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    New Novoflex 4 leg tripod system at Photokina

    Here is the press release for the Novoflex QuadroPod tripod system introduced at Photokina last week. This tripod system supports equipment up to 110 pounds.

    We will show it at the PhotoPlus show in New York later this month.

    The new definition of tripod technology
    The QuadroPod® being introduced by Novoflex Präzisionstechnik GmbH at photokina is not only the world premiere of the first four-leg tripod, it is an unbeatable tripod in terms of its’ versatility.
    The foundation of this system is a completely newly designed tripod column that – thanks to modular construction – can be equipped with different leg variations. Aluminium or carbon legs made with three or four extensions are available. Working heights from 7 cm (2.8“) up to 180 cm (70.9“) are possible with the current leg types. Moreover, additional leg types are under development, enabling working heights up to 230 cm (91“). In addition, the different leg versions can be combined with each other and supplemented with clamps, suction cups and screw-in accessories of the existing Novoflex program.
    The tripod is available in three variations:
    • without center column
    • with center column
    • variable leg model with adjustable leg angles from 3 x 120° to 4 x 90°
    The variable model can optionally be used with three or four legs. The advantage of the fourth tripod leg is the enormous increase of stability. Thus, the carrying capacity is more than 50 kg (110 Lb). Especially in case of heavy lenses with long focal lengths,
    the QuadroPod® demonstrates its quality. In contrast to the common three leg tripod where heavy equipment should always be set-up in the direction of one leg, the camera arrangement is irrelevant when using a four leg tripod. Nothing will bounce or tilt over, regardless, in which direction the camera is mounted. A further vital advantage is the tripod alignment in case of uneven ground. Using a three-leg tripod, the photographer had to adjust all legs; in case of the QuadroPod® just one leg is
    adjusted: The fourth leg is simply pushed inwards, until solid contact with the ground is made - now the tripod is positioned stabily and securely in the required position.
    In terms of transportability this innovative design shows its advantages. As the legs can be separated from the tripod column, the individual parts can be stowed comfortably and space-savingly. This is an essential advantage in case of air travel or hiking. Furthermore, the photographer can decide before their job, which equipment and leg types are required. In case of walking or hill tours the tripod legs can be replaced with the Novoflex hiking sticks to further reduce the carrying weight.

    Moreover, the tripod column has three tapped holes for the attachment of mounting accessories for flashes, reflectors, flags or other accessories. One example of the extraordinary tripod design: In order to create a shadeless illumination in case of
    makro or portrait shootings, two flashes can be positioned at the right and left of the camera by means of flexible mounting arms. Used as a standard, mini, auto or clamping tripod, the application range for the QuadroPod® is as many as the requirements or as the job definitions in the field of photography.

    Consequently the QuadroPod® created by Novoflex is an unsurpassed tripod system.
    The Novoflex QuadroPod® is expected to be available by the end of 2008.
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    Re: New Novoflex 4 leg tripod system at Photokina

    it isn't even april fools day!

    too funny. thanks for the laugh.

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    Re: New Novoflex 4 leg tripod system at Photokina

    If it is a quadropod, it is not a tripod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Noel View Post
    If it is a quadropod, it is not a tripod.
    One version can be used with either three or four legs The other two versions are four legs only. The variable version has a control that lets you set the angle of two of the legs so they are either 90° or 120°.

    So two are true Quadropods and one can be either a tripod or a Quadropod.

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    you mean this is not a joke????? Seriously?

    I mean, don't they realize that the whole beauty of a tripod is that three legs are always in the same plane? A three legged stool never has a short leg. A four legged stool almost always does. This really is too funny.

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    and doubles a se:O swing?
    gotta get an assistant

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    Re: New Novoflex 4 leg tripod system at Photokina

    But can the suspended model sell more tri/quadropods than Lester Bogen?

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    Re: New Novoflex 4 leg tripod system at Photokina

    At first I thought this was a good idea, but I'm not so sure upon more thought.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...1165417AA2WRur

    Any three points define a plane. A tripod, allowed to settle (unless the center column gets in the way) will always have all 3 legs in contact with the ground, hence no wobble. Because 3 points define a plane.

    This is not the case with a 4-legged quadropod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dh003i View Post
    At first I thought this was a good idea, but I'm not so sure upon more thought.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...1165417AA2WRur

    Any three points define a plane. A tripod, allowed to settle (unless the center column gets in the way) will always have all 3 legs in contact with the ground, hence no wobble. Because 3 points define a plane.

    This is not the case with a 4-legged quadropod.
    Each leg is hinged at the top so all four legs will always be in contact with the ground. You would have a valid point if there wasn't a hinge joint at the top of the leg so the leg can pivot. Not only does each leg pivot at the top like any other tripod and each leg is also adjustable for angle.

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    Re: New Novoflex 4 leg tripod system at Photokina

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon - HP Marketing View Post
    Each leg is hinged at the top so all four legs will always be in contact with the ground. You would have a valid point if there wasn't a hinge joint at the top of the leg so the leg can pivot. Not only does each leg pivot at the top like any other tripod and each leg is also adjustable for angle.
    Bob, the point is that it is a whole lot easier to get three legs to sit in a plane than four. In fact, three legs are automatically in the same plane - always. This is basic geometry. Even with hinges, it would take great effort to get all four legs to be in the same plane - which is a necessary condition for the platform to NOT wobble. If you sell any of these, I can almost guarantee the majority of the users will be dissatisfied - unless they like wobbly stools.

    yet another example of an absurd product design coming from some marketing genius.

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