I found this by accident yesterday, I have no idea how long its been around, but I think it is the best gadget ever! “Big call” I hear you say. Yes it is.
How many times over the years have I ruined my low light photos by hand holding my camera and getting camera shake? Sure, I know I should carry a tripod, but a lot of the time it just seems too bulky, too much hassle.
And then I found this.
Its a bit like the head of a tripod, but designed to be screwed onto a bottle top or the top of a thin fence/wall/balcony. So just imagine, it’s sunset, I am kicking back with a beer, I wish I had a tripod, and voila – screw this gadget on, and the beer bottle becomes my tripod – or my water bottle, or rum bottle, or the top edge of the glass fence around the bar, or the chair back…… So now I can improvise a tripod where ever I am – how MacGyver!!
The instructions say it only takes around 500gms, so a compact camera, or a light DSLR. But I tested it with my camera and lense, a total of 1.2 kg, and as long as the beer bottle was full then it held it stable. It definitely needs a weighty, stable base for the bigger camera, but it can work – I think the size of the lense would be a bigger problem than the weight.
Mine was on sale for $4.99, down from $9.95 – a bargain. Its a very light construction, I don’t know how durable it will be, but at that price it doesn’t have to last long to be worth it. I think theres a great market for medium to heavy SLRs if they make a heavy, higher quality version too, at a higher price point – I’d buy it.