Filter manufacturer, Cokin, has stepped in to fill that void in the tripod world by creating the Riviera Classic line of tripods. Working with tripod maker Slik, Cokin designed the Riviera Classic supports to match retro rangefinder-esque mirrorless cameras. It features a wooden tightening handle and faux-leather leg section covers. It also comes with a nice looking carrying case made of faux-leather and hessian fabric.
To be honest, the tripod looks nice enough that we wouldn’t mind using it for more modern cameras and not just on the days when we’re feeling “vintage”. Based on the specifications of the tripod, we think it would make for a good travel support, though not necessarily for rigorous outdoor adventures, more the streets of Paris and Venice.
Currently, it’s not clear when the tripod will be available or at what price.
For more details, check out the press release below.
PARIS—November 24, 2016—Cokin is proud to announce the first tripod to adopt the look of current retro cameras.
Inspired by old camera design, Riviera Classic is the only tripod to combine leather and wood elegancy with aluminum sturdiness in a timeless design.
Incredibly stable and extremely stylish, with metal tightening dials similar to those found on antique manual cameras, Riviera Classic is the tripod that was missing to affirm the neo retro look of current cameras. Although traditional in its approach, Riviera Classic provides nevertheless all the features of a modern tripod: telescopic sections, inversible central column, multi-actions head, ergonomic wooden tightening handle, unlockable angles etc.
Made of Iroko wood, known for its exceptional durability, and hand crafted by Atelier Farol at La Rochelle, France, the Riviera Classic handle has been designed to provide optimal control. Over time, and upon usage, the wood patina will make it even more unique.
Covered with a material similar to that found on premium camera bodies, the Riviera Classic leather-inspired sections are both elegant and delightful to handle. Once opened, they reveal the brilliance of brushed aluminum, contrasting with the tripod body. Each section ends with a high density nonslip rubber cap insuring the best support on all types of field.
Every details have been carefully thought, right down to the tightening dials of the Riviera Classic, inspired by the ones found on retro cameras. Made of knurled aluminum, they offer an excellent grasp in order to precisely adjust sections and central column.
We have brought the same care in the making of the soft pouch that comes with Riviera Classic, made of leather-inspired and hessian fabric. The cord is robust and comfortable, to carry it anywhere, with style.
It was very natural that Cokin collaborated with Slik to develop Riviera Classic. Founded in 1948, Slik is renowned for its unique know-how in long lasting tripods making.
Named after its founder Jean Coquin, a famous french photographer of the 70’s, Cokin is the inventor of the innovative Creative Filters System (adaptor ring + filter-holder + filters), the most popular filter system in the world.
- Maximum operating height: 160 cm – 63 in
- Folded tripod length: 60 cm – 23.6 in
- Maximum center column extension: 29.7 cm – 11.7 in
- Weight: 1.54 kg – 3.4 lbs
- Maximum loading capacity: 5 kg – 11 lbs
- Multi-action head with 360° plate
- Carrying case included