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The best countertops make a statement in your home that other features cannot. You've worked hard to incorporate unique designs and flavors throughout your home, so why should your countertops be any different?

At Real Deal Countertops, we aspire to combine the beauty and durability of natural stone with unrivaled, personalized attention to all customers. With the highest quality materials and the most helpful customer service, we give our clients the opportunity to make informed decisions that they feel good about for years. Our story in the countertop fabrication and manufacturing industry began more than 19 years ago, when Rafael Quedevez started out as a sales representative in Massachusetts. Working his way up through the ranks, Rafael soon made his way to South Carolina to open and manage his own companies. In 2013, we created real Deal Countertops. Since that time, we are proud to have served more than 5,000 customers in South Carolina and beyond.

Our leadership team combines more than 40 years of experience in the home remodeling service industry. Always striving to create a better product for our customers, we use the latest in robotics technologies and the sharpest minds in the business to craft countertops of unparalleled quality. Unlike other countertop companies in Westcott, SC, we only source the finest stone slabs in the world.

At Real Deal Countertops, we offer a wide range of styles and materials to choose from, including:

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Quartzite

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Caesarstone

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Silestone

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Marble

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Sensa

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Pollar White

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Vicostone

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Quartz

We are committed to ensuring that granite, marble, and other unique, exotic stones are attainable to all who desire them. If you're in search of a trustworthy counter company with a team of knowledgeable, helpful experts, you have come to the right place!

Most Popular Countertops in Westcott, SC

Choosing the best countertops for your kitchen is an important decision, but it doesn't have to be a hard one. One of the best ways to narrow down your search is to find out what kind of countertop material you'd like to use. While it's true that material and style trends change over time, there are several counters that have always been top sellers.

Some of the most popular countertops we sell include:

Marble Countertops in Westcott, SC

There's no way around it - marble adds jaw-dropping beauty to just about any room and is known for its good looks. It is a dense stone that comes in many different hues like greens, browns, pinks, greys, whites, and more. While marble countertops often have otherworldly beauty, they can be susceptible to stains and cracks. Marble is also considered one of the most expensive counters to choose from, though the truth is marble comes in a wide range of qualities and prices.

  • Pros: Stunning beauty, plenty of beautiful choices.
  • Cons: Not always used in kitchens due to chance of staining.
  • Popular Colors: Portinari, Shadow Storm, Super White, Lumen, Calacatta Linconni, Nobulato Honned, Shadow, Grey Imperiale Honed.
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Granite Countertops in Westcott, SC

When it comes to popularity, granite countertops take the cake. Granite countertops usually contain a blend of quartz, feldspar, mica, and other minerals. Granite can add an edge of elegance and even a country-chic feel to your kitchen, making it a well-rounded stone. Granite is durable and scratch-resistant, though it can require sealing and DIY chip repair.

  • Pros: Luxurious, rich look featuring natural stone that is durable, heat resistant, and scratch-resistant.
  • Cons: Hard material that may require DIY chip repair and sealing.
  • Popular Colors: Blue Jeans, Creama Pearl, Alure, Galaxy White, Luna Pear, Steel Grey, Ubatuba, Oro Brazil.

Quartz Countertops in Westcott, SC

Quartz is a manufactured material that represents one of our favorite four-letter words: easy! If you're looking to add a high-end feel to your kitchen or bathroom, quartz is an excellent material to consider. Like granite, quartz countertops can add a decadent vibe to any room. Unlike granite, you may not have to seal quartz quite as often (if ever).

  • Pros: Quartz countertops come in plenty of colors to choose from and are easy to clean. They are also strong, scratch-resistant, and don't require sealing.
  • Cons: Quartz is not as heat resistant as other materials like granite counters. Sharp corners tend to crack, but that can be remedied with rounded corners.
  • Popular Colors: Noble Grey, Raw Concrete, Frosty Carrina, Shitake, Pebble, Pietra Grey, Sierra Madre, Arctic.
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Silestone Countertops in Westcott, SC

A manufactured material made from quartz crystals, Silestone countertops are equal parts gorgeous and practical. Known for being a durable, non-porous choice, Silestone is resistant to stains, scratches, and even some forms of bacteria. Homeowners who choose Silestone do so because they can get a high-end look without having to worry too much about maintenance. Silestone counters look great in many different homes, from contemporary abodes with modern accents to vintage-looking kitchens.

