About SLIK Tripods - Company History
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The original line of tripods, since 1948

 

SLIK has been quietly designing and manufacturing high-quality tripods for more than 50 years.  SLIK has won 6 prestigious Japanese Ministry of Trade and Industry “Good Design” (G-Mark) awards.  SLIK’s original and innovative designs have become industry standards.

Check out the quality and heritage of SLIK tripods, monopods and heads online and at your local camera store.

1948

1948

Birth of SLIK

Takatoshi Shiraishi, an engineer and entrepreneur, established SLIK CORPORATION in 1948.  He was a twenty-three-year-old photo enthusiast who experimented to create a stable platform allowing photographers to take better photos. He and his friends tested the tripods before he decided to sell them under the original brand name ALPS.  In 1950, Kunio Kitano named the tripods “SLICK” because of the tripods smooth appearance.

1950.1956

1956

SLIK Master

In 1956, SLIK introduced the “SLIK Master” tripod series for professional photographers and press photographers. The “Master Classic” has been sold for more than 50 years as a hallmark of Japanese tripods.

1967

1960

Quality Function

In 1963, Slik introduced a unique multi-action head called the “free-turn system.” The majority of press photographers in Japan used these tripods. The head also supported super-telephoto lenses used by sports photographers.

In 1967, Slik introduced tripods with a camera adapter system: Goodman Ace and SLICK Master.

1972

1972

Complete System Tripods

SLIK introduced complete system tripods that included legs, shoe and head which could be customized by photographers. The Master Pro II became the premier tripod for professional photographers.

500g

1976

Revolutionary Innovation

SLIK introduced the innovative, lightweight tripod series “500G’ (5oo grams), which radically changed camera tripod market.  The combination of aluminum and magnesium created a new market in travel tripods that continue to be sold today.

1978

1978

Multifunction System

SLIK introduced multifunction tripods which allowed simple movement from low to high position, lever leg locks and a quick release shoe system.  The 88D model tripod received the “Good Design Award” (G-Mark) by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI) of Japan.

1980s

1983

Continued Innovation

Slik introduced the Sprint 66 Deluxe, which became a top seller due to its compact size and lever lock system. Slik also introduced the Grand Master and the Grand Sports that were equipped with 3-way pan-heads and had 3 stages leg-angle lock that came with spreaders for a more precise adjustment.

 

1998

1998

Carbon Fiber Introduced

Slik Introduced the Pro 803CF carbon fiber tripods, which featured 1,200gram lightweight carbon fiber pipe that had the same dimensions of Grand Master.

 

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1998

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