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The easiest way to set a world record is to think of something so grandiose and obscure that no one could have ever possibly thought of attempting it before. And for the folks over at Custom SLR, that involved building the world’s largest Christmas tree made entirely of tripods — plus the requisite festive decor.
Even if you have a massive DSLR in your camera arsenal, there’s no shame in occasionally relying on your lightweight smartphone or a compact point-and-shoot for pictures. And on those days when you just don’t feel like lugging a heavy camera and its cumbersome accessories, the Lollipod will fill in as an incredibly lightweight and compact tripod designed exclusively for smaller shooters.
No one makes a more flexible, more adaptable, more articulated camera tripod than Joby with its Gorillapod line. But the latest addition, the incredibly compact MPod Mini, is actually specifically designed to hold your smartphone for hands-free video chat, movie watching, reading or other prolonged activities.
The problem with most compact tripods is that while highly portable, they’re really only useful for supporting lighter cameras like point-and-shoots or smartphones. But most people who’d actually need and use a tripod are probably shooting with heavier DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. So Manfrotto created the Pixi: a decent compromise between a full-sized tripod and a compact set of sticks that doesn’t sacrifice usefulness for size.
Sometimes, the simplest things are the most useful, but something rarely makes me shake my head at how clever and cool it is like the Pocket Tripod 360 has. I keep thinking “why didn’t someone do this before” and “what a great idea that I wish I’d thought of”. I’m still blown away that the angle is adjustable like that.
Smartphone cameras aren’t designed for fine photography. But you still need a tripod now and then, to hold a phone for a family photo or keep a shot steady in the dark. Here’s a nifty solution from Joby, maker of the mighty GorrillaPod flexible tripods.
If you’re the gnarliest surfer on the beach but prefer to catch your waves at the crack of dawn, odds are there won’t be anyone around to witness or film your exploits. So for extreme athletes lacking friends who wake up before noon, the Soloshot mount lets you capture all your fancy moves without a cameraman.
There’s usually a dearth of new iPhone accessories leading up to an Apple event, because most companies don’t want to release a product incompatible with the latest model. Not Manfrotto. Its new KLYP case improves your iPhone’s shots with a much needed mini tripod and large multi-LED flash. But iPhone 5 owners can just move along, because the KLYP only works with the 4 and 4S.
The advent of articulated LCD displays has made it a lot easier to snap over-the-head shots at crowded photo-ops. But its usefulness pales in comparison to the cleverly named Tree-pod tripod from Fishbone, which lets photographers and videographers perch three metres high over crowds for the perfect unobstructed shot.