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Hahnel Triad 40 Lite Professional Light Weight Aluminium Alloy 4-Section Tripod with 360º Lock-in System Ball Head and Free Carrying Case

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  • Professional Lightweight aluminium alloy 4-section legs
  • Quick Release Ball Head 360º orientation groove
  • Dovetail sliding plate with 2-stage lock-in system
  • Max height: 1513mm, Bubble level, Max load: 5 kg
  • Free Carrying Case
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Size: Triad 40
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 46 cm ; 1.6 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2 Kg
  • Item model number: Triad 40 lite
  • ASIN: B0046EDM1U
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 30 Sept. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (548 customer reviews)
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Size Name:Triad 40

Product Description

Triad 40 lite - 25°/ 45° / 75° / 135°
25°/ 45° / 75° / 135° - lock angles
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Triad 40 Lite

The Triad 40 is constructed of sturdy yet lightweight aluminum alloy. The main tripod casting is made from die-cast composite which gives you a perfect balance between stability and rigidity. With a maximum load of 5kg the Triad 40 gives you the flexibility of using almost any camera equipment - you will not only be able to use all DSLR cameras but also semi-pro camcorders; both with long lenses. This compact tripod extends to a maximum height of 1513mm allowing your camera to be placed almost to eye level. With the Triad 40's rigidity you can even take photographs using telephoto heavy lenses and still have absolutely no camera shake. Macro photography can be tricky and complex, therefore finding the right tripod that can be lowered very close to the ground is critical.

The centre column of the Triad 40 can be easily reversed allowing you to mount your camera upside down and literally put the lens all the way down to the point where it almost touches the ground. The Triad 40 has a built-in spirit level for optimal alignment. A tripod head with a built-in bubble level can be an extremely helpful feature especially when your tripod legs aren't equally extended on uneven ground. The Triad 40 has three leg clamps which easily un-clip into four sections. When the legs are extended, the tripod becomes more stable retaining its sturdiness. The legs can be individually angled at any one of four different positions allowing the tripod to be used at heights from 24.8cm-152cm. When the tripod is folded down it measures just 61.5cm, including the head and fits easily into the carrying case supplied.

Triad 40 lite - Lightweight Aluminum Alloy
4 section aluminium aloy - quality and stability Click here for a larger image


The Triad 40 Lite is made using the best material available to us. The legs and centre column of the Triad 40 are constructed from high quality, lightweight aluminum alloy material which is ideal for tripods. Aluminum alloy gives incredible rigidity and makes the Triad 40 almost as light as carbon-fiber constructions. The main casting of the tripod is the central point where all the weight accumulates and therefore it has been designed to survive the heaviest loads. To provide the best quality and to make sure that our tripod will serve you for many years, we have decided to use a die-cast composite for constructing of the main casting section. Bad weather conditions will no longer be a problem as the Triad 40 was designed to survive even the toughest weather conditions. To make sure that the legs of the Triad 40 will always stay solid and not lose any stability after years of use, we have developed an easy lock system that over time can be re-adjusted by an allen key which is included with the tripod.

Triad 40 lite - 360° Ball Head
360° fluid ball head - freedom of movements
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Freedom of Movements

It is important for every photographer to have flexibility when positioning a tripod whilst on location. Ball heads are fast to set up and they provide great flexibility in positioning the camera. The Ball Head of the Triad 40 is constructed using metal alloy which is a heavy duty, durable material. The head pans round 360° degrees in one fluid action so that you can move the camera around without having to move the legs of the tripod. Free smooth movements in all directions will give you an extremely convenient operation. The Triad 40 Ball Head is fast to set up and provides great flexibility in positioning the camera. You will feel the difference.

You can easily lock the head into place on the Triad 40 with just one single twist action. This is a great feature when you are framing your subject and is also a huge advantage with Macro photography. The Triad 40 is equipped with a quick-release dovetail sliding plate with a dual locking system that allows you to quickly change over from a stills camera to a video camera. You could then have a plate on each camera allowing you to save valuable time and quickly lock into place. The Triad 40 has very sturdy fully adjustable legs with easy-lock system. The legs can be individually angled at any position and locked in 4 different angles (25°/ 45° / 75° and 135°). For those of you who are keen on outdoor photography such flexibility is a great additional feature if you want to position the tripod securely against a wall, tree or uneven surface.


