Sometimes tripods are just too big, bulky, and heavy to use on a shoot. Miniorengi is hoping to address that issue with the Mini Plaster Hand.
We've all been in situations where using a tripod in a certain area was out of the question—either there wasn't enough room, use was restricted, or you were just too lazy to lug the damn thing around. That's why the Mini Plaster Hand is particularly interesting, because it's light, pocket-sized, and virtually undetectable.
This thing looks like (and basically is) a no-slip belt with a 1/4" thread, on which you can mount pretty much any camera. All you have to do is slap it over a railing, tighten it, apply some weight on the strap, and mount your camera. Voilà! You've turned some random cylindrical surface into a tripod.
The Mini Plaster Hand operates in three ways, the simplest being to set it on a flat surface and mount your camera to it. The other two utilize horizontal cylindrical surfaces, like rails and pipe (though they also say it works with non-cylindrical surfaces, too), and differ only in the way weight is applied to ensure the strap is tight—one is hands-free, one is not.
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This thing is about 20" long and made of anodized aluminum alloy. Its load capacity depends on the diameter of the rail you're mounting it on, but Miniorengi suggests nothing heavier than about 3lbs on a 2.5" wide rail. A rail over 2.5" wide is good for heavier weights. Miniorenji also offers two different mini ball heads (2.6lbs and 6.6lbs) to go with the Mini Plaster Hand
The Mini Plaster Hand is currently on Indiegogo and, with 24 days left in the campaign, has already raised almost $25K. If you want to get your hands on one, it'll only cost you between $40 and $51 depending on which package you choose. Head on over to their campaign to learn more.