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Finally there is a way to stabilise those aggravating windblown subjects! The Plamp is an easily positionable arm which can be used to hold macro subjects and other useful objects. One end of the Plamp clamps to your tripod while the other grasps the object. One day in the field with a Plamp (or two) and you will begin to realise its full potential. The Plamp is a must for any macro enthusiast! More
Use the Plamp to:
Using your Plamp:
The plamp's large clamp can be attached to essentially anything that will fit in its jaws. This includes nearly every tripod on the market, tree branches, furniture, stakes driven into the ground, vegetation, etc. The Plamp is designed to attach to your own tripod but it is often handy to attach it to a second tripod so that you are free to move your tripod around without affecting the subject.
Positioning the arm of the Plamp:
The arm of the Plamp is made of LOC-LINE ball-and-socket segmented tubing. To position the arm, simply bend it to the desired position and let go.
Grasping your subject:
Apply pressure to the sides of the green clamp at the end of the arm. This will open the jaws of the clam. Slide the stem or leaf of your subject between the clamp's jaws, let go.To grasp a particularly delicate plant leaf or flower petal you can make the jaws of the Plamp softer and flatter by inserting a folded piece of heavy paper betwee the jaws of the clamp. If you are having a hard time positioning the Plamp so that the green clamp is not in the picture frame you may want to wrap a loop of grass around your subject to steady it. Alternatively, you may want to use a forked branch or twig with a bud to prop up your subject. You can also use a selection of household items such as rubber bands, string, pipe cleaners and twist ties instead of grass and twigs.
Shortening your Plamp:
The segmented arm of your Plamp is approximately 19" long. If you do not need all this length, we encourage you to shorten your Plamp. To shorten the arm, bend the arm sharply until it snaps in two (do not worry, you will not hurt the Plamp), remove a length and reconnect the pieces.
Reconnecting the ball-and-socket joints of your Plamp:
If you have a hard time reconnection the joints (we realise it takes quite a bit of force), it helps to place your fists (each holding half of the Plamp as close to the broken joint as possible) between your knees. Squeeze your knees together forcefully as you force the joints together with your hands. If this does not work, you can warm the socket end in hot water or in your car on a hot day. This will cause the socket to expand and make it easier to pop the ball into place.
An important note for 180mm and 200mm lens users:
If you need more reach (e.g. if you are using a 180mm or 200mm macro lens), you have three options. The first option is to attach the Plamp to an object other than your own tripod. The second option is to extend one of the legs of your tripod toward your subject and then attach the PLamp further down the leg of your tripod and thus closer to your subject. The third option is to extend the length of your Plamp by adding extra links to its arm. The trade-off to adding extra length to your Plamp is that it becomes less rigid.
A word of warning about vibrations:
If you are using your Plamp on a very light tripod or on a fully-extended tripod it is possible for vibrations from mirror slap to translate through your Plamp to your subject. If this is the case you will be able to see your subject vibrate when you snap the picture. If you are having problems with this you may want to use mirror lock- up (if your camera has this feature) or you can attach the plamp to an object which is not connected to your camera (e.g. a second tripod or a stake driven into the ground
Being able to steady and position your subjects really opens up the world of macro photography. Steadying a plant in the wind can make an impossible shot possible. A small change in the orientation of your subject or its surroundings can make the difference between an OK shot and a great shot.
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invaluable third hand
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
Comments about Wimberley The Plamp:
great for stabilising plants which you plan to photograph in the hitherto still air but now seems to be blowing a minor gale when you get close up!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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I have this clamped onto my window. I take macro shots of flowers against my window which gets plenty of light. Can be bent into many shapes and allows you position at any angle you want.
About Me Pro Photographer
I use these to hold black foil for product photography. It easily holds position and attaches to my manfrotto light stands and tripod. Great product. Occassionaly the plamp will sqeak at you when moving it, its like dragging your nails down a blackboard! :-)
Brilliant for macro and photographing fl
from Calne, Wiltshire.
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Easy to use to hold plants etc steady when shooting macro or close-up
Useful for Macro
By David - Rochester
from Rochester, Kent
Useful tool to hold things still when shooting macro - I've used this both indoors and outdoors to hold and position flowers. It's the third hand or 'other person' you'll always need when photographing macro!It won't support a lot of weight but it holds things in position well. A good purchase.
Wimberley The Plamp
from North Shields
About Me Semi-Professional
Great for Photographing flowers, inside or outside or anything you want to hold still.Not much good outside in windy weather, I wish that I had bought one earlier as I like photographing wild flowers,I would also recommend getting the extension as well.
Flimsy But Very Useful Nonetheless
from Newcastle upon Tyne
Before I bought them I had read that these clamps were quite flimsy and I have to agree. Nonetheless I bought them as my intended uses were for indoors and outdoors and I have found them absolutely indispensable indoors for holding bits of card and a multitude of other objects including a couple of lightweight flash heads (Nikon SB-R200s) which they can just support. I do a fair amount of indoors still life and these clamps are perfect to position backdrops, lightweight subjects, light shaping objects etc etc etc.I have also used them outside with some success but the slightest wind will render them fairly useless for holding a subject steady and that is why I did not give them a 5 star rating because that is a core part of how they are described ... "Finally there is a way to stabilise those aggravating windblown subjects!" ... sorry but I don't agree. They are fantastic for other purposes but not for steadying windblown subjects.TOP TIP: the clamp end spins a bit too freely for some purposes (but also usefully so for others) however, a bit of tape or a wrapped elastic band will sort that out.
1st class product
Very easy to use works very and made of good quality material.
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A worthwhile addition to the kit bag
Extremely versatile and useful addition to the kitbag. I've used it (with the extension) for outdoor macro work (plants, insects on plants)as well as indoors to hold reflectors. Packs away reasonably well and doesn't take up too much space.
By Alicat and Emmdawgg
About Me Professional
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