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SideKick360 Review: Finally... a Flexible, Secure Mount for My iPhone

  by Jeff Picoult       Category Reviews, Macro Photography, Featured Photographer, What's In My Bag       Tags SideKick360 Review, Smartphone adapter Review, Macro photography, flower photography, Iphone adapter, iPhoneographer, Iphonography


I have always believed in the saying, "The best camera is the one that you have with you." - Jeff

360° ball joint makes switching from horizontal to vertical quick and easy. Locks in any position!

360° ball joint makes switching from horizontal to vertical quick and easy. Locks in any position!

Since the release of the iPhone 4, my favorite camera has been my iPhone. Whether it was the iPhone 4 or, more recently, the iPhone 5, I always have my favorite camera with me. Don't get me wrong, I love my DSLRs and super-telephoto lenses and I don't like to be without my Leica for landscapes and portraits. However, the iPhone fits right into my pocket and, just like my wallet and car keys, I never leave home without it.

With that said, there was one thing I'd wished for many times. A tripod mount for my iPhone. But not just any mount. I wanted one that was flexible enough to allow me to turn my iPhone from landscape to portrait quickly and without much fuss. I also wanted to be able to leave my favorite case on my iPhone whenever possible. Why should I have to remove my case, and risk damaging my phone, just to put the phone onto a tripod?

So why exactly would I want a tripod mount for my iPhone anyway? Easy! Macro photography and time-lapse photography. Both take a steady hand or, better yet, a tripod mount. I'd searched around for tripod mounts for my iPhones before, but never found anything that I liked. Most of them required the case to be removed or numerous adjustments to transition from landscape to portrait and back again. That is just far too time consuming when seconds can mean the difference between the right light and a good shot or missing the shot because you were fumbling around with the tripod.

Clamp adjusts to fit phones from 58mm-73mm.

Clamp adjusts to fit phones from 58mm-73mm.

Enter the SideKick360 Smartphone adapter. One knob twist lets you easily adjust from landscape to portrait with another simple twist to tighten things back down again. Another set of knobs allows you to safely tighten the mount onto your smartphone of choice. The clamping mechanism is nice and soft allowing you to use your smartphone without a case for those times when the case must be removed. This is most common when using macro lens attachments that do not work with your favorite case still protecting the phone. The SideKick360 locks into quick-release mounts quickly and securely with the included Arca-Swiss style base. Or, you can thread the SideKick360 directly onto your choice of 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 mounts.

As a photographer who takes his profession seriously enough to consider each and every little purchase I can say, without a doubt, that this is the answer that I've been looking for to all of my questions about how to mount my iPhone safely, securely, and quickly to any tripod. Whether I'm using one of those nifty twisty-leg tripods that you can mount to just about anything, or a tripod capable of holding a DSLR along with a battery pack and 400mm lens, or my favorite tripod of all which is my green MeFOTO BackPacker, the SideKick360 fits perfectly. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that if you're lucky enough to own a MeFOTO tripod, you can color match your SideKick360 to match or change it up and get a new SideKick360 in a nice complementary color.


Michael Ward's Last Shot: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Fun, Giveaway, Night Photography       Tags giveaway, MeFOTO SideKick360, Instagram giveaway, iPhoneographer, Iphone adapter, smartphone adapter

Michael Ward, our second SideKick360 winner, has an interesting profession. He paints shoes.  Really! Working with a brush and painting freehand, Michael creates one-of-a-kind custom designs for each of his customers. He says people often come to him with ideas for their "Holy Grail" of shoes and it's his job to get that idea out of their heads and onto a pair of sneakers, dress shoes, pumps, etc.

Though most of what Michael photographs is his artwork, he took a break recently and hit the road for some photographic experimentation:

"I had bought a Canon S95, and decided to take it to Vegas to flex it's muscles and experiment with some settings I had studied, but never had the opportunity to use on a camera of my own. After a whole night of shooting Vegas signs, cars and casinos, it was time to call it a night. As we left the Mirage, I saw this gorgeous car in the parking lot. My friends were in a hurry, but I had to hold up the group to get one last shot. And here it is!" - Michael

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Checkout Michael's other work at:
www.customswaves.com


MeFOTO DayTrip - the Best Tripod for your Messenger Bag

  by Rachel       Category Tidbits       Tags What's In My Bag, iPhoneographer, Mirrorless, mirrorless kit, small DSLR kit, messenger bag, tenba mini messenger

We designed our DayTrip to be the perfect 'day-out' companion for a photographer out on a hike, bike ride, or stroll around town. You may not be 100% sure whether you need to pack along a tripod, but this baby is so small and light it pretty much makes no difference if you bring it or not. Then if you come across a photo-op where you do need the extra stability...voila, DayTrip at your service! When out and about, chances are you're carrying your gear in some sort of camera bag, a messenger bag perhaps. The DayTrip is the perfect tripod to put in your messenger bag because it fits inside without taking up much room at all since it can be inserted vertically. The MeFOTO team went out shooting with our Tenba Mini Messengers and DayTrips and it was a huge success. 

We complied three kits, one for a DSLR shooter, a mirror-less shooter, and an iPhoneographer and found that all kits could fit comfortably, with the DayTrip included, in our messenger bags. 

I took some photos on my iPhone with the Ollo Clip and gold DayTrip. I used the Joby 'GripTight' mount for smart phones to attach my iPhone to the DayTrip for extra stabilization since I find my hand isn't always the steadiest, especially when shooting from an awkward position. This way I can rest my phone on the tripod and swivel it around to see what the best shot will be rather than firing a bunch and having to sort through endless photos once I'm home.

The iPhoneographer kit.

Brian found his titanium DayTrip came in handy since to get such a low angled shot he didn't need to lay on the ground or stay crouched for an extended period of time.

The mirrorless kit. 

Peter used his Nikon D5000 and blue DayTrip to take some photos of a stream in North White Plains. Once again, having a tripod on hand prevented Peter from having to couch or lie on the muddy ground around the stream to get a lower angle shot.

The small DSLR kit.