Austrian startup Lumapod has launched a Kickstarter program to fund an ultracompact, lightweight tripod which can be carried anywhere but takes just four seconds to set up.
Lumapod’s two tripods have three modes which allow amateur and professional photographers to choose the best option for their needs. Its 85cm-tall model and 120cm-tall model can each become a tripod, monopod, or selfie pole. All of the models and modes can be used with smartphones, GoPro or DSLR cameras, and more. The smaller tripod weighs just 400gm, the larger one 690gm.
“At Lumapod, we have developed the fastest and most compact tripod in the world,” said co-founder and designer Martin Grabner. “Our patented tensioning technology means any photographer can set up a professional-quality tripod in four seconds – and still carry that same tripod in their day pack. Whether you’re an international traveller, the family photographer, or a professional who requires speed and compactness, Lumapod can fit your needs.”
Lumapod’s Kickstarter campaign runs until October 25. Its two models are currently available there for up to 50 per cent off retail sales prices for Kickstarter supporters. The company has already raised more than US$400,000 on Kickstarter, achieving 100 per cent of its funding goal within just 90 minutes.
The Lumapod concept has won praise from high-profile Austrian travel blogger and photographer LadyVenom (@LadyVenom on Instagram) who says she leaves her current tripod at home most of the time because of its size and bulk, “I’m looking forward to having a product that solves exactly these problems. Then I’ll always have a tripod when I’m on the go.”
Lumapod is a start-up camera gear company, founded this year by Eva Ertl and Grabner. An industrial designer by trade, Grabner developed a travel tripod tightening mechanism which received a patent.