I'm far too shaky and I really don't have a steady hand when taking photos and so a tripod is a must for me when capturing photos both at home and on holiday, well if I want them to be any good it is! My husband managed to break my mini tripod a few months ago, he snapped the head of it completely off. I decided to just buy a cheap replacement temporarily, in the hopes of him then buying me an expensive Joby Gorrillapod tripod whilst we were on holiday. Well he did break my existing tripod, so I reckon he should be the one to buy me the (expensive - hehe!) replacement!
The replacement tripod I bought was this Konig Mini Table Top Tripod, for no other reason than they were on offer in our local camera shop, they had a display of them near the till point, and they were priced at just £2.99. The Konig Mini Tripod is the perfect size to use with a compact camera, it's really small and very lightweight and it's a really convenient size to easily fit into a handbag. I normally always take my mini tripod out with me, and this one has been no exception. I can easily fit this into all of my handbags along with my camera, I really only struggle in a small clutch bag when I'm limited for space anyway, and I'd much rather take my lip gloss out with me than a mini tripod! If I have a larger clutch bag though that will fit a bit more in then I will always pop this in as it's handy to have to take group self portrait shots.
This is a sleek and stylish looking little tripod, and it's silver in colour, it's made of metal so it's a sturdy little tripod, it's not cheap and nasty and plastic. It has the screw thread (I'm sure that's not the proper technical term for this!) on the top of the tripod which you screw into the little hole on the bottom of your camera. It seems to fit most compact cameras, it fits both mine and my husbands which are both Panasonic Lumix's but both different models, and I've had friends use it with different makes of compact cameras on nights out and it has fitted every single one. It is only suitable for compact cameras, it won't support the weight of a DLSR.
So after you've screwed your camera onto the tripod then you would then open the tripod legs and position the tripod on a table or a flat surface to get your shot. The little tripod legs are easily adjustable and the tripod will go from a minimum height of 10cm to a maximum height of 15cm, each tripod leg is independently adjustable so that if you have the tripod positioned on an uneven surface then you can adjust the legs accordingly to get it level. The little tripod legs have sturdy rubber feet on the ends so that it won't slip or slide on the surface you have positioned it on.
The tilting ball head that you have your camera screwed onto rotates and is fully adjustable to take shots at a wide range of angles. When you have your camera in the desired position then you just twist the little knob at the side of the rotating ball head to lock the ball head into position. Your camera is safe and secure on the tripod, all you need to do then is just shoot your picture!
Now I'm not going to lie and say that using a tripod suddenly turns me into David Bailey, it doesn't. But it certainly helps me to take clearer, crisper photos, as obviously it takes away 'the shakes' factor as I'm not always trying to hold and keep the camera still anymore. It basically creates 'a steady hand' for me to take the shots. It works especially well for taking shots with the self timer feature, group shots, self portraits, time delay pictures etc. It's quick and easy to use and to adjust, and it's very handy to have and use on the go, it's great for holidays, nights out etc.
Although I am no David Bailey when it comes to photography, I believed that with modern, easy to use point and shoot, digital cameras there is no reason why amateurs like me, should not be able to produce some reasonably good photographs. So point and shoot I did and with a modicum of success.
That is until I tried to photograph close ups or zoom in on subjects. I remember my first real failure; it was of a fledgling blue tit hopping along on the ground, before resting; its mother, perched on a nearby clothesline, chirping motherly instructions. A close up of this little bird should have made a stunning photograph; the bird had not moved. I aimed the camera, zoomed in on the little bird, held my breath and took the photo.
However, it seems that holding my breath was not enough; the picture was slightly blurred due, I was certain, to camera shake. The moment had gone, and mum's warning of danger alerted the chick of my presence and off it hopped, to hide behind a bucket. All I was left with was a fuzzy picture of a blue-tit and a feeling of disappointment.
When I purchased my first digital camera it did not have, or as is more likely I was unaware of, an anti-shake mode. At about that time I spotted a mini tripod in Tesco or Lidls I am not sure where, but both have sold mini tripods.
It was inexpensive, again I cannot remember how much, but they are available today on Amazon for as little as £3.50 post-free.
This was ideal, for it held the camera steady and eliminated camera -shake when I photographed items at ground level, and meant that I did not have to suffer the indignity of lying on the ground and using my elbows as a prop, in order to keep the camera steady when taking photos.
It was perfect for photographing objects on the table for review purposes and even from ledges looking towards the ground, and because it was small, I often left it attached it to the camera, without it interfering with its use when the tripod was not needed.
I also used it on my desk when down loading, or is it uploading, pictures from the camera to my computer; not that it made any difference to the process. It just allowed me to stand the camera safely on my desk in a more stable position without having to move any clutter from the desk, the tripod just straddled pens, paper and anything else that happened to be sitting where the camera, minus its legs would normally have stood.
The Konig mini tripod
The Konig is a silver, aluminium tripod weighing 4oz with a minimum height of 5.5-inches, and span of 5-inches between each foot. The maximum height when legs extended is 8-inches with an 8-inch span.
When folded, its length is 6.5cm, small enough to fit into the larger, camera carry-bags.
