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Gary Fong Flip-Cage And iPhone 4 Tripod Adapter Review

Gary Fong Flip-Cage And iPhone 4 Tripod Adapter Review - Daniel Bell tests two unique products from Gary Fong - the Flip-Cage and iPhone 4 tripod adapter.

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Category : Tripods, Monopods and Other Supports
Product : Flip Cage
Price : £19
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Gary Fong Flip-Cage


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The Gary Fong Flip-Cage comes with a camera strap and opaque flaps to help protect your camera and is available in 10 colours including green, blue, black, pink, red, green, orange, grey, yellow and purple for $21.95 (£13.69 as of 2nd November 2011).

Gary Fong Flip Cage

Gary Fong Flip-Cage Features

The Flip-Cage acts as both a table top stand and a protection case for your digital compact camera. You can shoot vertically and horizontally as well as use it to take macros. When in the macro position the camera can be moved up or down to different heights. If dropped, the framework of the cage will give your camera extra protection.

Gary Fong Flip Cage

Gary Fong Flip-Cage Handling

The cage is attached easily to the camera via the tripod socket, the screw can also be attached to a tripod. The opaque flaps act as lens and LCD shades to help prevent flare. The cage fits a large number of cameras, the only restricting factor is the size of the camera. Anything much bigger that the Canon PowerShot S100 (as used in the images measuring 98.9 x 59.8 x 26.7mm) is going to be too big. The cage does make it difficult to use the camera is you just want to hold it in your hands and you'd have to have big pockets to carry it in, but the provided camera strap makes it easy to carry around your neck.

Gary Fong Flip Cage

Gary Fong Flip-Cage Performance

The Flip-Cage is extremely versatile, once you get used to how it works you find it possible to set your camera in any position, great for taking shots with slow shutter speeds or if you want to get in the shot yourself. When the camera strap is attached it does have the habit of getting in the way when setting the cage up. Although we haven't been throwing it around, the cage is definitely going to protect your camera from scuffs and scrapes, although if dropped repeatedly the cage is bound to break eventually.

Gary Fong Flip Cage

Gary Fong Flip-Cage Verdict

On the Gary Fong website, the Flip-Cage is quite a bargain at $21.95 (£13.69), although if you are purchasing from the UK you are looking at nearer the £20 mark. Still, this is pretty good value for money for a unique product for your digital compact camera.

The Gary Fong Flip-Cage is a great alternative to a tripod for compact camera users.

Gary Fong Flip-Cage Pros

Versatile
Good value for money
Comes with a strap

Gary Fong Flip-Cage Cons

Only fits cameras of a certain size

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Gary Fong Flip Cage Specifications

ManufacturerGary Fong
Tripods
ConstructionPlastic
Maximum Height7cm
Minimum Height2cm
Maximum Weight CapacityNo Data
Number of Leg Sections1
HeadNo Data
Box Contents
Box ContentsFlip-Cage, Gary Fong camera strap
Dimensions
Weight136g
Width100mm
Height90mm

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Gary Fong iPhone Tripod Adapter


Features
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Specification

The Gary Fong iPhone Tripod Adapter can work with any tripod as well as the Flip-Cage. It is available in black for $19.95 (£12.47 as of 2nd November 2011).

Gary Fong iPhone Tripod Adapter

Gary Fong iPhone Tripod Adapter Features

The iPhone Tripod Adapter is made of plastic with a metal tripod socket and can be attached to most tripods, ideal if you have already bought a tripod for your camera with you also want to use for your iPhone picture taking and video recording.

Gary Fong iPhone Tripod Adapter

Gary Fong iPhone Tripod Adapter Handling

The adapter requires a bit of strength to attach but this makes it extremely secure when in position, you just need to remember to attach it from the bottom as it won't go over the volume buttons.

Gary Fong iPhone Tripod Adapter

Gary Fong iPhone Tripod Adapter Performance

From the picture above you can see that it is now possible to use your iPhone on a tripod just as you would a camera. The adapter takes the minimalistic approach unlike some others which have a case which fills the back, like the Joby Gorillamobile for iPhone 4, or have extra parts to fit round one of the corners, similar to the ones found on eBay.

Gary Fong iPhone Tripod Adapter Verdict

The iPhone Tripod Adapter is a fantastic product, ideal for those who want to use their current tripod with the iPhone. Sadly, priced at $19.95, it is very expensive. When you consider what you get for $21.95 with the Flip-Cage it's hard to see customers wanting to part with this amount of money for a simple piece of plastic. You can buy the Flip-Cage and Tripod Adapter together but the iPhone is larger than the cage and therefore won't be as protected.

Gary Fong iPhone Tripod Adapter Pros

Simple way to attach iPhone to a tripod
Has a metal tripod socket

Gary Fong iPhone Tripod Adapter Cons

Overpriced

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Gary Fong iPhone Tripod Adapter Specifications

ManufacturerGary Fong
Tripods
ConstructionNo Data
Maximum HeightNo Data
Minimum HeightNo Data
Maximum Weight CapacityNo Data
Number of Leg SectionsNo Data
HeadNo Data
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data
Dimensions
WeightNo Data
Width24mm
Height72mm

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Comments


scottishphototours 10 2.5k 2 Scotland
4 Nov 2011 3:58PM
Please show me one person who thinks they want to use their iphone on a tripod. What nonsense...

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User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
6 Nov 2011 9:20PM
It gets 4.5 Stars and gets the caveat:


Quote: Only fits cameras of a certain size

????????????????

Please. If you're going to Review and item - do it properly.

Or not at all.
davey_griffo 5 213 165 England
8 Nov 2011 12:46PM
There's always some fool who can be convinced to part with good money for bad rubbish, SPT. There is (at the moment at least) a link above your comment to a review for a wooden tripod. Why? So you'll think you're getting something different or in some way better, & will pay a premium.

Then there's the wooden fronted Sigma (I think) camera. No doubt someone will think it's cool & pay twice as much for it, but not someone with any common sense.

I can't see a use for an i-pod bracket myself, as most people who buy i-phones take them on a night on the tiles, & who wants to take a tripod? Can you imagine the stick you'd get from your mates?

A very scathing retort Mike. In so far as it's useful, the product does a job & probably deserves the rating. The "caveat" simply warns you that it may not fit your camera, at which point you wouldn't buy it anyway. By your argument, should a camera bag that doesn't fit all of your equipment have a downgraded rating? Or a Nikon bag be downrated because you have Canon & it's got the wrong name on the front? Don't get me wrong, I think it's another useless bit of tat, but someone may find it useful and on that basis, the review will probably help them to decide if they want it.

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