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The Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom is an ultra-versatile mini-tripod or grip that can be used with large SLR cameras with zoom lens attached or with camcorders (max. load capacity of 6.6 lb/3 kg). Its three multi-segmented flexible legs can be formed to grip almost any protrusion, be it a branch, doorknob, rock, or uneven surface.

Each of the joints can bend and rotate 360°, to wrap around objects. The bottom rubber segment on the legs is larger to allow it to be used in the traditional way.

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"Love it...Not bad...Very handy...Areas of concern are that it is quite difficult to wrap around a branch, for example, tight enough so that there is no camera movement, and as such I would recommend the use of a cable release.The product does not replicate a proper tripod, but in some circumstances, such as when traveliing and weight is an issue, it is a reasonable replacement...."

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  • Supports up to 6.6 lb (3 kg)

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The red & gray PIXI Mini Table Top Tripod from Manfrotto doubles as a tabletop tripod and a handheld grip support for a DSLR, point and shoot, or compact camcorder. The legs are rounded on their outer side, so the closed tripod provides a comfortable hand grip. When open, the tripod and head have a maximum height of 5.31". Rubber feet prevent slipping and protect delicate surfaces.

Fabricated from stainless steel and red & gray Adapto polymer, the PIXI supports up to 2.2 pounds while weighing only 6.7 ounces. Its built-in ball head has a 1/4"-20 camera screw and a unique design that allows adjustments and locking with a single push button. Besides cameras, the PIXI is also ideal for iPhones outfitted with the optional Manfrotto KLYP, and other small devices.

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"Love it...Pros: 1....Very handy for traveling....What makes me happy: This is a very pleasing tripod - very stable and solid - very nicely designed - a pleasure to hold and set up - nice ball-head operation with push button - capable of holding a reasonably heavy camera."

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  • Mini Ball Head with Single Knob
  • Push Button Ball Head Adjustment
  • 1/4"-20 Camera Screw
  • Stainless Steel and Adapto Polymer
  • Rubber Feet
  • 5.3" Maximum Height
  • Supports up to 2.2 lb
  • Weighs Just 6.7 oz

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The blue MeFoto RoadTrip Travel Tripod Kit offers a sturdy, compact aluminum alloy tripod that extends to 61.6", supports up to 17.6 lb, and folds down to just over 15". The RoadTrip is actually two camera supports in one. A foam-cushioned, removable leg attaches to the center column to convert to full size monopod.

The tripod's legs can be spread independently, with two-position leg angle stops. A spring-loaded hook is located in a recess at the bottom of the center column, allowing you to hang a heavy object from it for additional stability.

The ball head offers separate head and pan locks, a 360° pan index, and an integral bubble level. An Arca-type compatible quick release plate with a 1/4"-20 camera screw is included in the kit, along with a durable carry case with a shoulder strap for storage and transport.

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"Love it...Good buy...The interchangeable feet also comes handy....- I hike and backpack and this works well for that other than the fact it is not carbon fiber but for wilderness landscapes in low light you really need a tripod and this, for me, is a perfect compromise between quality, weight and stability."

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  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Max Height: 61.6"
  • Min Height: 15.4"
  • Folded Length: 15.4"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 3.6 lb
  • Reverse-Folding Legs
  • Converts to Monopod
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release
  • Spiked Feet

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This 496RC2 Compact Ball Head from Manfrotto features an integrated RC2 quick release cam lock and a 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate. Compatible quick release plates can be removed from the head by pulling the cam lock's spring-loaded lever, which also allows the plate to be instantly reattached. The cam lock also features a safety catch to prevent a compatible quick release plate from accidentally disconnecting.

The 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate has a load capacity of 13.2 lb and can be attached to tripods or other support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount. By loosening the 496RC2's locking knob, its ball-and-socket joint can be quickly swiveled, angled, fully tilted, or returned to its upright position. An additional knob opposite the locking knob can be rotated to apply tension control to the ball-and-socket joint's movements.

Cameras or accessories that are compatible with a 1/4"-20 mount can be connected to the 200PL-14 quick release plate, which measures 1.7 x 2.1 x 0.4" and has a rubberized, non-slip surface.
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"Love It...Nice one...Very handy with a monopod...I use this with my manfrotto 055xb tripod and it works great, I have had a lot of tripods and tripod heads, but they were never this quantity, it is very well built and you can feel the quality of the ball head,"

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  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Height: 3.9"
  • Weight: 14.82 oz
  • Two-Sided 90° Portrait Angle Tilt
  • Ball-and-Socket Tension Control
  • RC2 Quick Release Cam Lock
  • 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate
  • 1/4"-20 Mount, Non-Slip Surface

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The 322RC2 Ball Head from Manfrotto can be attached to tripods or other support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount. By squeezing the control handle's integrated trigger, the head's ball-and-socket joint can be quickly swiveled, angled, fully tilted, or returned to its upright position. A thumbwheel set within the control handle can be rotated to apply tension control to the ball-and-socket joint's movements. Once the squeeze trigger is released, any adjustments to the position of the ball-and-socket joint are locked into place.

