DIY – Simple Flexible Tripod Mod

Here's a very simple mod you can do with a Fotopro Transformer tripod or sometimes called the Polaroid All Terrain tripod. Available in ugly chrome and Gunmetal Grey. When choosing, be aware that some packages don't come with all the pieces. It's probably found under several different names too, but basically it's a flexible tripod with swappable feet and uses the standard 1/4x20 thread.

Parts needed:

1) Flexible tripod with removable feet
2) (3pcs) 1.5" 1/4-20 bolts & (3pcs) 1/4-20 jam nut,
3) (3pcs) basic skate wheels and bearings. Could be Rollerblade or skateboard wheels.
4) About 30 seconds of time out of your day...

When unscrewing the feet from these tripods, they are on pretty firm. Don't worry, just wrench them off, they are indeed removable. The 1/4-20 bolt is not a perfect fit (a bit smaller), but it really doesn't matter once it's rolling. Just don't crank down the bearings too tight or the wheel won't move as freely. This particular tripod isn't built for huge cameras, but should do fine for cameras around 3lbs. For anything heavier, I still recommend at least the Pico Flex table Dolly.

Something like this is perfect for camera sizes like the Sony HX9V or GH2. Find these tripods on both eBay (click here)

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find-price-button FotoPro Flexible Transformer Tripod – via eBay

and also via Amazon (click here).

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find-price-button FotoPro Flexible Tripod Rubber Suction Spiked Feet - via Amazon







6 thoughts on “DIY – Simple Flexible Tripod Mod

  1. Tony

    Which are the dimensions(size) of wheels?
    Internal diameter, external diameter and width wheel.
    thank you.

  2. Emm

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    @Robert - We used a T2i and kit lens. It holds up as a stand, with the suction cups, and magnets, but that's pushing it. I think it works best with smaller point and shoot cameras like my Sony HX9V.

  3. Wilson

    Great post! Just got myself one of these the other day, still waiting for it to arrive. Reckon it'll work ok with 550D with those rollers on?

  4. Awesome! beats those $350 ones they are trying to bring out at kicks tarters, given these might not support much weight but at $50 plus perhaps $12 in wheels... sweet!

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