  • Pros: Silestone countertops are non-porous, meaning germs and bacteria can't lodge themselves inside this material. This makes Silestone counters great for kitchens and bathrooms alike. This material also comes in a wide variety of colors and resists scratches and chips. Overall, Silestone is an excellent choice if you want to make a solid long-term investment without much upkeep.
  • Cons: While Silestone is great if you're looking for a low-maintenance counter option, it can be sensitive to harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia. Silestone is also not recommended for outdoor use since the resins used to make the material do not do well with UV light.
  • Popular Colors: Daria, Gray Expo, Lagoon, Calacatta Gold, Arctic, Blanco City, Gris Expo, Desert Silver

Quartzite Countertops in Westcott, SC

Not to be confused with quartz countertops, which are manmade, quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that is quarried much in the same way that granite is. If you're a fan of marble counters, quartzite mimics its looks without as much upkeep. Like granite, it is a very durable choice and adds an upscale feeling to almost any room you choose.

  • Pros: Since it doesn't require any special cleaners, quartzite looks great without much maintenance. When it gets dirty, soap and water should be all you need to clean. Quartzite is also a great long-term option since it doesn't wear down quickly at all.
  • Cons: Heat is required to form quartzite. However, you should avoid putting hot pots and pans on your quartzite countertops. Because quartzite comes in many different varieties, some forms of quartzite need to be sealed more often than others.
  • Popular Colors: Maya, Fusion, Locomotion, Callacata, Airy Concrete, Cocada White
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Which Countertop is Right for You?

If you're just beginning your search for new countertops, it can be a little overwhelming trying to whittle down your options. We've got good news - with over 19 years in the industry, our team of experts has learned a thing or two about countertops. When you come to the Real Deal Countertops showroom, one of our goals is to educate you about our products and your countertop options, so you can make an educated purchasing decision.

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How Will You Use Your Countertops in Westcott?

The first and perhaps most crucial part of your countertop choice should stem from how you and your family use your countertops. For example, if you have kids, your counters will probably see a lot of activity. Between standard eating times and "in-between" meals that teens are known for, your counters might double as food prep stations. As such, you might need a countertop material that is resistant to most food and beverage stains. If you own a rental property that sees a lot of foot traffic from strangers, you might want to consider an economical material that is also durable.

  • Do you cook a lot?
  • Do you host a lot of parties?
  • How long will you be living in your home?
  • How long will you be living in your home?
Once you figure out exactly how you'll be using your countertops, you can begin to narrow down your choices.
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How Much Upkeep Is Too Much?

Be realistic and honest with yourself about this question. Before you fall in love with how a countertop material looks, be sure you understand how much upkeep is needed. Some materials require more care, while others don't need much at all.

Keep these points in mind:
  • Materials like quartz only need to be wiped down occasionally.
  • Materials like granite, marble, and limestone will need to be sealed at least once a year.
  • Some materials may be durable but aren't stain resistant.

The bottom line is this: Assess the maintenance demands that come along with the materials you're looking at. Marble countertops in Westcott, SC are elegant, but if you'e unwilling to keep them looking their best, why bother buying the material?

You should be aware that most countertop materials will require some form of upkeep, even if it' minimal. To help keep your counters in pristine condition, consider these care and precaution tips:

  • Many common foods contain acids that will dull or even damage the surface of stone countertops.Use coasters to protect your counters, especially if you'e drinking something with citrus juices or alcohol.
  • Do not place scalding hot pots or pans directly on your countertops.
  • Use mats or trivets to place under hot dishes.
  • If you spill liquid on your countertops, blot the spill with a paper towel ASAP. Wiping the spill will cause it to spread.
  • Use mild soap and plain water to clean up stains.

