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How Useful Are Mini Tripods?

How Useful Are Mini Tripods?

Posted by Andi Lucas on 28th Nov 2017

Everyone has seen a little compact tripod. Some have bendy-legs, some rigid, some with ball heads, and most are about 5" tall.  Mini mounts like those shown here are so ubiquitous that they're often thrown in for free when you buy a camera.  The question is: how useful are they, really?               How often do you see someone on vacation take a tiny tripod out and get a shot with one?  And have you EVER seen a professional photographer with one of these types of mounts in their kit?  As a shooter who constantly works out in the field with numerous other experienced photographers and videographers on challenging productions, I propose that this style of mount are essentially useless.First off, they carry very little weight, so are really only good for smart phones or point-and-shoot cameras.  They could certainly never carry the weight of a DSLR.  Second, there's never a good place to … read more