I had the pleasure of being contacted early to try out the new Carson HookUpz 2.0 before it hit the shelves. But sadly, due to time constraints I am behind on producing this review.
That said, I was immediately impressed with my new toy when it showed up. I have had several occasions to use this adapter now for filming various things through my spotting scope. I have to say that this little gadget really hit the nail on the head. If you are looking for the ability to use a smart phone to shoot photos or video through your expensive optics, then this is definitely the adapter you’re looking for. The new design makes it very quick and simple to get the image you are looking for. Stability is improved due to the robust springs compressing the feet together.
Carson brings a product that is similar in weight to the original, while adding strength to the components, and keeping it at a similar price point. When all is said and done, this adapter does a really good job of connecting your smart phone to your optics. For more information, I suggest you watch my video which is linked below.
- More Compact than it predecessor
- All parts are more robust in dimension, which should give a longer service life
- Springs in the attachment feet are stronger, so that it clamps onto the optic better
- Feet now have a position lock out to help with clamping onto the optic
- Faster and easier to install your phone
- Better clamping on your phone so it wont shift or fall out
- Threaded adjustment to allow more precise alignment with optical center line
- The silicone feet still allow for some wiggle
- Looks to be molded plastic, a denser polymer of some sort would increase durability
Notes : Overall I am very impressed with the improvements that have been made in this new model. I feel that this is a good example of a company responding to feedback given from the user base. Thus, the end result is a far superior product at a similar price point to the earlier model.
- Design : 5/5 – This device hooks up all smart phones I have available, to the optics I have available, with little to no effort.
- Quality : 5/5 – No issues in craftmanship. Its a well put together unit.
- Durability : 4/5 – I would like to see a better quality polymer or perhaps aluminum used to improve longevity, but that is really just a minor and personal preference.
- Aesthetics : 5/5 – Look good and is more compact to boot. Plus, I have a liking for things that are green.
- Value : 5/5 – Retailing at $60-75, I feel this is a good deal considering how much I now use this device to capture footage through a scope.