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Peak Design Tripod

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Harvey Melvin Richards, May 21, 2019.

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  1. Aushiker

    Aushiker Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Sep 12, 2014
    Fremantle, Western Australia
    Andrew
    Just got the email. The price scared the bejesus out of me but I do so much like the design.
     
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  2. John M Flores

    John M Flores Super Moderator

    Jan 7, 2011
    NJ
    I give them credit for rethinking things.
     
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  3. Mack

    Mack Mu-43 Top Veteran

    862
    Jan 14, 2018
    I agree that it looks too flimsy for the price. Their marketing is pushing compactness and size over usability for me.

    I have a heavier RRS TVC-34 with the BH-55 ball head and it vibrates being lightweight CF. I have to add some mass to its legs (wrist-weights) to stop its ringing if I tap the legs. I've wondered if these pixel-shifting and stacking image cameras could have a downside if the tripods have ringing effects built-into them given their less mass. There have been times when I've shot Hi-Rez mode off the tripod and the images seems soft against me hand-holding the thing. Dunno.
     
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  4. StephenB

    StephenB Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 29, 2018
    Somerset UK
    Steve
    It looks beautiful, but at the end of the day it's a tripod. I was admiring the Gitzo tripods at the WEX store the other day, works of art coming in at £700!
     
  5. ac12

    ac12 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 24, 2018
    Yes, the design looks clean and will take minimum space in a suitcase, where space is a premium. Give them credit for that.
     
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  6. number17

    number17 Mu-43 Regular

    164
    Jan 19, 2011
    Nice but VERY expensive ...

    (but then again, when's the last time pd released something cheap?)
     
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  7. Sniksekk

    Sniksekk Mu-43 Top Veteran

    523
    Apr 7, 2015
    :thiagree:
    That price is off the charts.
     
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  8. ralf-11

    ralf-11 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 16, 2017
    hard to see an improvement over the Gitzo Traveler one I have; much less RRS

    I like Arca-Swiss mounts (and have 4 tripod heads with that) and a circular profile tube is stiffer/stronger than any other design

    So, what's so great? It has some different 'things' about it, but where is any real improvement? Only packed dia. but is that such a problem ??
     
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  9. The spikes look nice - wonder if they'll release a Manfrotto compatible set?
     
  10. ac12

    ac12 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 24, 2018
    I don't know about you, but I always don't have enough space in my suitcase.
    So anything smaller (to a point) helps with packing.

    Because of the need to fit into a suitcase, to me a travel tripod is always going to be a compromise. So I don't expect near the same stability I have with my bigger home tripods. The key question is for me, "is it good enough?" It may or may not be.

    But at $480, it is too expensive for my budget.

    Though I should use a tripod more than the little I do use one.
     
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  11. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    Graham
    It's similar in concept to the old Slik Cylinder tripod. The Cylinder had 3 curved aluminum legs that literally formed a cylindrical shape that was easy to transport and had quick release clips for the extendable legs.
     
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  12. Hendrik

    Hendrik Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 27, 2015
    Wayland MA
    Hendrik
    As with cameras, the convenience that comes with a smaller form factor is often the difference between having an accessory to hand or leaving it behind. For example, I have a light Sirui travel pod that generally stays in the car - even when I suspect I might encounter a need. I have to plan to use it to make it worth it to carry. This design has two features that make it very interesting for me. First, fitting into a water bottle holder should makes it much easier to carry. Second, it looks to me as if it would make a much more conveniently deployed monopod than any other tripod.
     
  13. ralf-11

    ralf-11 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 16, 2017
    space in a suitcase could be an issue, but how much does this save (in dia. only BTW) over the little Gitzo Traveler??

    leg joints are where I'd look for better rigidity...

    I suspect we have reached a point where no real improvement is possible, and PD is searching for 'features that don't matter' to move product.

    But if testing proves it is really better, that's great
     
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  14. John M Flores

    John M Flores Super Moderator

    Jan 7, 2011
    NJ
    Recently came back from a 9 day motorcycle trip with this setup in a backpack:

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    This is a pretty compact kit but it still is 7.5 lbs, half the weight of my backpack. So yes, weight and packed size are really important to me. I'm not swayed by the Peak Designs tripod because even with its unique design it is bigger and heavier than my current Velbon tripod.
     
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  15. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    Looks like a nice tripod, just watched a few youtube videos. One person tried a range an Arca Swiss plates and not all fitted. Plated that ere thicker at the dovetail point thickness at the base did not fit. [if that makes sense]

    I think I would wait to the mark 2 is released. Hopefully more arca swiss plates will fit then. I suppose if it was intended to be used with mainly PD gear or more widely used Arca plates.

    I do like the overall concept and for travel the ball head included would be OK, but for normal use I think I would miss the panning option in the heads I use.
     
  16. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    I think Peak Design should be applauded for thinking out of the box, instead of producing another copycat tripod. It's more than I would spend on a travel tripod, but it's intriguing and interesting. Would like to see how it does in some real-world testing.

    Here's a hands on from Imaging-Resource.com.
    The Peak Design Travel Tripod is the Most Innovative Tripod Ever
     
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  17. I’ll not buy one, but going by the number of orders on Kickstarter, seems a lot of folk put a lot of faith in Peak Design releasing a great tripod at their first attempt. At a not unsubstantial cost.
    Marketing huh?
     
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  18. Mike Wingate

    Mike Wingate Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 21, 2017
    Altrincham
    Mike Wingate
    They have a great philosophy, good designs and the products are good. By the third iteration they are expensive but wonderful products.
     
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