For more than a quarter-century I have been serious about photography and videography. And for more than a quarter-century I have discovered that one cannot have too many gadgets/accessories when being serious about photography/videography.
A press release arrived at the GearDiary.com inbox that caught my eye recently. It is touting a new customizable free-shooting stabilizing platform called Camtrol.
It looks like something straight out of a Transformers movie. It is designed to work with handheld digital video cameras as well as the new breed of HDSLR cameras.
Basically it is an action grip attached to a wide base platform with retractable feet. The connecting arm features multiple swivel joints allowing the user to adapt the unit to a variety of shooting conditions: Low angle, high angle, moving, etc.
It is constructed of lightweight aircraft-quality anodized aluminum known for it strength and durability.
Camtrol comes in several sizes and configurations. Camtrol Prime is the smallest and lightest (less than 1.8 lbs.), Camtrol Prime 22 is their midsize unit and the Camtrol Moose is the “big rig” for professional quality cameras weighing just 2.8 lbs. but supporting 20 lbs. worth of camera, lens and accessories.
Camtrol is not only for the heavy-duty stuff either. They make a device suitable for both the iPhone and iPad should those be your mediums of choice.
Pricing for the systems begins at $399.99 MSRP. Information on these and all the Camtrol accessories offered can be found at www.camtrol.com.