Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II

Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II

Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II

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Product Highlights

  • Slides Through Mud, Sand, and Grass
  • Supports up to 600mm Lens
  • For Ground-Level Bird & Wildlife Photos
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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
UPC: 094922848628
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Naturescapes SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II
  • Hex Wrench
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Head Attachment Fitting 3/8"
    Diameter 10" (25.5cm) [approx.]
    Height 1.5" (3.8cm)
    Weight 15 oz 425g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.46 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.7 x 12.4 x 2.2"
    SKM-II Skimmer Ground Pod II is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just the ticket for Low angle shots 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.
    Date published: 2013-01-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ground level Shooting mount. 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.
    Date published: 2011-03-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Nice and easy on the back 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.
    Date published: 2009-11-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend! 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.
    Date published: 2014-08-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect solution for ground level wildlife I've been looking for an easy way to stabilize when shooting at ground level for bird photography, this fits the bill. My Induro gimbal head fits perfectly and allows me the range of motion I need to capture the shot. Without the ground pod I had to resort to laying on the ground and trying to hold 9lbs of camera/lens steady while trying to focus on the subject. Best investment I have made in a long time, it has improved my bird images right from the first time I used it.
    Date published: 2016-06-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just as advertised. 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.
    Date published: 2013-12-23
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works as claimed Used with Canon 500mm lens and 7D on the beach at low tide. It gave a stable enough base, and did its job.
    Date published: 2015-02-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would buy again Great for my bird photography. Very stable with the 5DIII and 500mm mounted with my Jobu designs gimbal!
    Date published: 2017-09-01
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