I get asked what the wee camera tripod that I use is quite a lot, and being me I can’t remember what the model is. So after a wee query from Flickr I thought I would track the bugger down so I’d know for future reference. It turns out it’s a Velbon VTP-815, packs down very small but weighs about 17kg.
My searching turned up something else which immediately caused an eyebrow to raise and my PayPal password to be remembered. That item is above, somewhat resembling a dried up spider found in the dusty old web across the skylight in the attic. It’s a Tamrac (Yes, I’m already saying tarmac involuntarily) ZipShot.
It compares well for pack-size with the blue Velbon tripod and a Mountain King Trail Blaze trekking pole below. The weight’s in the middle at 314g and it goes from 15″ to 44″. It’s very like the Trail Blaze, being essentially three tent poles with wee rubber feet and a mounting doodah at the top (note to self, edit that bit when the real name of the fitting becomes available).
Setting it up and attaching the camera is really quick and the top swivels about like a mad thing so it’s easy to adjust the angle, even getting the camera right on its side which I couldn’t do before.
The bungees that keep it together when it’s stowed are a neat touch, it works well and the plastic parts are attached to the leg section, so no slippage should occur.
The legs aren’t height adjustable, so I’ll see how that goes on steep ground. Durability is also an unknown, it has the potential to be awfy fragile. I’m hoping my daft wee point and click LX3 won’t stress it too much.
You can get the ZipShot for a little over £40 on ebay, in real shops it seems to be up to twice that which is frankly ludicrous.
Still, I have high hopes, and I’m losing something like two or three hundred grams packing this thing instead of the Velbon IronLegs.