Sometimes manufacturers come out with random announcements–and this one from Leica is no different. The company that has traditionally made lenses, cameras, and binocs is today announcing a carbon tripod and two ball heads. According to the press release, the tripod is, “2.64 pounds and compact…the mounted ball head actually disappears inside the collapsed tripod…an outdoor carrying case made of Cordura with a strap and shoulder pad is available as an optional accessory.”
Then there are two ball heads: the 24 and the 38. The differences are that is sports, “a range of additional functions, including a tilt button. When the tilt function is activated, the ball is locked for motion only in the vertical plane and is prevented from moving in any other plane. The 360° panorama function (15° STOP button) allows the capture of multiple precisely aligned landscape, architecture and object shots from different positions that can be merged in post-processing to create impressive panoramic images. This function is aided by a selectable click-detent option that locks the rotation of the ball in 15° steps. The click informs the user each time the ball head has been rotated by a further 15°.”
The items will be available in November of this year.