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Converting a Really Right Stuff Center Column TQC-14 to a TFC-14

   
Really Right Stuff TFC-14

I have tripods of every size, so when I go for lightweight, my priorities are just that, since I can carry a larger more versatile tripod if that is the priority: series 1, 2, 3 or 4, ranging from small and light to burly.

As well, I like fixed platforms without anything that can possibly come loose—a preference born of many a long hike and years of field usage. While Really Right Stuff helped me over the phone to tighten up my loose Really Right Stuff TQC-14 tripod base, it had flummoxed me.

I had converted my TQC-14 with center column to a short stub center column a few years back using the TA-1-HK Versa Series 1 Hook (at least that’s what I think it is/was).

HOwever, I like the lighter weight and simplicity of a fixed base, as in the Really Right Stuff TFC-14 (Tripod-Fixed-Carbon Fiber). So this week I converted my TQC-14 to a TFC-14 with a fixed base plate—no center column at all, and some additional weight savings and a bit less bulk. I like this robust simple setup a lot; it’s what I use on all my tripods (the TA-3 leveling base qualifies in this sense). As another bonus the TFC Conversion Kit includes the carry strap, which lets me anchor it to my pack and/or carry it slung around my wrist.

   
Really Right Stuff TFC-14, base plate area

Below, the Really Right Stuff TQC-14 as sold with the rapid-rise center column. Lots of people like this for the extra height, but it adds some bulk and weight. The center column can be stubbed out, but I prefer the Really Right Stuff TFC-14 approach as shown above.

Really Right Stuff TQC-14 with rapid column (for extra height)
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