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.
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.
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.
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