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Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator

You Pay: $29.99
Product Highlights
  • PHD (Professional Heavy Duty)
  • 1/4"-20 Tripod Socket
  • Double-link Construction
  • Optional Anti-Twist Plates

The Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator (Professional/Heavy-Duty) camera rotator is a fast, convenient tool for rotating your camera horizontally or vertically on a tripod.  Gain speed, convenience and precision by rotating the camera without changing the lens axis, so that all tripod head controls remain in the same position.  Concentrate on the subject rather than fumbling with newly-positioned controls.  Switch between horizontal and vertical compositions with a simple flick of the wrist, keeping the camera's weight balanced over the center of the tripod to minimize vibration.

Especially Useful for Macro Shooting
The Vertaflip proves most valuable when shooting at higher magnifications, as any change in the lens axis results in exhausting changes in tripod position.
Standard 1/4"-20 tripod socket in base and 1/4"-20 mounting knob in camera platform
Durable double-link construction assures rigidity even when using medium format cameras
Accepts optional Anti-Twist Plates and Camera Auto Quick Release
Weight 0.72 lb (327 g)
Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator
  • Cork Base Pad
  • 1/4"-20 Camera Mounting Knob
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    StroboframeVertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator
     
    4.4

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (14)
    • Attaches firmly (13)
    • Strong clamp (7)
    • Large range of motion (5)

    Cons

    • Unstable (3)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (15)
    • Weddings (8)
    • Landscape/scenery (7)
    • Sports/action (4)
    • Wildlife (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (10), Semi-pro photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great product, here's a tip

    This is a great product that is well made and I highly recommend it. It is great for shooting group photos and then quickly flipping over for individuals. It can be adjusted vertically for...Read complete review

    This is a great product that is well made and I highly recommend it. It is great for shooting group photos and then quickly flipping over for individuals. It can be adjusted vertically for different camera models or those with battery grips.

    The large cork area holds the camera well and it's easy to thread the tripod screw. I put a small piece of gaffer's tape on the bottom of my camera body as the rough texture of the tape helps to secure it well to all my stroboframe brackets which have cork mounts. I've used Vertiflip with with a Canon 20D with 70-200mm f/4 lens. I don't know if the product would support a heavy tele lens as the body may rotate on the cork. For those heavy lenses you probably need the rotating collar specifically designed for that lens.

    You do have to be careful when using a long lens and s slow shutter speed and/or a windy environment as this can cause vibration. In such a circumstance I'd say you're better off putting the camera directly on the tripod or using a cable release. But for studio work or reasonable shutter speed it's not an issue and the convenience is fantastic. Trying to shoot vertical shots with only a tripod is awkward and this product will really add to your comfort regardless of whether you use a ball head or three way head.

    Here's a tip that I discovered on my own. Remove the two screws holding the camera plate. Reverse the plate 180 degrees horizontally and reattach the plate. The camera mounting screw will be horizontally offset from the Vertaflip's tripod hole. Now if you put a body and a telephoto lens on it, the center of gravity will be nearly perfectly balanced over the Vertaflip's tripod hole. I think the product is far superior in this configuration and don't know why Stroboframe doesn't assemble it this way. With small lightweight lenses it doesn't matter which way you turn the plate as balance isn't a significant issue.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good concept but poor execution

    I bought this apparatus to use on my camera to make rotating from horizontal to vertical effortless because it kept the camera on the same axis. The first time I attached my camera to...Read complete review

    I bought this apparatus to use on my camera to make rotating from horizontal to vertical effortless because it kept the camera on the same axis. The first time I attached my camera to it (Nikon D800) with a 24-120 lens, I discover that it wobbles a lot between rotation. when I handled the camera to obtain focus and notice the camera wobbling up and down. SO when I place my hand on the camera, the front of the lens came up and when I depress the focus button on the camera, the lens front would go down. Same thing when I was about to trigger the shutter. So I thought maybe the screws need tightening but I figured it would come with the screws tighten and ready to use. I tried it again and look at tightening the screws, but they seem to be tight and fixed in place. I would need to break the seal to tighten further so I put it back in the box with plans to return. I tighten the screws which made it a little stiffer to rotate but I gain a little more stability, but it still was stable enough. THere was still a little wobble and I realize that the metal bracket that the camera is mounted on was not strong or thick enough to steady the camera. This could be solved by using a thicker metal plate. This should have been discovered during product testing since this bracket is rated for medium format camera too, not just 35 mm. Anyway, it was a good concept with poor execution.

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    5.0

    Good for indoor portrait

    By Alex

    from Melbourne

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

      Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

      Good for indoor portrait

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator b

      By Stryker5

      from North Dakota

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Portraits
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

        Great and easy to set up.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator

        By oddbob

        from Concord, Ontario, Canada.