Which Colors and Materials Match Your Home's Aesthetics?

For many homeowners, this question is almost always top-of-mind. After all, you want to choose colors and materials that fit well with other features in your home. When selecting your countertop materials, try to choose a tone that contrasts with your other amenities, like your cabinets. Don't go for a perfect match. As an example, black granite is a beautiful contrast to white cabinets.

Consider these questions when choosing your countertop materials:
  • Are there one or two colors that you love more than others?
  • Does your choice go well with the color of your kitchen's walls?
  • Do you want to switch up your kitchen's style or keep it the same?
  • Will you be painting your kitchen a different color in the future?
  • Will you be replacing your appliances soon?
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Real Deal Countertops Pro Tip:

Because your home's accessories and paint job may change with time, your countertops should have a versatile color. That way, you won't have problems matching them with new paint colors or appliances.

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Countertop Remodeling Done Right

At Real Deal Countertops, our #1 priority is your satisfaction. Unlike some countertop companies in Westcott, we make it a point to exceed our customer's expectations. We strive for excellence with every transaction we complete and pledge to faithfully implement innovative techniques to ensure that our products remain affordable. With the help of Real Deal Countertops, remodeling your kitchen and bath will be painless and easy.

The appearance of a kitchen or bath depends on the right countertop selection, proper fabrication, and expert installation. Are you interested in granite countertops in Westcott, SC? Maybe quartzite is a better choice for your family. Whatever you choose, know that our skilled installers and fabricators will make a template so that all custom pieces fit perfectly in your home.

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We're here to help answer all your questions. Please feel free to give our office a call today at 866-707-1414 Before you know it, you will be ready for your new set of Real Deal Countertops!

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Our Hands-On Test of Lindsay Adler's Optical Spot by Westcott

A few weeks ago, I got my hands on a light modifier I've always wanted to have in our studio. Westcott's brand new Optical Spot is one of the coolest and most useful light modifiers I've ever seen, and in today's video, I'm going to show you why you might want one or two for your photography!Over the years, I've accumulated a ton of photography gear. Most of it is essentia...

A few weeks ago, I got my hands on a light modifier I've always wanted to have in our studio. Westcott's brand new Optical Spot is one of the coolest and most useful light modifiers I've ever seen, and in today's video, I'm going to show you why you might want one or two for your photography!

Over the years, I've accumulated a ton of photography gear. Most of it is essentials like cameras, light stands, tripods, and sync cables, but I also have a ton of crazy and quirky light modifiers and gadgets I thought I'd use but wound up never touching. The Optical Snoot by Westcott falls in the essentials category, and I'm already thinking of buying a second or third one because they are so useful.

What is an optical spotlight modifier? An optical spot is a snoot with a lens on the front that allows you to make a narrow beam of light and focus it to create sharp edges. If you've ever tried to create a sharp shadow across your seamless paper or project sharp foliage on your background, you know it's almost impossible to get anything that has a sharp edge. There is an amazingly technical book called Light - Science, and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting that helped me immensely when I first started trying to understand how lighting worked with photography. Without getting too geeky here, as the light leaves your flash and passes by the object you want to project against your background (known as a gobo or go-between), the light refracts and scatters as it hits the final material. This causes the edges to be blurred or out of focus.

The solution to this problem is to focus the light after the Gobo. By focusing the light after your gobo, you can project as soft or sharp as you want. For a system like this to be practical, you are going to need a specific light modifier that uses small gobos and a built-in lens so everything is easily mounted and easy to use. Luckily, there are a few options used by professionals, but many of these, like the Profoto Pro Zoom Spot by Dedolight, are over $1,000 used, and many of them are out of production. Thankfully, fashion photographer Lindsay Adler understood the need for a reasonably affordable alternative and teamed up with Westcott to produce the Optical Spot.

