The Expedition Wooden Tripod

A stunning, sturdy wooden tripod straight from Germany.


The Expedition Wooden Tripod

$290  $150

  • description

    We wore alligator loafers to our first wedding gig and got mistaken for the cousin from Jersey. We've never even been to Jersey.

    Clothes alone won't make you a respected photographer, but having the proper equipment certainly helps. (Heard the phrase 'Dress for the job you want, not the job you have'?)

    The Expedition Tripod is the three-piece of the photo world.

    Crafted in Germany and built to last a generation, it's been made the same way for over 100 years by dedicated craftsmen.

    Materials matter. The ash wood finish handles the Sahara as competently as the Arctic. Precision fittings keep your camera boulder-steady, while solid wood legs absorb vibration naturally. (A trade secret, wood absorbs vibration better than steel, carbon, or aluminum.)

    The interlocking design extends from 2 to 6 feet, but an aluminum core keeps it light. Its thick-gauge spiked retractable feet refuse to shift or wobble, no matter the terrain. No wonder it's been the #1 pick of adventurous photographers for a century.

    So be it the Hyatt Ballroom or the Mojave Desert, you'll look like a pro standing behind the Expedition Tripod. Just tell 'em you caught the alligator before making the shoes.

    • Made of sustainably harvested ash wood, cured over two years
    • Built in Germany by Berlebach
    • Wood dampens vibration naturally, weathers extreme climates better than metal
    • Extends from 20.8" to 74.8"
    • Standard 1/4" tripod mount
    • Use it with The Glif to steady your phone
    • Spiked retractable feet
    • Long-lasting twisting leg lock
    • Holds up to 26.4 pounds
  • Specs + FAQ

    How heavy is this thing?

    It weighs in at 6.8 lbs, just a little less than your standard pro tripod.

    Does the head rotate?

    This model does not have a rotating head. But it's super easy to find an attachment that will allow you to rotate and tilt your camera. Just search for a ball tripod attachment at your favorite photo shop.

    Will my tiny camera work on this hefty thing?

    Fo sho! So long as it has a tripod mount on the bottom. Which most cameras do!

    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Berlebach and Wood.
    (a.k.a. the dudes that make this tripod, and what it's made out of)

    Turns out Germany isn't all bratwurst and beer. They've got this tripod making business down pat. And have been at it for quite some time.

    In fact Berlebach has been making wooden tripods for 100 years. Each and every one of them furnished out of sustainably harvested ash wood. Why ash wood you ask?

    Ash wood is a renewable raw material that comes from controlled European forests. It happens to be especially hard-wearing and elastic as well as extremely resistant to all sorts of weather conditions.

    Much like a tree. You follow?

    Harvesting wood for these tripods is quite an interesting process. After the wood is cut, it sits in storage for two years to eliminate any tension leftover as a result of growth. After a dormancy period it is coated with several layers of varnish. The varnish protects it from moisture and everyday wear.


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