Really Right Stuff TVC-23 Test Results

The TVC-23 is the three leg section version of Really Right Stuff’s midsize series 2 range.  As the test data below show, the tripod performs brilliantly.  It completely outclasses anything else I have tested in the all-purpose tripod category.  The weight is on the low end for the category, lower than many of the travel tripods even.  The folded size is too large for it to be considered a travel tripod however.

NameRRS TVC-23
ClassAll Purpose
Yaw Stiffness1287 +/- 3 Nm/rad
Yaw Damping0.334 +/- 0.034 Js/rad
Pitch Stiffness3943 +/- 3 Nm/rad
Pitch Damping0.322 +/- 0.032 Js/rad
Retail Price$875
Weight3.38 lbs (1.533 kgs)
Manufacturer weight rating40 lbs
Maximum Height51.9 in (131.8 cm)
Minimum Height3.9 in (9.9 cm)
Center ColumnNo
Base Diameter2.0 in (5.1 cm)
Folded Length23.7 in (60.2 cm)
Folded Circumference12.0 in (30.5 cm)
Folded Volume272.0 cu. in. (4.5 liters)
Leg MaterialCarbon Fiber
Leg Sections3
Primary Leg Angle26.5 deg
Leg LocksTwist
Top Tube Diameter32.8 mm
Second Tube Diameter28.6 mm
Third Tube Diameter24.5 mm
Exchangeable FeetYes
Foot TypeRubber
Bottom HookYes

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 down.

Bonus Content:

Stiffness vs Height:

Very strong performance, and typical for tripods of this type.

Stiffness vs Center Column Height:

The aluminum center column performs very well.

Example data for oscillations about the vertical axis of the tripod:

No complaints here.  Very clean oscillations.  Good Data, Excellent performance.


Example data for oscillations about the radial axis of the tripod:

Again, beautifully clean data.  Not doubts that we are hitting the right resonance.