StarD. . .Mystery Resolved?
On Sun, Apr 1, 2012
Subject: Tiltall Story
Message: The Tiltall story still seems to be a bit foggy. I intend to update the story at photoscala.de and would like to mention your website.
Since the Davidson Optic company is now a subsidiary of a German company in Wedel, I'll ask them for any details. I'll let you know about their answers. Best regards, Christoph firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, please link me and I am remiss not to
have linked to you earlier and will do so - actually, now. . .this email
is immediately upload to the blog.
Foggy indeed. Two
days ago I had a quick conversation with Steven Tiffen (CEO, TIFFEN
Filters, etc and son of the founder of TIFFEN). Steve was a teenager at
the time but added this hint to the fog.
According to Steve: PhotoBarn's
Fred Albo bought the trademark "StarD" from Davidson in the late 70s or early 80s
when they decided to stop their manufacturing of their tripods. PhotoBarn had been a
"StarD" tripod retailer up to then. Fred also either had or would shortly
acquire the rights to the TILTALL mark and its design from Lietz. Fred then
split the TILTALL design into two versions - a low end "StarD" for "mass marketing" and the
Unifot Tiltall for pro stores which more or less continued the Marchioni/Leitz features, except
for simplification of the leg bushes (no brass). I think we are close to closing the case.
--no fooling! Gary