Local distributor Blonde Robot has announced the launch of the first tripods from Peak Design which, according to the press material are ‘a ground-up reexamination of camera tripod design to produce the world’s most portable, packable, and easy-to-setup tripod for professionals and first-time tripod owners alike.’
Peak Design claims its new Travel Tripods are set to disrupt the tripod product category, addressing the ‘spatial inefficiency and unnecessary bulk’ of ‘traditional tripods’ by eliminating what it calls the dead space within a tripod.
‘Peak Design engineers reworked Travel Tripod’s legs and center column to nest perfectly together in order to achieve a total packed diameter of just 3.25 inches (8.25cm), roughly the diameter of a water bottle. In operation, the tripod is up to 152cm (60 inches) tall while taking up less than half the volume of its competitors,’ the press reelase explained.
‘During my travels in 2008 I began wondering why on earth my tripod was so big. The thing was full of negative space and knobs, and I felt like something designed for portability could do much better,’ commented Peak Design CEO, Peter Dering. ‘I quickly realized that anything short of a complete design overhaul would fail to meet my criteria of the perfect travel tripod. It took years of development but the outcome is a camera tripod that seamlessly integrates into all aspects of travel and adventure.’
Peak Design reckons the Travel Tripod is among the quickest to deploy and most intuitive to use tripods on the market. It uses a system of non-inverted legs that rapidly deploy along an aligned system of locking cam levers. With three movements, the legs can be fully extended and ready for action.
Peak Design also says the ball head operates more fluidly than competing tripods, and uses a single adjustment ring for simple and smooth 360-degree adjustment. The proprietary quick-release plate technology facilitates fast camera attachment. The Travel Tripod is ‘compatible with Arca Swiss tripod dimensions’. The ball head is also 8.25cm in diameter, keeping it aligned with the packed profile of the tripod’s legs.
A built-in universal phone mount, bubble-level, hook for counterweights, ARCA-compatible standard plate, mobile mount and soft case are included. It’s available in carbon fibre ($1199, 1.56kg) and aluminium ($699, 1.27kg).
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