Gorillapod

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I have tried various table tripods and always had issues with stability when using them in the field. I ended up buying a 3 Legged Thing Tim, unfortunately they don't make them anymore. If I'd known at the time I would've purchased a spare. They do have others in their arsenal which would work fine. I invert the center column which allows me to have the camera and lens close and sometimes on the ground.

This is what my macro tripod looks like and how I use it most of the time
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EDIT: I haven't done a lot of research, but these two maybe suitable

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/prod...ged_thing_leokitgrey2_leo_2_0_tripod_kit.html

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/prod...d_thing_albertkit2_albert_2_0_tripod_kit.html
Does your setup require the camera to be upside-down? It looks like it.
 
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The issue I found with that configuration is the ball head and legs are still between the camera and ground. It also doesn’t work too well on uneven ground, or in thick bush and bracken. Also with the legs out like that I couldn’t put the tripod close to the subject without the possibility of damaging others close by.
Yep, I agree with all of those points. So far, I've been able to work around them. Some compromises are necessary. :)
 
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I've tried a reversed camera once and almost tossed the whole setup off a mountain top! The controls are all reversed, upside down and it is a ^%$# pain to look through the viewfinder (hard back when I was in my 30's, impossible now at 70) though digital makes it easier with the flip out LCD. Muscle memory doesn't work at all.

I had much better luck with the Gitzo 2220 (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/206491-REG/Gitzo_G2220_G2220_Explorer_Alumimum_3.html)

However, Alan, you results speak for them self! (y)
 
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I've tried a reversed camera once and almost tossed the whole setup off a mountain top! The controls are all reversed, upside down and it is a ^%$# pain to look through the viewfinder (hard back when I was in my 30's, impossible now at 70) though digital makes it easier with the flip out LCD. Muscle memory doesn't work at all.
This is why I use camera bodies and a cable release better suited to the task. The camera is down in the mud, and I'm standing up :)


EDIT: Standing up also helps keep an eye out for any of the locals

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Of course not all locals are as dangerous

Echidna
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Blue tongue lizard
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