History

Paul RiesWhen you buy a RIES tripod, you are buying the tradition of lightweight and durable wooden legs, easy-to-use hardware, and built-in quality that started in 1936.

Paul (right), Park, Ray and Irving Ries were in Hollywood when the motion picture industry was born. They saw the need for a sturdy, durable tripod mounted with a still camera on it for every motion picture set. This camera recorded movie scenes with the succinct clarity and immediate availability only a still camera could offer. The people in wardrobe relied on those photographs to ensure that the cast was properly attired and made-up from one shot to the next. And some of Hollywood's classic publicity photos were shot on movie sets from atop the Ries brothers' tripods.

While the movie industry was booming, the fine art of still photography was reaching new heights as well. Much of the time-honored work of such photographic greats as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston were shot from a RIES tripod. And top large-format photographers around the world today still regard RIES as "simply the best there is!"

Though the RIES tripod has changed little in appearance over the years, the quality of each component is being constantly improved, using the most advanced computer technology available. The result is a blend of the classic charm and durability of the old wooden RIES with the superior quality of design, manufacture, and finish afforded by today's technology. And all Ries products are still "Made in USA", in our own factory in Washington State.