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The TVC-33S is our short-height Versa Series 3 tripod. The TVC-33S is 8 inches shorter than our standard-height TVC-33 tripod at full extension. This maximizes leg stiffness in a more compact, lighter package.
Versa Series 3 tripods represent the pinnacle of tripod design and performance. Weighing in at only 4 pounds yet capable of supporting
50 pounds, a TVC-33S Versa Series 3 tripod combines the Really Right Stuff ideal of soul-satisfying feel and finish with best-in-class strength and
All features, materials, fit and finish in a Versa tripod meet and exceed the best in the world. We painstakingly machine most components
and assemble each tripod by hand. What we don’t produce ourselves is made in the United States—down to the smallest screw.
Versa Series 3 tripods are the perfect choice for all full-sized gear combos. They’re built for rock solid support of 600mm telephotos,
gimbal heads, and large format cameras, but their incredibly light weight also makes them easy to carry and use with all gear.
We value each of these with equal importance. In designing the Really Right Stuff Versa Tripod, our goal was to create an intuitive, almost second nature usability, allowing you to focus on your passion, not your gear. This tripod will always perform, always hold sure, and always be Really Right.
MADE IN THE USA
Down to the smallest screw.
THE DRIVE TO BUILD THE BEST By Joe Johnson,
"A while back, I got an itch to design a tripod that would marry the Really Right Stuff ideal of soul-satisfying feel and finish with best-in-class strength and resilience. Three years, thousands of design hours, numerous prototypes and weeks of field-testing later, I'm confident we succeeded. Driven to produce the best possible still-photography tripod money can buy, we committed that all features, materials, fit and finish meet and exceed the best in the world. The result is not a mass-produced item available at any corner shop. We painstakingly machine most components and assemble each tripod by hand right here in San Luis Obispo, California. What we don't produce ourselves is all made in the United States-down to the smallest screw. This flies in the face of the age of outsourced production to low-cost countries, but it allows us total and direct control of the end product. admittedly the price may be out of reach for many, but the best tools are worth the investment if it raises your level of art and enjoyment of use. We hope you agree there is no finer camera support gear at any price. We proudly introduce the first of a line of premium carbon-fiber tripods and accessories that meet the Really Right Stuff design and quality standards."
Patented SureGrip Apex Lock System: Allows quick and absolutely secure change-out from a simple platform to a Versa Quick Column or Series 3 Leveling Base.
Big & Thin carbon fiber legs: With a large outer diameter and wall thickness of only 0.04", our carbon fiber tubes far surpass the competition in strength-to-weight ratio.
Offset Leg Joints: Tripods must occasionally withstand tremendous bending and torsion loads. It is crucial that the leg angle stops and all other structural joints are well supported. Our patented offset leg joints fully support the leg angle stops allowing loads to be transferred straight through the strongest members of the tripod. This also means the tripod is more compact when collapsed.
Ratcheting Angle Stops: just pull out the stop, raise the leg, and the stop will automatically engage into place beginning at the highest setting. Pulling the legs back down will ratchet the stop into place at each angle. This keeps your fingers safe from pinching and assures the best support.
Rubber Ball Feet: Large diameter teardrop shape keeps leg sidewalls from touching the ground even at the lowest settings and makes positive contact with the ground at virtually any angle.
CNC Machining: Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) milling machines precisely sculpt parts out of solid metal affording excellent control in the design, fit and finish of every metal part found on an RRS tripod. Other tripod manufacturers employ mold casting to mass produce metal parts, resulting in lower strength/quality pieces.
Anodizing vs Powder Coating: Anodizing produces surface protection embedded into the metal, yielding superior wear and corrosion resistance versus a superficial coating.
High-visibility bulls-eye spirit level embedded in the apex for accurate leveling.
Twist Grip Leg Extension Locks: Textured semi-hard rubber allows for easy adjustments and strong grip. Anti-twist leg sections mean each twist lock can be operated independently.
What's in the Box?
TVC-33S Carbon Fiber Tripod
(2) 3/16" hex keys (required to adjust leg angle tension)
1/8" hex key (required to loosen/tighten SureGrip set screws)
Single-use tube of medium-strength thread-locking compound (if user desires to semi-permanently fix tripod feet in place)
Nylon stud-cover nut
Leg Material: Carbon Fiber
Number of Leg Sections: 3
Load Capacity: 50 lb / 23kg
Maximum Height: 50.8" / 129cm
Minimum Height: 3.9" / 99mm
Folded Length: 22.8" / 578mm
(Heights and Length exclude 0.313" / 8mm stud height)
Studio photography (optional Quick Column recommended; TA-3-QC, sold separately)
A robust tripod head, such as the BH-55 LR Ballhead or PG-02 Gimbal Head is recommended for the TVC-33s tripod.
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We offer support packages that pair the BH-55 LR with our Versa 3 Carbon-fiber Tripods, and can also offer custom combinations with other models. The TVC-33s mounts to a tripod head with an industry-standard 3/8"-16 threaded socket.
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