Chairpod is a tripod that doubles as a chair, and it’s brilliant. Or not

Jan 22, 2018

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Chairpod is a tripod that doubles as a chair, and it’s brilliant. Or not

Jan 22, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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We’ve seen some funny photography-related products before. The latest one we’ve stubmbled upon has been introduced by Japanese tripod manufacturer Velbon. Is it a tripod? Is it a chair? Well, it’s actually both. If you want to stabilize both your camera and your butt, Velbon is soon to launch Chairpod, a tripod that doubles as a folding chair.

According to DC Watch, the Chairpod HY 127 was originally introduced at CP+ 2017. It can be described as a crossover between a chair, a tripod, and a monopod. When you unfold the chair, you can extend one of its legs up to your eye level and attach your camera onto the integrated tripod mount. If you want to use it standing up, when you fold the chair and extend the rod, you get a kind of a monopod.

Here are the Chairpod’s specs:

  • Center rod extension + extension rod: 1,280 mm (50”)
  • Center rod extension: 1,170 mm (46”)
  • Center rod storage: 660 mm (26”)
  • Center bar slide: 595 mm (23”)
  • Seat height: 480 mm (19”)
  • Contraction: 735 mm (29”)
  • Weight: 1,460 g
  • Recommended loading: 2 kg
  • Maximum user weight: 80 kg

As DC Watch reports, the product will be released in Japan in late January and it will be available “only at major retailers and direct sales sites.” The price is set to be around 19,850 Yen, which is close to $180. There’s no word yet on whether it will be launched in the US and Europe.

The announcement of this product has caused different reactions amongst photographers. One group calls it “ridiculous” and claims it was made for “lazy photographers.” But those who have a hard time standing for long periods are actually eager to buy this product.

Personally, I think this is one of those products that are both ridiculous and brilliant at the same time. On the one hand, I don’t think you can stabilize the camera perfectly if you’re sitting on your tripod. This is why Chairpod probably wouldn’t be too useful for long exposures. But on the other hand, it can indeed be convenient for those who can’t stand for a long time. And I don’t think you’re “lazy” if you sit down. After all, sitting is a part of the job for many of us.

All in all, I believe Chairpod could be useful for some photographers no matter how quirky it looks. And if you pair it with this hands-free umbrella or this photography tent, I guess the full comfort is guaranteed. : )

What do you think? Would a chair-tripod be useful to you, or it’s just ridiculous?

[via DPReview, DC Watch (English); image credits: DC Watch]

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45 responses to “Chairpod is a tripod that doubles as a chair, and it’s brilliant. Or not”

  1. Kirsten Alana Avatar
    Kirsten Alana

    I think it could definitely be useful in some situations but as pointed out, not for truly long exposures as moving around or fidgeting in any way would destabilize the “tripod” and cause blur.

  2. David RJ Brown Avatar
    David RJ Brown

    Or buy a cheap camping tripod stool, a monopod and a pack of zip ties. When the insanity has passed, you will still have a useful monopod and zip ties. The camping stool will offer the prospect of marginal comfort under rare circumstances but will in fact gather dust until it goes to a charity shop. The patent for my chaise longue/video dolly is pending.

  3. Fede Opfinger Avatar
    Fede Opfinger

    This is genius, I want one

  4. armatus rebellio Avatar
    armatus rebellio

    Yet another photography doohickey to separate the uninformed from their money.
    Rigidity, what is it?
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/68/Beam_mode_1.gif

  5. Ron Pearman Avatar
    Ron Pearman

    What happens when you stand up with the camera attached? The physics don’t seem to work.

    1. Svante Ekholm Lindahl Avatar
      Svante Ekholm Lindahl

      Perhaps they’re sponsored by lens repair shops!

  6. Henrik Heigl Avatar
    Henrik Heigl

    NOT!

  7. Jose Corro Avatar
    Jose Corro

    Absolutely not.

  8. Thomas Weinsheimer Avatar
    Thomas Weinsheimer

    The biggest bullshit I’ve seen for a while :-D What is the sense of this? Sitting and waiting for something to happen in front of the camera? :-D

    1. Jeffrey B George Avatar
      Jeffrey B George

      Solar Eclipse? ? I want more chair padding though. lol

    2. Patrick Mayon Avatar
      Patrick Mayon

      or motorsoprt. some people choose a place and stay there a long time.

    3. Michael Stevens Avatar
      Michael Stevens

      Event photographers like me that sit in the same spot for hours at a time?

    4. Shachar Weis Avatar
      Shachar Weis

      Umm… yes? Exactly that? Nature photographers? Sports? Events? Lots of people sit and wait for their shot.

