From now on, the tripod collar ASTAT-SL is available for the relatively big and heavy Leica SL zoom lenses Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 2,8--4,0/24--90 mm ASPH (1,140 gram) and Leica Apo-Vario-Elmarit-SL 2,8--4,0/90--280 mm (1,710 gram).
The new tripod collar relieves the tripod thread of the camera as well as of the camera bayonet and enables a well-balanced assembly of the lenses close-by their balance point. The tripod collar can be easily fitted, allowing a quick change from landscape to portrait format. Moreover, the collar is equipped with an ARCA-compatible dovetail as well as of ¼" and 3/8" threaded holes. Thus, it is suitable for all compatible quick release units respectively nearly all tripods. The Leica Apo-Vario-Elmarit SL 2,8--4,0/90--280 mm is equipped with its own clamp, which -- however -- does not dispose of an ARCA dovetail. The standard tripod clamp can be replaced by the ASTAT-SL without any problems.
A further advantage: With the new tripod collar the camera-/lens combination handling is very comfortable, even without using a tripod.