Tamrac Zipshot Tripod

Tamrac recently introduced the Zipshot tripod, which is a light and ultra-portable alternative to the run-of-the-mill tripods out there. The Zipshot weighs 11 ounces and can carry a maximum load of 3 lbs (e.g., a prosumer DSLR with a kit lens).  It also includes a built-in ball head.

As you can see in the video, the whole thing pops open in just a few seconds thanks to the bungee cords inside the tripod legs.  It’s not exactly the sturdiest tripod, but can still get the job done, particularly if you use a remote or timer.

While you probably won’t be using it as a replacement for your regular duty tripod, the Zipshot has some potential as a tripod that stays with you all the time.  Additionally, the built-in bungee straps allow you to rig the Zipshot up on a pole for a remote camera or speedlight.  Lots of possibilities there.

Zipshot Tripod

The Zipshot tripod runs in the $50 range and can be found at B&H Photo, Amazon and Adorama.

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