Tamrac ZipShot Tripod unfolds like a tentpole

by Mark R

zipshotI’m going to CES in just a month or so, and every time I am at this great electronics convention, I see overburdened reporters who are lugging around tripods.

I can see their lives being easier if they used the Tamrac ZipShot Tripod. It uses the same technology that I have on my tent. You know those poles that have elastic in between and can snap into place with just a flick? The ZipShot has it, and enables you to set up a 44-inch tall tripod in just seconds.

Of course, I don’t know how sturdy it is, because as I recall, those tent poles usually don’t stand up very well. Don’t get me wrong, they stand, but they feel so wobbly. I believe that it can carry a maximum weight of 3 lbs, and it has a “metal ball-head with strong aluminum legs”. However, it does fold up to something that is only 15 inches long and weighs 11 ounces.

Oddly absent from the Zipshot literature is the time it takes for the Tamrac ZipShot Tripod to fold up. It appears to have two red strings that must be there to hold the three legs together.

Well, if you want to try it out for yourself, head on over to the website itself and lay down about $50.


5 reviews or comments

turn.self.off Says: November 26, 2009 at 1:56 pm

the video on their page seems to indicate that its quick to pack up. Just bring the legs together, and then stretch and fold each joint until you reach the top…

Duke Says: November 26, 2009 at 6:45 pm

It your tent legs break i dont think you will be needing new ones thats if you got yourself Tamrac Tripod

Gaurav Dhwaj Khadka Says: November 27, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Very interesting ….: )

Seppo Says: December 16, 2009 at 3:18 pm

I’ve got one. It’s fantastic. Very simple to deploy and to refold and surprisingly sturdy. It won’t replace a high-end tripod, but if you’re backpacking or bike riding it’s a great gadget to have along.

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