When shooting a subject up close, even the smallest movement is exaggerated and can create a blurred shot if a fast shutter speed isn’t used. With Wimberly the Plamp, clamping subjects in place just where you want them couldn’t be easier.
On one end of the Plamp there’s a helpful clamp to quickly attach it to a tripod leg, table edge, or multitude of other surfaces. With the Plamp in position, the subject can then be held in place via a smaller clip on the opposite end.
Made from a series of detachable ball joints, the Plamp is flexible, but at the same time consistently rigid, enabling it to hold medium-to- lightweight objects with relative ease. It really comes into its own when used to stabilise delicate subjects – like a flower when shooting outside, preventing movement from the breeze.
The 55cm Plamp is priced at £29.99, but Wimberly also offers an extension kit for £7.99, which adds an additional 30cm of length, making it ideal for anyone shooting with a longer macro lens.
For situations that require the use of more than two hands, the Plamp is invaluable - you’ll soon wonder how you ever managed without it!
- Street price: Discontinued (Mk II available for £49 as of July 2016)
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This review was first published in the October 2011 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.