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GoPro El Grande Extension Pole | Best GoPro Pole on the Market

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On April 9th GoPro released its latest accessory for their GoPro cameras a new extension pole called the “El Grande”. I was very curious about this new GoPro accessory, I added it to my cart so I could test it out and make a review. I would just like to state that GoPro nailed it and this is quite possibly the best GoPro pole on the market today.

Now Poles and extension are common place and the market is flooded with many styles from every manufacturer that makes accessories for the GoPro Hero camera. I own several extension poles myself and I found myself asking “why do I need another one?”. What sparked my interest was two things, first was the claim by GoPro that the El Grande pole could attach easily to the Karma Grip and support the weight and the fact that the El Grande pole uses the buckle mount system instead of the traditional mount that most GoPro poles use.

GoPro El Grande First Impression

Upon opening the box I was quite pleased with the aesthetics of the GoPro El Grande, it is a sharp looking pole in full out GoPro style. It is robust and solid but still very light in the hand. The El Grande can extend from 15 inches to 38 inches with a simple twist/lock system. The El Grande has a nice rubber coating covering the entire pole allowing for a good grip with one or two hands even in wet conditions.

What really sets this extension pole apart from the other poles I use is its ability to support the weight of the Karma Grip when fully extended without bowing, other poles that I mounted my Karma Grip on  bowed very easily and I was nervous with my expensive Karma Grip hanging off the end. Another really nice feature is the 360 degree ball head at the end of the pole that allows you to position your GoPro to the perfect angle easily without having to remount your camera. The El Grande extension pole is water proof, so using it while surfing or snorkeling will not damage it in any way. The GoPro extension pole can be attached to the GoPro Seeker back pack to capture a nice over the shoulder view when hiking.

One interesting thing I noticed about the El Grande Pole is the 1/4 tripod screw on the bottom. This will allow you to mount it on a tripod to get some extra reach. This was surprising as GoPro tends to steer clear of traditional camera mounting systems.

I highly recommend this extension pole to anyone interest in adding one to their GoPro gear. Even if  you own a pole already, this will make a great addition to your GoPro camera bag.

U.S. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2pHjlYU

Canadian Amazon: http://amzn.to/2oOTqQF

You can watch our YouTube review of the GoPro El Grande extension pole here.


360 degree ball joint of the GoPro El Grande.

 

Karma Grip attached to the GoPro El Grande Pole

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The Complete Beginners Guide for the GoPro Hero (2018) | How To Get Started

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If you are a brand new owner of the new GoPro Hero 2018 or plan on getting one soon. Perhaps this is your very first GoPro and you are finding yourself a little overwhelmed on how to get started as GoPro includes very little documentation in the box. I have put together this very detail beginners guide for the GoPro Hero 2018 to help those who are new to get up and running quickly. This easy to follow beginners guide will help you understand the menu system and the different shooting modes. The new Hero 2018 is a great camera for beginners as it has a simplified menu with basic shooting modes. Watch our beginners guide for the new GoPro Hero (2018) on our YouTube Channel or below in our embedded video.

Our GoPro Hero Beginners Guide covers the following topics:

  • Unpacking the camera.
  • Installing the battery and memory card.
  • How to charge your GoPro Hero 2018.
  • Understanding the mounting system for GoPro’s.
  • Powering on for the first time and initial setup.
  • A look at the menu system and various shooting modes.
  • Basic settings for shooting video.
  • How to record video.
  • How to take pictures.
  • How to shoot bursts.
  • How to record a time-Lapse.
  • How to use the GoPro voice commands.
  • How to use quick capture.
  • GoPro gear for beginners.

Best Memory Card for the new GoPro Hero 2018

There are many types and sizes of memory cards on the market that will work with the new GoPro Hero 2018 but to keep things simple I recommend the Lexar 633x it is a great memory card at a decent price and I have always had good luck with them.  You can choose how much storage you would like the most common is 32 GB or 64 GB. This determines how many photos and videos can be stored on the camera.

Lexar 32 GB Memory Card (USA) https://amzn.to/2HClpuq
Lexar 32 GB Memory Card (CAN) https://amzn.to/2JL8PK8

Lexar 64 GB Memory Card (USA) https://amzn.to/2vgdSiD
Lexar 64 GB Memory Card (CAN) https://amzn.to/2HBPLxr

If you are a first time GoPro owner I have put together a list of GoPro gear that I think every first time GoPro owner should have in their camera kit.

GoPro Hero 2018 (USA) https://amzn.to/2vdi3vz
GoPro Hero 2018 (CAN) https://amzn.to/2qyoF1U

GoPro Camera Case (USA) https://amzn.to/2ENLeVq
GoPro Camera Case (CAN) https://amzn.to/2IZ0DVF

GoPro Shorty (USA) https://amzn.to/2EN5NRW
GoPro Shorty (CAN) https://amzn.to/2vlGd7k

GoPro Floating Handle (USA) https://amzn.to/2JKQHQI
GoPro Floating Handle (CAN) https://amzn.to/2qztiZP

GoPro Dual Charger (USA) https://amzn.to/2GXeXkG
GoPro Dual Charger (CAN) https://amzn.to/2vj8dbD

Manfrotto Extension Pole (USA) https://amzn.to/2HAPfQ6
Manfrotto Extension Pole (CAN) https://amzn.to/2HAhFd8

RAVPower Power Bank (USA) https://amzn.to/2qBbmxJ
RAVPower Power Bank (CAN) https://amzn.to/2qz3A7B

GoPro Handlebar Mount (USA) https://amzn.to/2JNNvne
GoPro Handlebar Mount (CAN) https://amzn.to/2vga8xB

Don’t hesitate to ask question via any of my social media channels or right here on my blog!

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Must Have $10 Upgrade For Your GoPro

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If you own a GoPro this is a very inexpensive must have upgrade that everyone needs. One annoyance that I have had with my GoPro is having to remove it from the frame every time I want to charge it or plug in a microphone. With this 3rd party GoPro frame you can open and remove the charging door on your GoPro without having to remove it from the frame, saving a lot of time and aggravation. This frame also seems to be a better build quality than the stock frames, it has a nice rubberized coating. This is such a simple little fix, I wonder why GoPro has not implemented it yet on their official frames. Because they all have the same form factor this 3rd party frame is compatible with the Hero 5 Black, Hero 6 Black and the new GoPro Hero (2018).

GoPro Upgraded Frame: https://amzn.to/2EI58kP

 


This 3rd Party frame allows easy access to the GoPro charging door.

 

You can see the difference in the cutout. Stock GoPro frame on the right and 3rd party frame on the left.

 

Charging door can easily be opened and removed without having to remove the camera from the frame.

 

Allows you to easily charge your GoPro or plug in a microphone.

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