NEWS: Kickstarter Launches Today for Photographer-Invented Quick Precision Tripod Head

By Molly Kate

A new Kickstarter launches today for an innovative tripod head that can be adjusted quickly with one hand while maintaining easy precision control. The Quick Precision Tripod Head is designed for smaller cameras and phones but the team behind the project has also made it scalable for larger versions in the future.

Invented by professional photographer and hobbyist, Arnt Inge Hodne, the new tripod head design merges the best of a traditional ball head with the precision of a 3-way pan/tilt head. The locking mechanism is closer to the camera which has enabled the team to make the head smaller on the whole, perfect for traveling or anywhere you need a nimble setup.

Quick Precision Tripod Head - Image courtesy of Kickstarter
Quick Precision Tripod Head – Image courtesy of Kickstarter Team
Quick Precision Tripod Head - Image courtesy of Kickstarter
Quick Precision Tripod Head – Image courtesy of Kickstarter Team

Anyone familiar with a traditional 3-way tripod head will know it can take some time to get each axis in the right spot. The Quick Precision Tripod Head aims to make this quicker and effortless when you need speed but also control. While you can adjust the front/back and vertical tilt with a one-handed action, each axis (font/back, tilt, rotation) can be adjusted individually as well if you like. The design uses a standard 1/4″ camera mount and 3/8″ tripod mount making it easy to adapt to most equipment.

Quick Precision Tripod Head Kickstarter - Mobile adapter
Quick Precision Tripod Head Kickstarter – Mobile adapter

The team has also created a mobile phone adapter that secures your phone into place atop the tripod head.

“Just like a ball-head tripod mount, it is compact in size and easy to adjust. However, the main issue with ball heads is that it lacks precision, resulting in lost time as you fiddle with the knobs to adjust the axis. The Quick Precision Tripod Head solves this issue with precise individual adjustments.” – Kickstarter Campaign

The Norway-based team is made up of Arnt Inge Hodne (Inventor), Ådne Esepland (Business Developer), and Harald Meisle (CAD and material expert).

“As a professional photographer and a hobbyist, I have used a lot of equipment over the years. I have often found myself making notes on how to improve designs and customizing my own equipment, which is a journey that has brought me to now invent my own tripod head.” – Arnt Inge Hodne

Quick Precision Tripod Head Kickstarter Team - Arnt Inge Hodne (left), inventor and Ådne Esepland, business developer
Quick Precision Tripod Head Kickstarter Team – Arnt Inge Hodne (left), inventor and Ådne Esepland, business developer
Quick Precision Tripod Head Kickstarter Team - Harald Meisle, CAD and material expert
Quick Precision Tripod Head Kickstarter Team – Harald Meisle, CAD and material expert

The campaign will have three rewards to choose from with the early bird pledge of Kr. 640 converting to roughly 48 GBP or 61 USD (as of August 15, 2023). The Couple package of Kr. 1200 converts to 90 GBP or 114 USD. (Source: Oanda Currency Converter)

Quick Precision Tripod Head Kickstarter - Backer Benefits
Quick Precision Tripod Head Kickstarter – Backer Benefits

As for the timing of the Kickstarter, the plans are to have full production commencing in October, assembly in December, and deliveries starting early 2024. Confidence in their ability to deliver on the campaign comes from already having a prototype established as well as a local manufacturer with an excellent reputation and production capacity that includes backups.

Quick Precision Tripod Head Kickstarter - Delivery Schedule
Quick Precision Tripod Head Kickstarter – Delivery Schedule

Head over to the Kickstarter link here to check out the campaign for more info and back the project if it interests you!

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By Molly Kate
Photographer, writer, and CPA currently running a Youtube channel called Eclectachrome. I'm a huge fan of shiny new objects which makes writing news a perfect fit. Favorite cameras are often mechanical rangefinders, folders, and compacts and I love most film stocks. I enjoy developing and scanning my own film as well as printing in the darkroom when there's extra time!
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David on NEWS: Kickstarter Launches Today for Photographer-Invented Quick Precision Tripod Head

Comment posted: 24/08/2023

Interesting design, but you didn't explain exactly how it's supposed to work. I guess it is supposed to be self evident even to old Luddites like me. I think I figured it out by studying the photos, though. The "protective brackets" are actually curved rails that the head runs on in each of two axes. At first they looked like thick plastic flexible cords to hold the head to its base, which made no sense. I don't know why they are described as "protective," however. It's not clear what they are protecting, except some creative marketing buzz-wordery. The setup seems a bit flimsy and not lockable in place once you have positioned your camera. I am definitely not impressed. So, like Graham says above, why? But let's see what happens! I don't want to stifle creativity and efficiency.
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Graham Orbell on NEWS: Kickstarter Launches Today for Photographer-Invented Quick Precision Tripod Head

Comment posted: 15/08/2023

Good luck with fund raising, but why try to fix what’s not broken? Tripods and tripod heads have been around since the camera was invented and are pretty well sorted out by now. I even made my own at school woodworking classes in 1952. I’ve never had a problem with any of the dozens of tripod heads / camera mounts for from monorail cameras to cellphones to broadcast TV cameras that I’ve used over the years. But it’s always nice to have new products to choose from even though the market is already full of much choice
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