In the video above, I outline many of the features the Optical Spot offers as well as some of my criticisms, but I'll quickly give you an overview here in written form as well.

Advantages

This light modifier is super powerful and the possibilities are limitless. If you are a portrait photographer who wants to control the lighting on your background, the Optical Spot makes it incredibly easy to project any shape onto your canvas, seamless paper, or native wall. If you like shooting fashion photography and want to create strange and quirky lighting effects on your model's face, this thing makes that extremely easy as well. Perhaps you are a product photographer or shoot architecture and love to add specific highlights on your products or interiors. This will allow you to create the effect directly in camera and keep you from having to build it in Photoshop. Unlike large softboxes or tight reflector dishes, the Optical Spot is more than a one-trick pony and can give you a ton of options in a single package.

Disadvantages

Every awesome light modifier comes with a few drawbacks, and this light modifier is not perfect. The main problem is it is designed for strobes with LED modeling lamps to help keep everything running cool. In the video above, I use the Optical Spot with a Profoto D1 that has an incandescent bulb, which is not recommended by Westcott, and the modifier gets extremely hot. Like, grab your oven mittens hot! Another issue I had with this light modifier is something not unique to the Optical Spot but with all modifiers using a lens or fresnel is that you need someone managing the light while you shoot. I found it to be nearly impossible to get the perfect lighting on my subject's face while also maintaining a fluid and organic photoshoot. Having an assistant work with you and your model is going to make your life a lot easier.

Finally, there are a few design choices that I think could be improved upon, like making the Gobo holder a different size, shape, or color to help differentiate it from the four other metal leaves. Also, the mechanism for attaching the gobo holder itself isn't quite as elegant as it could be, and I found myself inserting the holder off-kilter. The mounting isn't something you can do without looking at the modifier; instead, you have to perfectly line everything up, which isn't as easy as you'd think.

Overall, I love this light modifier and think it offers a ton of lighting flexibility and creativity. In the test shoot I did in the studio, I used the light modifier up front and center with some crazy effects lighting my friend Christie Trainer. I think they turned out well, and I'm excited to play around with this style of lighting more in the future. As fun as these fashion-forward shots are, I can easily see myself using this light modifier more subtly by blurring effects on the background or creating dabbled light across a full set. The Optical Spot could also be super handy in lighting video sets where you want a specific pattern, say late day sun shining through trees, to be projected permanently through a modeling light. The possibilities are endless, and if you want to start projecting multiple patterns at the same time, I can easily see myself buying one or two more of these just to give the maximum amount of lighting options on more complex shoots.

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Earthquake Rattles South Carolina Near Where Catastrophic 1886 Earthquake Hit Charleston

At 2:14pm today, a relatively weak earthquake struck outside of Charleston, South Carolina, not far from where a catastrophic earthquake hit in 1886. While there has been unusual earthquake activity in South Carolina over the last year, today’s earthquake was the first to strike in the Charleston area in the same amount of time. The magnitude 1.4 event struck just south-southwest of Centerville, between the Legend Oaks Golf Club and Westcott Golf Club near the Ashley River north and west of downtown Charleston.While people in So...

At 2:14pm today, a relatively weak earthquake struck outside of Charleston, South Carolina, not far from where a catastrophic earthquake hit in 1886. While there has been unusual earthquake activity in South Carolina over the last year, today’s earthquake was the first to strike in the Charleston area in the same amount of time. The magnitude 1.4 event struck just south-southwest of Centerville, between the Legend Oaks Golf Club and Westcott Golf Club near the Ashley River north and west of downtown Charleston.

While people in South Carolina did use the “Did you feel it?” tool on the USGS earthquake website to provide a report on this quake, no shaking nor damage was reported as of this time. Generally, earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.0 or greater can be felt by most people. Earthquakes generally need a much greater intensity than that to do any harm.

