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Novoflex Chestpod / Shoulder Pod

B&H # NOCSP Mfr # PISTOCK C
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You Pay: $194.99

Novoflex's Chestpod is a great way to lend support when shooting with long lenses in scenarios where monopods and tripods would be impractical or prohibited.  It begins as a comfortable neckstrap, which articulates to a wide rubberized base that rests on your chest, usually just below your sternum.  Attached to this base is an arm that ends with a swiveling plate which has a 1/4"-20 screw for attaching the tripod collar of the lens.  Of course, with medium "fast" telephoto lenses such as an 85mm f/1.2 or f/1.4, 135mm f/2.0 or the like, you would attach the front of the Chestpod to the bottom of the camera.

In this way, the shooter achieves a stable triangle of vibration-reducing assistance for those longer teles.  Great for capturing sharp shots of scenes (such as popular tourist destinations) whose controllers have implemented anti-tripod rules in an attempt to sell their pictures.

The Chestpod can be used upon its own, or in conjunction with a quick release adapter to speed up the attachment and detachment of the Chestpod and whatever you're attaching to it.

Adjustable angle between arm and camera attachment point
Adjustable arm length
Broad, stiffly-padded chest base ideal for handheld support
Dimensions 11.8 x 1.6 x 1.8" (30.0 x 4.1 x 4.6 cm) WxHxD
Weight 0.99 lb (450 g)

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NovoflexChest/Shoulder Pod - Reduces Handheld Camera/Lens Movements
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (7)
  • Adjustable (5)
  • Comfortable (4)
  • Well padded (4)
  • Does not chafe (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Stable (5)
    • Supporting camera (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

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    4.0

    Very handy shoulder pod.

    By Edge

    from Clearwater FL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Does not Chafe
    • Strong Construction
    • Well Padded

    Cons

    • Slighty Pricey

    Best Uses

    • For Journalistic Style
    • Stabilizing
    • Supporting Camera

    Comments about Novoflex Chest/Shoulder Pod - Reduces Handheld Camera/Lens Movements:

    Well made product and very efficient for journalistic style photography. Great forwedding and street photography.

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    • No

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Light weight, convenient, effective

    By dogmathree

    from Newport, Oregon

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Stabilizing
      • Supporting Camera

      Comments about Novoflex Chest/Shoulder Pod - Reduces Handheld Camera/Lens Movements:

      I bought this for my husband, as he has developed a tremor and has difficulty holding his camera still enough to get a good quality picture. We were going on a cruise and what a pain to haul a tripod every where we might go. This light weight chest tripod solved the issue. Easy to carry and effective. So, if your one of the 100 or so people who asked us about it while we were traveling, it is a great investment.

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      • Yes

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      3.0

      Good camera support for moving objects

      By vadinho

      from Barcelona

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Folded Is A Bit Too Long

      Best Uses

      • Supporting Camera

      Comments about Novoflex Chest/Shoulder Pod - Reduces Handheld Camera/Lens Movements:

      A very good camera support. Excellent for sports and quick moving subjects.

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      5.0

      Excellent Support

      By Judie

      from New York, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Strong Construction
      • Well Padded

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Stabilizing
        • Supporting Camera

        Comments about Novoflex Chest/Shoulder Pod - Reduces Handheld Camera/Lens Movements:

        A light weight, sturdy, stable support.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Equipment for Active Photography

        By Photo Finisher

        from Richmond, VA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Does not Chafe
        • Strong Construction
        • Well Padded

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Stabilizing

          Comments about Novoflex Chest/Shoulder Pod - Reduces Handheld Camera/Lens Movements:

          I call this my body pod. When shooting football from the sidelines at night, I am unable to have any other pod on the sidelines because of danger or regulations. This not only provides the advantages of a tripod or unipod, but it also distributes the weight of a heavy lense to my upper stomach area making the equipment seem much lighter. It is totally adjustable; can be used in different ways; and the shoulder strap works great without pressuring my neck.

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          5.0

          Best camara accessory I have purchased!

          By Voz Basso

          from Hayward, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Does not Chafe
          • Strong Construction
          • Well Padded

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Stabilizing
            • Supporting Camera

            Comments about Novoflex Chest/Shoulder Pod - Reduces Handheld Camera/Lens Movements:

            As I have what is known as an exclusive tremor - I needed some support to help rid me of the often "Soft" shot. There are lots of shoulder supports available that cost three times what this item does, and probably not as good. construction is rock solid; and adjust nicely. this is a great product!

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great for DSLR shooting!

            By Green Gorilla Media

            from SF Bay Area, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Novoflex Chest/Shoulder Pod - Reduces Handheld Camera/Lens Movements:

                I bought this to use in conjunction with a flash bracket handle/grip as a minimal handheld rig for shooting video on my GH1. I love the solid construction, the simplicity of design, and how easy it is to change from shoulder stock to vertical waist/hip support. Its small size makes it light weight and easy to pack. This is probably one of the most overlooked items for handheld stabilization. The only thing I would change about it is that the mounting block can only be rotated to set positions....and I would like to have infinite degrees of rotation to get just the right angle.

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                4.0

                May gives you 2 stops

                By Brent

                from North Texas

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy Setup
                • Easy To Use
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Novoflex Chest/Shoulder Pod - Reduces Handheld Camera/Lens Movements:

                    When a tripod is cannot be used, in the mono pod is inconvenient due to the necessity of quick response mobility this pod is an excellent addition. Works great with long lenses and heavy camera set up. While waiting for a shot you can balance the rig on top of your shoulder with very little strain for hours. Using it to brace on your belly works better than the shoulder stock application and when used with a long lens can give you up to 2 stops in stability, if not more compared to hand holding. I would also suggest using the "Camdapter" Arca-type quick release plate in conjunction with their "Camdapter Hand Strap System" for greater security and stability. This is a strap that goes on the outside of right-hand side of the camera, around the hand. It gives great security, but takes time to get used to controlling the camera top wheel adjustment controls.

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