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Adventure Photography Gear Review: GoScope Extreme 2x Telescoping GoPro Pole

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
GoScope Extreme 2x Telescoping GoPro Pole

GoScope Extreme 2x Telescoping GoPro Pole

The GoScopeExtreme 2x Telescoping GoPro Pole is a handy tool to use to get more out of your GoPro.

While the primary feature of the pole seems to be for the user to capture themselves in the action, I like to find different/more ways to use tools and found it quite useful to get shots of other people.

I used it in Joshua Tree National Park to get closer to the action by extending the GoPro far above my head. I also used it to swing closer to the action, getting a dynamic shot.

Used for stationary filming: GoScope Extreme 2x Telescoping GoPro Pole

Used for stationary filming: GoScope Extreme 2x Telescoping GoPro Pole while at Malibu Creek State Park in California

Of course you can also use the pole to get more traditional, include yourself in the shot, type video, but I found its collapsibility (from 17” to 37”) and light weight (6 ounces) makes it a great “portable boom” option.

I even used it to get stationary video, by simply resting it on a rock.

The downside to using the pole with the camera pointed to get shots of other people is that you can’t see what you’re getting in your shot (this is not a problem if you are using the pole to get selfie video… it’s just like an extension of your arm, aim the GoPro at your own mug and you’re in the shot). One way around it though is if you have a GoPro Black Edition or GoPro Black+, you can use the Android or iPhone app to preview what the camera can see. It’ll eat up battery time, but it may be worth it. I didn’t get give this a test myself because, well, I have an ancient phone that’s neither Android nor iPhone (I’ll eventually upgrade).

Over all, I say the GoScope Extreme 2x Telescoping GoPro Pole is a worthwile tool for an action adventure videographer’s kit, and especially if said videographer goes on a lot of solo trips.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a GoScope Extreme 2x Telescoping GoPro Pole for free from GoScope as coordinated by Deep Creek Public Relations in consideration for review publication.

Example video taken using the GoPro on the GoScope Extreme 2x Telescoping GoPro Pole while at Joshua Tree National Park, CA:

The Wrist Shot Review – Adventure Photography Gear

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

You may have noticed I tend to have a lot of pictures from my trips and climbs, perhaps you may have even wondered, how did she have time to get a shot like this while climbing?

“Very carefully!” Is my usual answer, however I now have a new one, “I used The Wrist Shot!”

The Wrist Shot

The Wrist Shot

Golden Hour, a rather intrepid company based in San Francisco, California, sent me a Wrist Shot for review and I took it on my Tuolumne / Yosemite Trip. What is the Wrist Shot? It’s an interesting neoprene wrist bracelet of sorts that holds and protects your camera at the ready on your wrist.

I wore mine on the approach hike to Hobbit Book in Tuolumne and in fact even wore it while climbing some of the pitches. While it was nice to have during the approach, I found it most handy while at belay stations. Since I was climbing with a team of three I sometimes had downtime at a hanging belay and was glad I didn’t have to dig in my pack to pull out my camera. Instead I simply unwrapped and flipped it up for some shots.

Handy little contraption!

Facts:

Price: $30.00

Material: Neoprene

Weight: (As measured by my postage scale) 2.3 Ounces

Availability: Purchase direct from Golden Hour’s website.

Pros:

  • Fast way to take pics without fear of dropping your camera.
  • Works with a standard tripod socket. You can choose one of three locations on the wrap to screw your camera onto.
  • Neoprene covers the camera’s front and back and offers protection. I bumped my camera on the rock once and it was fine.
  • Easy to use. When you want to use it, you rip open the cover neoprene, flip up your camera and take a picture. When you’re done just wrap it up and press the velcro closed.

Cons:

  • As a climber I did not wear the Wrist Shot while crack climbing for obvious reasons.
  • My wrist got a little warm. Not a problem on cold days of course.
  • My camera interfered once with bending my wrist – Note: I did not have it in the optimum hole for my camera since the tripod mount for my Canon Elph series camera is off center (I only realized later I could have moved it) this made the camera stick out more than it should have.
  • Not easy to hand off your camera to someone else. It’s not hard to do this, but you do have to remove it from your wrist versus just handing an unattached camera to someone.
  • Won’t work with my DSLR. Though, I haven’t actually tried…

Conclusion:

I think this little and reasonably priced device is a speed improvement over securing your camera with slings to yourself before taking a shot. Also, since the camera’s on your wrist you don’t have to go digging for it while hiking. I think the wrist advantage is even greater for situations where you may not even want to carry a pack, say trail running perhaps.  The original purpose of the Wrist Shot was for surfers to use with waterproof cameras, definitely a situation where you don’t have spare pockets.

And now for your enjoyment, a little video shot at the top of Hobbit Book in Tuoluomne, Yosemite National Park. Filmed and Directed by Jeremy Shapiro. I’m afraid it’s a little hard to hear what I’m saying in the beginning due to wind noise. Also, note that I did not put the camera in the correct position (see my comment above about that) so it sticks out a bit more from under the wrap than it should.