It has a universal screw attachment for the camera set into a robust ball and socket jointed, cylindrical holder, under which the three extendable legs are hinged. The ball and socket joint allows the camera to be positioned at whatever angle is suitable. On one side is a metal, screw mechanism to hold the camera at a chosen angle.
Each leg ends in a rubber foot to protect furniture. Unlike some tripods, this one is well balanced and refuses to wobble or tip, even when fully extended and accidently nudged, which I find particularly useful when taking close-ups of small items.
There is a narrow groove down each leg. When the legs are extended to their maximum length and twisted clockwise or anti clockwise, they will not retract until twisted back to their original position, with the groove in line with an indented triangle on the outer side of the leg casing; thus keeping the legs from accidentally sliding back to the minimum height.
The tripod is sturdy and stable enough to hold larger, non-digital cameras and also camcorders, yet small enough to carry in a pocket, handbag or camera carry-bag
As well as the full size tripods of this world, it's also useful to own a mini three-legged-wonder in order to keep your compact camera shots blur-free. I've got a number of these little camera steadiers, one of which is the Konig Mini Table Top variety.
Cost & Design
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In terms of the price, the Konig Mini costs only £3.51 from Amazon; it's a price which I feel is about right for a device of this nature, although you'll frequently see these selling on eBay for even less. Appearance-wise, the tripod is pleasant looking and made from a sturdy lightweight metal. The tripod is really easy to carry around (its weight is negligible), and will easily fit into a pocket or small bag.
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The Konig features adjustable legs, so you can easily change the height that your camera sits above the desk. The legs extend simply by pulling them downward, and the process generally feels smooth. Without extension the elevation is roughly 10cms, whereas when the legs are fully down, the camera is raised by approximately 16cms. The bottom of each leg features firm black feet which will stop slippage to an extent - although the heavier cameras may provoke some initial movement depending on the surface.
Like full-sized tripods, this mini version attaches to the underside of your camera via a screw fitting. Simply line up the screw with your camera's hole and turn the dial on the tripod - a few turns and the two devices will be securely attached. The size of the tripod's screw is universal - so as long as your camera has a threaded hole underneath, it's more than likely to fit.
Although it's designed for small compact cameras, the Konig is semi-effective with SLRs. I say 'semi'-effective, as although it supports the weight of my Nikon D90 when using a small 50mm lens, it has a tendency to topple over when the bigger (and heavier) 55-200mm zoom version is attached.
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For the price, the Konig Mini Table Top Tripod represents very good value for money. It holds compact cameras without any fuss and it's very easy to use. It is a shame that it won't take the full weight of my Nikon with the big lens attached - but then i'd expect to pay a lot more for a mini tripod which did.
I received this tripod as a stocking filler at Christmas and I was a bit unsure as to when I would ever use it. I used to just take my photos and never really worry about wobble, but after using this tripod I realised the difference that it makes.
The tripod itself is very lightweight; it weighs in at just 115g
It has adjustable 3 level legs depending on your needs and will adjust to a maximum operational height of 150mm. When the tripod is folded it measures just 110mm, which is great as it makes it easy to carry as it fits easily in your bag.
I have to say I don't take the tripod everywhere that my camera goes as it would be rather cumbersome on a night out to stop and set up your tripod. However it's great for other occasions. I find it especially useful for taking short videos with your camera. It allows you to set up your camera and just leave it to record without worrying about keeping it stable.
It's also good for taking on holiday, especially if you don't want to have to stop and ask other people to take photos of you and your travel companions.
The tripod is also very cheap, you can get it online for less than £5 so even if you don't use it all the time, at that price it is definitely worth giving it a go.
When I purchased a digital camera, I never considered purchasing a tripod, as I prefer to just point and click. No, it was only when I purchased a handheld video camera that I realised that for the best results I'd need a tripod. I didn't want a large tripod, as I only wanted to ensure that long shots and panoramic scan type shots were smooth, as I purchased the video camera for my honeymoon and I wanted to be able to show my family the places we visited on our cruise, so it was essential it had to be a small tripod.
So I was pleased to find for only £5 the Konig Mini Table Top Tripod from Amazon - the price has now fallen even further to £3.60 with free delivery which is excellent.
As it's so small, I was easily able to pop it into a regular sized handbag or beach bag, and it took hardly any room in my luggage. I have used it many times since, and members of my family have too, it has paid for itself in it's results over and over again.
As suggested in the title the tripod is small, and is adjustable to different heights with it's three aerial style legs. I usually have it at around 10cm high as that's all I need. As each leg is adjustable independently, this means the tripod can provide a stable and sturdy stand for my video camera on even the roughest of walls, rocks, grass and so on. The tripod has a universal connector, a small threaded stick which is compatible with most cameras both still and video. As it's a stainless steel finish, it looks modern and sleek, and can be used outside without worry of rust or tarnishing. The feet are a soft black plastic / rubber which provides a good non-slip base for which the legs to stand on.
