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Review: GoWorx FreeRide Smartphone Phone Mount

Overview : Fresh off the GoWorx design table, the FreeRide Phone Mount transforms your phone into an infinitely versatile and mountable camera capable of shooting time-lapse photos, steady video, unique perspectives and anything else your creativity conjures up. FreeRide securely attaches to GoKnuckles and The Original Handle as well as any pole, suction-cup mount, tripod or any of the thousand other gadgets that hold a GoPro HERO or traditional camera. Whether using your phone for POV video, rigging up your smartphone as a GoPro camera display or adding a second perspective to your video production, the padded, vice-like clamps secure your phone so you can capture quality footage with the camera you already own.

Features :
  • Three-fin mount and included thumbscrew let you mount your smartphone (with or without a case) anywhere you can mount a GoPro HERO camera, unlocking the creative potential of your smartphone.
  • Included ¼-20 universal tripod adapter lets you mount your smartphone to any tripod or traditional camera mount built for a point-and-shoot or DSLR. With your phone on a tripod, you can finally utilize its powerful camera by capturing quality, shake-free video and truly stunning photos.
  • FreeRide works seamlessly with other GoWorx designs, including the skate-ready Original Handle and internationally acclaimed GoKnuckles.
  • Vice-like design fits any smartphone between 56.5mm and 86.5mm wide (2.2 to 3.4"), including all Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models.
  • Top screw locks down clamps to ensure a solid hold during rowdy, in-motion skate shots.
  • Soft urethane rubber pads grip your phone (with or without its case) and prevent scratches from the mount itself.
  • Impact-resistant polycarbonate and precision-machined 304 stainless steel provide a long, adventurous product life regardless of use in saltwater, freshwater, snow, mud, dust or black Hawaiian sand.
  • With the GoPro® Smartphone App and a little ingenuity, the FreeRide lets you rig your smartphone as a touch-screen display to view and control your GoPro HERO camera in real time.
  • The FreeRide also enables secondary video perspectives when using your GoPro as the primary camera during your next video project.
  • With the FreeRide, a dashboard mount and your favorite map app, your smartphone becomes a removable GPS to guide you to your next skate or wave session.

Quality/Usability : Everyone uses their smartphone not only for phone calls, chatting and browsing the web but also for photos and video. FreeRide is a versatile and fully adjustable Smartphone Mount that enables you to simply and securely attach your smartphone (with or without a case) to pretty much anything, anywhere! With the combination of your smartphone and the FreeRide, you can now also take time-lapse photos and steady video. The FreeRide Smartphone Mount features both of the world's most popular camera mounting systems:
  1. You're free to directly connect your Smartphone to any mount or accessory designed for GoPro® HERO cameras, including existing GoWorx products such as the GoKnuckles!
  2. The included tripod adapter allows you to attach your Smartphone to any traditional camera mount (with universal ¼”-20 threads).
FreeRide fits all smartphones (with or without a case) between 56.5-86.5mm wide. This review was tested with a 2015 Motorola X Pure Edition with a Supcase Unicorn Beetle Premium Hybrid Case. Below is a list of compatible devices below. If your phone is not listed, measure your phone to see if it will fit.
  • Apple: iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
  • Google: Nexus 5, Nexus 6
  • HTC: One (M7), One (M8), One (E8), One M9, One mini, One max, One remix
  • LG: G2, G3™, G4™, Risio™, Tribute 2™, Volt 2™, G Stylo™, Leon™, Escape 2™, Lancet™, Logos™, G Flex™, G Flex2, Transpyre™, Access™, Ultimate 2™, Tribute™, Realm™, G Vista™, Volt™, Optimus, Optimus Fuel™, D820, Enact™, Lucid2, Spirit, Mach, Venice, Escape, Spectrum 2, Splendor, Intuition, Motion, Elite, Viper, Lucid, Nitro
  • Motorola: Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, Droid Max, Droid Mini, Droid Turbo
  • Nokia: Lumia 435, Lumia 520, Lumia 521, Lumia 530, Lumia 535, Lumia 630, Lumia 635, Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL, Lumia 735, Lumia 830, Luma 925, Lumia 928, Lumia 1020, Lumia 1320, Lumia 1520, Lumia Icon
  • Samsung: Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S5 Mini, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 4,
  • Sony: Xperia™ M4, Xperia™ Z3

Included with the FreeRide is the phone mount and tripod adapter as mentioned above.

