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The Recon redefines the idea that a light–weight, compact tripod head can’t have street tough durability and high precision adjustment.
The Recon redefines the idea that a light–weight, compact tripod head can’t have street tough durability and high precision adjustment.
The Recon redefines the idea that a light–weight, compact tripod head can’t have street tough durability and high precision adjustment.
422 backers pledged $43,084 to help bring this project to life.

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 What is the Recon?

The Recon Tripod Head with QR Plate
The Recon Tripod Head with QR Plate

 The Recon is perhaps the most portable and compact tripod head system out in the market place. We have pulled the user interface complexities out of traditional tripod heads with-out hindering performance, quality or durability. When developing the Recon, we strictly followed the (4) S's: Size ,Set-up, Stability and Simplicity. Our goal was to create the perfect tripod head for the outdoor or urban photographer or cinematographer. This product is perfect for all levels of enthusiast.

What does the Recon Difference?

  • Size: Develop a compact design that literally fits in your pants pocket and light enough to stay attached to the base of your camera at all times if you prefer. We understand space is limited and camera gear is heavy. Don't let the compact design fool you! this little tripod head packs a professional punch. 
  • Set-up: Fast and very easy to set-up for any shot. We understand that if you are fumbling around with getting your gear adjusted your likely missing the shot. When the Recon is attached to the bottom of your camera in conjunction with the QR plate it allows you as the photographer to move quickly back and forth from the stationary tripod to your camera sling or neck strap. Built into the Recon is accurate adjustments controls that gives you perfect easy to use set and lock angles in 15 degree increments from 0 to 90 degrees. No more fumbling and looking at bubble levels or guessing if your shot is level or at the desired angle.
  • Stability: Due to the innovative design and construction of the Recon and how it attaches to QR plate, it provides a very stable and flat platform for your camera to sit on. Many of the hardware connection systems out in the market place cause your camera to be unstable when camera is set down on a flat surface. Having this stable platform results in fewer cameras dropped or damaged. The Recon with the QR plate system provides a much safer connection and transfer from your strap to your tripod. There is no disconnecting hardware or swapping out plates. We found that most dropped cameras tend to happen when individuals are moving from a sling strap back and forth to and from the tripod.  
  • Simplistic design approach: Our mission on this project was to develop the most minimalist assembly without giving up any quality, functionality or adjust ability. The Recon is CNC machined out of billeted 6061 T6 aircraft aluminum with stainless steel hardware.Built for use and abuse.
Mount it anywhere with 3/8 or 1/4-20 thread!
Mount it anywhere with 3/8 or 1/4-20 thread!
In use with a sling strap!
In use with a sling strap!
Recon on the go!
Recon on the go!
The Recon, a Mono Pod & a Mirrorless camera.
The Recon, a Mono Pod & a Mirrorless camera.
Phone cases with .25-20 thread can mount to the Recon too!
Phone cases with .25-20 thread can mount to the Recon too!
Size matters!
Size matters!
At home in small spaces!
At home in small spaces!
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 “The Recon by Pillar Design is a fantastic, well-built tripod head. It’s lightweight and compact which is great for someone like me who is always shooting on the go, either at weddings or in the outdoors. It's very easy to use and simple to understand. I would recommend it to beginners and professionals alike.” 

 Reid Johnson - Owner Best Made Videos

"In my line of business content marketing, photography, video, print and web design development, we use a variety of professional gear to make sure we capture the moment and get the shot that meets our objectives. Whether we are shooting high quality photography or developing 1080 HD quality video, we depend on our gear to be reliable, durable and easy to use. I personally tested and put the “Recon” thru the paces and found that this compact tripod system matched the quality, functionality and durability of heads 3 to 4 times more expensive and 2 to 3 times as large. This is the perfect tripod system for the photographer who wants a light weight compact system without giving up any quality or functionality along the way."

Dave Billinghurst Principal Owner Pure Design Group http://www.puredesigngroup.com/

Getting the perfect shot and having the gear to do it is a must in my line of work. At Horsepower Design we generate marketing identity, branding, and interactive materials for clients in the action sports and outdoor industry. We often do outdoor photo shoots in remote, extremely harsh outdoor environments. Getting your gear to a remote location, you want your gear to be light-weight, compact, and not taking up room in your pack. The Recon is definitely that tool. It is small enough to fit in your shorts or pants pocket. I mainly just leave the Recon on the bottom of my camera and bounce between my sling strap and tripod. The multi quick-adjustment system allows me to accurately and precisely control the shoot and lock into specific and designated angles.The Recon system, combined with the QR plate and mono pod, is the perfect combination for the photographer looking for a fast, light-weight and reliable tripod head system. 

Jeff Rodriguez, Horsepower Design, Seattle WA. http://www.horsepowerdesign.net/

The Recon is a great addition to your light camera kit, small, sturdy and easy to use it's a perfect lightweight stability option to get the steady shot locked in without the need to carry a traditional heavy pro level camera head. Small size and super useful it's a must for the backpack that won't break your back or the bank! -Jimmy Clarke

http://jimmyclarke.com/

                                 

Risks and challenges

Pillar Design has been developing products for a variety of industries in niche consumer markets for over 7 years. We have excellent domestic and overseas manufacturing expertise and capabilities. We have world class manufacturing partners that have been supporting us since the inception of Pillar Design. In addition to our experience developing products we have helped our clients launch a number of successful projects on Kickstarter. We have assist in clients success on a number of projects like Xpand lacing system, Clingies, Rhino Rig / Slider Camera Gear, Zipbudz, FoldZ and Clean Cup. It is our belief that we have learned equally from our failures as well as our many successes and have built a road map for success as it relates to the Recon Project.

As a design firm committed to bringing brilliant products to market we understand that there is always risks involved. In our experience some of these risks are involved with supply chain and the ability to meet production pricing and delivery goals. Unforeseen design changes and hidden costs associated with the product development process. Our experienced staff has the willingness and ability to effectively handle with these issues head on and come up with viable solutions. Rest assured with this team we will meet our backer's expectations if our project is fully funded and successful on Kickstarter.

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    Thanks for you support! You get our super sweet stainless steel custom Recon key chain that doubles a a tool to tighten the Recon tripod head.

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    Gold level: This reward level includes the Recon tripod system. You get a Recon tripod head, a panning bar, a QR Plate and a keychain to complete your system.

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    Titanium level: This reward level includes the Recon tripod system and the Black Rapid Shot Strap! You get a Recon tripod head, a panning bar, a QR Plate and a keychain tool, and the BR Shot Strap (Includes Strap, Fastenr Hitch, Lock-Star, and CR-2) to take your system to the next level!

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    Platinum level: This reward level includes the Recon tripod system and the Black Rapid Metro Strap! You get a Recon tripod head, a panning bar, a QR Plate and a keychain tool, and the BR Metro Strap (Includes Strap, Fastenr Hitch, Lock-Star, and CR-2) to take your system to the next level!

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