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

          light wieght handy tool

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          • No

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          5.0

          unlike some in DC this works.

          By Bill

          from Camp Hill, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

            I use this mainly on a monopod whem shooting golf and tennis. I need to change quickly form vertical(individual action) to horizontal (foursome & other group shots. What's not to like

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Like it after a little work

            By Jim

            from Cleveland TN

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Stable For Portraits

            Cons

            • Incomplete Hole Tap

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

            Works great for portraits but I made changes. First the tripod threads were incompletely tapped. Also found this problem with their quick release I bought. I have a tap set so it was no big deal for me to fix but I should not have had to. Had a problem keeping it centered on my tripod head. So I drilled and tapped a hole for a screw through it and the tripod head. That locked it down. Then I added their quick release to it and I am very happy with the final results. The supplied mounting screws are too long on the quick release and must be shortened about 1/16". Would only recommend it to someone with skill to fix it but it is a great design. I may buy another one for my monopod.

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            • No

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            2.0

            Good concept but poor execution

            By Phil

            from Waldorf, MD

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Large Range of Motion

            Cons

            • Unstable
            • Weak Clamp

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

            I bought this apparatus to use on my camera to make rotating from horizontal to vertical effortless because it kept the camera on the same axis. The first time I attached my camera to it (Nikon D800) with a 24-120 lens, I discover that it wobbles a lot between rotation. when I handled the camera to obtain focus and notice the camera wobbling up and down. SO when I place my hand on the camera, the front of the lens came up and when I depress the focus button on the camera, the lens front would go down. Same thing when I was about to trigger the shutter. So I thought maybe the screws need tightening but I figured it would come with the screws tighten and ready to use. I tried it again and look at tightening the screws, but they seem to be tight and fixed in place. I would need to break the seal to tighten further so I put it back in the box with plans to return. I tighten the screws which made it a little stiffer to rotate but I gain a little more stability, but it still was stable enough. THere was still a little wobble and I realize that the metal bracket that the camera is mounted on was not strong or thick enough to steady the camera. This could be solved by using a thicker metal plate. This should have been discovered during product testing since this bracket is rated for medium format camera too, not just 35 mm. Anyway, it was a good concept with poor execution.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Simplified tools for my work

            By Honeygo Studio

            from Baltimore, MD

            About Me Pro Photographer

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • Weak Clamp

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

            I ordered two and I love the flexibility. Make may job so easy.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Very handy for portrait shooting

            By Ed

            from Denver Colorado

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Panoramas
              • Portraits
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

              If your tripod head makes the camera unwieldy when shooting in portrait mode this device flips the camera back and forth between portrait and landscape. You will need to revers how the plate is mounted to keep it close to the center of the sensor axis

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Just an OK device

              By Rick Tracy

              from Randolph, NJ

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly

              Cons

              • Unstable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

                I was hoping that this would be an affordable alternative to the overpriced L bran\ckets. It is build rugged, but it is not as rock solid as I wanted. It is not as solid as the head that I wanted to replace with the Vertaflip.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Good if you need to Flip Out

                By Oboist

                from New York

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

                  Sturdy, stable, very quick in operation, and it keeps the center of gravity of camera directly over the tripod. Only designed to hold your rig vertically or horizontally, so if you're looking for something that will allow infinite angles of rotation this ain't it. I don't see that as a problem, but I'm just sayin'... A bit heavy and bulky, but less so than other units I've tried and I can't imagine how one would design and build anything like this that wasn't heavy and bulky, so there we are.

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Made me realize I need a better tripod

                  By SuperStar

                  from Owings, MD

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

                        The product itself is a great idea and executed very well. The problem I ran into was that my tripod was already taxed to its weight limit with my current setup. When you add this extra weight then flip it vertical, it made for a very unstable situation. I returned the item and bought a new tripod with a higher weight rating and a solid ball head that easily allows setting a vertical shot. If you are using a light weight camera and a short lens, this would probably be an acceptable alternative if your tripod does not flip vertical very well.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        works great

                        By Rob

                        from Chehalis, Washington

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

                          Used this at a dance where the orientation wasn't consistent. The image stayed centered and this was easy and quick to use. Construction is solid but I don't know of a reason that the camera mounting plate at the top is not reversed - reversing it would make the load more centered. I use this with a video tripod that can support the imbalance so it doesn't make much difference but closer to balanced would be good. I like this a lot anyway.

