Oberwerk TR3 hardwood tripods are the finest, safest, and most beautiful tripods on the market. They are custom-built from solid American maple (light honey finish) or optional walnut (dark and rich). They feature Slip-Stop (U.S. Pat. No. 10,281,081) leg clamps to prevent an accidental crash from a change in humidity levels. Conventional wood tripods that are left set up are prone to leg slippage due to changes in humidity. A leg clamp that was tight can loosen when humidity levels drop, causing the wood to slightly shrink- possibly resulting in a catastrophic crash of whatever the tripod is supporting. Our Slip-Stop tripod legs incorporate a visually-imperceptible reverse taper in the center section, so if a leg clamp slips due to a drop in humidity, it will re-tighten after slipping an inch or two. Simple, but effective! The legs are laser-engraved with a length scale in 1/8″ increments, for precise height adjustments. All the non-wood components* of the tripod are aluminum (no plastic), including the adjustable spreader, with engraved leg angle markings. All screws and bolts are stainless steel. This version of the TR3 tripod is specially-configured for use with our XL Series binocular telescopes up to 100mm in size (not for the BT-120XL-SD or BT-127XL-SD). It includes our carbon-fiber elevator (for 18″ of instant height adjustment) and the Oberwerk 5000 head with dual panning handles. The new SmallRig DH10 head, also with dual panning handles, is even more capable than the 5000, and at just $60 more, is a recommended upgrade- especially for the BT-100XL-ED/SD. The Manfrotto NitroTech 608 head, with a continuously variable counterbalance system, is the ultimate for easy steering. It can also be configured with the Oberwerk XL-240 Fork Mount. Need a case? The Oberwerk Padded Tripod Case is a perfect fit.
*some parts imported