Turn HandlePod into a String Pod Tripod Alternative
A common tripod alternative that has been a do-it-yourself staple for years is the so-called string pod. It is a ¼ -20 bolt with a string attached. Screw the bolt into the camera tripod socket. Stand on a washer tied to the other end of the string and pull up to apply pressure. Tension on the string increases stability and allows you to be much steadier. Of course, movement is still possible and this method does not replace a sturdy tripod. But it will allow you to increase your exposure time by a couple of stops or more depending on how steady you are. A string pod is a simple, low-cost device that is fast, almost weightless and can be used anywhere for an extra measure of camera stabilization.
Commercial versions of the string pod are available that have retractable wire cable and other features. But none of them include a handle grip to improve hand held camera stability. HandlePod gives you a better grip and improved leverage to steady your camera.
If you want the additional steadying power of a string pod, that is very simple to add. All it takes is a length of 1/8-inch nylon string. No bolt needed, just slip the string into the slot on the HandlePod where the elastic cord normally goes. Stand on the end of the string and pull up. Instant string pod! Tie a knot on the end of the string that goes into the slot so it won’t slip out. You can add a washer to the other end if you like or simply stand on the string.
You will find that the combination of the HandlePod’s extra gripping power plus tension on the string will significantly improve your hand-held stability. Long exposures in low light and shake-free video, especially with extreme zoom, become easier with HandlePod and the addition of a simple length of string.