There’s plenty of times throughout the years that I’ve wished I had a small mount for my point and shoot cameras. While there are a lot of small tripods, they weren’t exactly what I needed. Thankfully, Gary Fong (makers of lots of interesting camera devices) has come through with just what I wanted – and some neat accessories for it as well! If you’re looking for the best place to view your photos, take a look at the best digital picture frame too.
At first glance, the Gary Fong Flip Cage is fairly simple in design; there is a black rectangular “leg” on each side of the mounting screw. They’re pretty much the size of a normal point and shoot camera, and they’re loose enough to move with a small amount of force, but tight enough to ensure they won’t throw off that perfect shot. Another really neat feature of the Flip Cage, is that two opaque plastic pieces can clip on to the middle of the legs, which can then be used to block extra light for a macro shot. When I was using the Pentax WG-1, this was really useful since it has special lights to illuminate a macro subject.
The Gary Fong Flip Cage is also meant to protect your camera against small falls and such – you can fold the legs up towards your camera, and you’ll see where they called it a cage. While it’s not a perfect fit for all cameras, relatively thin and flat cameras – such as a Sony CyberShot – fit perfectly. With a larger camera like the most any bridge camera, you’ll see that it doesn’t close all the way, and isn’t useful other than a tripod.
Something Gary Fong realized, was how popular just using your iPhone to take pictures has become – and let’s face it, there’s a lot of cameras out there today that don’t have the clarity of an iPhone 4’s camera. So what they were able to do, was make an adapter that will comfortably hold either your iPhone 4, or your iPhone 3/3GS. It’s such a simplistic concept that I’m surprised that no one else had thought of it. Combine an iPhone 4 with the holder and the Gary Fong Flip Cage (they sell the adapter and the cage together as a package if you’d like), and then add one of the myriad of iPhone 4 macro lenses that there are out there, and you have an instand microscope studio. Though the Flip Cage works well with phones and compact cameras, if you own a larger camera, you should definitely check out the Gary Fong Flip-Cage Pro, which is a larger tripod mount that also comes in the Midnight Black color.
Even if you’re not using it for iPhone pictures though, the Gary Fong Flip Cage is a really useful addition to every camera bag. I have a few mini tripods that I use, but for macro photography this really can’t be beat – and for the price, you may end up just using this as your primary mini camera mount.
Final review score is four and a half stars out of five.
- Makes taking good and steady macro pictures an absolute breeze
- Protects smaller cameras from bumps and falls
- With the addition of the iPhone mount, a good number of people might never need anything else
- Any medium to large camera won’t fit in the storage position (but it will still hold them for snapping shots) – there is a “pro” version for that though
- Light-blocking panels come off way too easily
- Would have preferred if the bottoms of the legs (the feet if you will) were more “grippy”
You can pick up a Flip Cage of your own from Gary Fong’s site for $21.95.
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