Really Right Stuff

Really Right Stuff Tripod

RRS TVC-34L with BH-55Last month, I was debating between purchasing a new carbon fiber tripod (Really Right Stuff TVC-33) or replacing the QR plate head on my Manfrotto aluminum tripod with something that could accept Arca Swiss.

I went a slightly different path. Instead of getting the TVC-33 tripod, I went with the TVC-34L. I decided on the new tripod because I didn't like the center column on my Manfrotto. I tried not to extend the center column to make the tripod more stable but that resulted in me having to lean over to look through the viewfinder. I went with the 34L over the 33 because I can always shorten a tripod but I can't extend one further.

I also picked up three of their spiked feet in preparation for a trip to Virginia Beach.

Move to Arca Swiss

Lately, I've been wanting to move to Arca Swiss plates for my camera/tripod. Currently I have Manfrotto RC2 plates for my Manfrotto tripod and monopod. If I want to take a portrait orientation image right after taking a landscape orientation photo, I have to loosen the ballhead, move the camera, make sure it's level, then tighten the ballhead. With Arca Swiss, I can use an L bracket to go from portrait to landscape and back without moving the ballhead.I'm debating between spending $1,700 on a new Really Right Stuff tripod and ballhead and L Bracket, or swap out the mounting plate on the top of my current tripod. The benefit to going with the RRS tripod is I'll have higher reach.  Right now, I have to lean over slightly to look through the viewfinder (I don't like raising the center column on my tripod as it makes it less stable).