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Tripod.

J G Robinson [deleted] 5:33pm, 13 January 2010
Does anyone have any experience with the new RRS TVC-33 Versa Tripod?

Looks good on paper but I hoped that maybe one of you guys owned or knew someone that owned one of these?

I pre ordered one after being told I would have to wait around 4 weeks for it to arrive, giving me enough time to research them via the web, only to find very little due to the age of these things.

I don't mind jumping in at the deep end, fingers crossed, I hope it turns out to be a good product.
J G Robinson [deleted] 8 years ago
Sorry,

I forgot to add a link, here it is.

The TVC-33 Versa Tripod
jools_b PRO 8 years ago
I haven't heard of it before but given the pedigree of the company, it's likely to be very good. It also strikes me as yet another Gitzo copy.
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Tim Parkin PRO 8 years ago
I personally wonder if it will be better than a Gitzo but, having had a couple of problems with my Gitzo I realise that they aren't the 'super quality' product a lot of people make them out to be (there was a consistent problem with the cap on the end of the legs coming un-glued and/or breaking. Every leg of mine has had the same problem.
Anthony4u 8 years ago
I use a Manfrotto and it's great.
J G Robinson [deleted] 8 years ago
My current Gitzo was sent off yesterday to be repaired, the rubber grips for the twist locks became loose and the plastic inserts inside the legs for the anti leg rotation feature had become all chewed up which had me wrestling each leg to extend them.

As jools_b pointed out, it does appear to be a gitzo copy, but given RRS's pedigree, I imagine they have improved some of the problems.

Tim, on my gitzo, the legs had rubber feet that could be removed to reveal spikes, they seemed to stay put. I thought all Gitzo's had them?
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Tim Parkin PRO 8 years ago
Hi John,

You can remove those spikes using one of the tools that came with your tripod (well, you can on mine) but the plastic bit that the spikes screw into fell out of the carbon fibre leg tubing.. It may be to do with the fact that I have some of the long spikes and that puts more strain on the legs? Once I glued them back in with araldite things are fine.

Tim
jools_b PRO 8 years ago
FWIW, the new 'pod is being discussed here.
J G Robinson [deleted] Posted 8 years ago. Edited by J G Robinson (member) 8 years ago
Thank you jools_b,

No bad reports to be found yet, although early days, things are looking good.

Tim - I didn't have any problems with that part on my tripod, I do recall reading a thread somewhere about it though.

I wish either of my tripods would arrive soon so I can get out there and enjoy my photography again. I had a year out due to problems with my web development and other things and must admit, when I started getting out again, I was lost, I just couldn't see a strong composition even if it hit me in the face. I am still suffering to some extent, but feel things are starting to click again.

Have any of you guys suffered this problem before, were having a long spell away from taking images has had a negative impact on the way you see compositionally?
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Tim Parkin PRO 8 years ago
I definitely have a bit of 'fear' when I haven't been out much . Have a look at my recent blog post ..
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uniB 8 years ago
For $925 I'd want it to walk along by the side of me and set itself up whilst I tucked into my packed lunch. It looks very nice though.
jools_b PRO 8 years ago
$925??? I never thought I'd ever say this but: get a Gitzo - they're cheaper!

Alternatively, you could try one of these...
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uniB 8 years ago
Absolutely, I have a Feisol and it's a great tripod, solid, well built, I'd totally recommend them.
J G Robinson [deleted] Posted 8 years ago. Edited by J G Robinson (member) 8 years ago
Thanks for bringing Feisol to mind, I have taken a look at the link, the prices are much more reasonable.

Gitzo or Feisol might just be a better option, I was invoiced by RRS for Tripod, L Bracket, Clamp, Head at $1625 with delivery charges, now I'm not 100% on the maths but import VAT at 17.5% combined with a standard 3.7% duty rate will add up to around £1125 at the current conversion rates, with possible extra fees to go on top of that for uk delivery fees (need to call and check this).

I could probably save around £200 + buying a Feisol/Gitzo and Kirk/similar setup.

Thanks again for the heads up.
Alistair Haimes 6 years ago
I've had exactly that same problem on my three Gitzo legs too. Very disappointing having to dig in boggy ground to retrieve expensive tripod feet. Very.
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Tim Parkin PRO 6 years ago
I've bought some marine Epoxy which is working a lot better than the araldite I had used last time (West System is very good stuff - stays runny for a really long time though, you can wait for it to thicken or add a 'filler')
Alistair Haimes Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Alistair Haimes (member) 6 years ago
Thanks Tim, that's a good tip. I superglued them, but one came off again this morning: I'll try the marine Epoxy. But the thing is, for what they cost, it is a bit of a disgrace isn't it? Mine is a 3-series, which is yours? I was wondering whether the 5-series are better as well as beefier.
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Tim Parkin PRO 6 years ago
5's are beefier but my 3541XLS is pretty solid. The glue is the issue and the design of the plug for the bottom of the tripod (the plastic bit is just too short fitting into the bottom of that last leg segment).
Alistair Haimes 6 years ago
My 3-series is just a joke. Not only have I had to araldite on the bottom of all three legs, but the closure is very unpositive (I can move it around with my hand with less than the weight of my camera) after a few days' use and constantly needs tightening. Really poor. Agreed: the plastic plug into which you screw the spike is just way too lightweight.
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