All our cameras and longer lenses with tripod collar
have custom plates for the Arca Swiss clamp mount.
One specialty of Really
Right Stuff is their L-Brackets:
The L-Brackets allow you to quickly switch
the camera form a horizontal to a vertical position. Our friend Jim
Collum stitches a lot of vertical shots and could not live without
We have L-Bracket on:
- Canon 1Ds Mk. II / 400D / 40D / 5D
- Fuji S5
For panoramics we use the RRS MPR CL II rail (with clamps). This rail
allows us to set the precise nodal point. Used with the PCL-1 clamp
you have a great panoramic outfit.
All RRS: BH-55, PCL-1 and MPR CL II
Since about 2 weeks we added the GoPod
to our set of pods.
GoPod with Canon 1D Mark II and 400mm f/4 DO IS lens
The GoPod (invented by Cory Shubert)
does a very nice job to ease the carrying of middle long lenses (400mm
opinion the GoPod also allows better help with composition than even
a monopod. We have used the GoPod now for nearly 800 shots and don't
want to miss
it for our bird and wildlife work. We just bought a Canon 400mm f/4
DO IS lens and the GoPod seems for us the perfect match. We consider
the GoPod a major improvement for our work as handheld composition
was never as good as with the GoPod and longer lenses.
We asked a
couple of friends to try the GoPod and all liked about the GoPod:
- Ease of use
- Build quality looks excellent
- Allows very good movement
- Helps with stable framing a lot
GoPod with standard setup (Photo Phil Lindsay, we mounted our own Arca
The GoPod works fine in its normal setup.
But in some cases you may want to get the optional gimbal head that
allows easier movement up and down.
GoPod with optional gimbal head (Photo Phil Lindsay)
You have to decide whether you need
this better way of moving the lens up/down (otherwise you mainly move
the lens up and down by bending your body) or whether you like the
more firm feeling using the standard setup (e.g. if you have few movements
We show here two recent shots that were made using the GoPod
Brown Pelican (1D Mark II & 400mm f/4 DO IS)
Night Heron (1D Mark II & 300mm f/4 + 1.4x)
For more detailed information visit the
GoPod web page.
If you are serious about photography
then invest into a good tripod, good head and use the Arca Swiss mounting
system. All this equipment is not cheap. But it lasts and is great
pleasure to use.