Sunpak - PlatinumPlus FlexPod Plus Tripod - Red

Enjoy steady camera action with this tripod that features segmented legs that wrap around objects, offering a secure base to take pictures.
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
39% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 31)

Features


Compatible with most digital cameras and camcorders

Segmented legs wrap securely around most objects

Quick-release plate for fast and easy setup

Also functions as a tabletop tripod


Overall customer rating

2.4
39%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Black, blue or orange, the Flexpod is helpful

    Posted
    Goody2013

    Perhaps, the pros and cons are only to be found in its appearance: the product is not a toy and is not intended for use by children. | This tripod features a 'Double-Lock' quick-release mechanism that may not be fully considered by someone new to using tripods. But once figuring out how it works, the camera can be readily carried apart from the tripod while requiring only a moment for the camera's reconnection to the tripod. Indeed, the tripod should not be carried or transported with the camera attached. If not handled reasonably for its designed purpose, I am sure that the tripod's design will easily fail. | A one-year warranty requiring pre-paid (and insured) shipping to a NJ address will not be of interest to many who shell out the equivalent of the price of 4 gallons of gas (or less) for this item. The mileage you get really does depend upon you! | Having owned it for only a few days, I fully expect that its design will continue to be serviceable for quite some time. | I find great utility in this item as my steadiness in holding the lighter than air digital camera is not so good. | And as my need for pictures is seldom other than with my wife and friends, I do like to be included in the picture. It is amazing how often a "knob" of some sort becomes available for use with this flexible tripod with its appendages that really can get a grip. | At under $20, it seems well worth the price. You can read more about the ToCAD product line on the Sunpak flexpod plus web page, www.tocad.com .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Take anywhere, ultra-light weight tripod

    Posted
    Goody2013

    This tripod features a 'Double-Lock' quick-release mechanism that may not be fully considered by someone new to using tripods. But once figuring out how it works, the camera can be readily carried apart from the tripod while requiring only a moment for reconnection to the tripod. Indeed, the tripod should not be carried or transported with the camera attached. If not handled reasonably for its designed purpose, I am sure that the tripod's design will easily fail. | A one-year warranty requiring pre-paid (and insured) shipping to a NJ address will not be of interest to many who will shell out the equivalent of the price of 4 gallons of gas (or less) for this item. | Having owned it for only a few days, I fully expect that its design will continue to be serviceable for quite some time. | I find great utility in this item as my steadiness in holding the lighter than air digital camera is not so good. | And as my need for pictures is seldom other than with my wife and friends, I do like to be included in the picture. It is amazing how often a "knob" of some sort becomes available for use with this flexible tripod with its appendages that really can get a grip. | On sale at $18, it seems well worth the price. You can read more about the ToCAD product line on the Sunpak flexpod plus web page of www.tocad.com

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Innovative idea for amateur photographers...

    Posted
    NovicePhotographer

    I purchased the Sunpak FlexPod in-store (without reading any of the reviews) for use with both a light weight digital camera and pocket camcorder. I would have also considered purchasing the small Joby gorillapod (for a few more $) had I known about it, and read all of the reviews. As other reviewers have indicated, the locking ball head release system does not tightly secure the camera to the tripod, so there is a small amount of "wobble" when the camera is attached - however, I am not really concerned that this tiny amount of movement will destroy my photographs/videos once the tripod is set in place, unless being used on a vibrating or unstable surface, or outdoors in extremely windy conditions. What the Sunpak FlexPod is: a useful, innovative tool for the casual, amateur photo/videographer who doesn't want to spend a lot of $ on equipment - i.e., you get exactly what you pay for... What the Sunpak FlexPod is NOT: an expensive tripod for heavy-duty, everyday use in producing professional quality photographs and videos - i.e., again, you get exactly what you pay for...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor design

    Posted
    JohnInWatertownMA

    I purchased this because of the great design and it would have given me a lot of flexibility for my digital camera. However, less than 17 hours of usage, 2 of the legs broke off just under the base where the camera would be mounted. The concept of this design is great, however, it needs to be made of some other flexible material instead of the aluminum that is wrapped in the outter plastic. I was tempted to exchange this for another one, but I think a traditional tripod (small tabletop type) will suite my purpose better. Again, this is a great design, but the flexible legs need to be made of a strong flexible material.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Broke in Minutes

    Posted
    SBear

    One of my friends has a similar tripod and I was impressed with its utility enough that I purchased this one. Upon returning home I removed my exciting new tripod from its packaging, eager to test its flexible prowess. Yet as I opened its legs one of them simply fell off. I returned it for a refund the next day and decided to use a regular miniature tripod. I've recently discovered that there is another brand of these things. While it's $18 more, I have a feeling that it's more durable, especially considering how well my friend's faired. When I get the chance, I'm going to purchase it and see how it holds up.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good idea, one weak point

    Posted
    atvmaverick

    Love the idea. Had it for a couple months. Worked great until I tried to make a last minute adjustment with my digital camera on it. The camera and swivel mount snapped off it my hand with the breaking point being between where the legs come together and where the swivel tightens. I am going to check into the warranty, but it may be cheaper or easier to buy a new one depending on shipping costs. I tried to super glue it, but it was just too small of a surface.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor construction and amazingly inflexible

    Posted
    CycleDude

    I purchased this to make videos while cycling. The two most critical contact points, where the leg connects to the tripod and the legs themselves are connected with plastic. Couple that with the fact the legs are extremely inflexible, and the unit is easily broken. I have a larger Joby Gorillapod unit and should have stuck with my gut and purchased another smaller version. The quick release is indeed a very nice feature. In two uses a leg as broken off due to the plastic coupling at the top of the leg and one of the feet, again connected with plastic broke as well. My advice, go with another brand.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Good idea, poor product

    Posted
    lostganado

    Well, its broken now and in the trash, but I WAS able to put this (barely though) on the handlebars of my bycycle and I recorded a short video on my Sony Cyber-Shot. It handled it well, and the video is on my PS3. But I was bending the legs (gently) one night, and one broke. Didn't come off, but was limp, like an old action figure's leg. So after trying to bend a different angle, it came off. I think it's sellin for $10 at stores. Save your ten and add ten more and get another brands tripod, but beware legs still might break. I will be buying a more practical one soon.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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