Congrats to: Jamie Zartman @lapdog99 - you are the winner of the first ever PPN Twitter Contest. You win a ThinkTank bag. DM on Twitter to claim your prize. Didn't win? Don't worry. If you're following us on Twitter @Photopodcasts you are automatically already entered into our second contest - get the details here.
Welcome to the 2nd PPN (Photo Podcast Network) Twitter Contest. This contest starts May 31, 2017 and ends on July 30, 2017.
NOTE: This contest officially starts the day after we announce our winner from contest number one.
The winner gets:
Prizes: A brand new, Moshi Arcus Multifunction Backpack (Charcoal Black) valued at more than $229...
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Very happy to report that the More Gear Show Podcast has launched. You can find episode #2 right here at http://www.photopodcasts.com/podcasts/more-gear-show-2-ppn-may-20th-2017
Two years ago I met a photographer named Larry Tiefenbrunn and his most of his family members. A nicer, friendlier bunch of people you’ll never meet. They run a little business that makes some of the most unusual, dynamic, and downright useful camera supports I have ever seen or used. When it comes to camera supports, we all know the problems associated with using a tripod; They are typically big, bulky, heavy and in some places they are just downright banned.
Larry’s Platypods have offered a unique (and brilliant) solution in the form of plates you can carry in your pocket or even the smallest camera bag and which can be used to secure your camera when you need a rock-solid shot.
The original Platypod was great but wasn’t quite stable enough when using long lenses on a DSLR. Then came the Platypod Max which can be used by virtually any photographer with heavy gear
Then Larry had one more idea. A new plate that was nearly as small as the original Platypod but as sturdy and solid as the Max. Enter the Ultra.
It’s claim to fame is that it is smaller than the Pro, and lighter than both of the other Platypods. The new unit will make it even easier to get very low-angle shots and shots from unusual angles.
The kit comes with a wallet for the four heavy-duty spike feet that add stability, a 20-inch strap to hold the Ultra in place and a carabiner to help you carry it all into the field.
This new model has more grip options. There are five threaded holes that you can use in any combination to secure the unit. They will work with any standard monopod, tripod or quick release plate. And the belt slots are my favorite thing about the new Ultra. While I had no trouble securing the original Platypod’s with zip ties, this is just a more elegant solution and pretty much any belt will work.
How could you use the Ultra? Well just about any place you’d use a tripod. But it also is a great solution for photographers who need a convenient, small, lightweight way to secure flash heads and other accessories on set.
It’s incredibly portable. Heck it might fit in your wallet. The accessory kit is truly valuable. The quality of all the components is off the charts. Anything Platypod makes is top-shelf.
Everyone from still photographers, to cinematographers will find this new Ultra to be a must-have acceessory.
I can’t believe that a tool which is roughly the size of a large iPhone can provide so many versatile methods of supporting my camera. And I forgot to mention, the thing weighs just 3.2 ounces! If you’re like me and been down-sizing your camera kit, something this small, light and versatile is a Godsend.
Like Larry’s other efforts, this product came to life on Kickstarter and also like Larry’s other products it blew past its goal in about a day. If you want to get in on the fun visit http://bit.ly/PodUltra.
How much do I like the new Ultra? If I could only have one camera support this would be the one. Highly recommended.
Today I take a quick look at the Moshi Arcus Backpack. The usual photo bag companies like ThinkTank, Tenba, etc. make great bags but more and more often upstart adventure bag makers are intruding on the photo space.
This bag fits into the adventure space. It’s not just a camera bag and it’s unlikely most photographers have heard of this bag.
The Arcus is different in one important respect. It’s SUPER light weight compared to most of the bags I test. It’s versatile, and can be used just as easily to carry clothes for a weekend trip as it can for camera gear.
The case is well made and has a “crush-resistant” top and padded compartment for all your electronics and cameras. It’s primarily a top-loading bag, but the side compartment works best for photographers. The bag does also have two zippered pockets on the back to handle important items such as passport and wallet. The bag comes with a sternum strap that can be removed when you pack a lighter load.
If you want to use it as a camera bag note that you must buy the camera insert (sold separately.) It’s lined with microfiber and keeps your gear safe. There are three customizable dividers.
Like most of the bags in this new class of “stylish” bags this one looks very cool and isn’t immediately identifiable as a camera bag. The trade-off is that some space which photographers might want to use for gear is sacrificed. I always find that I have more gear than these sorts of bags hold. Maybe that is the point. Maybe I should stop carrying so much crap and just head out with the basics, i.e., a camera and a laptop or tablet.
It’s a bit too small for my personal use but it is attractive (comes in tan and black) and it’s effective if you are an adventurer. Since I am anything but I will simply say that if this is your cup of tea you will be impressed.
Top-Loading Main Compartment
Side-Loading Main Compartment Panel
Full-Length Device Compartment
Fits Laptops up to 15"
Adjustable Sternum Strap
Attachment Points on Shoulder Straps
Elasticized Side Pocket
Dual Rear Zippered Pockets
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