, 2015 17:11 |  #7

peter_n wrote in post #17385236external link
For travel I'd definitely go with a 4 leg section model. 26 inches is too long as I generally travel as light as possible.

Yes, i agree, i want lighter but sturdy enough tripod, so if that 4 leg sections is lighter or folder smaller then it will be a better choice, and sure i can read each tripod specifications to see which one is meeting the needs, but hope i don't buy another tripod and then it is same as what i have already if not better, all those tripods are very expensive and i don't look at anything less than Gitzo/RRS, even Manfrotto tripods i don't look at nowadays.


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Jan 21, 2015 17:27 |  #8

I have two RRS, a TVC-33 for primary use, and a TVC-24 for travel. Peter has some good recommendations and I also suggest looking at the TVC-34 and also the 24 for your load capacity, weight and collapsed dimension requirements. Both are quite short, light and robust. The TVC-34 is an inch longer than the 24 when collapsed while 10" taller in extended-height but the larger-diameter 3-series leg-apex and extra pound of weight is another thing to consider as well along with what head you'll be using.

The TVC-24 with BH-40 is a total collapsed length of 22.2". Mine pictured below is a little longer at 23.5" but I have two additional clamps between the head and legs, one for a removable carrying strap and the other so the ball-head can be removed from the legs easily (dovetail on the bottom of the head). When the ball-head is removed the legs are just 20" (with clamp) when collapsed and the ball-head can go in the camera bag. It is a little extended-height limited for taller people (I'm 6'1") but for it's uses as a smaller lighter travel-use/lots of walking/hiking tripod, it works perfectly. I pretty much never need shoot above eye-level when out and about and crouching down to frame upwards isn't a deal-breaker for me but might be for others.

Even though both the 24 and 34 are 4-leg sections, they're much more stable than my 3-section thicker-leg (aluminum) Manfrotto I keep around. Regarding center sections personally I avoid them now but you can always add and remove them pretty easily with RRS.

TVC-33 and TVC-24, you can see how much narrower the 2-series apex is compared to the 3-series:

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Though the TQC-14 is another consideration as it's their smallest and lightest overall tripod and comes with a center column like Peter mentioned (which is also removable). It's just as strong, there's a photo of the RRS owner hanging his entire body weight from one demonstrating that all RRS load-capacities are pretty conservative:
http://blog.reallyrigh​tstuff.com ...3/03/TQC-Joe-1024x656.jpg (external link)
I got a hands on with the TQC-14 when I visited RRS and was extremely impressed with it but ultimately decided on the 24.

It's a tough decision to make spending this much on a travel tripod, I wasn't going to spend this much without a hands-on/trip up to Obispo, so hopefully this personal experience helps as not everyone can get a hands-on before buying.

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Jan 22, 2015 03:11 |  #9

Great review.

Thanks for sharing that.

I'm still trying to figure out which RSS tripod to get and yur comments shed some additional light on the issue for me!




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Jan 30, 2015 12:54 |  #10

Thank you very much, it is helpful indeed!!!


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Jan 31, 2015 10:36 |  #11

I have virtually the same setup as koala yummies. I really like RRS gear and recommend them. I also have gitzo, but RRS takes the edge for me.


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Jan 19, 2018 08:24 as a reply to koala yummies's post |  #12

Hi,

I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on a TVC-33, but I'd like to know if you think the TVC-34 is significantly less stable with 4 leg sections. Portability is important to me too, so if the difference in stability is small, I'd rather get the extra benefit of compactness. I'm sure a 3 section will always be slightly better than a 4, but is it better enough to have to give up the convenience of being able to pack the smaller tripod easily?

Thanks in advance.

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Jan 19, 2018 10:14 |  #13

00derek wrote in post #18544333 (external link)
Hi,

I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on a TVC-33, but I'd like to know if you think the TVC-34 is significantly less stable with 4 leg sections. Portability is important to me too, so if the difference in stability is small, I'd rather get the extra benefit of compactness. I'm sure a 3 section will always be slightly better than a 4, but is it better enough to have to give up the convenience of being able to pack the smaller tripod easily?

Thanks in advance.

Derek.

I haven't used the regular TVC-34, but I do own the TVC-34L and it is rock solid. I've had some hands on experience with the TVC-33 as well, and while it may be theoretically more stable I think you would be hard pressed to ever notice a difference. My TVC-34L mostly gets used with a 600mm f4 IS II, frequently at 840mm, and I've never felt i was lacking stability. I also use it for landscapes and long exposure work, and I mount an AstroTrac to it for tracked star shots




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Jan 19, 2018 16:08 |  #14

Well this thread is 2 years old and I'm sure Tareq has made his decision and is enjoying his now relatively new gear. :) Modern leg locks are no longer candidates for the transmission of vibration so a 3 or 4 leg section can be chosen on other criteria.

I've sold all my Gitzo tripods and bought a RRS TVC-24 last July after finally being able to evaluate RRS products for myself in the B&H store in NYC. The TVC-24 is just 0.4lbs heavier than my travel tripod and folds to the same size. It's also way smaller in diameter than my Gitzo series-3 systematic. A series-2 RRS tripod is equivalent to a series-3 Gitzo - the model numbers do not match in terms of their specs. I only found this out in the store last year.

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