Product Type: Hama tripods
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Hama 4024 Mini Tripod
Member Name: NotMyToothbrush
Hama 4024 Mini Tripod
Advantages: Level shots, Bendy legs for gripping onto complex structures, fast setup
Disadvantages: Poor grip everywhere
This is most probably the most basic tri-pod you can possibly find. it consists of a screw top and plastic legs which slightly deform to give you the desired angle/height.
I got this tri-pod before my current gorilla tri-pod for my pocket camcorder. I liked it because it was really easy to attach and detach from it and therefore made it really good for travel, along with its really compact size, I could keep both in my pocket, side-by-side and have them ready to shoot within seconds by just screwing it onto the bottom of my device.
The rubberised plastic feet are probably the main reason I don't use this any more, they really didn't sit on a surface well. I like my devices to be secure when i place them down and i really didn't trust the lack of grip that the feet of this tri-pod had to keep my camcorder still. The bendy legs pushing in to revert to their old position was usually enough to move the feet a centimetre or two; this means that I would have to re-adjust my height or angle which could get frustrating after a while.
You can use this tri-pod to wrap around objects to film from instead of merely placing the tri-pod on the ground. This does enable more interesting shot to be taken due to the variety of angle you then have to film from. However, I now use a gorilla tri-pod which has rubber all over the legs which aids in grip when in these situations. The grip of this tri-pod is far worse on the legs and it can either not attach or struggles to stay still when attached to these objects. The legs are a little more restricted in their movement too and this makes them unsuitable fro many objects.
An advantage of this tri-pod is that if you do manage to keep it still on a table, the shot will remain level and give you some nice footage as all of the legs generally go in and out to the same points easily - it really annoys me with certain tri-pods when you can't get all of the legs at the same length or angle and therefore you get an unlevel shot, this is something I don't have to worry about with this tri-pod.
Summary: The fact that it has poor grip really ruins what could potentially be a really good tri-pod