As useful and versatile as HandlePod is, it won’t stick to anything by itself. Wouldn’t it be great to just press it on a wall and have it stay put, defying gravity like magic. Of course no small camera support will do that except one. Read a review of the MonsterPod here. But HandlePod could never do that–not until now!
The solution came about literally by accident. More on that later. I had thought about sticking HandlePod to objects for some time. But how? The first idea was to use duct tape. This was an awkward and less than elegant solution. Doable, but it had its limitations.
Then the solution fell into my hand or my hand fell into it. The stuff I found is firm but easily moldable. It is just tacky enough to adhere to almost anything. It will mold to uneven surfaces. It will cling with enough tenacity to support a smartphone, point-and-shoot, mirrorless or even a consumer DSLR with certain precautions. Yet it pulls off easily and leaves no residue or mess behind. This material is the final addition that makes HandlePod a universal camera mount that will stick to almost anything and stay in place by itself.
Stick Your Phone Anywhere
Use a smartphone adapter on HandlePod and slap it against a wall, a tree, a column—anything. HandlePod’s elastic cord works great, but some things are too big to wrap it around. Now size doesn’t matter. This amazing adhesive putty will attach your phone to any solid object in seconds. Then set the timer and get in the shot or use a remote smartphone shutter release.
Uneven Surfaces Not a Problem
This point-and-shoot on a HandlePod is stuck solidly to tree bark. It won’t come loose until you pull it off and leaves no residue behind. The putty may pick up small pieces of wood or a bit of dirt but this can be picked off easily. If anything remains it can be massaged into the lump of putty and not affect its performance.
Larger cameras like a bridge or mirrorless will also work but test adhesion to the surface first. You should be able to tug on the HandlePod rather vigorously without it pulling loose. Be sure to press the putty onto the surface as firmly as possible.
What About a Small DSLR?
You can attach a consumer DSLR with some precautions. A flat surface is not advisable since adhesion may be limited. But a cornered surface can work quite well since there is more surface contact and it pulls at an angle. Doors, window frames, buildings—anything with an outside corner works well.
Press the HandlePod into the corner so that the putty molds around both surfaces and extrudes under the mount. Press the putty further around the corner with your hand. Test the adhesion. If it feels solid, mount the camera and shoot. Don’t leave it in place for long since weight may cause the putty to deform and sag slowly. But it will not suddenly release and drop the camera.
Other Uses Abound
The ability to stick your camera to any solid object opens up a world of possibilities. Want a dashboard camera in your car? Mounting a video camera on the dash is quick and easy. Bicycle handlebars, forks and frames come to mind. The possibilities are endless. All it takes is HandlePod and a few ounces of this extraordinary miracle putty.
So What Is This Miraculous Stuff?
I said that I fell into this discovery by accident which is literally true. While walking my dog I tripped on a crack and pulled a ligament in my thumb. After casts and splints were off the doc gave me some material I could squeeze and massage to strengthen my hand. It is called Theraputty and is given out routinely in hospitals. I noticed it was mildly tacky and would stick to just about anything. I pressed it on the back of a HandlePod and viola! A camera mount that would stick anywhere.
Theraputty comes in a range of stiffness. The black color is Extra Firm and is the material that works best. A four-ounce container is the perfect size. It is available from a number of suppliers and can be bought on Amazon.
To greatly expand the versatility of HandlePod and turn it into a stick-anywhere camera mount consider adding Theraputty to your kit.