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The PodThe Silver Pod Camera Platform
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

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    (5)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (12)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife (9)
    • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Travel (7)
    • Sports/action (5)
    • Night shots (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

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    4.0

    An alternative to a tripod

    By Ivancho

    from San Juan, PR

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife

      Comments about The Pod The Silver Pod Camera Platform:

      I'm using this platform to hold a sigma 300-800 telephoto lens. It really works great on those situation where a tripod is not an option (safari jeep) and you need the support of a tripod. There is no way to handle this lens or a similar one without a tripod or monopode other than this beanbag.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Good support, threaded mount hard to fit

      By JT

      from Annapolis, MD

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about The Pod The Silver Pod Camera Platform:

      The support is very good (and it should be for the cost!). Quite heavy.It is difficult to thread your camera on to the 'tripod' mount. They should think about redesigning it (although I recognize that it would be very difficult to make it better).

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      • No

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      5.0

      Phenomenal

      By Connor

      from Palo Alto

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel
        • Wildlife

        Comments about The Pod The Silver Pod Camera Platform:

        Great for safaris. Lets you place your camera anywhere. Very versatile and will give you mobility unlike any fitted support. Highly recommended.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Why don't more people use these?

        By GlobalGlobal

        from San Diego

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife

          Comments about The Pod The Silver Pod Camera Platform:

          I now own 3 versions of The Pod, and they have revolutionized my photography. I hardly ever need a tripod. They are well made, and great for wildlife photography where your point of view is always changing.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Beans Plain and Simple

          By OlderThanDirt

          from Indy, IN

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Difficult To Focus Camera

            Best Uses

            • Macros

            Comments about The Pod The Silver Pod Camera Platform:

            Does what it is intended to do. I bought this for close Macro photos. Supports a full-frame camera with a zoom 70-200mm lens without a problem. My only complaint is on the ground, you have to use live view to focus, which can be expected, so still gave the product 5 stars.

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            • No

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            5.0

            A must have for any photographer

            By Macrolor

            from Damariscotta, Maine

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Photos From Car
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife

              Comments about The Pod The Silver Pod Camera Platform:

              I received this as a gift and don't know how I functioned without it. You can use it in your car to nicely stabilize your lens on the window or door edge. If you lie on the ground, or are perching by a tree or rock, you can just put the pod on the surface. It protects the gear from damage, and the bottom is moisture resistant. You can add or remove filling to obtain the correct amount of lift or conformation you need.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Handy design, Easy to use

              By Doug

              from Southern California

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to carry
              • Good Stability
              • Simple To Attach

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about The Pod The Silver Pod Camera Platform:

                I needed something to fill in to assist in supporting my camera with long telephoto lens when a tripod was not handy. This product does the trick. It attaches to the tripod mount hole, and has strap to hold it tight to the lens. I like the ability to add more beads inside to stiffen the unit when necessary. Easy to use by simply resting the unit with camera attached onto any handy flat surface. Great for low angle shots.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Very Useful

                By Andrea_C

                from Varese, Italy

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action

                Comments about The Pod The Silver Pod Camera Platform:

                This product is ideal as a substitute to the tripod when travelling outdoor.

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                • No

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                5.0

                easier just got easier

                By McGee

                from Australia - the Land down Under

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel

                  Comments about The Pod The Silver Pod Camera Platform:

                  The pod sits anywhere on anything, any time. It's discreet and low key, a great alternative to a tripod when called upon. I team it with my Canon 60D and 70 - 200 lens for shooting low off the ground, remember the 60D has a flip out screen, very handy. The pod is waterproof and I fill it with rice when out hiking, yeah it doubles as a food container. A great addition to the kit and this is a must have if you need to be flexible while out shooting, definitely recommended

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Exceeds expectations.

                  By Bob

                  from Santa Monica, CA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video

                    Comments about The Pod The Silver Pod Camera Platform:

                    I use it on my Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon 28 - 300 mm lens. It balances nicely and gives a perfectly stable video. It even seems to cling and hold onto uneven surfaces such as a narrow railing.
                    You can sit in a chair and support it on your knees.
                    Perfect where you don't want to carry a tripod.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Would have purchased sooner if I knew.

                    By Bev.

                    from Puyallup, Washinton

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about The Pod The Silver Pod Camera Platform:

                      Great when a tripod is to cumberson.Fits nicely in small spaces,works great on stone walls,tree stumps.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Accessory

                      By NikonBoy

                      from Philadelphia, PA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about The Pod The Silver Pod Camera Platform:

                        The Silver Pod Camera Platform is a great accessory if you can't carry your tripod. On a recent trip to the Grand Canyon I couldn't take my trusty Manfrotto tripod on the plane, so I opted to bring the Silver Pod with me. I used a small carabiner to clip the Silver Pod to my camera bag so it was with me wherever I went. I used it on railings, stone retaining walls and also for closeups while lying on the ground.

                        I don't use 1/4-20 screw, but others may want to attach their camera to the Silver Pod. It's there if you need extra stability.

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                        4.0

                        It's ok.

                        By T3 Heavy Shop

                        from Kentucky

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability

                        Cons

                        • Cumbersome

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about The Pod The Silver Pod Camera Platform:

                        The base is only half full of beads, and it significantly reduces the stability of it. I went to a craft store and bought some more to add to it. Worked fine after that. The 1/4 inch screw does not move. You have to twist the camera onto the base. The bottom opens up, and the beads are in a separate container inside; it should be fitted with a thumb-screw type system to attach the camera.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Very secure...

                        By Jimbo

                        from Rancho Cucamonga, Ca.

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Night Shots
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about The Pod The Silver Pod Camera Platform:

                          Holds your camera very securely with the threaded stud and two tie down straps. Holds my Canon T3i with a 70-200mm L lens, and that's a long lens. This can be very handy when a tripod isn't of use. Its well built and adjusts positions well and holds that position. No negatives so far.

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