The Triad 40 360° Ball Head is equipped with a quick release secure lock system. Each time you wish to detach the quick release plate you simply press the secure lock button first. This type of lock provides protection against accidental release of the plate and is an additional security feature to prevent you from dropping your camera equipment on the ground. You can be assured that your expensive photo gear is safe while using our tripod. The 4-section legs have been equipped with specially designed easy lock system. It’s not only easy to open and secure the lock, but you can also re-adjust it with an allen key (included with the tripod). Thanks to this feature you can be sure that our easy lock system provides secure locking over time and none of the legs will fold down even if you are using a maximum load.

Triad 40 lite - Secure Lock System
Quick release plate with Secure Lock System Click here for a larger image


When we designed the Triad 40 we had in mind not only photographers but also video makers. We have used the best available materials to provide a long lasting and quality tripod. The 360° fluid Ball Head with pan rotation function is the best choice for panoramic shots and smooth video shooting. The tripod itself can be also used as a stabilizer for low level video shooting or as a companion in outdoor photo shooting in all weather conditions.

Outdoor photography

The quality materials used for the Triad 40 guarantees full functionality in all weather conditions. You do not have to be concerned about heavy rain, wind or even snow. The feet of the Triad 40 are made from hard-wearing abrasion-resistant rubber ensuring that you always have a firm base; therefore you will not have to be worried about the feet sliding on a slippery surface. The 360° Ball Head will provide total flexibility for your photo shoots and pan 360° rotatable head base with angle alignments that will help you to take perfect panoramic shots or even record a shake free video panoramas.

The bottom end of the centre column is finished with a 3/8” screw which allows you to mount an additional head or just screw in a hook (included). By using this hook you can provide extra weight for better stability of the tripod or just hang a camera bag on it. The quick release plate with secure lock system will prevent accidental dropping of your equipment.

Triad 40 lite - Center Column
Hook for better stability or additional ball head Click here for a larger image

Studio photography

The maximum weight capacity of the Triad 40 is 5kg which will support all DSLR’s (with battery grips and long lenses) and also camcorders or studio equipment such as flash guns or lamps. The feet of the tripod are made from hard-wearing abrasion resistant rubber that will provide a solid stability and not scratch the studio floor when you are moving the tripod. 4 section legs will extend the tripod to a maximum height of 1513mm and thanks to the centre column, you can very swiftly increase or decrease the height by up to 250mm. The centre column is also reversible which is very convenient for macro photography with the lowest point of shooting at 0cm (ground level). On the bottom part of the column you will find a 3/8” screw that can be used to mount an additional tripod head or a hook (included with the tripod).

The 360° fluid ball head will give you freedom of movement and thanks to portrait mode you will be able to take fantastic portrait photos. Wide angle, panoramic photos are no longer a challenge thanks to the 360° pan rotatable head base which allows you to take fantastic shake-free panoramic shots. The Triad 40 head is also equipped with a quick release plate, which will allow you to quickly switch between your cameras, lenses or studio equipment. Additional Quick Release plates are available. Thanks to the secure locking system of the quick-release plate you can be sure that your studio equipment will not slide down to the floor. The aluminium alloy used to build Triad 40 is not only sturdy but also light, making the Triad 40 very portable.

Triad 40 lite - Macro Photography feature
Reverseable middle part - reach the Macro world. Click here for a larger image

Macro photography

If you are interested in Macro photography, you will appreciate the centre column of the Triad 40 which can easily be reversed allowing you to mount your camera upside down and literally put the lens all the way down to the point it almost touches the ground. Thanks to this feature you can get as close to the scene as never before. The head of the Triad 40 is equipped with a quick-release plate, therefore you will be able to switch between cameras or camcorders really quickly. By purchasing an additional tripod head you can extend the functionality of your tripod and save some time on reversing the centre column. Quick release plates as well as Triad 30 and Triad 40 heads are available separately as an accessory for the Hahnel Triad range.