According to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), there are approximately 10-15 earthquakes every year in South Carolina, with most not felt by residents; on average, only 3-5 are felt each year. Most of South Carolina’s earthquakes are located in the Middleton Place-Summerville Seismic Zone. The two most significant historical earthquakes to occur in South Carolina were the 1886 Charleston-Summerville quake and the 1913 Union County quake. The 1886 earthquake in Charleston was the most damaging earthquake to ever occur in the eastern United States; it was also the most destructive earthquake in the U.S. during the 19th century.

The 1886 earthquake struck at about 9:50 pm on August 31; it was estimated to have been rated a magnitude 6.9 – 7.3 seismic event. The earthquake was felt as far away as Boston, Massachusetts to the north, Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to the northwest, and New Orleans, Louisiana to the south. The earthquake energy even traveled as far away as Cuba and Bermuda, where some shaking was felt too. The initial earthquake lasted about 45 seconds.

The 1886 Charleston earthquake was responsible for 60 deaths and over $190 million (in 2023 dollars) in damage. The area of major damage extended out 60-100 miles from the epicenter, with some structural damage even reported in central Alabama, Ohio, eastern Kentucky, southern Virginia, and western West Virginia from the initial quake.

A study published in 2008 in the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering hypothesized that if such an earthquake were to strike the region today, it would lead to approximately 900 deaths, 44,000 injuries, and damages in excess of $20 billion in South Carolina alone.

The initial earthquake was followed by an aftershock 10 minutes later; over the first 24 hours, seven additional strong aftershocks hit. Over the following 30 years, a total of 435 aftershocks were measured.

Today’s earthquake near Charleston does not appear to be related to a mysterious swarm impacting places in central South Carolina. More than 80 earthquakes have hit near Elgin since December 2021.

That mysterious swarm began on Monday, December 27, at 2:18 pm in the afternoon. That first 3.3 magnitude earthquake hit 30 miles north of Columbia, South Carolina at a depth of only 3.1 km. More than 3,100 residents reported to USGS they felt it at the time, with one report of shaking coming from as far away as Rock Hill, which is at the North/South Carolina state border. While many felt the earthquake, there was no reported damage in the Palmetto State. That earthquake was followed by 10 more ranging in intensity between a magnitude 1.5 to a magnitude 2.6 event. The second earthquake struck three hours twenty minutes after the first one. The last earthquake in that series struck on the morning of January 5, bringing a temporary end to the earthquakes there.

But the earthquakes didn’t end then. Since then, dozens of earthquakes have hit the area near Elgin, South Carolina, generating hundreds of reports of shaking to USGS’s “Did you feel it?” tool on their earthquake website. Some earthquakes happen right after another, others have struck after a pause lasting weeks. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to this swarm, other than most earthquakes are under a 3 magnitude.

USGS scientists will continue to monitor all of South Carolina for any ongoing seismic activity.

No. 5 Hokies even series with No. 7 Louisville

BLACKSBURG – Staked an early lead by hitting his 12th home run of the season on Saturday, the No. 5 Virginia Tech baseball team held off No. 7 Louisville, 4-3, to even the teams' top-10 ACC series at English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park.Cross was sound on both sides of the ball for Virginia Tech (35-11, 15-9 ACC), which defeated Louisville (35-14-1, 16-9-1 ACC) for the first time since the Cardinals joined the league in 2015. Tech's third-year outfielder homered to account for the first two runs of the Hok...

BLACKSBURG – Staked an early lead by hitting his 12th home run of the season on Saturday, the No. 5 Virginia Tech baseball team held off No. 7 Louisville, 4-3, to even the teams' top-10 ACC series at English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park.

Cross was sound on both sides of the ball for Virginia Tech (35-11, 15-9 ACC), which defeated Louisville (35-14-1, 16-9-1 ACC) for the first time since the Cardinals joined the league in 2015. Tech's third-year outfielder homered to account for the first two runs of the Hokies' three-run third inning, later inducing the timely 8-4 double play during the eighth inning that wiped the bases clean for reliever .