The FreeRide was designed to ensure it'll stand up to any environment. The FreeRide's main body are injection molded with high-strength and impact resistant Polycarbonate. The screw is precision machines from AISI 304 Stainless Steel. So you can safely take your FreeRide into fresh or salt water without the screw rusting. The rubber padding securely and safely holds your smartphone and is made from a premium grade Urethane rubber with 100% recovery. This means that the rubber will not deform and will retain its original shape.

  • Simply turn the set screw located at the top, counter clockwise to separate the 2 clamping points until it is large enough for your phone to slide in.
  • Insert your smartphone (with or without a case).
  • Push down on the clamps.
  • Tighten down the screw until it is tight enough where your smartphone isn’t moving. The inner parts of the clamps feature urethane rubber pads to prevent your phone from sliding or shifting.
One thing I would like to be improved is the screw or the way the phone is clamped down. I have average sized fingers but for someone with big fingers, it may be hard for them to turn the screw. If you tighten it too much, it can hurt your fingers trying to get it off due to the small screw. It would be nice if they incorporated a slit or something at the top of the screw to allow you to use a coin or something to help assist with tightening and loosening the screw.

But what happens if you get a phone call or need to make a phone call? You either have to put it on speakerphone or take the time to unscrew it either from the mount or tripod adapter. It doesn't take long to remove but anytime we get a phone call, we rush to answer the call before the caller ends the call. Would be interesting to see a clamp system of some sort.

The tripod adapter is the same as what you'll find elsewhere. If you already own one, you can use it with the FreeRide.

As stated, this was tested with a 2015 Motorola X Pure Edition with Supcase Unicorn Beetle Hybrid case. The phone's screen is 5.7". The dimensions of the phone is 153.9 x 76.2 x 11.1 mm (6.06 x 3.00 x 0.44 in). Even with the case, there is a lot of room left to fit an even bigger phone.

The Moto X Pure fits perfectly into the FreeRide Phone Mount. You have the ability to tilt the angle of the phone however you want. Any panning will need to be done from your ball head. The ballhead used in the review was a Sunwayfoto XB-52DL Duo Lever with Peak Design PRO Plates.

The phone didn't budge, however, depending on your phones button placement such as the volume button, the phone may stick out to one side longer than the other.

I'm sure a lot of people use their smartphones such as their iPhone for video so this would be a perfect fit with the GoWorx GoKnuckles.

Conclusion : Overall, the GoWorx FreeRide Smartphone Phone Mount would have no problem holding a decent sized smartphone with a case. Its durable and holds the phone securely in place. I just wish there was an easier way of securing the phone or just increasing the screw to accommodate larger hands.

Manufacturer: GoWorx
Site: Buy from GoWorx / Buy from AmazonBuy from B&H Photo

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Note: You can buy up to three years at this discounted rate.

Deal: Lowepro Vertex 100 AW Backpack

B&H Photo Video offers the Lowepro Vertex 100 AW Backpack in Black, model no. LP35018, for $99.95 with free shipping. It measures approximately 12" x 10" x 17" and features capacity for up to a 14" laptop, water-resistant zippers, all-weather cover, adjustable glide-lock system, removable tripod holder, and padded and adjustable lightweight harness.

