Travelers who don’t wish to hand their expensive camera to an onlooker so they can be in the picture really need the QuikPod. Made of high impact plastic, the Quikpod’s telescoping monopod design allows shutterbugs to attach the camera to it’s end, set it on auto timer and merely hold it away at arms length to snap the picture.
The great thing about this item is that it really works. Being able to frame a picture takes some getting used to, but once users get the hang of it, the result is a perfectly framed picture with that doesn’t look like it was held up while the picture was shakenly taken. This gives the shutterbug the advantage of thinking about the background in the image instead of worrying too much about making sure no heads are cut off.
The only concern this reviewer had with the QuikPod is that its plastic construction can get rather flimsy when pulled out to its exteme end. Sure, even a heavy superzoom can fit on it’s platform, but should that telescoping extension snap at its thinnest place, the camera will plummet to its imminent demise before it’s owner can manage to even think about catching it. However, this was never the case when it was tested with a compact digital camera.
But if one is the owner of a heavier mid range superzoom point and shot or even an SLR, choose the SLR version. It has a maximum reach of 53 inches and is much more robust in its design. It’ll also take a camcorder, which makes it definitely a must for the camera bag.
And the price is so cheap (less than $20 for the Quikpod and $50 for the SLR version). I won’t go anywhere without it. Especially when I’m travelling.
2 Comments on “QuikPod – a must accessory for any shutterbug or serious photo hobbyist”
Dick Dongle Says:May 13th, 2008 at 12:26 am
Hmmm looks like a great gadgets for the point and shooter.Not sure if I’d be trusting it with the weight of my cameras on the end of it. However, it would come in handy when shooting mob scenes as I did the other day and had to hold the camera above my head to get some shots of the madding crowd! As this link will reveal…..
James Says:June 4th, 2008 at 9:09 am
Fortuantely, there’s an SLR version.
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