Freshman right-hander was stellar again for Tech, improving his record to 9-1 after his six and one-third innings on the mound. Hackenberg eclipsed seven strikeouts for the sixth time during his rookie season, holding Louisville to two runs on five hits while walking one.

went 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot to pace the Hokies, beating out an infield single to trigger Tech's third-inning rally. and sandwiched base hits around a nine-pitch walk to to keep the Hokies alive during the inning, loading the bases for to carry the sacrifice fly to center field that pushed Tech's lead to 3-0.

Hackenberg allowed one hit through four innings before Cameron Masterman's single to open the fifth inning woke up the Louisville bats. Gifting a four-pitch walk to Logan Beard, Hackenberg conceded the first of two run-scoring singles he would surrender on the day as Brandon Anderson slapped a base hit up the middle to put the Cardinals on the scoreboard.

Despite rookie third baseman snagging a hot-shot line drive to start the seventh inning, Isaac Humphrey and Beard united on back-to-back singles to yield a one-run game and send Hackenberg packing. However, Weycker needed one pitch to retire the Cardinals, generating the 6-6-3 double play that stifled the rally and kept Tech on top, 3-2.

Hartigan set the Hokies up for a critical insurance run during the bottom of the eighth inning, cracking a leadoff single off Garrett Schmeltz before lifted him as a pinch runner. Three batters after Hunter had bunted Reback into scoring position, DeMartini stroked an RBI single up the middle, giving Weycker a two-run cushion heading into the ninth inning.

With rain irritating play, Weycker battled to put away the Cardinals, striking out Levi Usher before an errant throw by Malinowski introduced the potential tying run at the plate. Balking off a wet mound and hitting Humphrey in the back shoulder, Weycker surrendered an RBI single to Beard, shifting the tying run into scoring position.

However, Hurley tracked down a fly ball in foul territory for the all-important second out before Weycker whiffed Drake Westcott on three pitches, locking down his first career save.

UP NEXT No. 5 Virginia Tech will compete for its eighth consecutive ACC series victory on Sunday, May 15, when the Hokies host the series finale against No. 7 Louisville. First pitch at English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park has been moved up to 11 a.m. (previously 1 p.m.).

SmallRig SC-15K Introduced – 4-Arm Suction Cup Camera Mount Kit

SmallRig SC-15K is a modular camera rig designed for vehicle-based cinematography with DSLR and mirrorless cameras. It has a maximum load capacity of 15kg/11lbs, features a multi-angle half ball head, and integrates a lens support system. It retails for $449.Although SmallRig is rapidly expanding into new market segments, particularly lighting (if you haven’t, make sure to check out their ...

SmallRig SC-15K is a modular camera rig designed for vehicle-based cinematography with DSLR and mirrorless cameras. It has a maximum load capacity of 15kg/11lbs, features a multi-angle half ball head, and integrates a lens support system. It retails for $449.

Although SmallRig is rapidly expanding into new market segments, particularly lighting (if you haven’t, make sure to check out their RC120 and RC220 series), the company’s main focus has always been on producing affordable camera cages and rigs.

Their vast offering already includes some basic accessories and kits designed for camera car setups, such as their SC-2K Dual Suction Cup Camera Mount. However, they now seem eager to offer something more professional with their newly-released SC-15K. Let’s take a look!

SmallRig SC-15K: camera car rig

The SmallRig SC-15K is a camera car rig consisting of four vacuum suction cups (4”), four magic arms, a half ball head, and a quick-release plate. The rig itself weighs approximately 3.4kg/7.6lbs, and can withstand a maximum payload of 15kg/33lbs when mounted on a nearly-flat surface.

However, this number drops to around 5kg/11lbs when the mount is rigged vertically to the side of a car, for example. This means that the system can only be used with small DSLR or mirrorless camera packages.

The four magic arms attach to the suction cups via a quick-release NATO interface. While three of them support a multi-angle half ball head (±8°), the fourth one comes with an integrated lens support system.

