|Nikon 600mm f/4 AF-S II w/ Gitzo GT3531s|
|Nikon 400mm f/2.8 VR w/ Gitzo GT5530s|
Now, the GT5541LS is a great tripod and it has been my go to for some time now. It is a bit on the heavy side at a tad over 6lbs for just the legs. Add a wimberley head at 3 pounds and you are carrying some weight. I had always thought that Gitzo was the only way to go as I could not find a comparable product in the market place.
Now, I know Really Right Stuff was going to be making tripods for some time now, but I never saw any in action or much advertising of them. I have been reading a lot about their Really Right Stuff TVC-33 in many online photo forums and really enjoying what I am seeing and reading. Looking at the specs, the weight of the tripod looks fantastic, but it seems it might come up a little short for me when fully extended and a little long when folded up.
Enter the Really Right Stuff TVC-34L. I am excited about the prospects of this one as it has a full height of 70" when extended and a tad over 24" when fully closed up. The best part, 4.7lbs and a smaller overall diameter of the top plate. This is almost 2lbs lighter, opens up taller and more compact than the GT5541LS that I am currently using. I am heading back to Alaska this summer and will be packing the 600mm VR and I need a good tripod to pack. Weight and size savings will be welcomed like a new family member. I am anxiously awaiting the release of the TVC-34L and can't wait to give my review.
|Nikon 500mm f/4 VR w/ Gitzo GT5541LS|
|Size Comparison of the Gitzo GT5544LS vs. Gitzo GT3541LS|