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Why I Prefer the Really Right Stuff “L” (Extra Tall) Tripods

Often on a slope or near a creek, I need one really long leg downhill.

Shown below is the Really Right Stuff TVC-24L with one leg fully extended down into the creek bottom. Without that length, I could not have gotten the position I wanted for the shot.

The TVC-24L is about $985. I consider it a lifetime investment.

Really Right Stuff TVC-24L with one leg fully extended down into the creek bottom
f1.8 @ 1/30 sec, ISO 125; 2017-10-31 18:05:00
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back dual camera 3.99mm f/1.8 @ 28mm equiv (4mm)

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Below, climbing an icy boulder field at 30° inclination, I needed the longer 'L' model leg length to find a suitable positioning for the tripod; that leg in front found a deep hole and needed full extension. The green-taped leg is gaffer's tape over one leg to keep my hand warm and for some cushy feel; it wraps a bubble-pack mylar-coated envelope. I used this position for View Down Icy Ravine in Milvus 18mm f/2.8 Examples: Eastern Sierra, Late Season.

Really Right Stuff TVC-24L with one leg fully extended down into hole in boulder field
f1.8 @ 1/230 sec, ISO 20; 2017-11-09 14:53:58
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back dual camera 3.99mm f/1.8 @ 28mm equiv (4mm)

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The Arca Swiss Cube geared head saves me time constantly versus a ballhead; for my type of shooting, I want to level things and make fine compositional adjustments. A ballhead is great for some uses, but not for landscape IMO.

Nikon D850 in Really Right Stuff B2-Pro2 clamp on Arca Swiss Cube
f1.8 @ 1/1500 sec, ISO 20; 2017-10-31 13:47:12
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back dual camera 3.99mm f/1.8 @ 28mm equiv (4mm)

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Below, Really Right Stuff TVC-24L in use in a typical scenario. The rubber feet work best for me.

f1.8 @ 1/1600 sec, ISO 20; 2017-10-31 13:42:43
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 @ 28mm equiv (4mm)

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