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
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 shows that the minimum height has reduced a little, as has the weight of the tripod which has decreased by a not insignificant 200g.
|Specification||TP-243 (old model)||TFA-32G (new model)|
|Load Capacity||50 lb / 23kg||50 lb / 23kg|
|Max Height||17.7" / 450mm||17.7" / 450mm|
|Min Height||1.9" / 48mm||1.62" / 41mm|
|Folded Length||12.4" / 314mm||12.4" / 314mm|
|Weight||2.6 lb / 1147g||2.17 lb / 985g|
This tripod is popular with macro photographer 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 aluminum 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 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.