Deal: Lowepro Pro Runner x350 Rolling AW Backpack

B&H Photo Video offers the Lowepro Pro Runner x350 Rolling AW Backpack in Black, model no. LP36146, for $99.99 with free shipping. It measures approximately 13" x 11" x 18" and features a weather-resistant 600 denier square rip-stop polyester exterior, removable, padded inserts with adjustable dividers, all weather AW cover, hideaway tripod mount, sliplock attachment loops, rubber grab handle, spring-loaded trolley handle, and padded shoulder straps.

Spider Holster SpiderLight Hand Strap Coming Soon

We have been a huge fan of the SpiderPro Hand Strap. One of the things we wished for and I'm sure many others as well were for it to be able to work with smaller cameras. Well your questions have been answered! Spider Holster will be releasing a SpiderLight Hand Strap for smaller camera bodies like Fuji X-T1, SONY a7’s/7II’s, Olympus OMD to name a few.

  • hand in and out easily and quickly
  • works with any tripod
  • s-curve shape puts your hand in a perfect shooting position
  • easy access to your camera controls
  • super quick to get on and off your camera
  • nice and sturdy
  • includes adapters for compatibility with all leading mirrorless cameras
  • feels great and looks beautiful
The Kickstarter campaign will go live early 2016 but no indications as to what the price would be. If you want to be notified when the Kickstarter campaign goes live, sign up here.

Continue reading for more information and be sure to follow us for any updated information. We'll have a full review when we get our hands on one.

What are the differences between the new SpiderLight Hand Strap and the SpiderPro Hand Strap?
The Pro hand strap is designed for large, heavy camera bodies with big lenses and flashes. The new Light hand strap is specifically designed for smaller camera bodies like Fuji X-T1, SONY a7’s/7II’s, Olympus OMD to name a few. As good as they are, these cameras DO NOT have enough room for your hand (and certainly not enough room for a comfortable hand strap!).

The new Spider hand strap adapts to smaller/mirrorless camera bodies with a genius solution never conceived before – “smart” adapters that will allow your hand to comfortably hold and securely handle your camera.

No more slippery hands, no more fear of dropping your cameras. It is the freedom of taking pictures everywhere, on the go.

What’s it made of?

The outside is crafted from a proprietary material that is extremely strong and flexible, allowing it to “remember” the shape of your hand. The inside is lined with a soft quality foam, covered with a velvet skin, making the hand strap super-comfortable while resisting excessive sweating.

Will there be colors?
Available trim colors will be: Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Purple and Black.

Review: Peak Design Slide Summit Edition Camera Sling Strap

Review Peak Design Slide Summit Edition Camera Sling Strap

Overview : Slide™ is the most versatile professional camera sling strap in the world. Wearable as a sling, neck or shoulder strap, Slide™ is made of 45mm tubular seatbelt-style webbing with internal padding. Slide™ has aluminum quick-adjusters and our patent-pending Anchor Link™ quick-connectors. Comes with 4 Anchors and 1 Standard Plate for attachment.

Choose from the following styles, which were chosen by Peak Design customers/fans and Kickstarter backers:
  • Tallac: Keep Tahoe Blue. Inspired by Mount Tallac in South Lake Tahoe, this color pallet mixes a classic navy strap with silver anodized hardware and dark caramel leather accents.
  • Lassen: Liquid hot magma. Lassen Peak is one of two volcanoes that erupted in the continental US in the 20th century - the other is Mount St. Helens. Lassen features a red strap and heritage tan leather accents.
Both of these straps feature the same features and specs as the classic black Slide strap:

Features :
  • Works with any camera: attaches to any camera's strap loops or tripod socket using included ARCA-compatible tripod plate.
  • Ultra versatile: wearable as a sling strap, shoulder strap or neck strap.
  • Quick-connecting: attach and detach with one hand using our patent-pending Anchor Link™ connection system.
  • Grip or no grip: smooth on one side and grippy on the other, and instantly reversible depending on your preference.
  • Ridiculously comfy: Internally-padded webbing is low-profile and comfortable even with the heaviest of pro cameras.
  • Tripod compatible: compatible with most ARCA-type tripod heads.
  • Quick-adjusting: quickly adjustable with durable aluminum quick-adjusters.
  • Super strong: strong enough to hold the heaviest of pro cameras/lenses/accessories.
  • Use with Capture®: works stand-alone or with the Capture® Camera Clip.
  • Lifetime warranty on all parts

Quality/Usability : I'm not going to go into all the details and features of the Slide Summit Edition strap. Take a look at our full review of the original black Slide strap.

