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ArmPod XL extending MiniPod- £2.99 Delivered @ 7 Day Shop.com
ArmPod XL extending MiniPod- £2.99 Delivered @ 7 Day Shop.com

ArmPod XL extending MiniPod- £2.99 Delivered @ 7 Day Shop.com

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Found this in the 7DayShop.com clearance. It's basically a camera gadget that allows you to take photos of yourself using a point and shoot camera. You simply screw it on the bottom of the camera and use your camera's timer function to take your photo.

Seems pretty secure and although wouldnt come in useful every day, it might be helpful when on holiday or travelling especially if you want a photo of yourself in front of some sort of landscape scene :P

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Could be useful for recording the neighbours over the fence whilst they sun themselves by the pool.

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/images/products/prod_104014_4.jpg
No, not suspicious at all X) .

Just paint it camouflage style and no one will notice.

Saw these the other day and wondered what you'd actually use them for. Your idea of photographing yourself is interesting but are they long enough?

I suppose used with care they could also be used by train enthusiasts for photographing along the line of the train through the window or possibly out of a car window in the direction of travel.

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I found a self timer button on my camera for taking pics of myself

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Tony Harrison

No, not suspicious at all X) .



LOL.... yeah, not the best photo to sell it is it? :P

CannyJack

Saw these the other day and wondered what you'd actually use them for. … Saw these the other day and wondered what you'd actually use them for. Your idea of photographing yourself is interesting but are they long enough?



Suppose it depends on how wide the wide angle of your camera goes to but it should be possible to do some shots in this way.

whatsThePoint

I found a self timer button on my camera for taking pics of myself



Good idea although tricky when there is nothing for you to balance the camera on. Unless you do the good old stretch your arm out to get a photo trick although then your arm is always in the shot too. Each to their own though

CannyJack

Saw these the other day and wondered what you'd actually use them for. … Saw these the other day and wondered what you'd actually use them for. Your idea of photographing yourself is interesting but are they long enough? I suppose used with care they could also be used by train enthusiasts for photographing along the line of the train through the window or possibly out of a car window in the direction of travel.

It's actually a pretty useful little gadget. You can get some interesting photos using these while in a crowd at a gig/festival to get a birds eye view for example. Or, taking photos over the side of tall builds etc. Just some ideas that spring to mind.

whatsThePoint

I found a self timer button on my camera for taking pics of myself




but unless your 'other' arm is very long you would need the self timer with this anyway.:)

Anyways.

I just bought one - You never know.

Probably ideal for a cine.

I bet a few people risk getting arrested when they realise its full potential. :):):)





Edited by: "rizla01" 22nd Jun 2011

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rizla01

Anyways. I just bought one - You never know.



That was my thinking especially if this little gadget could be the difference between getting a so so shot or a nice travel/holiday/gig photo

rizla01

I bet a few people risk getting arrested when they realise its full … I bet a few people risk getting arrested when they realise its full potential. :):):)



Also true :P

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Gambit83

Good idea although tricky when there is nothing for you to balance the … Good idea although tricky when there is nothing for you to balance the camera on. Unless you do the good old stretch your arm out to get a photo trick although then your arm is always in the shot too. Each to their own though



Are your saying you'll be able to hold this steady at arm length for 10 secs while you wait for the self timer and get yourself fully in the pic, most people struggle when using the view finder X)

you can get a gorillapod clone for the same sort of price, this is junk

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whatsThePoint

Are your saying you'll be able to hold this steady at arm length for 10 … Are your saying you'll be able to hold this steady at arm length for 10 secs while you wait for the self timer and get yourself fully in the pic, most people struggle when using the view finder X)you can get a gorillapod clone for the same sort of price, this is junk



Yeah but a gorillapod clone wouldnt be very stable and could topple over whereas this wouldnt as you are holding it. Also, gorilla pods rely on having somewhere to balance or grab onto. But if you are in a crowd of people at a gig or on a cliff top with a lovely background then this might come in use. I'm not saying it'll come in use every day, just once and a while.

By the way, newer cameras have a 2 second timer now so you wont have to hold it up for that long if yours is one of these

whatsThePoint

Are your saying you'll be able to hold this steady at arm length for 10 … Are your saying you'll be able to hold this steady at arm length for 10 secs while you wait for the self timer and get yourself fully in the pic, most people struggle when using the view finder X)you can get a gorillapod clone for the same sort of price, this is junk


I think you are missing the point. Taking a picture of yourself is only one of many uses for this device. Be creative and you can use it to take shots from a whole bunch of interesting angles and perspectives. You aren't limited to pointing it at yourself.

