A really well designed piece of gear by Jobu (A Canadian company). It is made of airplane grade aluminum, and fits snugly around the camera, so you can shoot either vertical or horizontal. The bracket on the left still allows you to access all the ports on the side of the camera. And it has an allan key which ingeniously is hidden in the bottom, and held in place by a magnet in a recessed groove. On sale at Vistek for a fabulous price.
I finally bit the bullet and bought this tripod for shooting macro. I first learned about it from Mike Moats, after taking one of his workshops. The tripod almost lays flat, has spiked feet, and has a center column that can be adjusted at a multitude of angles. I like that you can shoot over top of your subject. It also has a loop under the center column when shooting higher, so you can attach a back-pack or whatever for more stability. It is available in aluminum alloy or carbon fibre, and priced accordingly. Really reasonable at B and H, if you live in the States, I got mine at Amazon.ca.
They throw in a carrying case as well.
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