You got a Tripod. It comes with a bag. It's a snug fit. We designed it that way. But maybe the finely tuned snugitude of the bag has you reeling, wondering if, somehow, this bag is larger on the inside than the outside in some way that you've thus far failed to comprehend (don't worry, it's not). We get it. It's a lot to process.
Check out this vidya with Peak Design's Head of Cool Doodery, Larry Bird Dog. He'll walk you through all the best practices of getting that tripod back into that dern bag, hand-in-hand, shoulder-to-shoulder, step-by-step.
0:15 - It fits with the plate.
0:24 - Make sure the Tripod is ready for stowage.
0:38 - All three Tripod configs will slide right in.
0:52 - Peel it and jam it in there.
1:19 - Get your tabs off to the side.
1:44 - Pro level zip techniques.
The juicy bits:
- Your Tripod will fit in the bag with the camera plate on it. Even though you'll most likely just keep the plate on your camera for most of the time.
- Before you slide the Tripod in the bag, double check to ensure that all three legs are fully, 100%, pinky promise collapsed, the cams are fully closed, the ball head is fully retracted, and the ball head adjustment knob is pushed in. Because of the tightly designed tolerances of the Tripod - Bag relationship, even a stray millimeter will make things more difficult than they need to be.
- All three feet configurations of the Tripod will fit into the Tripod bag. I'm looking at you, rubber feet, spiked feet, and ultralight conversion kit.
- The Tripod Stowing Process:
- Unzip the bag.
- Peel the top back like a giant grey banana.
- Put the tripod in with the center column adjustment knob oriented toward the back seam of the bag (the opposite side of the zipper).
- Keep your quick release and locking ring tabs off to one side and not in the path of the zipper. You can get the zipper over these tabs, but it's just easier if you don't have to.
- Thumbs on top of Tripod. Use the other four digits on those meat hooks to wrap that bag up over the summit of the tripod.
- Grab the tripod firmly with one hand, and pull the zipper up and over with the other.
- You can do this. This is gonna work out.
As always, if you've got any other questions, feel free to to point your firehose of confusion at firstname.lastname@example.org.