Trekker FX Monopod Field Test, or 30 Seconds at the ‪Poás‬ Volcano

As the title suggests, here’s a very short piece of video from a visit this past June to the ‪Poás‬ Volcano, located in its eponymous national park in central Costa Rica. Less than two hours’ drive from San Jose, it’s a popular day trip; it’s also very much active, adding to its allure.

My friend Drew, a journalist and video producer who’s been based in Costa Rica for nearly 20 years, brought along a hiking pole, a Trekker FX Monopod by Mountainsmith. I had my Canon 60D so we decided to combine our stuff and do something somewhat useful – resulting in this impromptu field test.

I used it to shoot a few stills while Drew shot the video: considering its lightweight design (14oz/400g) and relatively low sticker price (29.95 USD), it performed reasonably well – well enough to serve the second of its dual functions in a pinch. I got the feeling though that my DSLR with its 18-135 lens pretty much reached the pole’s load weight limit.

I’ll post more pics and info about the park later in the week.

By the way, if you’ve got a few minutes to spare, check out Drew’s production company, Ami TV. He’s done great work covering a wide variety of subjects over the years, from history and culture to alternative energy and environmental conservation. [ Website ] [ Facebook ] [ Vimeo ]

 

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