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Apr 01, 2011 15:01 |  #61

peter_n wrote in post #12137965 (external link)
The new RRS catalogs are available with some information about upcoming products including the TVC-34 (no spec. yet), TVC-24 and TVC-24 Long (no spec. yet). They also have a new modular L-plate design for smaller cameras, and a cable release spacer that sits on the vertical dovetail of an L-plate among other things. The new RRS catalogs are available on this page (external link).

Peter... don't know if you saw them, but their were some earlier comments in the thread regarding changes to the future models listed in the catalog.


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Apr 01, 2011 19:33 |  #62

Yes I did see them but I'm assuming the catalogs contain the definitive product direction.


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Apr 01, 2011 19:58 as a reply to  @ peter_n's post |  #63

Sorry, I should have been clearer. Their 2011 catalog has been out for a while, and the information posted earlier seemed to indicate some of their tripod plans had subsequently changed... At least that's how I took it. :)


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Apr 07, 2011 16:49 as a reply to  @ PilotBrad's post |  #64

I don't know if any saw it, but RRS did release a Spring Catalog to supplement their 2011 catalog and it now contains specs on a new TVC-33S (short) the TVC-34L and TVC-24L.

As Peter said earlier, you can find it here.. http://reallyrightstuf​f.com/WebsiteInfo.aspx​?fc=91 (external link)


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Apr 07, 2011 21:31 |  #65

thank you,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


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Apr 08, 2011 10:14 |  #66

the RRS tripods are selling quickly according to RRS and the tripods are often on backorder. have any more of the forum members purchased any of the RRS tripods?


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Apr 08, 2011 17:05 |  #67

I bought a TVC23 with a BH55 head last fall. I live in LA so I was able to take the drive up to RRS HQ to look and touch before I bought. I had been considering/comparing the Gitzo 35xx series and the RRS 2x series.

At RRS they have (and sell) both Gitzo and RRS tripods in their "showroom" I was able to compare a G35xx tripod right next to a TVC23 and TVC24 and felt that the TVC23 was the sturdiest of the bunch.

While I know the Gitzo tripods work really well I am not impressed with their finish. I know it doesn't really matter but when I handles the RRS legs there was just no doubt they were what I was going to purchase. The build quality of all RRS equipment is incredible, everything is so smooth. The machined metal parts, the look, feel, stability and weight of the carbon fiber legs are just incredible.

The only thing I don't like about the RRS legs is the feel of the twist locks. When you are opening them there is a distinct click which doesn't seem quite right. I would rather they operated a bit smoother but they do the job well.

I've taken my tripod apart and find it odd that having long tripods is a big deal for them. The legs are pretty simple assemblies and I think they could even offer custom tripods at any height required quite easily. I doubt they are creating different tubes other than them being longer for the L models.

All in all I know I paid a little more for RRS but it's the last tripod I think I will ever need. If I use it for 15-20 years it really is just pennies a day extra.


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Apr 08, 2011 17:16 |  #68

bpalermini wrote in post #12185129 (external link)
The only thing I don't like about the RRS legs is the feel of the twist locks. When you are opening them there is a distinct click which doesn't seem quite right. I would rather they operated a bit smoother but they do the job well.

I experienced this a bit myself. I don't know if I like or dislike it, however. It's just a different tactile repsonse than what I was used to.


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Apr 08, 2011 17:32 |  #69

bpalermini wrote in post #12185129 (external link)
I bought a TVC23 with a BH55 head last fall. I live in LA so I was able to take the drive up to RRS HQ to look and touch before I bought. I had been considering/comparing the Gitzo 35xx series and the RRS 2x series.

At RRS they have (and sell) both Gitzo and RRS tripods in their "showroom" I was able to compare a G35xx tripod right next to a TVC23 and TVC24 and felt that the TVC23 was the sturdiest of the bunch.

While I know the Gitzo tripods work really well I am not impressed with their finish. I know it doesn't really matter but when I handles the RRS legs there was just no doubt they were what I was going to purchase. The build quality of all RRS equipment is incredible, everything is so smooth. The machined metal parts, the look, feel, stability and weight of the carbon fiber legs are just incredible.

The only thing I don't like about the RRS legs is the feel of the twist locks. When you are opening them there is a distinct click which doesn't seem quite right. I would rather they operated a bit smoother but they do the job well.

I've taken my tripod apart and find it odd that having long tripods is a big deal for them. The legs are pretty simple assemblies and I think they could even offer custom tripods at any height required quite easily. I doubt they are creating different tubes other than them being longer for the L models.

