Is this the best camera accessory ever? It turns your tripod into a storage stand!

CDC Try Poncho
(Image credit: Etsumi)

I have never, in my life, been excited by a tripod. Three prongs of metal and a screw to put your camera on top – what's there to be excited about?

The closest I came to excitement was when the Peak Design Travel Tripod (opens in new tab) launched. Now, though, there's a real reason to care; now there's something actually worth being excited about. 

Meet the Cam De Cam Triponcho, a truly inspired accessory that transforms your previously one-note set of camera stilts into a free standing storage unit to keep all your kit safe and to hand while you're out shooting (or, indeed, if you're in the studio shooting). 

A clunky portmanteau of 'tripod' and 'poncho', the Triponcho is the brainchild of Japanese camera equipment manufacturer Etsumi. It's essentially a photography vest (opens in new tab) that your tripod can wear, turning it into a storage unit to store anything gear you need to hand. 

Need to keep a couple of lenses handy to shoot wildlife at different distances? No problem. Photographing trains or planes, and want to have a magazine handy for the downtime? Sure thing. How about binoculars or spotting scopes to help you scout wildlife? You got it. 

How about a flat tabletop to place a lantern or flash, your phone, or your drinks and snacks? Right here, baby. Heck, this alone makes my tripod way more useful – and means I have an extra little table with pockets in my editing room, rather than propped up in the corner somewhere.

The canvas fabric of the poncho is treated with paraffin to make it extra water repellant, as well as giving it a distinct vintage look, so it's extra durable for outdoor conditions. 

The Triponcho was successfully funded and pre-sold in October, on Japanese crowdfunding platform Makuake (opens in new tab). Now the product is going on general release in Japan – and it feels like only a matter of time until Etsumi brings it to the west (or until somebody else rips the idea off and starts selling it over here). 

Available in two colors, Army Green and Lavender Grey, the CDC Triponcho is available in Japan for ¥9,900 (approximately $71 / £59 / AU$105). For more information, visit the Etsumi product page (opens in new tab).

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James Artaius
Editor

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.