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The Clampette

The Clampette
Pro photographers use a tripod whenever they're able to. That's one reason their photos are so sharp, well composed, and consistent. Likewise, no serious videographer will shoot without a tripod. But for the rest of us, lugging around a big heavy tripod is a pain and we're not going to do it. That's too bad. Now that digicams and camcorders have become so tiny, they're harder than ever to hold still. And aren't you tired of people saying, "Nice looking family. Why aren't you in the picture?"

Enter the diminutive Clampette. Weighing only two ounces and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the Clampette can hold the heaviest prosumer camera or camcorder. The setscrew fits all standard " tripod threads, and it easily clamps onto the nearest steady object: a chair back, bookshelf, desk edge, car window, etc. Or clamp it on any hardcover book to make a great table-top tripod (see the website for "action" photos). The head pivots and swivels. Made in the USA by High Sierra Manufacturing, the Clampette sells for just $12. Get one and get in the picture!

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