Sorry to flood with so many questions, but I am curious if anyone has found a tripod somewhat like the Tamrac zipshot, but able to support a larger camera. Undoubtedly there are tradeoffs in this world, and this design won't compare to a good Gitzo, but I'm a bit intrigued by the weight and the speed to deploy - I would think there might be something there, if beefed up?
#1. "RE: Zipshot" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberTue 23-Oct-12 11:09 PM
If you want something small and lightweight, for use with a small camera and small lens, without a battery pack, I would rather go for a Gorilla Pod. Gives you more flexibility and likely less frustration.
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#2. "RE: Zipshot" | In response to Reply # 0nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Wed 24-Oct-12 07:54 PM
The problem with the zip shot is that it is designed to only be used fully extended. That because the legs do not telescope like conventional tripods.
At 11 ounces, it cannot possibly support more than a P&S camera.
Most people looking for ultra-light and ultra-cheap travel tripods are generally using them as table tripods, more or less, avoiding extending the legs as much as possible. That won't work with this tripod.
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#3. "RE: Zipshot" | In response to Reply # 2Thu 25-Oct-12 12:15 PM
I hadn't thought about that, that most of the market for light tripods were more for tabletop
My general intended use was on backpacking trips, something that would be reasonably light and not take 5 minutes to setup/takedown (I usually hike with camera on chest, so as not to slow down my buddies any more than I already do.
I know, I know, there is a word for this application and it is called a monopod. However, a lot of my shooting in these situations is HDR, so a tripod is important.
Mostly, I was looking for something relatively inexpensive, quick, light, and would offer enough stability that i could keep my camera on it, set a timer, and have it fire off 5 shots (curse you firmware for limiting me to 1 EV steps!) with me standing a breath away from the camera.
I have read enough to know this isn't it, but I still wish it was!
#4. "RE: Zipshot" | In response to Reply # 3nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Fri 26-Oct-12 01:17 AM
>> I hadn't thought about that, that most of the market for light tripods were more for tabletop
They aren't necessarily sold as "table top tripod" but at best that is about all you can do with many of them (light, and cheap).
You have $6,000 worth of camera and lenses listed in your profile. You may need to spend 10% of that to get something close to what you want. What you want probably does not exist (a 1 lb tripod that can support your D800 and shoot rock solid HDR) AND go to 40" or whatever you want above table top level.
Or use an alternative. Maybe a Gorilla Pod (I have never used one so can't vouch for it with your camera). A beanbag with lightweight fill, something like that.
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