Peak Design, the camera bag and strap company, have announced a new product line, a travel tripod.  I am a big fan of their capture clips, which were an industry first, and now they have taken that same innovative thinking to the traditional travel tripod.

 

Peak Design

Peter Dering, founded peak Design in 2011 after he developed a new system for carrying his camera, inspired during a 4-month trip around the world.  The company has come a long way since creating their venerable capture clips, growing a lineup that includes camera bags and straps.  Peak Design is consumer orientated with lifetime warranties on their products as well as being carbon neutral and donating a portion of sales to environmental nonprofits.

Peak Design claims to be the “worlds most crowdfunded active company”, with this new product being their 9th campaign.  The company has successfully used crowdfunding to finance and develop many of their products, giving backers unique insights along the journey.

 

The Travel Tripod

Founder, Peter Dering, is said to have been inspired to redesign the traditional travel tripod while on one of his travels. Looking down at his tripod Peter, noticed the negative space, as he calls it, in his folded-up tripod and thought there must be a way to remove it.

 

Design

In their quest to remove the “negative space”, it seems as if Peak Design took a cylinder and cut the legs and center column from it.  Folded up, the tripod is as short as the best travel tripods but certainly narrower – thanks to that negative space being removed.  Despite being able to fit in a backpack drinks holder the materials give it a solid feel.

The Peak Design Travel Tripod is available in 2 varieties, aluminium or carbon fiber.  The carbon fiber is for those who are looking for the lightest, highest performing tripod and do not mind paying a bit more for it.  Carbon Fiber is also a lot friendlier on your hands on those cool pre-dawn shoots.

Travel tripods often use legs that fold upward over the center shaft in order to stay compact. The Peak Design takes a more traditional route but makes use of 5 section legs. The integrated ball head has been completely redesigned for an extremely low profile.  It fits snug between the legs when lowered.

 

Features

Being compact isn’t the direct tradeoff with sturdiness that travel tripods were in the past. Today’s compact models are easily able to give you sharp images in all but stormy conditions and Peak Design Travel Tripod is no different, with impressive maximum load figures of 20lbs (9.1kg), the tripod is designed to comfortably hold a full frame dslr and 70-200mm combo.

Arca Swiss Compatible

The tripod uses Peak Design standard quick release plate, which is compatible with its other products including a few Arca style heads, but can be easily adjusted for full Arca Swiss and L bracket compatibility.  The ball head can be removed if you need to attach your own system. One downside to the supplied quick release plate is that because it is so compact it requires an allen key to install. Small plates like these also have a tendency to loosen over time so you will probably need to have the hex wrench with you.

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