The camera can be mounted directly to the half ball head via an Arca Swiss quick-release plate, which makes it effortless to rapidly move the camera between different shooting configurations. It’s worth noting that the system itself is not stabilized, but can easily be paired with popular one-handed gimbals, such as the DJI RS 3 series.

Finally, the SmallRig SC-15K camera mount features a modular design, meaning that you don’t necessarily need to use all four suction cups and magic arms at the same time. Indeed, if you’re dealing with featherlight action cams or need to fit your rig in a tiny space, you can use all parts independently.

What’s in the box

Price and availability

The SmallRig SC-15K 4-Arm Suction Cup Camera Mount is now available to pre-order from CVP and should start shipping towards the end of this month. Its official retail price is set at $449. The rig comes with a dedicated storage case, which is claimed to be dust, abrasion, and rain-proof.

For more information, please visit SmallRig’s website here.

Have you ever rigged a camera to a vehicle? What do you think about SmallRig’s 4-Arm Suction Cup Camera Mount? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Lourdes basketball standout Bretton picks Winona State

ROCHESTER — Vivica Bretton contemplated making a move down south for her college basketball career. She has relatives in South Carolina and Georgia.Turns out that she is going east instead. Just 50 minutes east, but east nonetheless. The Lourdes senior verbally committed to Division II Winona State University on Thursday.Bretton, a 5-foot-9 guard/forward known for her superb defense and an ever-growing offensive game, is thrilled with her choice.“I loved the campus when I visited and I loved the basketball pr...

ROCHESTER — Vivica Bretton contemplated making a move down south for her college basketball career. She has relatives in South Carolina and Georgia.

Turns out that she is going east instead. Just 50 minutes east, but east nonetheless. The Lourdes senior verbally committed to Division II Winona State University on Thursday.

Bretton, a 5-foot-9 guard/forward known for her superb defense and an ever-growing offensive game, is thrilled with her choice.

“I loved the campus when I visited and I loved the basketball program,” Bretton said. “They recently got a new head coach (Ana Wurtz, a former WSU star player and Warriors coaching assistant), and she is amazing. She is super nice and a great communicator. Plus, when I went there for a workout (Wednesday), I just saw how their players responded to her and how they all worked together, both on defense and offense.”

Bretton, who’s been a member of the Lourdes basketball varsity team since her freshman year when she played a key role on an Eagles team that was ranked No. 1 in the state, has been kicking around the idea of college basketball since sixth grade. It was her freshman and sophomore years, though, when she knew for sure that she’d want to play at the next level.

“It was then that I thought, ‘I don’t want my basketball career to be done in four years,’” said Bretton, who averaged 10 points per game on nearly 50% shooting last year. “I didn’t want that countdown to begin.”

Still, she is facing some countdowns. One is to the middle of November, when the Lourdes girls basketball season begins. The other is a countdown to putting on a Winona State uniform for the first time.

Bretton will go into this high school season depended upon once again to be the Eagles’ best defensive player. With the ideal mix of strength and quickness, that has forever been her calling card. But Bretton is also ready to mix in more offense for a team that graduated its best player a year ago, point guard C.J. Adamson, who is now playing at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Bretton says she has put time into pretty much everything basketball related the last number of months. That definitely includes her offensive game.

“With CJ having graduated, I am going to have to step up as a senior,” Bretton said. “I am going to be counted on for multiple points per game. That’s what I focused on a lot this summer, such as how can I take whoever is guarding me one-on-one to the basket. I feel like this is the year that I’ll really start to do that.”

The WSU women's basketball team was just below .500 the past two years but went 17-11 in 2019-20.

Pat has been a Post Bulletin sports reporter since 1994. He covers Rochester John Marshall football, as well as a variety of other southeastern Minnesota football teams. Among my other southeastern Minnesota high school beats are girls basketball, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls track and field, high school and American Legion baseball, volleyball, University of Minnesota sports (on occasion) and the Timberwolves (on occasion). Readers can reach Pat at 507-285-7723 or pruff@postbulletin.com.

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