come to think of it neither do i know the TS's set-up...
but i hope it'll be of use to at least some peps here.
For the record, the railing of the capsule is located close to the glass on the front & rear side of which the views would most likely be the steel structure of the flyer and the neighboring capsules. And due to the small space between the railing and the window, only compact or short lenses can be attached to the camera if you plan to use the gorillapod. And besides, the view is on the side of the flyer which the door is located. So the tripod is necessary unless you're willing to place the gorillapod on the floor and have difficulty in the viewfinder.
I don't know what the official stance is, but I brought in my tripod and the staff said nothing. It was a weekend evening (considered peak hours), and still no attempt to stop me. I didn't hide the tripod or anything.
Caused quite a spectacle, using the tripod, flashgun and IR remote trigger
The photos produced by them on their simulated capsule (with the expensive lighting set-up) are REALLY horrible. It looks so fake.
Tripod + fill-in flash + slower shutter speed is the way to go, I reckon!
This is a sample shot with my Pod..A100 with VG + Sigma28-70f2.8.
Bring whatever you think will help you to get a good shot..
Erm, kind-of a summary from my experience when I went on the flyer.
1. No, the flyer does NOT stop at all, even when people need to get on board. The flyer is just slow enough to let all the passengers [2 to 28] to enter a cabin when it reaches the 'base'. Don't believe? Look from the garden below. No need to pay to observe.
2. No tripods allowed. BUT, there's railings at the side. Gorrilapods are your best bet. If you have a minipod [enough to support your camera], maybe you could set it up on the floor of the cabin. [hey, you're elevated.] Otherwise, you can place your camera on the floor and shoot.
3. You'll get a lot of glare / reflection when shooting inside the cabin. Polarizer filter is recommended.
4. Flight is normally ~30 minutes. Take some time to bask in the awesomeness of the magnificent view.
Hope this helps!
Juz to clarify a few things here;
1) Tripod and camera bag are ALLOWED. However other large (non camera) bags are not allowed.
2) When shooting during the "magic hour" which is around 7:15 to 7:30pm, use tripod (no need to extend) and shoot through the lower/bottom half of the cabin. The top half is dirty most of the time.
I did it only once and have no more intention to ride it again. Nothing so special....
Boost ISO and press your cam against the glass for added stability and you can get some decent shots.
Attached a hand held shot at 200mm of the NDP rehearsal while i was up there.
Please note image processed to give it a miniature effect