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Vanguard VS41 Flexible MiniTripod [Camera]
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- Perfect for small digital, APS, point-and-shoot and 35mm camerasMaximum height: 4 5/16"; folded height: 5 1/8"Weight: 0.12 lbs.Flexible legs offer stability on virtually any surfaceMounting shoe
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|Item Dimensions||3 x 1 x 8 inches|
|Item Weight||0.22 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.4 pounds|
- Extension height: 4.3 inches
- Folded height: 5.1 inches
- Weight: 0.1 pound (less than 2 ounces)
Top Customer Reviews
All these reviews are great - I actually bought a different mini-tripod at first but ended up making this my SD550's travel companion. Here are my reasons for liking it a lot:
- I was able to position my camera right on my dash for intervalometer shots (Powershot S2IS) and it actually stayed put while I was driving. The feet are rubberized just well enough and spread far enough to keep the camera in place.
- I carry it in my pocket. Since the legs are flexible, it doesn't get awkward or damaged when I sit down
- With the legs together (and a bit spread out at the bottom) it makes a great pistol grip for little cameras.
- It's the perfect trade-off between using a bean bag and a mini tripod - the legs stay put however you shape them, and mine has seen a lot of bending and still works great
- If I'm shooting at a low speed and risk blurring the shot, I put the tripod legs on my chest for extra stability. It's not much, but your chest is less shaky than your hands alone, and gives you that extra stop for indoor pictures
- While it's light enough to carry around, it also has a bit of weight to balance the weight of small cameras not making the setup too top-heavy.
- Unlike straight-leg tripods, you can make the feet grip a vertical edge, like a cube partition
It can be adjusted finely even though it looks clumsy. Just start with the legs fanned out but straight, and if you need to adjust the camera angle a little push the appropriate leg so it bends inward.
It's more sturdy than I expected. The rubber feet prevent slipping and the flexible legs can easily hold a typical camera without bending under the weight. Maybe it's not for those 15-pound cameras with a 2 foot lens attached, but if you have one of those you probably aren't looking for a four-dollar tripod.
It has a very small clip on the mount so you can hang it one a bag strap, but you can also just bend the legs around the strap.
The only thing this tripod doesn't do is shoot upward at steep angles. The most I can manage to get out of it with the most extreme pose is about 40 degrees, and with a larger camera balance issues might limit it to less.
One design drawback is the mounting screw is fixed. You don't get a little thumb knob to twist when mounting the camera, you have to rotate the whole tripod. But it's so small and the legs squeeze together so close that it's easy to do.
For four bucks, it would be hard to ask for more.
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A nice surprise of functionality and portability and price. One of those things that you find you need once you buy it.
The main problem I have with this is that the rubber ball-feet are very soft rubber and apparently are very soluble in oil, because I was using it on my butcher-block counter top (sealed with wax & oil) and it left black smears everywhere. After that I used it on a tablecloth and it smeared black all over that, too. I wrapped each little foot in some cheesecloth with a twist-tie to hold it on and now it's great, but it's a bit silly that I have to do that. I'd have paid a few extra bucks for feet made of some other material, maybe silicone, that wouldn't have that problem.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Does the job (if you dont bump it at all), but it is definitely nothing compared to the more expensive gorilla ones that will hold on and are more stable.Published 1 month ago by Stephen F.
Kinda junk. One leg fell off as soon as I opened it, but I was able to fix it. The plastic is it's made of is extremely ridged and I can tell it'll break easily.Published 6 months ago by predaxe
I knew it was tiny when I bought it. I got this to record video tutorials on my iFlip Ultra HD. I didn't get a bigger product because they didn't seem able to shrink down enough so... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jarna H
This miniature tripod arrived with 2 legs. A leg missing on a tripod, and the factory doesn't catch it? Do not waste you r time and effort. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Pauline Flanagan
Does the job in a pinch and is highly portable. I have used it with point and shoot cameras as well as a DSLR. Read morePublished 11 months ago by FM