The control handle is initially oriented to provide a horizontal grip for the right hand. However, the included 322RA Quick Release Adapter with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate are detachable and can be repositioned to enable left-handed use with a horizontal grip. Alternatively, the 322RC2 can be transformed into a joystick-grip ball head suitable for right or left-handed use with the control handle oriented vertically and the quick release adapter attached to the top of the configuration.

When oriented for a horizontal grip, the 322RC2 has a load capacity of 11.0 lb, and 7.0 lb when configured as joystick for a vertical grip. The 322RA Quick Release Adapter features an RC2 quick release cam lock for the 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate. RC2 compatible quick release plates can be removed from the quick release adapter by pulling the cam lock's spring-loaded lever, which also allows the plate to be instantly reattached. The cam lock also features a safety catch to prevent a quick release plate from accidentally disconnecting.

Cameras or accessories that are compatible with a 1/4"-20 mount can be connected to the quick release plate, which measures 1.7 x 2.1 x 0.4" and has a rubberized, non-slip surface.
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"Love it...In love!...Handy to use, well built....My only concern is using for panning and having to remove screws to switch handle in the event I want to pan with left hand and obviously click with right, it might not be an easy task in a short amount of time unless done before a specific shoot."

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  • Ball Head with Control Handle
  • Horizontal and Joystick Grip Positions
  • Horizontal Load Capacity: 11.0 lb
  • Joystick Load Capacity: 7.0 lb
  • Integrated Handle Squeeze Trigger
  • 90° Forwards, Backwards & Portrait Tilt
  • 360° Rotation, Ball Head Tension Control
  • 322RA Quick Release Adapter
  • Bull's-Eye Bubble Level
  • 200PL-14 QR Plate with 1/4"-20 Mount

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The Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod is a sturdy, compact tripod that extends to 56.7", supports 8.8 lb, and folds up to only 15.75". The tripod's legs can be spread independently, with two-position leg angle stops. The legs fold up and around the ball head, a feature that helps makes this tripod so compact.

The ball head has a large ergonomic locking handle and a quick release with an included QR plate that has a 1/4"-20 mounting screw and a durable carrying case for storage and transport.

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"Love it...Love it!...Handy to have...I've a larger Manfroto that works very well with my Zeiss spotting scope, so when I got a new Sony NEX-7 I wanted a tripod that complimented the portability and quality of this camera."

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  • Load Capacity: 8.8 lb
  • Maximum Height: 56.7"
  • Min Height: 13.4"
  • Folded Length: 15.75"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3 lb
  • Independent Leg Angle Selector
  • Quick Release Ball Head
  • QR Plate Included
  • Fitted Case

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B&H # GIMH1004 MFR # MH1004-320

The smallest in the Giottos Ball Head line, the MH 1004 Mini Ball Head features an independent pan bed and offers weight support to accommodate most 35mm or Digital cameras. The Giotto MH 1004 is a solid performer in the entry-level ballhead segment.
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"Love it....Good Unit...very handy tool...I attached the mount to the tailend of a windsurf boom and snugged the spin nut and lock knob with pliers 1/8th turn beyond hand tight."

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  • Supports 5 lb (2.3 kg)

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The blue MeFoto GlobeTrotter Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod Kit offers a sturdy, compact tripod that extends to 64.2", supports up to 26.4 lb, and folds down to just over 16". The GlobeTrotter is actually two camera supports in one: a foam-cushioned, removable leg attaches to the center column to convert to full size monopod.

The tripod's legs can be spread independently with two-position leg angle stops. A spring-loaded hook is located in a recess at the bottom of the center column, allowing you to hang a heavy object from it for additional stability.

The ball head offers separate head and pan locks, a 360° pan index, and an integral bubble level. An Arca-Swiss style quick release plate with a 1/4"-20 camera screw is included in the kit, along with a durable carry case with a shoulder strap for storage and transport.

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"So great...Love it!...Handy but poor user manual...The leg segment tighteners work very well, the fact that it can be transformed into a monopod is great, though honestly when I need a monopod I just keep it as a tripod and only extend one leg, since it's very likely I'll see a shot where I'll quickly want full stability anyway."

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  • Load Capacity: 26.4 lb
  • Max Height: 64.2"
  • Min Height: 16.1"
  • Folded Length: 16.5"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 3.7 lb
  • Converts to Monopod
  • Dual Action Ball Head
  • Arca-Swiss Style QR Plate
  • Separate Head and Pan Lock

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B&H # SU2001UT MFR # 620-020

INCLUDES FREE   Value $9.95
Designed for use with compact camcorders, as well as all popular 35mm still cameras, the Sunpak 2001UT Photo/Video Tripod brings modern design together with ultra-smooth controls. Features two-tone titanium finish with rounded contours and oversized leg locks for quick, responsive leveling adjustments.
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"Love it!...Great Buy...Powerful, handy and useful tripod...lightweight cameras will be stable on this tripod, and I like the quick release plate, plus a spare, since I ususally have a still camera and video camera and swap back and forth, I can snap either onto the tripod quickly."

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  • Supports 4.4 lb (2kg)
  • Maximum Height - 48.9" /124.2cm
  • Three-Way Easy Pan/Tilt Head
  • Quick Release

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