    5. Thomas Weinsheimer Avatar
      Thomas Weinsheimer

      Yeah, sitting there without moving your ass to avoid shaking your cam. A camera that you can’t move for a new perspective like on a normal tripod or monopod. Total waste of money in my opinion.

  9. Del Robertson Somerville Avatar
    Del Robertson Somerville

    Mr Garrison will be suing ?

  10. Mario Dennis Avatar
    Mario Dennis

    For some, for whom standing for long periods is difficult, it might be worth considering. It would be more practical if the monopod stalk could articulate close to the seat.

  11. Tod Heckert Avatar
    Tod Heckert

    you sit you move camera moves.. real smart… FAIL

  12. Tudor Pantelimonescu Avatar
    Tudor Pantelimonescu

    Photo fishing “__

  13. Mike Randall Avatar
    Mike Randall

    Nope.

  14. Alexander L. Harris Avatar
    Alexander L. Harris

    I would think it’s potential usefulness would be governed by the situation and the needs of the individual photographer.

  15. Matthew Cordy Avatar
    Matthew Cordy

    Just imagine all the camera shake as you move in the seat…

  16. Salih Aydın Avatar
    Salih Aydın

    It may be useful in some situation.

  17. Jia Chen Lu Avatar
    Jia Chen Lu

    When you stand up, u smash your camera

  18. Liam Bluck Avatar
    Liam Bluck

    The idea of a tripod is to keep the camera still, if you fart on this it’s gunna move something chronic. Defeats the object in my book.

    1. Duncan Knifton Avatar
      Duncan Knifton

      ah!…should then use a Pentax…that has anti camera shake tech in the body ;)
      lol

    2. Liam Bluck Avatar
      Liam Bluck

      Ha ha

  19. Katie Fisher Avatar
    Katie Fisher

    Sounds like it would be great for race course photographers like marathons.

  20. Steve Lafleur Avatar
    Steve Lafleur

    I love it, but how much camera shake would it produce if you can’t sit still?

  21. Guillaume Lépine Avatar
    Guillaume Lépine

    (´༎ຶོρ༎ຶོ`)

    1. Spencer Robertson Avatar
      Spencer Robertson

      Look great, just don’t ever stand and your camera will never fall down.

  22. Michael Stevens Avatar
    Michael Stevens

    Interesting concept but these tripod chairs are not comfortable.

  23. SooYoung So Avatar
    SooYoung So

    What’s wrong with just sitting on a chair with a monopod in front of you? Do you NEED to have a monopod attached to the chair for inconvenient portability?

  24. Mindy Delmez Avatar
    Mindy Delmez

    Looks wobbly

  25. Chris Hutcheson Avatar
    Chris Hutcheson

    It looks a tad flimsy to me – I wouldn’t trust it with a D4/70-200 combo, that’s for sure. I shoot a fair amount of performance and event work, often from one position given venue/audience constraints. A bar stool and tripod or monopod work well for me. Along with some fine craft beer.

  26. Sherwin Eng Avatar
    Sherwin Eng

    You’re limited to live view, you can’t lean forward to look through the eyepiece.

  27. Bruno Paci Avatar
    Bruno Paci

    I don’t think it’s brilliant… The principle of a tripod is that you leave it alone and don’t touch it during the exposure… Seating on it will make it move… even if you try to stay quiet you must breath, your corpse moves at each heartbeat… And by the way, the floor is not always flat !

  28. David Blas Avatar
    David Blas

    Useless, you fart camera moves…brilliant idea, oh yes!

  29. Duncan Knifton Avatar
    Duncan Knifton

    Maybe if you’re in a hide taking wildlife……but naff all else….hahaha

  30. Jason H. West Avatar
    Jason H. West

    Ha. My fat ass will take one. The Parksinon’s doesn’t really lend itself well to the shaking (of course) so I’d imagine this would be better. Oh… did I not conform to all you negative people’s bitch-fest? lmao.

  31. Christina David Avatar
    Christina David

    Hm you’re going to be hunched over the whole time

  32. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
    Sergi Yavorski

    reminds me of this toy ?

  33. prelvu Avatar
    prelvu

    As useful as selfie stick.

  34. Paul Chambers Avatar
    Paul Chambers

    Ideal for Intentional camera movement photography.

  35. Dave Robinson Avatar
    Dave Robinson

    Just No!!

  36. Thomas Bell Avatar
    Thomas Bell

    I think it is a great idea and would love to have one! Unfortunately I am not of the eastern Asian race and the limited 175 lb weight limit won’t hold this fat American. I also wonder what breathing and such will do to camera stability.