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What you need for great shots when travelling with mirror-less or bridge cameras
on 5 August 2014
Fantastic piece of kit. Well made, versatile and provides robust, rock steady support for my Panasonic G6 plus zoom. Much better than cheap full size tripods and monopods. It's probably going to be heavier than you think it will be (250 g) but that's the price of stability, bomb proof quality and a secondary use if some-one tries to mug you! Probably overkill for small compacts and too small for heavy DLSR combo's. Ideal for most mirror-less body / lens combo's and bridge camera's
Beside being used as a tripod I've found it to be extremely useful when closed up and used more as a small monopod to be held on anything steady -- balcony, ledge etc .Closed up the ball head enables me to use it as a monopod against my chest and the length is just the right distance to comfortably see the rear camera screen. This has proved to be extremely stable and enabled me to get much better low light shots than hand-held -- portrait or landscape. The feet are blunt and rubber tipped (unlike some other makes) and this makes it comfortable against the chest. Closed up also provides you with a very stable handle for selfies, panning , and shots from above your head! Somewhere on the net I saw a suggestion that with a stick held between the three legs with a strong elastic band the Copter turns into a full size mono-pod! There's quite a few reviews on Youtube but non that I've seen highlight the chest rest use.
If I was being super picky I'd say that it's a pity that the legs don't lock at anything less than fully splayed but my advice is buy it -- you won't be disappointed. I've tried others including the larger Gorillapod but this is now my go to piece of kit -- mainly because of size and the mono-pod uses. Don't make the mistake of buying the cheaper version that comes without the ball-head -- the ball-head is responsible for all the versatility. I chose the purple version because its £5.00 less on Amazon than the black one (The grey one is £41.46!) and have been quite pleased with it -- it's a darker purple and stands out amongst all my other black kit.