The Bottle Pod arrives

Posted by @ 2:48 pm on Tuesday 11th December, 2007.
Categories: Camera kit, Shiny new kit

Well, the Bottle Pod thing might look like it's a bit of cheap plastic, but it works surprisingly well.

It's marketed for fitting compact cameras and the like to bottles and car-windows, so I overloaded it with my Nikon D50 + 70-300mm zoom, and clamped it to the head of one of my DMM Cirque axes. I had expected the lever-locked plastic ball-head to be a bit naff, but it held the unbalanced camera set-up firmly enough, with no slow forwards-creep. I wouldn't like to load it up too much, though, as the connector might part company from the ball. Still, for short-lens work and compacts, I reckon it'll do a fine job. Time will tell if the plastics used are up to being used in cold conditions... if it breaks, I'll let you know. It weighs in at just 28g.

Don't ask me to test it on one of those festrous walking-poles; I don't own any, and that's the way it's gonna stay.

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