Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit

Leofoto Athena LA-324C + LH-40 Seascape Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit

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The Leofoto Athena is a Ranger that has been supercharged for seascape use. It features Leofoto's latest generation joint technology. These joints feature a sealing gasket at the top and a sealing collet at the bottom, which combine to make the joints nearly air-tight. Made from a stronger composite and manufactured to a much higher tolerance, the legs lock together better to offer stronger leg rigidity. This keeps sea-water out and that makes a massive difference to the longevity of the tripod when used frequently for seascapes.

All of the components at the end of the legs - the tube-plugs, feet core and included spikes are made from titanium, which lasts exponentially longer in a corrosive environment.

The rest of the tripod is exactly the same as the standard LS-324C ranger, which is our best seller. Visit the LS-324C product page to read more about what makes the Ranger series so great.

To understand the evolution of the Ranger series tripods and what makes the Poseidon/Athena special, read this blog article.

The Poseidon and Athena are the exact same tripod, simply in a different colour. Click here to view the blue Poseidon tripod.

Specifications

  • Max. height: 1395mm
  • Folded length: 580mm
  • Leg Sections : 4
  • Min. height: 165mm
  • Max load: 15kg
  • Weight: 1.95kg
  • Leg Diameters: 32mm/28mm/25mm/22mm

Anti-Corrosive Joint Technology 

These tripods feature joints that bring a lot of advancements to the Ranger.

  1. The new joints feature an O-ring gasket at the top and a sealing collet at the bottom, which combine to make the joint nearly air-tight. This keeps sea-water out and that makes a massive difference to the longevity of the tripod when used frequently for seascapes.
  2. The new joints are made from a much stronger composite and are manufactured to a much higher tolerance, which means the legs lock together better to offer stronger leg rigidity.
  3. The grips have been completely redesigned to avoid eventualy slipping. The downside to this is that the grip pads do not line up as in the product images, which detracts from the tripod aesthetics.

Apex – All ranger series tripods feature a compact apex machined from aircraft grade aluminum. The apex is hollowed out to save weight and hard anodized for durability. On the side you will find a UNC ¼” mounting hole for Leofoto’s AM range of magic arms for attaching accessories like smartphone holders, gopros or speedlights. Below the apex is another UNC ¼” mounting hole for attaching a weight hook – such a hook and carabiner are included with all Ranger tripods. The legs attach via stainless steel hinge shafts and brass bushings to a machined aluminium hinge chassis – premium materials you won’t see on many tripods in the market today.

Premium Japanese Carbon Fiber

Leofoto uses 10x layer cross-weave carbon fiber tubes made by Toray Inc – one of the world’s top carbon fiber manufacturers. This ensures strength and rigidity, while ensuring class-leading weight specifications. The hinges feature self-returning angle-selectors, a small feature that speeds up operation. All Ranger tripods offer leg angles of 23, 55 and 85 degrees.

Titanium Foot Assembly

The Poseidon/Athena and Lucifer/Gabriel tripods feature Leofoto's anti-corrosive foot assembly. The CF tubes are capped with a titanium tube-plug and the tried and tested foot design features a multi-angle titanium frame inside a rubber foot with bevels that correspond to the available leg angles. These tripods also include a set of titanium spikes for use on ice.

NB - It is easy to misinterpret this as an excuse to put the tripod through hell and neglect all basic care. You still shouldn't drop it in sand, take it for a swim or stick the joints in elements like silt mud or salt pans. You should still rinse the tripod with fresh water after use in the ocean. Without any care or maintenance, it is easy to destroy the best tripod that money can buy in a matter of months. With the right care and maintenance combined with the features of this tripod, it can last decades, even with frequent ocean use.

Specifications

  • Max. height: 1395mm
  • Folded length: 580mm
  • Leg Section : 4
  • Min. height: 165mm
  • Max load: 15kg
  • Weight: 1.95kg

Do you have the item in stock? 

Products are either in stock, out of stock (sold out) or special order. 

  • In stock: We have stock at our local warehouse. You can see how many we have in stock, add these products to your cart and check out. 
  • Sold out: We usually carry stock of this item but it has sold out. Please get in touch to get an ETA and reserve and incoming product. Or use the "Email me when available" button to get an email when new stock arrives. 
  • Special order: We don't carry local stock of this item. Get in touch to confirm stock availability and ETA to place an order. 

