June 12, 2014 Leave a comment
I noticed Shoulderpod on Twitter probably a year ago and I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on one since. In the last few days (10-12th June) they have finally started shipping their S1 Universal Smartphone Tripod Adapter and I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on one. So here is a quick unboxing video and initial impressions
I’ve tested A LOT of smartphone accessories over the last three years teaching MOJO and until recently I had the Joby GripTight as my recommended Universal Tripod Adapter.
I have to credit the team of journalists who travelled over to Dublin recently from NRK Norway for MOJO training for convincing me the Joby was a great solution.
The positives are its small size-particularly folded flat HOWEVER the negatives….
This particular Grip Tight was only used FOUR TIMES and the plastic mount snapped. Now I did Tweet @Joby about this and to give them credit they replied quickly and offered a replacement…
However, if you are an iPhone owner then you know exactly how fragile the iPhone is, a tripod adapter failing like the GripTight above is not a big issue (it costs about €25) BUT to replace a smashed screen is €150 which makes it a VERY EXPENSIVE accident. All this brings me back to the SHOULDERPOD.
It really does feel like a robust, quality build. I would feel a lot more confident using it on a tripod or other clamp than the Joby and the great news is the entire S1 kit you see in the video above is available for a special limited introduction price of €24.95 on the Shoulderpod website right now but be warned offer ends TODAY. From tomorrow it will be the RRP of €29.95. Still excellent value.
If I was asked is there ANY room for improvement I would have only one tiny suggestion: put a tripod mount in the top screw also. This would mean I could double mount suction clamps if using it in risky situations OR I could use an adapter like the Manfrotto 143S Flash Shoe 1/4 Male Attachment to mount a microphone or light on Top of the holder!