There isn’t normally quite a lot of innovation in tripods. Often we’ll see new supplies getting used, just like the introduction of carbon fibre, or improved mechanisms to make issues work extra easily and simply. The HEIPI tripod, although, appears to rethink the entire idea of a journey tripod, by splitting the centre column into three for not solely extra stability when it’s raised but in addition to behave as a second mini tripod.
It’s an attention-grabbing design that’s at present launching on Kickstarter. It permits you to basically at all times carry two tripods with you wherever that you must go however takes up the house of just one. It makes use of patented fast lever locks on the legs that are made out of carbon fibre to maintain issues as gentle as potential. It packs all the way down to solely 44.5cm, weighing 1.35kg and extends as much as 150cm (or 59″).
So, what makes it a 3-in-1 tripod? Nicely, in keeping with the producer, it’s basically two separate tripods in a single, and the ball head is the “3” bit. I’m not totally positive a removable ball head counts as a contribution in direction of a “3-in-1″ given that you could take away the top from most first rate tripods, however that’s what they are saying. The ball head, which we’ll get out of the way in which first, options an Arca Swiss fast launch and a 3/8”-16 socket beneath for screwing onto a tripod – like nearly each different Arca Swiss suitable ball head.
However what makes this product significantly attention-grabbing are the tripod legs themselves and the centre column – which generally is a separate mini tripod. I usually discover myself taking two tripods out with me after I head out to discover the wilderness. Often, it’s a bigger light-weight tripod just like the Gitzo Legende (evaluation right here) and a smaller tripod for getting low all the way down to the bottom just like the Leofoto Ranger LS-223CEX. This might doubtlessly exchange each of these.
One of many large issues with quite a lot of tripods is the centre column. A single cylinder that pops up from the centre of the tripod to provide you a bit extra peak. Aside from costlier tripods, just like the Gitzo talked about above, these are normally fairly wobbly. As a consequence, most photographers by no means even use them. They only act just like the function isn’t even accessible after they whip out their tripod.
As you possibly can see within the picture above, although, the HEIPI tripod takes a unique method. The same old centre column has been changed by a three-legged central help system. This implies extra factors of contact and extra stability when it’s raised up. These three separate pillars every enhance stability and forestall the digital camera from wobbling in several instructions. And when it does wobble, it ought to come again to a gradual relaxation way more rapidly than a single centre column tripod. There’s an indication on the Kickstarter marketing campaign exhibiting the distinction in wobble between the 2 kinds of tripod.
And talking of two kinds of tripod, that centre column might be eliminated to type a second mini tripod, permitting you to shoot two cameras concurrently, or to get even decrease all the way down to the bottom than the common tripod permits (the rationale I additionally carry my Leofoto tripod). Clearly, when you take away the centre column from the primary tripod, it doesn’t fairly have the identical peak as it might if the centre column had been nonetheless in place, however relying in your wants, which will or will not be a problem.
The centre column performing as a separate tripod, although, offers you extra choices and extra versatility. You may journey to faraway lands with the entire unit in your suitcase and if someday you resolve you wish to journey small and lightweight, you possibly can simply take the centre column tripod out with you. Or, if you happen to’re exploring a scene and resolve a low viewpoint is finest, you possibly can separate the 2 and seize from a decrease angle.
And as you possibly can see within the picture above, you possibly can mount the centre column the other way up on the primary tripod, too. This lets you nonetheless get low with the primary tripod for these close-up floor and macro photographs. This function in itself is just not distinctive to this tripod, but it surely’s good that it’s in a position to do it – as many can’t.
I’ve to confess, I fairly just like the HEIPI idea as an entire. I’m joyful sufficient carrying my Gitzo and Leofoto tripods round on location, however this might take up much less house within the bag.
If you wish to discover out extra, head on over to Kickstarter. Pledges begin at $299 for the tremendous early birds, which is $100 off the $399 worth as soon as they go common retail. Transport is anticipated to start in January 2023.