Gorillapods are designed for a completely different purpose. And why hold still for 10 seconds? oO change the timer settings?

whatsThePoint

Are your saying you'll be able to hold this steady at arm length for 10 … Are your saying you'll be able to hold this steady at arm length for 10 secs while you wait for the self timer and get yourself fully in the pic, most people struggle when using the view finder X)you can get a gorillapod clone for the same sort of price, this is junk



Holding steady's a good point but if you can set a reasonably fast shutter speed you should be ok.

Gorillapod - have you used one and was it any good? I got the Aldi version a few months ago and was very disappointed - it doesn't seem to have much grip when you wrap the legs round things.

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CannyJack

Holding steady's a good point but if you can set a reasonably fast … Holding steady's a good point but if you can set a reasonably fast shutter speed you should be ok.Gorillapod - have you used one and was it any good? I got the Aldi version a few months ago and was very disappointed - it doesn't seem to have much grip when you wrap the legs round things.



A fast shuttle speed won't help if your arms moving all over the place and you don't know what your framing up
Never owned one, so won't agrue with you, but can't see this have much grip when you wrap it around things either X)

Tony Harrison

I think you are missing the point. Taking a picture of yourself is only … I think you are missing the point. Taking a picture of yourself is only one of many uses for this device. Be creative and you can use it to take shots from a whole bunch of interesting angles and perspectives. You aren't limited to pointing it at yourself.Gorillapods are designed for a completely different purpose. And why hold still for 10 seconds? oO change the timer settings?



No serious photographer is go to wave this around hoping to get interesting angles when they can't frame up the pic, The fact your think they would shows how little you know about photography

Edited by: "whatsThePoint" 22nd Jun 2011

Its a pity this thing doesn't have TWO joints.


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I could imagine lowering camera over the side of a bridge and taking a shot underneath the arch, for example.

I can see a bit of modification happening with this.

Re the keyring loop at the end (someone on Amazon asked why) I would suggest that a lanyard or similar is hooked onto it (and then yourself) so as not to lose your camera should it slip from your grip.






Edited by: "rizla01" 22nd Jun 2011

whatsThePoint

No serious photographer is go to wave this around hoping to get … No serious photographer is go to wave this around hoping to get interesting angles when they can't frame up the pic, The fact your think they would shows how little you know about photography

Lol, if only you knew X). I suppose haters just gonna hate eh?

I have one of these - use it for filming myself while snowboarding with a Creative Vado video camera

Its good for the money

whatsThePoint

No serious photographer is go to wave this around hoping to get … No serious photographer is go to wave this around hoping to get interesting angles when they can't frame up the pic, The fact your think they would shows how little you know about photography



I take it you don't have a decent burst mode on your camera then.

Every chance of getting a decent picture with this device.

Obviously a lot will depend on 'Pot luck' but I stand a chance of getting 'that photograph' that without this, i wouldn't.

whatsThePoint

A fast shuttle speed won't help if your arms moving all over the place … A fast shuttle speed won't help if your arms moving all over the place and you don't know what your framing upNever owned one, so won't agrue with you, but can't see this have much grip when you wrap it around things either X)


Wasn't trying to start an argument - just wondering if original Gorillapods were better than the Aldi imitations. I know they've been very popular with some photo magazines so I was very disappointed with the Aldi version.

Tony Harrison

It's actually a pretty useful little gadget. You can get some interesting … It's actually a pretty useful little gadget. You can get some interesting photos using these while in a crowd at a gig/festival to get a birds eye view for example. Or, taking photos over the side of tall builds etc. Just some ideas that spring to mind.



Good thoughts, thank you.

It's also occurred to me that some cameras have infra red remote triggers and flip out screens, so you could get quite a degree of control over what you're doing. In fact I just attached my Nikon D5000 to my monopod, extended to 59cm (the maximum length of the featured device), and held it at arms length with a very good degree of steadiness. It definitely wasn't waving about all over the place, but you would need a reasonably high shutter speed.

Of course with the monopod you don't have the angle adjustment to be able to get the camera horizontal (although you could, of course, get a ball head to go with a monopod but that's a lot more money than this deal!)
Edited by: "CannyJack" 23rd Jun 2011
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