Delivery options and what they cost

We pride ourselves on lightning fast shipping, FREE on all orders over R1000. For orders under R1000 a courier fee of R75 will apply. Apart from large f-stop gear orders, most of our items ship overnight and the daily cutoff is 14:00. You can read more on the deliveries page or get in touch for a confirmed delivery date and time. 

Can I collect my parcel? 

Yes, you can collect your order from our office in Bosman's Crossing, Stellenbosch (09:00 - 17:00). Just choose the collection option at checkout- we'll follow up with the specifics. Please note that we are very strict about payment if collecting. We will not release any goods if we are not 100% comfortable about payment. We accept the following as payment confirmation in order to release the goods. 

  • Payfast Card Payment (any customers, new or returning)
  • EFT from FNB to FNB, pending fund clearance (any customers, new or returning)
  • Normal EFT from other banks to FNB (return customers only)
  • Instant EFT from other banks to FNB, pending fund clearance (Any customers, new or returning) 
  • Cash (any customers, new or returning)

What payment options are available?  

  • EFT
  • EFT via Payfast
  • Credit card: VISA & Mastercard

What is your policy on returns and or exchanges?

We are more than happy to exchange any product for something else or a full refund* if you feel that the item you chose isn’t quite right for you. See our Return Policy page for more. 

*If paying with any card, 4.5% of the transaction value goes to the credit card payment facilitation company. "Full Refund" means that we will return the full amount we received after the credit card service fees. If you are at all unsure that what you're buying is ideal for you, rather opt for EFT payment to be safe. 

Where is my order? How can I track my order?

You will receive an email with your tracking number once your order has been collected by our couriers. You can also find tracking number for your orders under "My account" 

You can shop NiSi Filters at the following retailers. 

Orms Bellville
Victorian Towers, 2 Palm St, Bellville, Cape Town

Fritz, 021 910 1380

Kameraz
Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Martin Wright, 011 880 2885

Photoquip
28 Pearce St, Berea, East London

Damien, 083 574 9134

Katz
66 17th Ave, Broadwood, Port Elizabeth
Lascel, 041 367 4401

Lime Photo
Kloof, Durban
Emil, 084 484 9959

Photo Freedom
Ballito, Durban
Graham, 032 586 1212

DPC
Pretoria
Danie, 072 608 3345

We have a no-nonsense approach. If a product breaks due to a manufacturer defect, we will replace it without asking any questions. If we have any reason to believe that the product was put through unreasonably heavy usage, we will have to follow the manufacturer's standard warranty procedure. 

Find more info on proper care and use for each brand below. 

NiSi Care & Use

F-stop Care & Use

Leofoto

The manufacturer offers a 10-year limited warranty on all products and we extend that warranty to our customers. Please read the below very carefully, so you understand your position when something breaks or doesn’t work ideally anymore.

It is critical to understand that this warranty only applies to factory faults and not to standard wear and tear. Tripods are subject to a lot of gray areas in this regard as tripods used outdoors, particularly in sand and sea water, are subjected to extreme wear and tear. We will e.g. replace the affected part of your tripod if a carbon tube snaps or cracks without much pressure applied to it or if the apex breaks. We will not replace your tripod or the affected part if e.g. a joint locks up due to sand or salt build up or if a hinge becomes corroded or stiff/floppy and unserviceable due to corrosion or salt build up. 

In sum, if we see that you took good care of your tripod and something went wrong, we will go out of our way to fix or replace it for you. If we see that you dragged it through the mud (literally or metaphorically), then we are unlikely to fix/replace it for you. How you handle your tripod and take care of it, is all the difference between 3- or 20 years of service. 

The best of tripods will not last longer than 2/3 years if used regularly in the sea, INCORRECTLY, and never serviced. Always make sure to extend the lowest leg section first, so you keep the joints out of the water/sand. Always rinse with freshwater after use in the sea, wipe down with a wet cloth, leave extended to dry and ENSURE YOU KEEP THE HEAD AND APEX DRY. If your tripod’s joints start feeling sandy/gritty, open them up, give them a proper clean and lubrication and fine-tune the tension on the joints.

If travelling on dirt roads, ensure that your tripod is in its carry-bag when not in use.

Your tripod will not take care of itself – it is up to you to do so. All our tripods ship with an info-sheet on taking care of your tripod. We also offer a full tripod disassembly and service for R1000, including shipping both ways.