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Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II

B&H # NASKM2 MFR # SKM-II
Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II

Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II With Optional Head

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Product Highlights

  • Slides Through Mud, Sand, and Grass
  • Supports up to 600mm Lens
  • For Ground-Level Bird & Wildlife Photos

You Pay: $99.95

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The Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II is a 10" round and 1.5" tall dish that is specifically designed as the ultimate support for ground-level bird and wildlife photography. With its unique circular design, it allows you to slide camera equipment in any direction on the ground, even through mud, sand, and grass. And your equipment stays clean and dry, even in up to an inch and a half of water.

The Skimmer's flat bottom allows it to slide and pan easily along the beach or mud without scooping up earth, protecting equipment from grit and moisture. The sides are turned out slightly to push sand and mud out and away, helping to keep debris from coming over the top. A protected area inside the plate can even be used to store teleconverters, extension tubes, and other incidentals for quick access while shooting.

The Skimmer's wide mounting surface can accommodate virtually any ballhead or gimbal-style head fitting a standard 3/8" tripod mount. It has been matched for use with low-profile lens feet when used with the Wimberley C-10, as well as for the Wimberley Gimbal Head II, without the need for modification or additional risers. However, an optional riser block fits perfectly and can be stacked when additional height is needed.

Designed for ground level or off of a beanbag shooting with telephoto lenses
Constructed with super heavy duty reinforced crush-proof injection molded plastic
Heat and cold tolerant for use in any conditions
Compatible with the Wimberley Gimbal and low profile lens feet without additional hardware needed
Reinforced lanyard attachment point
Head Attachment Fitting 3/8"
Diameter 10" (25.5cm) [approx.]
Height 1.5" (3.8cm)
Weight 15 oz 425g)
Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II
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  • 1-Year Warranty
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    NaturescapesSKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II
     
    4.8

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (7)
    • Fits well (6)
    • Improves tripod function (3)
    • Solid/sturdy (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

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      5.0

      Love the skimmer

      By lynnwebber

      from calgary ab

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

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            Comments about Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II:

            Great for nature photography

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            • No

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            3.0

            Works as claimed

            By db

            from Texas

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Low Perspective

            Cons

            • Expensive

            Best Uses

              Comments about Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II:

              Used with Canon 500mm lens and 7D on the beach at low tide. It gave a stable enough base, and did its job.

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              5.0

              skimmer

              By Ann

              from Tennessee

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Improves Tripod Function

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife

                Comments about Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II:

                very useful

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                5.0

                Highly recommend!

                By HasScott Studios

                from Ohio

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fits Well
                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II:

                  I use this product to help capture stunning images of shore birds. My Gimbal head easily mounts onto the pod allowing me to have easier access to the birds at a lower level, with less movements which keeps me from scaring off the birds. This product is super lightweight and durable. I highly recommend this product to anyone and everyone.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  As Advertised

                  By Wayne

                  from Bryan, Texas

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits Well

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II:

                    I had seen many favorable reviews of this product so it is what I expected. It is well made.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Just as advertised.

                    By Mykey

                    from South Florida

                    Comments about Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II:

                    I occasionally shoot shorebirds where getting low is imperative. I've tried other methods but either had to struggle with the legs of my tripod and risk sand in the joints, or get sand all over my backpack, if I used it for support. This is strong, simple and easy to clean.

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                    5.0

                    Just the ticket for Low angle shots

                    By Bernie

                    from Arizona

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II:

                      I have 2 friends who got this and there shots always looked amazing, so I decided to get one and now mine looks amazing also. The low angle shots makes the water look like clouds. I really like this very much and I always carry it with me now to use where ever I can. I tell all my friends about this and show them samples of my birds on my Ipod. I may be old and laying on my stomach is OK but getting up takes a little bit, bit the groundpod holds the camera and lens perfectly so I can leave it there until I bend down and pick it up.

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great ground level Shooting mount.

                      By Larry

                      from Post Falls, Idaho

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Improves Tripod Function
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II:

                        I use this with A Jobu Gimbal and Canon 500mm plus Canon 1D Mark III. Great for getting down to ground level where the animals are.

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                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Very Nice and easy on the back

                        By jojomon

                        from Riverside, Ca.

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fits Well
                        • Improves Tripod Function

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography
                          • Stabilization

                          Comments about Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II:

                          Low ground angle birding shots and top of wall placement are a breeze now when I attach my jobu design gimbal head to it with my 600 4.0 IS. Very versatile and easy to carry around one handed with everything attached.

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