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Quik Pod ( Quikpod ) DSLR/POV & Explorer II Extendable Camera Pole / Monopod / Tripod
When I was a teenager, I wanted a way to include myself in scenic photos that I'd take while hiking in the desert. I accomplished this by fashioning a clamp system to the end of my hiking stick (eventually a saguaro cactus rib) to function as an attachment point for my camera. When others saw me holding the stick with the camera attached to it, extended out from my body, they'd ask "what are you doing?" and "what is that?"
I explained that I was including myself in the picture and proudly declared it's my "StikPod" (Stik Pod, Stick Pod). I came up with the name based on the fact that I was using a stick of sorts and attaching my camera to a "pod" (acquired from pod in tripod). [Note: I referred to this several years ago in another posted article.]
Today, there are more practical products for photographers to include themselves and others in their photos and videos. There are a few devices that can be connected to the end of a trekking or ski pole. These might be acceptable to those who don't mind switching the function back and forth from camera use to hiking or skiing use. These pole attachment devices are not as versatile as other options.
A practical, multifunctional camera extension pole system is the Quik Pod. It offers a wide-range of uses to photographers and videographers - especially those who do more than snap selfies (newbie term for self-portraits) or film their talking heads (aka video trail journaling). [Bonus tip: film what you're seeing/doing too).
The Quik Pod comes in several different models that are all suitable for self-portraits/video. But that's not all they can do. The following is an overview of two Quik Pod models: Quik Pod DSLR/POV and Quik Pod Explorer II. In this article, I'll share the specs along with my comments, tips, and experiences for these Quik Pod products.
Quik Pod DSLR/POV & Accessories
Quik Pod DSLR/POV Specs & Comments
Quik Pod Explorer II & Accessories
Quik Pod Explorer II Specs & Comments
Quik Pod DSLR/POV & GoPro Hero 3
Some of the typical uses for a Quik Pod include:
Quik Pod DSLR/POV in Use at Tide Pool
Here are some of the other ways in which I've used a Quik Pod:
If you use multiplle cameras, a spare quick release can help to quickly switch between cameras.
After use in water, wipe the Quik Pod dry, when its fully extended. Be sure to remove the quick release to get to any hidden water.
Tether your camera to the Quik Pod to protect it from loss if the adapter (...) is somehow compromised. [Note: I haven't heard of this happening and suspect it's very rare.]
Be mindful that your hand movement on the Quik Pod handle can be picked up and heard on your video's audio recording. Some practice and attention to detail will help. Of course, if you're adding audio when editing, then this will not be much of an issue. But it's still a good idea to steady your hand movements to help faciliate video stabilization.
I've found the Quik Pod's ability to adjust in a variety of positions significantly more useful than the mostly fixed position of a trekking pole add-on camera mount.
Beware of copycat or inferior camera extension pole (monopod) products. I've used other models and they're not as feature-rich and fall short in craftsmanship. Do a careful comparison to find a trustworthy option that meets your own criteria.
Quik Pod DSLR/POV
For most of my general outdoor excursions, I most often use the Quik Pod DSLR/POV. I like its features and tripod-like lever locks for section adjustments. It would be nice to see a model just like this (black, hard anodized aluminum with level locks) in a smaller version, exclusively for compact cameras.
I feel the DSLR/POV is worth every ounce of its 10 ounce weight, for the benefits it provides. It's sturdy enough for a common DSLR setup and it helps to get shots that would be very difficult to obtain without it.
For lightweight backpacking, the Explorer II may be more appealing at 5 ounces. That's approximately equivelant to a good swig of water or a couple candy bars. There's no problem stowing or quickly deploying it. It retracts to about the length of a water bottle.
A creative person may be able to think of some multiuses for a Quik Pod, to leverage its appeal for lightweight backpacking. I've tested it for spreading some mosquito netting and it got the job done. However, some things are simply worth their weight when used as intended. Over the years, I've spoke with several backpackers that lost their backpacking joy by leaving useful gear behind. Many hikers that enjoy photography will understand the benefits of using a Quik Pod - especially those that realize that weight is only a part of an individual's considerations when making gear choices.
The Quik Pod has become a useful part of my excursion and hiking gear, when capturing unique stills and clips is my objective. There may be times when I leave it home to reduce the amount of gear that I carry, but I hope not. Since I've been using it, it's missed when it's not on hand. It allows me to get some shots that would be impossible or difficult without it.
I hope to have more to share about the Quik Pod and my experiences with it in the future.