No. 0006 - Released February 25, 2004
Titanium spikes and stabilization base plates for carbon tripods
New products for carbon tripods promise longevity,
reduced vibrations and increased torsion stiffness.
Donaueschingen, Germany – Modern Carbon tripods have made life easier and the backpack lighter for outdoor
photographers. These featherweights are though fairly sensitive and not always as stable as we would like them
to be. Now, new tuning products from Markins enhance these tripods even further.
The Korean manufacturer Markins provides two new products for outdoor photographers using Gitzo carbon tripods:
A set of Titanium spikes and a Duraluminum stabilizing base plate. The Markins Titanium spikes replace the standard
rubber feet or Aluminum spikes. By using this new type of spike the ground contact is improved and tripod vibrations
are reduced. The hard material lends itself very well for outdoor use and the integrated stoppers can be used
The three available sizes TS-227, TS-228 and TS-327 fit on the Gitzo Mountaineer 1227, 1228, 1327, 1239, 1338 and
1348 tripods. A set of three Titanium spikes cost around 75 Euro or 90 US Dollars.
The Markins tripod base plates TB20 and TB30 increase stability of carbon tripods by reducing its torsion, stabilizing
the top section of the tripod. The plate is inserted between the top base of the tripod and the tripod head. It is
designed for the Markins Q-Ball heads though works equally well with ball heads from other manufacturer. The base
plates are black and made of hard anodized Duraluminum. TB20 fits the Gitzo Mountaineer models 1227 and 1228 whereas
the TB30 fits Mountaineer 1327 and 1348. A base plate cost around 75 Euro or 90 US Dollar.
Markins tuning products are available through the distributor Nikonians EMEA and online in the Nikonians Pro Shop at
Additional product data available at www.markinseurope.com.
About Nikonians EMEA
Nikonians EMEA is a 100% subsidiary of Nikonians.org. With over 15,000 members from 100 countries, Nikonians.org is
the largest Internet community for Nikon photographers world wide. Based in Germany, Nikonians EMEA is the official
Markins Distributor and Dealer in Europe, Middle-East and Africa.