I mean, who wants to buy a necklace that holds your phone or a slider about the size of your phone? Maybe they’re just throwing gear at the wall to see what sticks. At NAB, they’ve announced a handful of upcoming products; however, the one turning heads is their new tripod. It’s tiny when it’s collapsed and completely malleable when it’s not. In fact, it’s so unlike a conventional tripod that they’re refusing to call it one.
‘This isn’t a tripod; it’s a stand.’
So far, all we know is that it has “no knobs, no buttons,” and folds up rather well. But how well? How big is it really?
To test that, we’ll note the length of the 5D Mark III in this picture along with the Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. That adds up to 7.2 in/18.3 cm. Then, if we say that the length of the folded tripod is roughly 2.75x longer than the camera and lens, we can say that the folded Edelkrone Stand is about 20 in/50 cm in length.
How does that compare to other compact tripods? The Manfrotto Befree Aluminum folds down to 15.75 in/40 cm. So, the Edelkrone is not as great as a travel tripod, but it is pretty cool nonetheless. Then again, maybe being the smallest isn't the point here. It's about experimenting with great ideas, and that's what Edelkrone does best.
Edelkrone also brought out an updated follow focus, camera rig, and jib system. Only time will tell if these guys are up to scratch.
For now, I'm still waiting for their reinvented slider!