All in all I know I paid a little more for RRS but it's the last tripod I think I will ever need. If I use it for 15-20 years it really is just pennies a day extra.

thank you very much, i appreciate your insight and comments about these tripods. ;)


Cameras - 1DMKIV - 1DMKII - 7D W/Grip
Primes - 100 F2.8 macro L - 135 F2 L - 300 F4 L
Zooms - 24-70 F2.8 L - 70-200 F2.8 L - 70-200 F4 L
Tripod - RRS TVC 33 - RRS BH55

  
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Apr 08, 2011 19:40 as a reply to  @ Kyles's post |  #70

Can anyone who handle TVC-24 measure the exact length when fully extend and fully retract?

It will be a great help to verify if its really 20" instead of 18" as they claimed.




  
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Apr 09, 2011 11:26 as a reply to  @ roger1234's post |  #71

From the Nikon forums a review said that photos taken with the RRS tripod were a hair less sharp than those taken with a Gitzo tripod. Has anyone else agreed with that? Is this merely apples and oranges?


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Primes - 100 F2.8 macro L - 135 F2 L - 300 F4 L
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Apr 09, 2011 16:48 |  #72

Neil knows what he's doing so I give credence to his findings. Someone here pointed out that he has a conflict of interest because Nikonians sell Gitzo products but I really doubt that; he is honest. What was interesting about his testing is that the TVC-33 is a 3-section tripod and the 3541LS has 4-section legs. With the modern tripods it seems you can get away with buying a 4-section. I recently bought a 3541LS and only use three sections as I'm 5' 8" in height and the stability is absolutely amazing. However the differences Neil saw are so small that either one of these tripods should be all anyone needs unless you have something like an 800mm lens. I'll certainly never need a 5-series.


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Apr 09, 2011 22:35 |  #73

peter_n wrote in post #12190621 (external link)
Neil knows what he's doing so I give credence to his findings. Someone here pointed out that he has a conflict of interest because Nikonians sell Gitzo products but I really doubt that; he is honest. What was interesting about his testing is that the TVC-33 is a 3-section tripod and the 3541LS has 4-section legs. With the modern tripods it seems you can get away with buying a 4-section. I recently bought a 3541LS and only use three sections as I'm 5' 8" in height and the stability is absolutely amazing. However the differences Neil saw are so small that either one of these tripods should be all anyone needs unless you have something like an 800mm lens. I'll certainly never need a 5-series.

Agree since he is a forum member and doesn't seem like he's associate with Nikonian's store.

The difference is so small that I think RRS is worth giving it a try - that's why I'm interested in TVC-24 fold length/strength. I have been trying to find a series-3 stability that fold up to 18" and extend to 51/52 inch for frequent air travel - compromise height without scarifies stability when compare to GT3541LS.

But right now I'm afraid TVC-24 might actually be longer when folded - can anyone who owns TVC-24 verify this?




  
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Apr 10, 2011 10:27 |  #74

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But right now I'm afraid TVC-24 might actually be longer when folded - can anyone who owns TVC-24 verify this?

RRS state that the folded length of the TVC-24 is 18.7in (page 9 of their spring catalog). I don't think this tripod folds back on itself like a regular travel tripod. I'm 5ft 8in tall and for my height the TVC-24 doesn't do it. I would need a center column which means a fold back design.


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Apr 10, 2011 14:14 |  #75

peter_n wrote in post #12190621 (external link)
Neil knows what he's doing so I give credence to his findings. Someone here pointed out that he has a conflict of interest because Nikonians sell Gitzo products but I really doubt that; he is honest. What was interesting about his testing is that the TVC-33 is a 3-section tripod and the 3541LS has 4-section legs. With the modern tripods it seems you can get away with buying a 4-section. I recently bought a 3541LS and only use three sections as I'm 5' 8" in height and the stability is absolutely amazing. However the differences Neil saw are so small that either one of these tripods should be all anyone needs unless you have something like an 800mm lens. I'll certainly never need a 5-series.

i guess at that level of tripod, it just depends on which one you prefer,


Cameras - 1DMKIV - 1DMKII - 7D W/Grip
Primes - 100 F2.8 macro L - 135 F2 L - 300 F4 L
Zooms - 24-70 F2.8 L - 70-200 F2.8 L - 70-200 F4 L
Tripod - RRS TVC 33 - RRS BH55

  
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