Excerpt: although I could find this item at a cheaper price in the internet, I decided to buy it on the local store. I had to return it because althought the legs are covered with rubber, it doesn't provide a firm grip on a vertical smooth tube/pipe. It just slides down. I almost broke my camera thinking that it this item would hold it but not so. Great service at Staples, no hassle on return.
Excerpt: Real easy to use. Excellent for placing on an uneven surface for steadiness or timed shots. Only drawback was the "Free software" web site would never open at Vivitar. Since I have dozens of photo editing software this did not matter.
Pros: Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: I bought this tripod as a hoped for less expensive Gorillapod alternative. I looked carefully at the packaging before buying but there is no information on the load bearing capacity of the tripod. On opening it and hooking it up it was quickly obvious that this tripod might support a small point and shoot but it collapsed under the weight of my Rebel T1i body, forget about adding a lens.
Excerpt: I love the Little Spider. I mostly use it as a gripper and virtually never use it as a standup unit. It hooks just about anywhere and we find it most useful when doing pics of ourselves in various locales where good balance is problematic.
Excerpt: I LOVE my spider tripod by Vivitar. I need to videotape my dog and me as we enjoy the sport of Nose Work. I train alone except for attending classes so have no one except my new Vivitar spider tripod to assist me with videotaping. I'm using two Flip video cameras and this tripod works like a charm.
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly