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The Quikpod Pro+, an extendable hand-held monopod, is for photographers aiming to get themselves in the picture. Illustrates TRAVEL-GADGET (category t), by Anne McDonough &Copy; 2007, The Washington Post. Moved Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007. (No credit.)

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WHAT: The Quikpod Pro(plus) extendable hand-held monopod

AIMED AT: Photogs aiming to get themselves in the picture

HOW MUCH: $30

BUT DOES IT WORK? A photographer who wants to be in any of the pictures she shoots can hand off a camera to a complete stranger; set up the self-timer and hope no one snags the equipment; or pull the old holding-the-camera-out-at-arm's-length move. Now there's a fourth option: Quickpod Pro. We attached this extendable rod to the bottom of our point-and-shoot (most models under about 16 ounces and with a tripod mount will work) and set the self-timer. We ended up with a balanced image good enough to keep.

CAUTION: Be on the lookout for camera shake. The standard Quikpod Pro comes with a hiking clip, wrist strap and carry bag ($25); the tripod legs and belt clip that come with the Pro(plus) version are worth the upgrade.

WHERE: www.quikpod.com

— The Washington Post

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