Peak Design took a vote to see what other colors people would like to see the Slide strap come in. The votes have been tallied and the images/colors you see is the results from the voting.

So if I'm not going to do a full review, what will I be talking about or showing? Good question. I'll be giving you an up-close look of the new Slide Summit Edition and for you to decide which to purchase.

The same item that is included with the black is also included with the Summit Edition; Slide strap, standard plate, hex tool, two anchor disks, two additional spare anchor disks, a pouch and quick start guide.

The design has not changed one bit with the exception of color that were voted by Peak Design customers/fans and Kickstarter backers: Tallac (navy strap with heritage tan) or Lassen (red strap with heritage tan leather). It still looks the same where one side the of strap has grip and the other does not.

I personally prefer the Lassen only because it's red and can match my Canon L lenses. Lol.

The Summit Edition still has the tubular seatbelt-style webbing. This allows for padding to be inserted into the tubular webbing but still give it that look that it looks like a complete strap.

The strap also maintains smooth on one side and grippy on the other. So depending on your preference, you can choose which one will suit your needs and shooting situation.

The lever handle which allows you to cinch the camera strap is the same design where it allows you to grab the handle to have the camera closer to your body or loosened.

Rather than black Hypalon with red stitching that is found on the standard black strap, the Tallac and Lassen comes in a heritage tan leather with red stitching. Looking at the picture of the Tallac, it would of been nice if the stitching was blue to match the strap itself.

The anchor link and anchor disks are pretty much a standard piece for all Peak Design products. They were first introduced with the Cuff Wrist Strap and Leash Camera Strap.

To attach the anchor points:
A. Insert the anchor cord through the the loop at the bottom of your camera (grip) or quick release plate that is used for straps.
B. Create a loop with the anchor cord and bring the anchor disc through it.
C. Pull the anchor disc tight. The knot you created is called a cow hitch.
D. Attach the Clutch to the anchor by sliding the anchor disc into the housing in the direction shown.
E. When fully inserted, you’ll hear a “click.” The anchor is now locked in. To disconnect, press down on the anchor disc with your thumb and push the anchor out in the direction of the arrow.

The standard plate is the quick-release plate that comes with the standard Capture® Camera Clip. It's compatible with most ARCA-type tripods and fits in Capture® in 4 directions. It is made of die-cast/powder coated construction. Using the standard plate is optional but it's nice that they included it.

Conclusion : Overall, the Peak Design Slide Summit Edition Camera Sling Strap is the same as the original Slide strap and is still one of the best camera sling straps I have ever used. For one of the best straps on the market, you now have more color options to choose from at a slightly higher premium.

Deal: BigOrder Portable Flash Bag Case Pouch Cover

We happened to stumble upon a case for your flash on Amazon. The flash pouches that come with the unit itself is somewhat flimsy. The pouch on Amazon provides additional protection and a small section to hold a stofen diffuser or even extra batteries.

  • Easy to take along with. (speedlight and battery is not included.)
  • Small slot inside can take batteries and other small items.
  • Protects your precious flash.
  • Helpful assistant accessory when you are out.
  • Made of Nylon.
It's fairly reasonably priced at $18.


We just found another pouch that is in black with a slightly different compartment setup for the batteries on Amazon. It also seems that this case has a strap on the back to let you attach to your belt. This version is priced at $7.99.

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