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Kickstarter: Peak Design Unveils The Next Generation of Camera Tripods

Peak Design has launched their 9th Kickstarter campaign and it looks like it’s going to be another rousing success. This time, Peak Design is launching its travel tripod. Designed to be both compact and sturdy as well as easy to use.

This is one of the rare campaigns on Kickstarter that I have pledged, this one looks too good to pass up.

We don’t promote a lot of Kickstarter campaigns, as too many go unfulfilled, but you don’t have to worry about Peak Design delivering on a product.

Check out the Peak Design Travel Tripod

Press Release:

New 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 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 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 or triples the effective diameter of a packed 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—roughly the diameter of a water bottle. The result is a tripod that deploys to 60 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 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.”

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 exceptionally compact 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.

About Peak Design

Since 2010, Peak Design has been building innovative carry solutions with a simple overarching design directive: make the best things. The idea for our first product was born on a motorcycle trip through Southeast Asia and has since expanded to include a cross-functional ecosystem of bags, pouches, slings, straps, and clips. We’ve won applause along the way, but we’re most proud of the fact that we’re 100% crowdfunded and 100% employee-owned. We’ve raised $20.2 Million through 8 Kickstarter campaigns, allowing Peak Design to stay investor-free and focused on the things that matter most: designing great products, fostering happy employees, and taking care of our customers and the natural environment. Learn more at peakdesign.com.

gbc

EOS M50
Oct 19, 2018
36
48
Man.... I love Peak Design's stuff. I've just spent so much on their bags and other gear that this one would be hard to justify even though it looks great. Love how easy it seems to extend all the legs at once and love the compact size...
 

bsbeamer

EOS RP
Nov 5, 2011
279
11
Looks like a great travel design. Do wish there was a SLIGHTLY larger version that would be more beneficial for video users with a compact fluid head. The Benro Travel Angel (Aero) is still the most useable compact I've tried.

At the prices and December 2019 target, I'll probably wait for commercial availability before considering. Maybe wait for first gen kinks to be worked out. Do have a need for a useable compact tripod, but adding the universal plate and a fluid head with pan arm would make this much more bulky than it needs to be.
 

amorse

EOS 7D MK II
Jan 26, 2017
479
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www.flickr.com
Looks neat, but I really wonder about stability. My tripod is anything but small, but I tend to make it work for travel because I really want that stability. I'll wait until it's a bit more accessible before I make final decisions on it.
 
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slclick

PINHOLE
Dec 17, 2013
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I guess I'm a curmudgeon since I always get irked with these kickstarter product funding promotions. Too much money, too long of a wait and it's always a gamble. (Yeah, and it's a bit small for true stability) My Feisol works just fine and gives me no GAS.
 
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trying to mentally justify the price increase of the CF version
Agreed. It would be great to have the lightest option available, but $190 for only .63lbs less is a hard sell. That said, I just found myself digging through my pantry to find something of that weight (2 cans of tuna did the trick) and it's more than expected -- would be nice not to have to lug around on a hike. Packing it in a suit case would be irrelevant though in my opinion.
 
May 22, 2019
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“Travel Tripod eliminates bulky and confusing knobs with a single adjustment ring for simple and smooth 360-degree adjustment.”

Exactly the same way the approximately 10-year old design of the Arca-Swiss p0 works.
 

Tahoejr

I'm New Here
Mar 24, 2016
10
8
I backed this to compare to my 10 year old Gitzo 1541 carbon fiber model. I definitely like to compactness of the Peak Design model but want to test out the stability as others have brought up.

If nothing else, I can still sell it for what I paid for it which I was able to do on a previous Peak Design backpack.
 

Canon Rumors Guy

EOS 1D MK II
Jul 20, 2010
7,727
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Canada
www.canonrumors.com
What has this to do with Canon rumors?

Looks like someone is promoting someone...
A few things
  1. Last I checked, Canon didn't make tripods, so we have to buy other peoples tripods. This is relevant content.
  2. Of course I'm promoting something as an affiliate that I think people would find value in. This site is free for you to use, but it's not free for me to run.
  3. I rarely post Kickstarter stuff unless I know the product will be delivered, which this one will be.
  4. I pledged for the carbon fibre version out of my own pocket, with no favours from Peak Design.
 

FramerMCB

Canon 40D & 7D
Sep 9, 2014
387
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A few things
  1. Last I checked, Canon didn't make tripods, so we have to buy other peoples tripods. This is relevant content.
  2. Of course I'm promoting something as an affiliate that I think people would find value in. This site is free for you to use, but it's not free for me to run.
  3. I rarely post Kickstarter stuff unless I know the product will be delivered, which this one will be.
  4. I pledged for the carbon fibre version out of my own pocket, with no favours from Peak Design.
By-the-by - I really appreciate this site! Excellent value and excellent offerings: as far as valuable information as well as a place to share thoughts back-and-forth. As well as the occasional picture...
 

unfocused

EOS 1D MK II
Jul 20, 2010
5,004
1,361
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Springfield, IL
www.mgordoncommunications.com
What has this to do with Canon rumors?

Looks like someone is promoting someone...
I shocked...shocked that commerce is going on here.

At times I may disagree with Canon Rumors Guy's predictions and opinions, but not with his right to run his site and earn a profit. He's actually very tolerant of posts (mine included) that cite competing sites.
 

LDS

EOR R
Sep 14, 2012
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What has this to do with Canon rumors?
I come here regularly because there are other photo-related news that aren't Canon only and striclty - i.e. the new "medium" format Fuji. It would be quite boring if there were endless discussion about what people would like to see in the next 7D.

About promoting - I get everything with a pinch of salt - and here it's still quite better than elsewhere.
 
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Daner

EOS M50
Aug 15, 2017
31
16
Stockholm
I am happy with my Peak Design carry system, and my current knockoff brand tripod only comes with me on car trips because it is bulky and heavy. It also has a tilt/pan head that works well for video, so I have that for when I need it. This hits several useful points for me, so I am in on the Aluminum version.