For the most part, innovation in the tripod market remained stayed stagnant for the past few years. Tripod manufacturer Gearing looks to change that with its new tripod, which features a modular design.
According to Gearing, its modular tripod “is the future of tripods.” Modular designs allow you to swap out parts depending on the situation. Gearing offers interchangeable legs and mini legs. It is possible to swap between the mini legs and the long legs. Also, the longer legs work as hiking poles. The center section is interchangeable as well, meaning it’s possible to invert the center section. Another benefit of modular design is easier repair. It’s possible to swap out a damaged part with a new piece.
“The working height of the tripod can be easily and quickly adjusted by raising or lowering the center column,” Gearing says. “Moreover, the center column can be used on its own for handheld mode. The standard 3/8-inch thread allows for direct attachment to the Gearing Pro Head or to your favorite third party head.”
Interchangeable tripod leg design
Modular designs need to offer a quick, easy process for swapping out parts. Gearing designed the tripod’s ball head with a magnetic design. Thus, attaches your camera to the adapter quickly. Additionally, it includes a ball tension knob for locking up and dynamic angles. Also, Gearing claims the tripod offers smooth pan tension and easy transition between landscape and portrait.
According to Petapixel, “Gearing seems to have gone full steam ahead with what other companies have only dabbled in.” Interchanging legs is not a new idea. Still, not many tripods house a system allowing you to swap its legs to a second set of legs. It’s a new idea and it’s great to see some innovation in the tripod market. What do you think? Are modular designs a good direction for the industry? Let us know below.
Pricing and availability
The modular Gearing tripod is coming soon priced at about $2,095. While pricey, Gearing justifies the price with its modular build and quality material.
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