Gitzo GT2532 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod and GH1382QD Series 1 Center Ball Head
The old expression was that the best of something was the “Cadillac” of its kind. Well, Really Right Stuff supports are the Rolls Royces of the tripod world. The TVC-33 Versa Series 3 Mk2 carbon fiber tripod is a beautiful unit with a diamond-pattern carbon veneer, twist-locks, and rubber ball feet.
The RRS TVC-33 Mk2 has a ratcheting system for the leg angle locks that lets you keep your hands free of pinching once you pull out the stop. Nice! Also, the metal parts are made from a CNC milling process from a solid chunk of metal, not from a mold, for extra strength and durability.
The BH-55 Ball Head looks and feels like pure quality. Movements are silky smooth and the base has panning marks for panoramic work, dual 90-degree cutouts for going vertical, as well as a separate tension adjustment.
For those who do not need the full 50-lb capacity of the BH-55, the BH-40 Ball Head is a fantastic alternative. Really Right Stuff is all made in the USA. The best part of owning an RRS tripod? You will never have to suffer from tripod envy.
- Load Capacity: 50 lb
- Max. Height: 62.3″
- Min. Height: 7.8″
- Folded Length: 29.3″
- Leg Sections: 3
- Weight: 6.26 lb
From another premium line of supports, the Gitzo GT2532 Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod features 8-layer Carbon eXact legs with a signature Gitzo veneer. The carbon portion of the center tube can be removed, leaving the shooter with a shortened center tube for very low-angle shooting from a minimum height of 6.3″.
Fully extended, the legs and ball head will reach 69.8″ and support 31 lb. The GT2532’s chassis is made of magnesium and is powder-coated—again with that signature Gitzo look. Leg-angle adjustment tabs are spring-loaded and Gitzo placed O-rings on the tops of the G-Lock Ultra leg twist locks for extra sealing from the elements.
The GH1382QD Series 1 Ball Head is a beautiful unit with a unique curving design, Gitzo powder coating, and brushed accents. The metallic ball is coated with a tungsten disulfide. I’m not sure what that is, but it sounds pretty cool and it gives the ball gorgeously smooth movement.
- Load Capacity: 31 lb
- Max. Height: 69.8″
- Min. Height: 10.7″
- Folded Length: 30″
- Leg Sections: 3
- Weight: 4.8 lb
Another heavyweight option in our lineup, the 33-lb capacity of the FEISOL CT-3472LV Elite Rapid carbon fiber tripod and CB-40D ball head can support a lot of camera. The three-position leg-angle locks are unique to FEISOL and feature a release tab that protrudes from the chassis at the top of the legs.
Anti-leg rotation technology keeps the legs tightly in place when the twist locks are tightened down. The twist-locks feature a minimalist design with smooth, but grippy rubber. A leveling center column allows for minor leveling adjustments and it can be removed and replaced with an included mount base to allow shooters to mount the head or camera directly to the aluminum chassis plate.
The all-black CB-40D ball head is a clean design featuring a separate pan lock knob, and a friction adjustment opposite the main knob. The quick-release is Arca-type compatible. With a load capacity of 55 lb, the alternate CT-3342 Tournament Rapid carbon fiber legs give you a larger capacity.
- Load Capacity: 33 lb
- Max. Height: 74.2″
- Min. Height: 6.84″
- Folded Length: 26.1″
- Leg Sections: 4
- Weight: 6 lb
The “Stealth” word in the Induro CLT203 Classic Series 2 tripod’s name refers to the fact that Induro has purposely designed the CLT203 to have a very low reflective design—no bling here!
The legs feature foam pads and a very cool carbon veneer. The center column is reversible when you remove the weight hook, and a short center column is included as an extra for low shooting. Black leg-angle locks pull out and the legs can be adjusted to three angles.
A bull’s-eye bubble level lives on the magnesium-alloy chassis, as does an accessory mounting point with two different threads. A carrying case protects the legs, and a tool pouch holds spike feet and a wrench for adjustments.