Time lapse & long exposure

Sunrise, sunset, blooming flowers or any other time lapse videos are becoming increasingly popular. With the Hahnel Giga T Pro II Wireless Timer Remote Control as a companion to the Triad 40 you will be able to take fantastic time lapse photos and merge them into a movie. Pan around using the 360° rotatable head base with angle alignment and you can take incredible time lapse photos with changing overtime perspective – usually only available to the professional video maker. A good tripod is a must for long time exposure photography. With the Triad 40 you will get complete flexibility of movement, light and sturdy construction with a 360° fluid ball head allowing you to capture a quick and easy scene for your photo. The accessory hook included with the Triad 40 can be mounted onto the bottom 3/8" screw of the middle column and then used to provide extra stability by hanging something heavy on it.

Triad 40 lite - Video Friendly
Video shooting - smooth and shake free photos Click here for a larger image

Video shooting

Over time DSLR video shooting has become very popular, therefore when we designed the Triad 40 we had video makers in mind. The Triad 40 is a video friendly tripod. The quick release plate has 2 rubber parts on the top to provide better grip and adds a solid match with the whole unit. The 360° fluid ball head with a pan-rotatable base is able to provide smooth movement like never before. You don’t have to be afraid of your hand shaking or taking jumpy panoramic shots as with the hahnel fluid head you will have everything under control. You can also remove the middle section and use it as a camera holder for quick action scenes. By releasing one leg and extending the rest of the legs to find a good balance point, you can construct a video holder for a low level video shooting. This will provide an additional stabilization and ensure smooth and shake-free takes.


Why not enhance your Triad 40 experience and purchase one of our accessories. Quick release plates allow you to switch between your cameras, camcorders or studio equipment fast and very conveniently. Each plate has rubber padding on the top for a better grip and the fit. It is also secure-lock compatible. Why not purchase an additional head to mount it on the bottom part of the centre column - this way you can quickly and easily switch to macro mode. The ball heads for the Triad 30 and Triad 40 are already available and the Triad 50 PG and Triad 90 PG Pistol heads will be available soon. An accessory hook and allen key are included with the Triad 40, you can find them in the inside pocket of the carrying bag that is also included.

You can also purchase one of our professional Remote Controls or other photo accessories as a companion to your photo shooting sessions with the Triad 40. The Hahnel Giga T Pro II is a time lapse remote control with a wireless communication. It will let you take fantastic time lapse photos or just activate the camera wirelessly for sharper image. The Hahnel Tuff TTL is a wireless TTL Flash Trigger that can be mounted directly onto the tripod and you can then release the flash wirelessly from any location up to 200m away. The Hahnel Combi TF is a wireless Remote Control & Flash Trigger. With these accessories as companions you will be able to expand your photography experience and take the professional shots that you have always wanted.

Hahnel Tripod Range
for DSLR, Camcorders and Accessories
Black with Blue Clips
Black with Blue Clips
Black with Blue Clips
Black with Blue Clips
Bubble level
1 + 2 (on head)
1 + 2 (on head)
1 + 1 (on head)
Leg sections
Leg diameter
Leg lock angles
25° / 45° / 75° / 135°
25° / 45° / 75° / 135°
25° / 55° / 75° / 155°
25° / 45° / 75° / 135°
25° / 55° / 75° / 155°
Folded lenght
562 mm
600 mm
590 mm
615 mm
593 mm
Min. height
Max height
Max load
Ball head
Ball head
Pistol head
3-way fluid head
Pistol head
Head attachment
Head quick release

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Size: Triad 30 Verified Purchase
I purchased this tripod and the first couple of times I used it I noticed that the Quick Release was loose as noted in some other reviews. It did however cause problems last week after I carried it for 3 hours on a photo walk and then it was not secure enough to allow me to use it for long exposure twilight photos.
I then scanned the reviews here and could not understand how so many users were happy with this quick release although there are a small number of reviewers with similar concerns to me.
BUT I have a solution. In my case, there is a cross-head screw at the pivot point of the lever that locks the quick release mechanism. I have tightened this screw and there is now no movement when it is locked in place.
I am now happy with the tripod, it now does what I need at a good price.
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Size: Triad 60 Verified Purchase
Let me begin by saying I've never owned a top of the range tripod which costs over £100 so can't directly compare this tripod with those sort of tripods. If I made a living out of photography or was going to be using a tripod day in, day out in rough terrain then I'd probably invest in one of those high-end models.

