Does anyone have the Photojojo Expedition wooden tripod?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Holoholo55, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    I just happened on a mention of this on macworld.com, of all places, and was instantly fascinated. Had not heard of it before, but it's been out since 2011. Still selling for $290, which I thought was reasonable for this. Does anyone have it or even seen one? I'm entranced, but would like to hear from others. Surprised that there aren't any reviews by photo sites.

    Check out the photos. Isn't it gorgeous?

    http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/wood-camera-tripod/

    Made by Berlebach, but apparently not in Berlebach's catalog. https://www.berlebach.de/?sprache=english

    BTW, I was told by an astrophotography enthusiast, who was buying my friend's Celestron 8 telescope with a very large wooden tripod and equatorial mount, that he wanted it because of the wooden tripod. He said it dampened vibrations better than anything.
     
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  2. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    ㅇtㅈyㅅr
    It looks nice but functionally it doesn't look that great. There are spaced holes for each leg and you won't be able to make minute adjustments if needed to level the tripod as well as taking longer to extend the tripod for each use. I'd also question the durability of wood versus a good carbon fiber tripod for outdoor use.
     
  3. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    I don't see those holes in the hi-res photos. I think it's like most wooden tripods I've seen where the legs simply slide past each other and are held by friction with the clamps. Like a surveyor's transit tripod. I think the wood needs care, like all materials, but is certainly not prone to corrosion.

    Oh wait, I do see some holes near the back of one of the legs, but they look like stops to prevent the leg from sliding out from the clamp.

    http://photojojo.com/store/press/photos/wood-camera-tripod

    I just like how it looks. That it might actually be functional would be a bonus. :)

    BTW, I sent Photojojo an inquiry asking for more specs and details on the Expedition. I'll share if I get a response.
     
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  4. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    I have a lot of experience using wooden tripods outdoors under rough conditions on a daily basis surveying in the mountains for a forestry company. Sun, rain, snow, wind. One good whack and that $¢£¥ carbon fiber would be junk. Wood just keeps on going. Need a little more maintenance for sure but does not fail catastrophically. Vibration dampening is the best.

    I recommend checking out Ries tripods. Made in WA state near Spokane I think. Top of my wish list if I had the money.
     
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  5. gr6825

    gr6825 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 10, 2012
    Agree with PacNWMike. Carbon fiber certainly has a weight advantage, but durability is not one of its selling features.
     
  6. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Took a look at the Ries tripods site. Fascinating. Yes, more expensive than the PhotoJojo Expedition, which seems like a bargain, but not out of line if you're considering a good carbon fiber tripod or even more so, a Gitzo. I'm not surprised that Ansel Adams used one of their tripods. Back in his day, I bet most photo tripods were made of wood. It would have been a rarity to find one in aluminum, like the TiltAll.
     
  7. oldracer

    oldracer Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 1, 2010
    USA
    I think you miss the point. Sometimes the attraction of a thing is the way it is designed, the way it is made, the workmanship, etc. That is why the OP asked: "Isn't it gorgeous?" and why he says: "I just like how it looks. That it might actually be functional would be a bonus."

    I have a 70+ year old English army prismatic marching compass. Among other things, its compass card is mother-of-pearl. These compasses are said to comprise around 120 individual parts. For a compass! I have absolutely no need for a compass, but I own this one because it gives me pleasure to own such an object. I think that is where the OP is coming from as well.
     
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  8. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    This is an old post, but I thought I'd mention that PhotoJojo no longer sells the tripod. But, the maker, Berlebach (from Vixen), has tripods that can found on BHPhotovideo.com.
     
  9. MetilHed

    MetilHed Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 30, 2015
    Jeff
    Currently $150 on their website.
     
  10. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Yes, but shown as out of stock. It never went back into stock and if you go to their home page, you can no longer find the tripod. :-(

    Berlebach is still around and sell wooden tripods.
     
  11. MetilHed

    MetilHed Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 30, 2015
    Jeff
    Oops. missed the tiny little "unavailable"
     
  12. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Hahaha... that caught me out at first too. I thought, whoa it's on sale, and was ready to order it when I saw the "Unavailable" note too. :-(
     
  13. JoJo

    JoJo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 19, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    JoJo
    At one time (when dirt was young), I used a Miller wooden tripod. Pros: indestructable, made me look like an old pro, really cheap, very stable and wood really does absorb vibrations, can be used as window dressing in your office. Cons: heavy, made me look like an old pro, slow, wife will scream at you when you try to display it in HER nest.
    I am semi retired now and I wish I had kept that old tripod to use when crawling through the boonies. Of course, I would have to hire a Sherpa to carry the damn thing.
     
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  14. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    There are companies that still make wooden photo tripods, as well as tripods for telescopes, where the vibration dampening is much appreciated. My friend gave me a Celestron C8 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with an equatorial mount and wooden tripod which I sold for him to someone who mainly wanted the tripod. I didn't keep it because I felt it was better in the hands of someone who would use it for observing. I didn't realize the benefits of a wooden tripod until the buyer mentioned why he wanted it. That tripod was big and very heavy. :)

    Two makers that I know of.
    Ries - Ries Tripod Quality Wooden Tripods Since 1936
    Berlebach - Tripods from Berlebach - The Genuine Alternative! Wooden Tripods Made in Germany