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Camera pole suggestions?
Ed Chan, Photographer
San Diego | CA | US | Posted: 1:57 PM on 09.15.15
->> I have been considering this "Wonder Pole", http://wonderpole.com/products/camera-pole/

Anyone using anything like this? Have any better suggestions? Any ideas on how to monitor the view from the pole? Was looking at the CamRanger/PT Hub/Bescor MP360 solution, which would work but is a little pricey. Any alternatives worth mentioning? Thanks for your help!
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 2:37 PM on 09.15.15
->> For more than $150 LESS, get a window washing pole like this at Home Depot and attach a super clamp with a ball head to the top.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unger-8-ft-20-ft-Telescopic-Pole-Aluminum-3-Stag...

I have a similar one and it works just fine on the rare occasion I need it. And in the meantime I use it to wash my home's windows!

As to WYSIWYG shooting you can tether your camera to your laptop or tablet for a pre-shoot alignment, or use a wireless connection between your camera and smartphone to see what it is pointed at.

Another WYSIWYG option is to attach a GoPro to the hot shoe of your dSLR and have it transmit a live image to your smartphone and trigger your shooting camera with either a physical cable or a PocketWizard as needed.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 2:41 PM on 09.15.15
->> And if you need the washing pole to stay in a stationary position, bungee cord it to a solid tripod with its legs fully extended for a wide base to support it.
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Philip Johnson, Photographer
Garland | TX | USA | Posted: 4:00 PM on 09.15.15
->> For viewing you can use an Eye-fi card and connect to your phone or tablet.
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Guy Rhodes, Photographer
East Chicago | IN | USA | Posted: 2:27 AM on 09.16.15
->> http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/475913-REG/Gitzo_GB3560_3560_Six_Sect...

I've been using this for years with great success, but only because I already had it around in my audio kit. It may be overkill if you're just purchasing it for pole-cam use.
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Guy Rhodes, Photographer
East Chicago | IN | USA | Posted: 2:29 AM on 09.16.15
->> Regarding monitoring the camera while pole-mounted, I've been using the EOS Remote app via WIFI on my iPhone with my Canon 6D. Before that existed, I'd use a wide angle lens with a Pocket Wizard to fire the camera, and shoot / move a lot!
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Curtis Clegg, Photographer
Sycamore | IL | USA | Posted: 9:56 AM on 09.17.15
->> I have been using this modified 21' aluminum antenna mast for years:
http://www.k1cra.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MAST21B

A 15' extension is about the limit of its usefulness. Beyond that, there is too much wobble at the top, especially if you have a heavy camera. I probably wouldn't put a DSLR on this mast beyond 10' or so. If you surf around the page above, you'll see there are a number of tripod and vehicle mounts for masts.

For years I used a point-and-shoot Sony with a wired LANC remote to zoom and trigger the camera. I viewed the camera's live output on a pocket video monitor:
http://www.markertek.com/product/psvm-2/color-pocket-video-monitor-with-rca...

Newer Sony cameras (and other brands too, I assume) can be monitored, zoomed and triggered by a smartphone. If you have any questions let me know.
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Thomas Derr, Photographer
Madison | WI | US | Posted: 11:54 AM on 09.22.15
->> similar to Doug's option, I use this:
http://www.lowes.com/pd_496340-1199-2324_0__?productId=4755038

(painters pole from Lowes. up to 23 feet, $40)
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Michael L. Stein, Photographer
Smithtown | NY | USA | Posted: 7:59 AM on 09.26.15
->> Check out hipod.com
Definitely pricey but a valuable tool especially for sports. Some of you may find this product interesting. Great for video.
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