If you like taking pictures of yourself or pictures of friends and family that include yourself there's no substitute for the new Opteka X-ARM. The X-ARM is an easy-to-use extending handheld monopod. You attach your camera to the end of it (it screws into the tripod socket on the bottom of your camera), press the self-timer button, extend it, and say cheese. There's no simpler way for you to get in pictures.There are many times when there's no safe or convenient place to put a camera on top of a tripod. And digital cameras are just too expensive to trust handing them over to some stranger to take a picture of you and your friends. That's when you'll really be glad you brought your X-ARM with you. Whether you want to put your face on Facebook or anywhere else in cyberspace or just want pictures for your photo album, you will love the X-ARM. It's great for parties and after work get-togethers and for everyone wants to be in the picture. No more having to choose who gets left out of the picture.The old fashioned way of holding the camera at arm's length just doesn't do the trick. Your arm's too short to get a complimentary picture, when the camera is too close the perspective is distorted and the flash is too harsh, faces tend to look like they belong in a horror movie. The X-ARM will give you a self-portrait that won't scare people off, Guaranteed. (Well, not really. But it really does take a better picture than having the camera too close to your face). The X-ARM extends all the way out to more than 37 inches. Besides self-portraits, it's terrific for shooting over people's heads when you're in a crowd or when you want to get a bird's eye view of a scene. There's also the opportunity to have a lot of fun in surprising your friends and family by unexpectedly taking candid shots of them from around corners with the X-ARM. Only the boundary of your imagination limits how much fun you can have!