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July 24, 2006

Bottlecap Tripod


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Anne McDonough wrote about it in yesterday's Washington Post Travel section "It Came In The Mail" feature, as follows.

    It Came In The Mail: Bottlecap Tripod

    An occasional look at products the travel industry insists we need

    What: Bottlecap tripod by Yodobashi

    Aimed at: On-the-road shutterbugs who like a light load.

    How much: $19.99

    But does it work? Unless you have the steadiest of hands, tripods are the key to avoiding camera shake when shooting at night and in no-flash-allowed museums. But what traveler wants to add that weight and bulk to their luggage? This gadget, available in six colors, is a rubber bottle cap topped by a ball-and-socket platform that screws into the bottom of your camera.

    Take a plastic bottle filled with water (or sand or pebbles), cover its top with this cap and attach it to your camera. Ingenious! Well... the doohickey comes with Japanese-only instructions; the Web site says it's for "bottles 28.5 to 30.5mm diameter [1.1" to 1.2" bottle top]." Huh? We're not in the habit of measuring our bottles, so we tried those at hand. Our mini half-liter water bottle didn't seem to work, but it fit snugly on top of a 20-ounce Pepsi bottle.

    While it's billed as a device for digital cameras, it worked with our ages-old Minolta film point-and-shoot, and offers a nice 30-degree tilt in every direction for different angles. Heavy SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras don't fare well, however; the body of our Canon 20D stayed on just fine, but once we added the lens, the camera toppled over. Still, we'd happily stick this tiny tripod-on-the-go in our camera bag and break it out for those point-and-shoot MacGyver moments.


Comes in six color combinations: Clear/Blue, Clear/Green, Clear/Pink, Clear/Yellow, Clear/Orange, Blue/Black.


Clear/Green is shown in action up top.

$19.99 (Evian water and camera not included).

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Machine screw works, but the $22 gives you a 30 degree tilt. That makes a difference in lining up shots.
BTW, I once saw a mount that had a clamp like on a dorm lamp connected to a screw mount via a goose neck. You could mount a camera onto almost anyplace. Anyone know where I can find one like it?

Posted by: Richard | Jul 28, 2006 5:14:59 PM

You can make your own for pennies! Get a "1/4 - 20" machine screw and matching nut. Drill a hole through the cap of your bottle and insert the screw from the bottom (inside). Tighten the nut on from the top and there you have it!

Posted by: Rich | Jul 25, 2006 6:26:44 AM

Astonishing. Great colors.

Posted by: Mb | Jul 24, 2006 7:13:35 PM

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