This Tripod Can Be Opened, Closed And Locked With A Single Hand

Aug 14, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

This Tripod Can Be Opened, Closed And Locked With A Single Hand

Aug 14, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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For some reason, we do not see a lot of innovation with tripods, I mean, it’s three legs connected with a base, what is there to innovate about?

Well a designer who goes by the name Product Tank  just invented the cleverest tripod I’ve ever seen.

You see, with most tripods, you have to spread the legs, open the locks (probably 6 of them), extend each section and then re-lock the locks. While this should take no longer than one or two minutes, it is quite an annoying task, not to mention adjusting the tripod once it is open. What if there was a magic tripod that can unlock, open and lock with the click of a button…

Enter the Super Tripod. This tripod uses a clever mechanism that unlocks the legs and re-locks them once the tripod is fully open (or at the height of your choice) with a click of a button.

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ProductTank shares his motivation for creating this tripod:

Setting up a traditional tripod requires a lot of hand dexterity and you generally need to use both hands. But a lot of the time our spare hands are full carrying other equipment which we have to put down before we can set the tripod up. There is a need for a more inclusive tripod that can be operated easily with only one hand.

After a bit of head scratching I built this one handed tripod prototype (well this is actually about version 3). My design is similar in size and weight to a standard tripod, but it can be used entirely one handed. My design has several advantages over traditional tripods. It’s easier to use and adapts to different terrains more quickly, you simply hold the tripod out and shoot out the legs. Moving locations is easier and faster too as you don’t have to make multiple adjustments. Because everything is controlled from a central hand grip, the economy of movement required to set up and position the camera is greatly reduced. This innovation means it will be much easier to use by everyone

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The mechanism kind of reminds me of a bicycle break (or a sing unblocker) only here it is used to hold and release each of the sections.

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While this version is not made from flight grade aluminum or carbon fiber like most modern tripods, it is still very sturdy and can easily handle more than comparable tripods (this test shows a 7.5 pounds brick set on the top of the camera).

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I know what you’re thinking… Kickstater coming in 3, 2, 1 …

[Super Tripod | ProductTank]

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7 responses to “This Tripod Can Be Opened, Closed And Locked With A Single Hand”

  1. Bon Vader Avatar
    Bon Vader

    If you need a quick shot of some birds… you don’t bother with a tripod.

    A good tripod isn’t because you can open it with one hand… it’s because it’s stable.

  2. Albert Arul Prakash Avatar
    Albert Arul Prakash

    If i need to take a bird shot, I just take the camera in my hand and focus them and click. I would not even think about a tripod.

    a tripod is used for stability purposes and to avoid camera shakes. Nothing else

  3. Ilovechaos Avatar
    Ilovechaos

    and in terms of “quick leg extension”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dfaf7xvN0k
    some manfrotto studio tripods have this feature since years… altough they are heavy as hell ;)

  4. Mauro Rodrigues Avatar
    Mauro Rodrigues

    Good ideia, now i wish he could start a kickstarter. i’m sick of loosing time to prepare the tripod every time.

  5. Burt Johnson Avatar
    Burt Johnson

    Looks pretty bulky and heavy. In the studio, I don’t open or close often, so this wouldn’t be much of a help. In the field, weight and size are paramount, so this doesn’t look like a good solution either.

    Looks like a solution looking for a problem to me…

  6. Will Sullivan Avatar
    Will Sullivan

    Hi Udi,

    Why has this not been manufactured? I have looked all over the web and found this…
    I have been a professional photographer for over 30 years.
    Recently, I had a terrible fall that has resulted in the loss of the movement in my left arm. It could be a year before I am able to use my old tripods, without an assistant…
    I can no longer do my job- I must use a tripod as everything requires HDR,
    (Low ISO/low light, everything I shoot is around F-11)
    I imagined a similar design with central locking grip, spring loaded expanding & telescoping legs with spring loaded center column. This is nearly what I had hoped to find…
    Then just fit it with a Bogen pistol grip…. I mean just try pulling the legs apart with one arm? I read the earlier posts: people are simply completely missing the point and the real value of this idea…
    I read some of the comments, this idea is not about just setting up a quick shot… although I have had literally thousands of times setting up for a shot in the backcountry on uneven terrain thinking why there is not something better…
    It could put me back to work…
    Any additional info or an available working prototype, please contact me-

    Thank you for your time,
    Will
    http://www.willsullivan.com

  7. Yamete Avatar
    Yamete

    I have the same idea, but can’t imagine the mechanism by which one lever releases the three locks of the leg.

    by having an unused brake cord, I thought I would use it.

    one thing that is not clear in the video is the shape of the lock. how the lever keeps the leg from slipping under heavy loads.