A few weeks ago, PolarPro sent me their QuickDraw Collection to play around with and test out.
I'll have a complete review of this system coming up in a few weeks, but for now I wanted to share my initial impressions.
And believe me...my initial impressions are very good.
For starters, the QuickDraw collection is the complete package. PolarPro thought of everything here...
There's a quick-release plate that fits into a variety of mounts, including a strap mount that fits the QuickDraw strap (or any number of straps on the market).
There's two QuickDraw camera strap options and a Belay quick-release camera strap mount (shown above)that makes the process of taking your camera off the strap lightning-quick.
PolarPro even included two mini tripod options - one base and one with the base and a ball head - in the collection.
Aside from the sheer size of the collection, the build quality of each component is impressive.
This is nothing new for PolarPro, of course, as they have a reputation in the industry for crafting some of the finest gear on the market.
The QuickDraw Collection is no different. Each component features full metal construction that ensures long-lasting durability and dependability for carrying your gear. The Belay Camera Strap, for example, is rated to carry 50 pounds of gear. That's not bad!
The engineering of these devices is something worth mentioning too.
The speed with which you can release the quick-release plate is impressive. It's one smooth motion to remove the plate from the Traverse Strap Mount and attach it to the Belay Camera Strap or the Apex Minimalist tripod.
You literally just slide the lock mechanism with one hand to release the plate and off you go. PolarPro has ensured safety with a secondary lock, and with the Traverse Strap Mount, that means you can securely carry up to 100 pounds of gear.
Often in the field, the difference between getting the shot and missing it is a split-second. And with this gear, you'll certainly spend less time messing around with it and more time actually taking photos.
Regarding the Apex Tripod, I've found it to be an ideal companion for shooting vlogs.
It's lightweight, yet offers the stability of a professional-grade tripod.
You can completely lock the camera into position by adjust the TiltLock mechanisms, which give you precise adjustments and a virtually endless array of orientations.
You can also easily adjust the camera to face directly forward as you walk and film yourself while holding onto the tripod.
This system is, in a word, badass. Now, bear in mind that this is an initial impression. I haven't had a chance to nitpick my way through it.
But so far, the QuickDraw Collection is very, very good!
Stay tuned for a full review in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out the video above for more details.