Fantaseal 3 in 1 Flexible Tripod

 

There are a vast number of octopus style mini tripods but this one is better than the cheapo rivals and at £13.99 will certainly not break the bank. It has more of a quality feel to it, more like a serious piece of kit rather than something bought from a market stall.

In the box were the tripod itself, GoPro adapter, Smartphone adapter, storage bag, cleaning cloth and a tripod base hook not listed in the description. Build quality seems fine and as good as you can expect for the price. The sturdy tripod legs are fully flexible and completely waterproof with a tough rubber skin, a big improvement on the plastic tiles too often used. The GoPro mount is a standard one as is the smartphone grip, which will firmly hold all but the very largest phones. The quick-release head is just that and the ball and socket work well although does feel a bit plasticky. The quick-release head is fully rotatable on the ball and socket mount and features a built-in spirit level and standard 1/4 inch mounting screw. The GoPro adapter and smartphone clamp attach using this screw and I was pleased to see the smartphone clamp has threads for horizontal and verticle mounting. The tripod can support weights up to 1600g, enough for a DSLR with a medium telephoto lens in place.

In use, the legs can be quickly folded back and then serve as a handgrip for a mounted camera. Due to their size, they are a little stiffer to use than some others but the rubber skin and thicker core ultimately gives them a firmer grip when in place. The sealed skin on the legs means there is no danger of water getting inside, as often happens with lesser rivals.

This is a well made mini tripod that comes with all the adapters you are likely to need and is a step up from the no-name budget rivals which cannot last the course. For the price seems an excellent buy.

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