For a tripod of this size and weight, the TVC-24 features excellent performance. Both stiffness and damping are the best we have seen in a tripod this small and light. The 3-section TVC-23 model is stiffer, but also substantially larger when folded.
Test Results Table
The stiffness and damping data are the averages of 10 trials for each measurement. The reported error is the standard error, except in the case of the damping data. I have set the error in the damping at 10% as the standard error metric does not appropriately capture the error in fitting to the data. All of the reported specifications are measured, with the exception of the weight rating. The tripod is measured at full height, with the center column (if applicable) down.
While not for the TVC-24 specifically, I have tested the stiffness vs height for some very similar models. Expect the TVC-24 to perform similarly.
The tests here use the set screws engaged on the top plate to optimize stiffness performance. However, I have found that the damping improves dramatically on the RRS tripods when not using the set screws. If using long lenses where damping is most important, I recommend not using the set screws.
Recommended Gear Limit
The exact gear limit is highly dependent on the external conditions such as wind, and technique, such as the use of a cable release. Under perfectly still conditions using perfect technique, sharp images can be obtained using any tripod. Developing a consistent and broadly applicable set of guidelines for what kind of gear a given tripod can reasonably support is still a work in progress on this site.
Example Test Data
The following data is example raw data from the stiffness and damping measurements. The relevant information with regards to the tripod performance is entirely contained within the stiffness and damping figures presented above. The plots below are solely present so that the tested stiffness and damping figures are believed. Each plot and the corresponding Fourier frequency space plot correspond to one of the ten trials done on each axis to obtain the test results. For a more in depth discussion on the meaning of these graphs, see the methodology section and the “understanding the test results” page.
Great looking data. Damping and Stiffness very good as well.
Example data for oscillations about the radial axis of the tripod:
Again, very good looking data, and excellent test performance.