Tamrac TR406 ZipShot Compact Ultra-Light Instant Tripod
- The ZipShot tripod is the perfect ultra-compact, ultra-lightweight tripod, weighing only 11 oz. and measuring only 15" when folded.
- Just release the red shock cords and the legs of the ZipShot tripod spring open in seconds to a height of 44" tall.
- Designed for DSL cameras with lens attached up to 3 lbs., point & shoot cameras, and compact camcorders.
- Camera can be positioned at any angle so vertical and horizontal shots are easy.
- Easily attaches to the handle of a camera bag, backpack, travel bag, or can be slipped into a purse or luggage.
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Why not five stars? You really have to use a self-timer or a remote trigger to use the tripod. Although the tripod is sturdy enough to hold a decent weight (unlike one of the reviewers, I don't have any qualms that the thing is going to fall apart), there's a slight wobble when you touch the camera once it's mounted. Mind you, my other tripods are Gitzos (only 11 times more expensive, and heavier), but you do need to take this into account when using the zipshot. Why does it wobble? Because the leg elements attach to the ballhead with a bungee cord; the platform is only as stable as the cord.
This tripod makes a great light stand (presuming your strobes are slaved or remoted, and you have "strobe feet" that can mount to a 1/4" tripod screw). It's also great for taking small-to-medium sized cameras (point-and-shoots through Olympus E-P1 or Lumix GF1, and maybe Canon Rebels -- NOT Canon 7Ds, Nikon 700s, or heaven forbid, D3s or 1Ds!) into places where weight and size are at a premium. Put it in your bag with your Gorillapods, etc.
Pros: extreme light weight, amazingly cool self-assembly, cheap, seems to be safe
Con: Wobbles. You need to use a remote trigger or a cable release.
Bottom line: Go ahead and get it if you're willing to live with the limitations, and want a very lightweight easy to carry tripod. It's better than not having a tripod, and is much, much more likely to be with you on a long trek.
However, sturdiness is an issue. In fact, it is a bit flimsy. I read a lot of reviews on this, and this was the main complaint, so I kind of knew what I was getting, but still you have hope that the reviewers were being a bit picky. Not so. They told it as it is. For instance, I put my Olympus E-520 with a 40-150 mm zoom on it (I'd say about 2.6 lbs), tilted it 90 degrees to portrait, tightened the head as tight as it would go, but gravity soon pulled the lense and camera downward just a little. The specs say it can hold up to 3 lbs., but I think that is pushing the limits. Anyway, while trying to readjust the camera to where I wanted it, the legs slid out on me. Awkward. There is some playing around with it. And then I stepped back a bit to take the shot of me and the background, the wind blew a little and I got nervous. It looks shakey. You definitely need a flat surface and the ability to fly fast in order to catch it from toppling over in a sudden gust. I am thinking of devising something to go around the legs to give them a bit more sturdiness. You'd definitely want to get a remote control with this as it does shake a bit when you touch the camera to take the shot.
But again, it is better than nothing and at the end of the day, after lugging around 20 lbs of camera equipment and other things all day, the lightness of it will be appreciated. You can use it as a monopod (although since it only is 4.5 ft. tall, its use as a monopod is somewhat limited!).
Cons: you have to manually screw in the camera each time, no adjustable height.
Pros: Everything else. Yes, I've put my Nikon D5000 on it and it was steady as could be. If you use it properly it really will hold that small dslr. This week I used it at a school event to video the performance. It's so light that you really don't notice that you're carrying it. I've got mine attached to the handle on my camera bag. out of the way but ready to use at a moments notice.
The only thing I'd change on this would be to have a quick release. Don't listen to the first reviewer- I've inspected my cords and let several people check out the Zipshot. Everyone was impressed at how sturdy it was when it was set up correctly.
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