Leica table top tripod review

The Leica Table Top tripod and large ballhead has been with me longer than any other piece of photography equipment that I own. It has supported Nikons, Leicas, Hasselblads, and even a 4 X 5 view camera. If I don't have a full size tripod with me this wonderful little tripod is in my bag or jacket. I use it on the ground, on tables, on cars, on fences, even using myself as the base. It folds flat so that it can be slid into the back pocket of most camera bags. Back when I was a catalog photographer my biggest job required that I photograph the subject in 8 X 10 as well as 4 X 5. The large camera was on a studio stand that had a large center column that had a crossbar that slid up and down the pole with the camera attached. For the floor level shots, after I was done with the 8 X 10 I would slide the stand out of the way and shoot with the 4 X 5 on the Leica tripod. Amazingly stable but a little top heavy, but it worked. 

I went to school for photography about 30 years ago and the photojournalism teacher Mr. Collins showed me a neat trick for the Leica tripod. He showed me how you could press the legs against your chest and with the long shaft that the ballhead has the camera was placed perfectly at eye level. Perfect for slow shutter speeds in low light. He said he had learned the trick from some famous photographer in the 50's whose name escapes me. 

There are lots of small tripods on the market but I have yet to come across any that can rival the quality of the Leica. On most the ball head is to short and not practical in real world use. The combo sells for about $330 so it is not cheap. But it is typical Leica quality and will last a lifetime.

 Tripod supported by wall

Tripod supported by wall

 Leica 14100 tripod with 14110 Ballhead

Leica 14100 tripod with 14110 Ballhead

 Tripod compact for travel

Tripod compact for travel

 Tripod supported by chest

Tripod supported by chest