I have a Really Right Stuff Tripod. It’s quite large and heavy, which isn’t the best for carry on luggage or suitcases. It is strong, sturdy and reliable. There have been several photos I couldn’t have taken without its’ impressive reach.
When taking photos, I regularly put those legs in the water and they can get quite sandy and salty. I have been asked a few times about how I clean the tripod after this sort of use, so I thought I’d share my tips and a video here.
I had a previous tripod, which I looked after very poorly. It had clamp lock legs and the screws got particularly rusty and hard to operate. I have now learnt to take good care of it for long lasting use.
My TVC-34L Really Right Stuff Tripod has a ball-head which separates from the legs via a large ring with three small screws which hold it in place. I remove it and set it aside. I then dismantle the legs by unscrewing the twist grip leg fasteners. Each leg separates into three piped segments, along with two curved plastic half-rings. I separate all components and place them in the bath with some water, giving them a good swirl to remove any recent sand or build up.
I then use an old towel to remove any grease and further stuck sand or foreign items from around the threads and set them upright to drain and dry off. Once dry, I re-lubricate by applying a small amount of silicone spray. I have found Selleys Ezy Glide works quite well and appears non greasy. I bought mine at the hardware shop. I then re-assemble and am ready to go for next time.