The San Francisco-based company Peak Design prides itself on creating innovative products for photographers that redefine their categories, and today it’s back to disrupt a new niche: tripods. The brand’s new Travel Tripod is designed to be one of the most compact and easy-to-use tripods ever made. The result of four years of development, the Travel Tripod is “a ground-up reexamination of camera tripod design to produce the world’s most portable, packable, and easy-to-setup tripod for professionals and first-time tripod owners alike,” Peak Design says. First, the company determined that the biggest issue photographers have with traditional tripods is their unnecessary bulk and spatial inefficiency. When fully collapsed and packed, many or most tripods have a relatively large amount of dead space. What Peak Design has done is create a tripod that eliminates as much dead space as possible. The Travel Tripod’s legs and center column nest together tightly when collapsed to achieve a packed diameter of just 3.25 inches (8.26cm), which is about the diameter of a water bottle. But despite taking up less than half the volume of existing popular tripods, the Travel Tripod can still deplo...