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Statc: A Tiny Tripod Fit for Magneto

Tripods are great, even necessary for a lot of photographic situations, but one thing they are not is pocket-sized. Amateur photographers especially will often find themselves within reach of their camera, but too far from their tripods; and if you’re just a photography enthusiast who likes to snap photos just about everywhere you go, forget carting around a tripod. That’s the dilema Matthew Baty found himself in, and so he developed the Statc, an ultra-portable magnetic tripod head that you can stick to just about any metal surface.

Of course there are limitations: it can only hold up to 2lb so big SLR lens combos won’t cut it, and in many ways Magneto’s tripod head has the same limitations as the character… if you find yourself in a metal-less environment you’re out of luck. But for all it’s limitations it’s still a cool idea that could come in very handy in many situations (there aren’t many tripods you can hang upside down for instance).

The project is still in its infancy, with 28 days and ~$24,500 left before it’s fully funded on Kickstarter, and sports a steep non-earlybird price tag of $60. But, as with anything, you could justify the price depending on how much you use it. Do you use a smaller mirrorless camera and always find yourself close to some metal but far away from your tripod? Well, then the Statc might come in handy. Head over to Statc’s Kickstarter page for more info and pledge options.

Statc – Magnetically Attractive Camera Pod (via Geeky Gadgets)


 
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  • Guiie

    I’ll throw the idea (?): a DIY project could be done to achieve the same result using the magnetic parts found in a Hard Drive Disc. I’m pretty sure they would work for P&S cameras at least!

  • Rainer Riegler

    well, it can’t be used on >anyare not< .
    So you will still find a lot of metalls where you won't be able to use it, but better than nothing anyway.

  • http://profiles.google.com/carlosdavid.photo Carlos David

    big magnet + 1/4-20 Bolt + Manfrotto 234RC

  • Craig

    Or buy the GorillaPod model with magnetic leg tips. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/carlosdavid.photo Carlos David

    home depot clamp + 1/4-20 bolt + Manfrotto 234RC

  • Coyote Red

    I buy magnets and cups from Lee Valley Tools for my projects.  I have one that is attached to a remote control in my car to attach it to a convenient spot.  Uses the same 1/4 thread.  I could add a ball head and do the same thing.

    This product doesn’t allow for much range of movement, i.e. attaching to a (near) vertical surface while the point of view is horizontal.

  • http://mike.heller.ca/ Mike

    Any risk of having a powerful magnet close to your memory cards?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Duncan/1111692326 Joey Duncan

    HDD magnets are nice, but other than a GoPRo or something similar in weight you would probably need something larger. Remember the efficiency of the hold it also relative to the surface area it covers. The Magnet isn’t being pulled straight up where the hold is the strongest it’s being rotated off by the weight, and that it where it is weakest. 

    But I agree, you might be able to save a few pennies if you are creative type. But again, this is probably low cost and well made….. 

    They don’t have a lot of backers on Kickstarter, hopefully with it being on here they’ll meet their goal

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Duncan/1111692326 Joey Duncan

    an electromagnet yes, a normal magnet no. 

  • http://twitter.com/mattbaty Matt Baty

    Mike, magnets will not affect flash memory.

  • Chris Newhall

    What?!

  • 9inchnail

     Sure, but this one is much smaller. You could actually just leave it on while walking around with your camera. The GorillaPods are cool but I see situations where this thing might be preferable.

  • http://twitter.com/JonathanSCE Jonathan Yao

    One use I can see for it is using it with a speedlight.

  • kendon

     while i am aware of the fact that magnets won’t affect my memory cards, i still keep strong magnets away from my gear. alone for the reason that i regularly carry my laptop together with my gear, which still has an hdd.

  • http://twitter.com/mattbaty Matt Baty

    Kendon, 

    Hard drives are actually partly held together internally with extremely strong magnets, numerous actually.  On MacBooks there are magnets in the screen lid to hold it closed and one in the mag safe power adapter as well.  Even the iPad I think has over 30 magnets inside of it, including the smart covers.  Point being is the whole “keep magnets away from computers” has not been relevant since the floppy disk died.