Really Right Stuff TVC-34L / BH-55 Review

Tripod or piece of art?

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There are very few products in this world that are perfect but this is one of them. But, perfect comes at a cost.

TRIPODS! There’s a million variations of tripods, length, folded length, carbon fiber or aluminum, ball-head, video head, the list literally goes on forever. Depending on what kind of photography you’re doing the tripod can be the make or break for your photo turning out good. For myself personally, 90% of what I shoot is landscape, nature and travel and this tripod is everything I could ever want.

My first initial reaction upon taking it out of the box was there’s no way it’s worth the price-tag, I’m not really sure what I was expecting to be honest. After messing around with it for a bit I can actually see why it costs so much, the build quality is insane, it feels like a tank. Everything from the carbon fiber to the metal parts just works so perfectly. If you’ve ever used a Gitzo tripod imagine that but better, yes it gets better. I upgraded from a Induro travel tripod and there isn’t even a competition. Although in that price range Induro can’t be beat.

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TVC-34L Specs:

  • Leg Material: Carbon Fiber
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Load Capacity: 50 lb
  • Maximum Height: 68.8″
  • Minimum Height: 4.0″
  • Folded Length: 24.4″
  • Weight: 4.7 lb
  • Top Leg Tube Diameter: 1.44″

No center column, tough carbon fiber, being able to take apart the legs to clean them, weight and folded length are the major selling points for me. Specifically the weight, it can’t be too light because strong winds will blow it over but it can’t be too heavy because it’ll suck to carry around.

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I also got the TQB-80B bag for it, solid bag with no issues it fits perfectly. I wanted to get the medium size bag to save space but I read it doesn’t fit so I didn’t take the risk and just sized up.

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The one and only major downside to this is the price. It’s next level expensive so it’s basically geared towards professionals and hardcore hobbyists. To put it in perspective it’s more expensive than some L lenses. But like I said before, if you want something perfect that just works with amazing build quality this is the obvious choice.

The BH-55 ballhead is equally as amazing as the tripod legs, an expensive piece of art but a worthy investment. The RRS L-bracket works perfectly with it (obviously). Other than that, closing the lever is buttery smooth and really satisfying… for some reason.

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In your lifetime if you keep buying cheap tripods it’ll end up equaling the cost of one of these if not more. So buy something that lasts.

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or comments leave one below.

 

If you’re interested in the products above, check them out below:

RRS TVC-34L

RRS BH-55 LR Ballhead

RRS TQB-80B Large Tripod Bag

 

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