In terms of support, it certainly holds my video camera well (it weighs about 1.5lbs) and provides an excellent, smooth pan. The only thing missing on this mini tripod as opposed to a full sized tripod is a handle, this would have made pan and tilt a lot easier, but as I suspect it is primarily made for digital camera users, I can understand it's omission. It's still very very handy for me, and I used it a lot on my honeymoon, with excellent results - from slow sweeps over Italian beaches to static shots of myself and my husband, I was never disappointed. And of course, as it's a universal fitting, I was able to also use it with my Nikon Coolpix digital camera - meaning that I got double the usage of it, and again have some spectacular shots of my trip which are a wonderful memento.
For the price, I would highly recommend it to any camera user no matter how infrequent. It really is an essential bit of kit and you will be so pleased with the near professional quality shots you can make with the aid of the tripod. Finally, no more asking a stranger to take a snap of you and your family - you can simply use the auto timer and the tripod to frame and take an excellent shot first time.
Now I've had my first baby, the cameras are back out again, on an almost daily basis. I am again using my tripod to catch some great pictures and video of my daughter AND me - even when no-one else is around - and I can enjoy being with her, rather than being on the other side of a viewfinder. I have lost count of the times the tripod has been used, and if I were ever to be without it, I would buy another without question. I have already gifted one to my father in law for use with his camera after he admired mine.
I can't give the Konig Mini Table Top Tripod any other rating than five stars out of five. It might not be professional kit for David Bailey wannabes, but for us everyday snappers and filmers, it's a fantastic, well made and reliable bit of kit at an amazing price, with results that speak for themselves.
I'm not an avid photographer but I do like to take a few snaps if I'm holidays or if something interesting happens. As with most cameras mine has a video function, something I found very useful in the gym. I was using my camera to ensure I was doing my exercises correctly. Unfortunately I moved gyms and no longer hand a trusty ledge to put my camera on. Enter the Konig Mini Table Tripod.
Purchasing a tripod may seem like a professional purchase for someone who only uses their camera the odd time but I'll be honest, it is very useful. I probably don't get much use out of it on holidays as I'm rarely in my own photos but if you want to video something or take a still photo repeatedly then a tripod may not be a bad choice.
The Konig Mini Table Top Tripod is a steal at about £4 on Amazon. The way I rationalised it to myself was that if I didn't like it, it was only £4 down the drain.
The tripod itself is made of what I can tell to be aluminium and extends out to around 25cm or so. There are no nuts to loosen or tighten on the legs, simply pull out a leg to the desired length and it should stay there. Notice how I said SHOULD. This doesn't always happen and you can spend a bit of time fiddling with the legs to get it in the right spot. Similarly, I've noticed that sometimes when I press the shutter button I can end up with a different frame than I intended as the tripod shifts a bit.
At the top of the tripod is a screw which seems to be the standard size for cameras, I simply place it onto my camera and give it a few twirls. This connection is fairly strong and is a bit of a contrast to the wobbliness of the legs! Folded up the tripod is about 8-10cm in length and fits easily in my camera case. Weight is pretty good too, I can't give you a figure but it's not going to break your back having it in the bag.
Overall I'd happily recommend the Konig Table Top Tripod to friends and family. At the end of the day it's a decent tripod that only costs £4!
I've never bothered with tripods because I don't like getting into photos all that much myself, and even when I'm not the one taking the photo there is ALWAYS someone there to take it for me. A couple of months ago though me and my mate went away for the weekend, I knew I'd want to get a load of photos so when I saw this Konig Mini Tripod dead cheap I thought I might as well buy it.
It's silver and is a nice looking tripod. The idea is to attach your camera to it and then set it up on the table with the timer set so that you can dash to the front and get in the photo. It's mega light and when it's folded up completely the tripod is only about 10cm so it will either fit in your camera case or you can do what I do and just push it through the belt loop of the case.
The screw at the top of the tripod is just the right size for most cameras, probably ALL cameras actually because the screw hole in cameras must be kind of universal now with all the different tripods you can choose from. The screw on this is very smooth to twist the camera onto and when you've finished the camera and tripod are stuck dead tight together.
The legs are very easy to pull out as well and they have all got a little rubber part at the bottom so that the tripod doesn't slip about while you're trying to get the perfect shot. I actually don't think the legs are all that level when they are pulled out because the tripod always feels a tiny bit wobbly to me when the camera is on it, that doesn't affect the shot and it's not wobbling all over the place and making you worry that the camera is going to fall. You can only really tell when you press the button to set the timer because then sometimes the tripod will wobble and you don't get the exact same frame then as you wanted when you first set the shot up.
The maximum height of the tripod is 15cm but you can have any height between that and the folded height. The legs pull out nice and smooth but they stay where they are put, that surprised me a bit because I thought the legs would collapse down because of the weight of the camera and also the fact that they don't feel all that stable when you first pull them out.
This is quite a good tripod but like I said, the legs feel a bit wobbly and that annoys me because it would be loads better to use if it was dead stable. I think people who are better photographers than me wouldn't mind the small wobble, but normal types who are just trying to get decent snaps of their mates on nights out will probably be a bit put off by this wobbling.... even though the wobbling isn't all that bad, or even noticeable sometimes!