The Gorillapod from Joby is now available in the Go-Go! package, which includes
the flexible Gorillapod; it has 29 ball-and-socket flexible joints along with
a suction cup and two quick-release clips. Not only can this small support be
used for a digital camera, but it can also hold other types of electronic devices
such as cell phones, PDAs, MP3s, portable gaming devices, and even PC web cams. The suction cup will hold tightly on any flat surface and
you can even permanently mount it with two super bond adhesive quick-release
The Hughes Soft Light Reflector, marketed as a bounce panel for hot shoe flash
units, has a new practical use outdoors in sunlight. Simply attach the reflector
using the touch-fastener straps, with the black side down, around the camera
lens to shield the lens from light flare. It weighs a mere ounce and is much
longer than a conventional lens hood.
Works Quik Pod DSLR
Manfrotto's Modo (from Bogen Imaging Inc.) is a family of support solutions
for compact digital cameras and camcorders. Brand new is the ModoPocket, an
ultra-compact support that folds completely flat for easy carrying and can even
be left attached to the camera when not in use. The folding support panels can
be tilted to move the camera up or down. It will be particularly helpful for
longer exposures and when using the camera's self-timer. The street price
The Quik Pod DSLR (from Fromm Works Inc.) is a larger, heftier version of
their handheld monopod that's heavy enough to support a D-SLR. It adjusts
from 18" retracted and extends out to a maximum of 53". Made of
aluminum and polycarbonate, it has a tilt-top to set the desired camera angle
and a quick-release plate for the camera. Just below the camera is a small convex
mirror you can look at to get an idea of what will be included in the picture
you make of yourself (and others) using the self-timer. It can also be used
as a monopod. It lists for $50.
The Stedi-Stock from Agonic Enterprises is a lightweight shoulder brace suitable
for cameras, camcorders, and spotting scopes. It provides extra steadying support
for your equipment. It's much more maneuverable than a tripod or window
mount support. The MSRP is $49.95.
From ToCAD America, the Sunpak Click `n Stick is a flexible camera support
device that has a suction cup base so it can be placed firmly onto any flat
surface. It will support cameras weighing up to 1.8 lbs and sells for $21. The
FlexPod Pro Plus is a step-up version of Sunpak's model of extremely flexible
and bendable short tripod-like legs that can be used on practically any surface
or literally wrapped around a pole or tree branch. It comes with either a ball
top or pan head and now includes aluminum rod core for extra strength; it's
available in gray or black versions.
Tank Hydrophobia rain cover
Think Tank Photo announced the Hydrophobia 300-600, a rain cover for long
telephoto lenses (300-600mm) typically used by sports and nature photographers.
It can be pre-mounted on the camera lens before going into the field for quick
deployment. There are two extended sleeves for the photographer's arms
so they can easily operate all the controls. Even memory cards and batteries
can be accessed without removing the cover. There is a clear back and top to
see the camera controls. The MSRP is $150; the non-included eyepiece is $35.