Peak Design Announced a Travel Tripod That’s Incredibly Compact

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Peak Design release a new, travel oriented tripod which is surprisingly compact.

You can pre-order the Peak Design Travel Tripod at Kickstarter.

Key Design Features

  1. Spatial efficiency: 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—roughly the diameter of a water bottle. The result is a tripod that deploys to 58.5 inches tall while taking up less than half the volume of its competitors.
  2. Redesigned ball head: Travel Tripod ball head operates more fluidly than traditional tripod heads while still prioritizing spatial efficiency. By utilizing a single adjustment ring Peak Design was able to eliminates bulky and confusing knobs. This not only improves user experience but helps the Travel Tripod maintain its compact diameter from tip to toe. 
  3. Rapid deployment: Peak Design developed a system of non-inverted legs that rapidly deploy along an aligned system of locking cam levers. With three swift hand movements, the legs can be fully extended and ready for action.
  4. Available in carbon fiber + aluminum alloy legs: carbon (2.81lbs – msrp: $599) aluminum alloy (3.44lbs – msrp $349)
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Press release:

Peak Design Unveils The Next Generation of Camera TripodsNew Travel Tripod Promises to Redefine Product Category for Years to Come

San Francisco, CA (May, 2019) – After multiple award-winning bag releases, Peak Design, the worldwide leader in crowdfunding and everyday carry solutions, is proud to disrupt yet another product category—the camera tripod.More than four years in the making, Peak Design’s newest release, Travel Tripod, is a ground-up reexamination ofcamera 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 directly addressed their biggest rub about traditional tripods: spatial inefficiency and unnecessary bulk.Peak Design’s goal was to eliminate the dead space within a tripod, an ever-present inefficiency that often doubles ortriples the effective diameter of a packed tripod. Peak Design engineers reworked Travel Tripod’s legs and centercolumn to nest perfectly together in order to achieve a total packed diameter of just 3.25 inches—roughly the diameter of a water bottle. The result is a tripod that deploys to 58.5 inches tall while taking up less than half the volume of its competitors.

“During my travels in 2008 I began wondering why on Earth my tripod was so big. The thing was full of negativespace 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 criteriaof the perfect travel tripod. It took years of development but the outcome is a camera tripod that seamlessly integratesinto all aspects of travel and adventure.”

Travel Tripod is among the quickest-to-deploy and most intuitive to use tripods on the market. Peak Design developed a system of non-inverted legs that rapidly deploy along an aligned system of locking cam levers. With three swift hand movements, the legs can be fully extended and ready for action.

Peak Design also optimized the Travel Tripod ball head to operate more fluidly than traditional tripod heads while still prioritizing spatial efficiency. Travel Tripod eliminates bulky and confusing knobs with a single adjustment ring for simple and smooth 360-degree adjustment. Peak Design’s proprietary quick-release plate technology facilitates lightning-fast camera attachment—easily accommodating a full frame DSLR with telephoto lens—and is compatible with Peak Design carrying equipment and with Arca Swiss tripod dimensions. Furthermore, Travel Tripod’s ball head measures just 3.25 inches in diameter, keeping it aligned with the packed profile of the tripod’s legs for exceptionallycompact carry.

In addition to a thorough rethinking of a tripod’s architecture and user interface, carefully considered material choices and construction techniques provide the stability and vibration dampening demanded by avid photographers. A built- in universal phone mount, bubble-level, hook for counterweights, and included soft case round out a packed feature list that fans of Peak Design have come to expect.

Available both in carbon fiber and aluminum legs (MSRP: $599.95 // $349.95) the Travel Tripod will launch on Kickstarter (peakdesign.com/ks) for a pre-sale discount beginning May 21, 2019. The tripod will then be available for purchase online at peakdesign.com and through major retailers in time for the 2019 holiday season.

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At a glance:

  • Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows you to move the center column from 0 to 180° angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions
  • Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) system securely repositions the center column in one simple movement, in just a few seconds, while maintaining the tripod’s stability
  • Rubber ring underneath tripod collar absorbs shock if center column descends rapidly to chassis
  • Bubble level on die-cast magnesium chassis
  • Aluminum alloy legs can be set independently at three angles (25°, 50°, and 80°), for stable operation on uneven ground and for low-angle photography
  • Quick-flip leg locks
  • Large foam grips on all three legs for all-weather use
  • Hexagonal center column prevents twisting
  • SBH ball heads have a double locking system, ensuring maximum security for your equipment. Two separate mechanisms are simultaneously triggered to release the quick release plate; you can be confident that your camera and lenses won’t fall
  • Dual bubble levels in head, for precise positioning in either landscape or portrait orientation
  • Ball head is suitable for both photo and video usage, in a pinch you can pan while keeping the tilt position locked (and vice versa)
  • The head’s innovative advanced housing system couples a rugged magnesium exterior with a hollow interior, providing all of the precise, fluid-like movement of a standard fluid ball head without extraneous weight
  • Carrying bag included

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At a glance:

  • Load Capacity: 20 lb
  • Maximum Height: 61.8″
  • Minimum Height: 9.1″
  • Folded Length: 16.1″
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 3.7 lb
  • Reverse-Folding Aluminum Legs
  • Detachable Leg Converts into Monopod
  • BZ-217T Ball Head & Arca-Type QR Plate

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MeFOTO BackPacker Air Travel Tripod at a glance:

  • Load Capacity: 8.8 lb
  • Max Height: 59.5″
  • Min Height: 11.2″
  • Folded Length: 10.4″
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 1.98 lb
  • HyperLock Leg Locks
  • Built-In Selfie Stick
  • Smartphone Adapter & Bluetooth Remote
  • Carrying Case Included

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Deal: Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with FM18 Fluid Head – $99.99 (reg. $159.99, today only)

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Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with FM18 Fluid Head at a glance:

  • 31-78″ Height Adjustment
  • 18 lb Payload
  • 3-Section Legs, Geared Center Column
  • Extra Stable Dual-Strut Top Leg Section
  • Two Adjustable Pan Handles
  • Center Brace with Lock
  • Pivoting Rubber Feet for Any Surface
  • Self-Aligning Metal Snap Leg Locks
  • Bubble Level
  • Padded Carry Case Included

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Deal: Gitzo 100-Year Anniversary Edition Tripod with Ball Head – $799.95 (reg. $1499.95, today only)

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Gitzo 100-Year Anniversary Edition Tripod with Ball Head at a glance:

  • Limited-Edition Traveler Tripod
  • Only 1,917 Tripods to be Made
  • Authentication Certificate
  • Load Capacity: 22.0 lb, Leg Sections: 4
  • Max Height: 64.96″, Min Height: 9.25″
  • Weight: 3.0 lb, Folded Length: 16.9″
  • Magnesium-Alloy Body, Carbon Fiber Legs
  • Rapid Column, Ball Head
  • Arca-Type Quick Release Plate
  • Tripod Strap, Anniversary Tripod Booklet

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