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                          • No

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                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Using Veraflip with video camera

                          By Cris

                          from Trumansburg, NY

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Unstable

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

                              Increasingly, I shoot portrait shots with my DVX200 camcorder. I have a very solid right-angle tripod adapter that I fashioned from a very heavy angle iron (L-bracket). This give me all the stabilty I need but I needed a better solution for those times when I need to switch back and forth between portrait and landscape. So, I purchased the Vertaflip, but found that it isn't so stable with my video camera as it would be with a SLR, especially in normal; landscape mode it is very prone to shake. The remedy was to velcro a piece of wood as a stablizer behing the rotator between camera and tripod. It is easy to add and take off, and this will work for what I am doing. Smaller consumer camcorders might not have this problem, but the HVX200 is a bit heavy for this device.

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                              4.0

                              Vertaflip Works

                              By tom

                              from NW Ohio

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion
                              • Strong Clamp

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Portraits
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

                                Semi-pro: works great every time. Great for landscape and portraits. The price is outstanding. Looks a bit odd on the tripod, however, moves from horizontal to vertical in a split second.

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                                5.0

                                Worked as I hoped

                                By Tum67

                                from MS

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

                                  Rotated without give. Super easy to install & use. By far the best rotator for anywhere close to this price range. I use Canon 50d with 28-135 plus on shoe 580 exII and this baby didn't give an cm.

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                                  • No

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great product, here's a tip

                                  By Frank

                                  from Austin, TX

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Firmly
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Well Made

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Portraits
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

                                    This is a great product that is well made and I highly recommend it. It is great for shooting group photos and then quickly flipping over for individuals. It can be adjusted vertically for different camera models or those with battery grips.

                                    The large cork area holds the camera well and it's easy to thread the tripod screw. I put a small piece of gaffer's tape on the bottom of my camera body as the rough texture of the tape helps to secure it well to all my stroboframe brackets which have cork mounts. I've used Vertiflip with with a Canon 20D with 70-200mm f/4 lens. I don't know if the product would support a heavy tele lens as the body may rotate on the cork. For those heavy lenses you probably need the rotating collar specifically designed for that lens.

                                    You do have to be careful when using a long lens and s slow shutter speed and/or a windy environment as this can cause vibration. In such a circumstance I'd say you're better off putting the camera directly on the tripod or using a cable release. But for studio work or reasonable shutter speed it's not an issue and the convenience is fantastic. Trying to shoot vertical shots with only a tripod is awkward and this product will really add to your comfort regardless of whether you use a ball head or three way head.

                                    Here's a tip that I discovered on my own. Remove the two screws holding the camera plate. Reverse the plate 180 degrees horizontally and reattach the plate. The camera mounting screw will be horizontally offset from the Vertaflip's tripod hole. Now if you put a body and a telephoto lens on it, the center of gravity will be nearly perfectly balanced over the Vertaflip's tripod hole. I think the product is far superior in this configuration and don't know why Stroboframe doesn't assemble it this way. With small lightweight lenses it doesn't matter which way you turn the plate as balance isn't a significant issue.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

                                    Share this review

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Vertaflip Professional

                                    By mdsabes

                                    from Atlanta

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Firmly
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Strong Clamp

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

                                      I use this in my studio and on location. I use a ball head on my tripod so the vertaflip works well when I want to change my camera position to vertical I don't have to make a lot of adjustments.

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                                      5.0

                                      You need this product

                                      By DonH

                                      from Avondale Estates (Atlanta), GA

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Firmly
                                      • Good Stability

                                      Cons

                                      • Heavy

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

                                      This is product I didn't know I couldn't live without until I got it home. Ingenious, simple design makes it absolutely effortless to switch between landscape and portrait camera configurations. Rock solid suport,and the multiple indexed screw adjustments allows the lens on my EOS 5D MKII with battery grip to remain nearly centered over the tripod pivot point whether in landscape or portrait configuration, which is a nice feature for shooting multiple sequenced panorama shots.

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                                      5.0

                                      Really does the job

                                      By Lee

                                      from North East Ohio

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Quick action strong
                                      • Strong Clamp

                                      Cons

                                      • A bit large

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Portraits
                                      • Stabilization
                                      • Wedding Photography

                                      Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

                                      I wanted a flip bracket to fit on my Manfrotto 233B so I could shoot vertical as well and the Vertiflip works just fine. The Vertaflip is a bit bigger than I thought it would be, but it's very strong and holds my Nikon D200 quite solidly in place. It's also very good mounted to the tripod via a quick realse plate. The height adjustment plate is great for lowering the height of the camera.

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                                      5.0

                                      Solved my problem

                                      By Benjamin

                                      from South Georgia

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Fits Well
                                      • Improves Tripod Function
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Photography
                                        • Stabilization

                                        Comments about Stroboframe Vertaflip PHD On-Tripod Camera Rotator:

                                        I was unable to get a good vertical shot just holding my camera. This meakes it a breeze.

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