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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Very nice Ari! Thanks!

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Thanks, Randy and Will.
    I apologize for the picture quality. Turns out I had the camera's video set to a lo-res option.

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Copied from another post, here's an update on the new tripod line, the Atlas Series.

    Before we can make the 2-section tripod of our dreams, we had to make the more conventional 4-section version.
    It's quite marvellous, I have the prototype here. It's 73 inches tall, weighs just under 6 pounds, and is 25" long folded.

    The new series is called Atlas, and it will feature a top-notch apex system to serve both 100mm and 75mm standard bowl accessories (centre post, levelling ball, etc).
    All Atlas tripods will use 42mm tube diameters.
    Here's the new Atlas CP42-L4 (4 section):





    Retail price for Atlas CP42-L4 will be $1069.00 and available in mid-February.
    It's available for pre-order at 10% off.

    The 2-section tripod will be an Atlas Series tripod, and we're already at work on it. I think it may be a special-order item, but we'll see.
    This 2-section Atlas needs a new rubber foot design, different from other FLM tripods, even different from the 4-section Atlas.
    That's because the 42mm tube will be on the bottom, and the top section will be a thinner 38mm tube. A reverse tripod which will allow for leg adjustment at about 2.5-3 feet up.
    The thicker 42mm tube doesn't have a rubber foot wide enough to support it, so we'll design a new foot for it, and use the same apex as other Atlas tripods.
    Last edited by Ari; 21-Jan-2022 at 09:18.

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    That looks good. One of my most used tripods is a Benbo2 on which I shortened the center column. One end of the column has the factory 3/8" stud, the other end I modified with a mild steed sleeve to take a Chicago pan/tilt head. The large diameter at the bottom leg design permits use in muddy ground and even water. A bowl would give me more head choices. I don't like ball heads either. Two section tripods are fine for 8X10. I have used Reis, and Majestic extensively in the past. When these are available, I will buy one.

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    I may or not buy, funds vary in my life

    The first new tripod I ever bought was also a BENBO 2

    I really like the design, the waterproof lower legs are a must, but not LF

    and for old folk, being able to adjust legs well above the swamp...

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Thanks, gents. I'll make sure to keep you all updated.
    We were just deliberating today whether to use a traditional leg diameter configuration (thickest on top, and so on down).
    But we figured we have the chance to make something unique, and more user-friendly (I think), so we'll stick to the original concept: thicker tubes at the bottom.

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Tripod looks great... but the Wehman I miss.

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Thanks, Jerold. I have big expectations for the upcoming tripod.
    Wehmans are rare as hen's teeth these days, and wonderful cameras. I'm very happy with mine, though it hasn't seen much use in the last 5-6 months.

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    If you've been following the latest Covid news, yo'll know that China is going through a spike in infections.
    This has caused several cities to go into lockdown, including Shenzhen, where our factory is located.
    As a result, production has stopped for the time being.
    This affects delivery dates of the CP42-L4 and CP42-L2 tripods, and the new QLB-80 clamp.
    Sorry for the delay, folks. We'll be up and running as soon as possible.

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    Re: New FLM Ultralight Tripod for 8x10 and smaller

    Thanks Ari
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