Why Ries?


Since 1936, Ries has been and always will be made in the USA. We take great care in the production quality of our components. We make all of our parts right here in our factory in Washington State.

We have the proud distinction in history as being the benchmark in photography. The great masters, Ansel Adams and Cole Weston, always used Ries Products. The current legends, such as Tillman Crane and Mike Smith all swear by their Ries Products. You can even view photos of them with their equipment in our gallery.

Ries Tripod has always been the choice for fine art photography. Not just because of it’s elegance but because of it’s tonal response to vibration. For the same reasons that fine musical instruments are made from wood, we also make our tripods from wood to reduce vibration and help you create the perfect shot.

We believe in quality and build that into our products. We are world renowned for our customer service and we want to be partners with our customers. Ries may not be the first tripod that you buy but we would like to be the last. Please Contact us with any questions or just to visit about our products.

 

 

 

Why Wood?

 

  • Vibration~ Vibration.  Actually, the lack of it.  Our tripods are specifically made from “tone woods” or AKA; “tonewoods”, (look it up).  The king of all tonewoods is Eastern Hard Rock Maple for tripods.  It is hard, light weight, strong and has the best vibration damping qualities of any material available. Ries 083 In fact over sixty percent of all of our tripods made are actually used in testing laboratories for supporting sensitive equipment.  All because of the wood.  We do offer other tonewoods, though their damping qualities vary depending on their use and environment.
  • Durability~ Wood is one of the most fatigue resistant materials on earth, simply because it used to be a tree. Trees have a structural makeup that resists constant bending and twisting from the wind for their entire life. As a result, wood has a remarkable fatigue life that exceeds steel and aluminum and rivals carbon fiber.
  • All Weather~ Most of our tripods “live” outdoors in all weather conditions with equipment mounted to them. Imagine twenty-four hours a day for years all around the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic and from deserts to the tropics. Even in salt water. All Ries tripods are finished with a specifically designed and formulated patented finish to protect the wood in all environments. The Ries tripod is unaffected by hot, wet or cold environments. Our tripod is impervious to all the elements.
  • Sustainability~ Wood is the most renewable of all industrial resources. The carbon emission in the manufacture of wood components is a fraction of that required for any metal or man-made material. Our wood varieties come from renewable managed commercial forests. As we know, metals and carbon-based materials result in the depletion of non-renewable and limited resources. Ries Wood Tripods continue to stand the test of time . . .1-DSC_0106
  • The “Original” Green~ The Ries Tripod is the greenest tripod on the planet. In fact our environmental practices were started in 1964 during the first green movement. Again, Ries tripods are made from sustainable, commercially grown woods and manufactured with environmentally friendly practices, strict recycling and re-purposing policies, that had their origins more than 50 years ago. We are the industry leader in “Green” manufacturing.
  • Versatility~ Pound for pound a Ries Tripod is stronger than any other brand. These tripods have stood the test of time with master photographers around the world. Remember, Ries Tripods began in Hollywood, for the movie-making industry in 1936. Just as wood is used in boats, ships, planes, and propellers; the Ries is strong and durable and leads the industry in strength and versatility.