Toolbox: Camera Supports
Ensure sharpness by using a variety of camera platforms
Tripods and monopods aren't the only game in town. Manufacturers also offer unique devices that help to create consistently sharp photographs.
THE Pod. A nonmechanical alternative, THE Pod is an innovative beanbag design with a tripod screw. This accessory becomes an ideal platform for shooting at ground level, out of a car window or anywhere a tripod isn't feasible. Made of waterproof nylon and featuring a nonslip base, THE Pod is an effective tool for helping you get the sharpest images possible no matter where or how you're shooting. List Price: $21. (201) 818-9500 | www.bogenimaging.us
Kirk Photo Low Pod. Macro photography often requires getting close to the ground, which can be awkward when you're trying to manage the legs of a tripod. The Kirk Photo Low Pod does away with the legs and provides a unique aluminum base as a platform. Attach an optional ballhead, and you have the versatility and stability of a tripod at a very low profile, which is ideal for macro work. List Price: $150. (800) 626-5074 |
BushHawk 320D Shoulder Mount. If you're a photographer who enjoys shooting with long glass for sports or wildlife, the BushHawk 320D Shoulder Mount with a double handle provides a great alternative to the traditional tripod and monopod. Easily storable in your camera bag, the shoulder mount helps you use your own body as a stable platform when using telephoto lenses. An optional remote release designed for specific camera models is required. List Price: $129. (800) 325-8542 | www.bushhawk.com
Manfrotto SuperClamp. There are times when you want to place your camera at an unusual location or angle to get the shot. The Manfrotto SuperClamp provides the means to do just that. Supporting a maximum load of 33.1 pounds, the clamp can be attached to poles, tripod legs, beams and pipes. It becomes a powerful tool when used in combination with a wired or wireless remote release for photographing elusive wildlife or unique sports /images. List Price: $40 (with stud). (201) 818-9500 |