Thursday, March 1, 2007
Gadget Bag: Have Tripod, Will Travel
Take along a tripod when away from home to ensure sharp photographs
For the ultimate in portable stability, the OSN CP-5 Digital Bottle Camera Pod allows you to convert something as simple as a soda bottle into a camera platform. Designed to work with most 20-ounce bottles, it can also serve as a car-window mount or attach to a flat surface, such as a book. Its compact size and versatility help you to achieve sharper images using everyday items for support. List Price: $9.
The Pod builds on the traditional beanbag, but with a twist—a tripod socket. The Pod can be used to shoot at ground level, out of a car window or anywhere a tripod isn’t feasible. With a nonslip base and made with waterproof nylon, The Pod becomes a very effective tool for helping you get the sharpest images possible, no matter where or how you’re shooting. Estimated Street Price: $16.
Weighing just 38 ounces, the Slik Sprint Pro 3-Way provides a maximum height of 64 inches and supports a maximum weight of 4.4 pounds. It includes a three-way panhead, speed-release leg locks, and a gearless center column for quick and easy positioning. With the built-in short column, the tripod can be positioned to a height of just 6.8 inches, ideal for close-up photography. Estimated Street Price: $98.
Sometimes using a traditional tripod isn’t practical, but a stable platform is still needed. The Sunpak FlexPod Pro is a flexible, lightweight mini-tripod that you can bend, stretch and wrap around just about anything. Weighing only six ounces, it’s light enough to carry anywhere, yet it can support a digital SLR. A built-in quick release makes setup fast and easy. List Price: Around $30.
Weighing in at only 13 ounces, the Trek-Tech T’Pod is a small and rugged tabletop tripod that's ideal for travel. Its MagMount system allows the tripod to be deployed in seconds. It can also easily be stored in its 1.5x.3.5x8.5-inch carrying case, and its compatible with digital and film SLR cameras, as well as spotting scopes. List Price: $80.
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