Tamrac ZipShot Tripod unfolds like a tentpole


i’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.