For me, this tripod has proved to be good value for money. It's a definite step up from the cheap "budget" tripods that are out there. It's well constructed and feels very sturdy. It's quick to set up and the fluid-damped pan head allows for very smooth panning shots. It's taken the weight of my Nikon D90 & flash gun without any problems. I'd say once it's fully extended, the viewfinder on my camera and camcorder is at an approximate height of 6ft. I'm 5ft 9 so it's more than enough for me. It's mainly all constructed from aluminium but the locking clips on the tripod legs are plastic. However unlike some other reviewers, I don't see this as a problem. They're well made, not flimsy and unless you're the sort of person who applies brute force to the simple action of unlocking/locking the clips, I can't see why they should fall apart. It also comes with it's own carrying case, which has an adjustable shoulder strap. The only minor criticism I have of it, is that it seems to have picked up scuff marks mainly on the tripod legs but these are only noticeable if you look at it close up.

I class myself as an amateur who dabbles in photography. So far I've used this tripod for portraits and once for landscapes. I can see mine lasting for years to come, which isn't bad considering the price. I would say it's heavier than the expensive carbon fibre tripods, so it may not be the right one for you if you're going to be carrying it about over extended periods of time.

For anyone else, who's looking for a quality tripod on a budget, which is only going to be used occasionally, I don't think you'll go wrong with this one.
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Size: Triad 30
This is one of the best buys I've ever made. I couldn't imagine I was buying a tripod with such a awesome quality considering the price. I already had a cheap tripod and I can say that was metal garbish.

I received the tripod well packaged, in a black box just like the pictures, it has a nice transport bag, but nothing fancy and an allen key.

I'm really impressed with the steadiness even with the legs and central column fully extended. The ball head is very precise, it locks with just a quarter of a turn. The panoramic rotation is very precise to, you can rotate the camera very smooth, ideal for panoramic pictures but is also fine for videos. You can also turn the camera 90 degrees for portraits.
The leg locks are the only thing in plastic, but they have a good strength feel, I assume they will last for years. Everything else is magnesium alloy.

This is an ideal tripod for a small DSLR, I use it with my Fuji S1500 and a Canon EOS 300 (18-55mm).
I recommend it to everyone looking for a first good light tripod.
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Size: Triad C4
My main tripod is an aluminium Manfrotto 190XPROB - Tripod - with Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head, which weighs in at around 2 and a bit kilos, and isn't that compact when folded up. I needed a compact tripod that weighed less, for a trip to the Caribbean.

A quick visit to my local camera shop and I decided upon the Hahnel Triad C4. It weighs half as much as my Manfrotto, feels "secure enough" when fully extended, and had some nice features that add to its versatility. Below is a breakdown of the features, how good they are, and the downsides to the tripod, which sadly there are. It is true that you get what you pay for, with this tripod not being "cheap" but certainly not being as solidly built as more expensive 'pods.

Weighing at just over a kilo, it's noticeably lighter than my slightly more expensive Manfrotto. I'd seriously consider taking this over the Manfrotto on longer walking trips. There are lighter tripods out there, but they compromise either in size and/or stability (Or cost significantly more!).

One very neat feature of the tripod is that when closed up, you can invert the legs around the central column, making the tripod very compact in size. In comparison to the Manfotto, it is half as long when closed. When fully extended however, it is only a little shorter in height.

The legs are extended by twisting the rubber parts on each section. It doesn't take much of a twist to loosen or tighten the legs.

The legs each have a clip at the top that is meant to allow you to adjust the angle of each leg independently.
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