Really Right Stuff Updates Their Ground-Level Tripod: TFA-32G

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Sad News Note – May 2020: RRS have confirmed that they are discontinuing the TFA-32G because material costs have made it too hard to keep the necessary margins on this product. This is a HUGE shame, but B&H Photo does still have some stock of the tripod at the time I’m adding this note. If you think you might want this tripod now, or in the future, you’d better buy one now before they are gone forever. Check HERE to see if they still have some in stock.

I’m very surprised by this because it has only been two months since they updated the design of this tripod, and my understanding then was that the update was done to streamline production and keep the costs down. I guess it wasn’t enough 🙁

Browsing the Really Right Stuff website today I noticed that their Ground-Level Tripod, previously called the TP-243, has been slightly updated and renamed to the TFA-32G.

This new naming scheme reflects the rest of their support lineup.

  • T – It’s a tripod (as opposed to a monopod)
  • F – It has a fixed apex
  • A – It’s made from aluminum
  • 3 – It’s considered to support weight in the 3-series territory (50lbs)
  • 2 – It has 2 leg sections
  • G – It’s a ground-level tripod designed for low-level work
TFA-32G with legs fully extended.

There don’t appear to be major differences to the original version and at first, I wondered if they had just re-named it. But a closer look and comparison of the specifications show that the minimum height has reduced a little, as has the weight of the tripod which has decreased by a not-insignificant 200g.

SpecificationTP-243 (old model)TFA-32G (new model)
MaterialAluminiumAluminium
Leg Sections22
Load Capacity50 lb / 23kg50 lb / 23kg
Max Height17.7″ / 450mm17.7″ / 450mm
Min Height1.9″ / 48mm1.62″ / 41mm
Folded Length12.4″ / 314mm12.4″ / 314mm
Weight2.6 lb / 1147g2.17 lb / 985g
Price$395$395

This tripod is popular with macro photographers and wildlife photographers due to the two distinct advantages of the design. Firstly, instead of the threaded cylindrical leg locks found on all other RRS tripods which can get easily gummed up with sand and dirt, this tripod simply has an extending aluminium leg that can be pulled entirely from the tripod to facilitate easy cleaning under a tap. Shooting birds in the marshes or on the beach? This is the perfect solution for getting low.

The second benefit of the design is just how low it enables you to get. As you can see from the images, the whole tripod flattens out a lot more than a regular tripod, meaning the top plate is a mere 1.6 inches off the ground.

TFA-32G at minimum height.
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Dan Carr

Professional photographer based in Yukon, Canada, and founder of Shutter Muse. His editorial work has been featured in publications all over the world, and his commercial clients include brands such as Nike, Apple, Adobe and Red Bull.

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4 thoughts on “Really Right Stuff Updates Their Ground-Level Tripod: TFA-32G”

  1. I’m looking for something that gets super low to kneeling height and handles a good load .
    I’m shooting macro and closeup going to have a pretty heavy setup and everything I seem to want for me setup keeps coming back to RRS making it . These prices for want or need keep costing ! Ouch

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    • I’d say it’s worth it. As I noted, they have discontinued production of this model. If you can still find one in stock I would grab it if I were you!

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  2. Dan, Do you any experience with a RRS TP-243 Ground Tripod? I’ve found a used one for sale and I’m wondering if it’s worth the money.

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    • I wish I had bought one while they were still available. If you want a sturdy low-level pod for macro or wildlife work I’d jump on it if the price is good.

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