The latest in compact tripods comes loaded with features, including a selfie stick
The MeFOTO Road Trip Air tripod with built-in selfie stick is a great option for serious photographers that want a steady shot but need portability and options for a full on SLR camera or a smart phone camera, to adapt to the shooting situation.
The tripod features a convenient click-and-lock system for the legs and center column. It took a few minutes to figure it out, but with a firm twist each leg section locks in place.
The ball head and pan head can also be locked or loosen to be fluid. A full-size SLR camera or other small or medium camera with a bottom screw hole can be easily mounted on and removed from the platform using the universal quick release plate.
For mobile shooting, with a twist of the collar and a knob at the bottom of the telescoping center pole, the selfie stick slides out and can be used as a mount for a smart phone with a digital remote.
The center column is also reversible using a retractable weight hook at the bottom of the center column, so that the tripod can be placed ideally for close-up photography and shooting difficult-to-reach objects.
The tripod is available in a variety of chic colors and it also comes with a super nifty and sturdy carry bag with heavy-duty dual straps and a impressively large slide lock.
For a compact Tripod system, the Road Trip Air is a kit with a lot of versatility and features. While it folds up relatively small, it is still a bit weighty at 2 1/2 pounds, so it will fit in a backpack, but it may be more weight than you want to carry if you’re climbing Everest.
The MePhoto Road Trip Air is available on Amazon or at http://www.mefoto.com/ for $175.
JVC appeals to the competitive athlete with a new streamlined sports headphones
While a lot of headphone manufacturers jumped on the Bluetooth wireless bandwagon after Apple revealed its iPhone 7 headphone-jack-less design, JVC went for a more niche audience of serious sportsters who had their own specialized needs for high performance headphones with its series of sports wireless headphones.
For starters, serious athletes would obviously only wear in-ear headphones, so JVC came up with a number of styles that are geared for this audience with anti-slip, water resistant materials. Their latest headset, the HA-ET50BT-A ($79.95), has a pivot motion fit, which is basically is an inch-long elbow-shaped rubber fin that can be rotated to nestle into the curve of the ear. The benefit of this fit is that it helps keep the headphone in the ear, of course, but also it allows the user to wear sunglasses over the ear or helmets and hats without any interference.
This headset also features an open type earbud with notches cut into the earpiece to allow ambient sound for safety when running or cycling along the roadside or other activity in an environment where you need to hear your surroundings. The open earpieces can be switched out for more dynamic sound as desired. The earphones come with a standard size earpiece and then five other sizes to choose from in the open and regular styles.
The USB-cable rechargeable 9-hour battery, which also doubles as the control center and microphone, is compact and lightweight, about two inches long, a quarter inch wide and about as thick as a flattened pencil. The control fob features raised buttons so the user can feel them rather than having to look at them to control them. The ear phones themselves contain magnets, so when draped around the neck the ear phones cling to each other to hold them together like a necklace, so they will not fall off when worn around the neck when they are not in use. For those fashion-conscious athletes, the headphones are available in a choice of purple, yellow or black.
Bedsides all the fit features, these headphones deliver JVC’s renowned awesome robust and rich audio quality.
The concept behind these headphones is that serious athletes need stress-free headphones that stay in place so they can enjoy and be motivated by music while concentrating on their training. JVC smartly appeals to serious athletes with this line of headphones, because as we all know, competitive athletes always want an edge, and these headphones are clearly designed to give that.