JOBY Introduces UltraFit Hand Strap and DSLR Wrist Strap

JOBY UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate and DSLR Wrist Strap

JOBY has a couple new hand/wrist straps for those of you who aren’t really fans of the plethora of neck/shoulder straps out there. I get questions about hand and wrist straps occasionally, so I know there are plenty of photographers who really dig this kind of strap.

First up, the UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate is a combo of a hand strap and universal quick-release plate allows you to keep a wrist strap attached while using the camera on a tripod. It is compatible with standard or pro DSLRs with or without a battery grip.

The DSLR Wrist Strap is a simple cinching wrist strap designed for DSLRs or mirrorless cameras. It’s a lightweight minimalist solution for those who don’t want a full size strap.

The UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate retails for $49.95. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

The DSLR Wrist Strap is available for $14.95. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

Joby Launches GPod Mini Magnetic and MPod Mini Stand


Joby has just released a couple of cool new miniature tripods. The GPod Mini Magnetic is an ultra-compact Gorillapod with magnetic feet. It is designed for use with compact cameras and action cameras such as the GoPro. It has a standard 1/4″-20 tripod mount and runs $15. Check it out here at B&H Photo.


The new MPod Mini Stand is a compact smartphone stand. It works with iPhones, Android and other smartphones with or without cases. the MPod Mini Stand clamps your phone in place from the sides and uses elastic bands to hold it tight. The MPod Mini Stand also runs $15 and is available here at B&H Photo.

HDSLR Gear That Saves the Day

I’ve been working on a short film project recently with my church (along with our in-house video director/my very good friend Nick, and some very talented volunteers). The short film is something we plan to use as part of our Easter morning service later this month.  We’re shooting it entirely on the Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D. We shot most of the scenes in one day at two locations (around 25 total set ups for a 16+ hour shooting day).  Yesterday, we wrapped up with the intro scene, which calls for the lead character in a vehicle talking on a cell phone.

I thought I would share some of the random little tools that really saved the day and helped us get the shots (and audio) that were critical to this production. [Read more...]

Gorillapod Video

The Joby Gorillapod Video is, as the name implies, a new Gorillapod for video cameras – mini-camcorders to be precise.  The Gorillapod Video has a pan/tilt head with an arm for controlling camera angles and movement.  It’s geared toward use with the likes of the Flip UltraHD, Kodak Zi8 and other lightweight camcorders.

The Gorillapod Video has powerful magnetic feet like those found on the Gorillapod Magnetic, which I love.  The Gorillapod Video runs $29.99 and should be available soon at B&H Photo and

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Joby Gorillapod Magnetic: Memory Cards vs. Magnets

A few weeks ago when I posted the review of the new Joby Gorillapod Magnetic, I had a few people express concerns about keeping the flexible, magnetic tripod in their camera bags – in close proximity to memory cards.

A couple of those questions came as comments on the review post, and a Joby rep responded in the comment thread with the following:

“As for the questions in the comments, as with all magnets, we don’t recommend prolong exposure. But there shouldn’t be a problem with the every day tossing of things into your bag.”

I thought that sounded like pretty good advice, as I had experienced no incidental issues with the magnets and memory cards.  However, I thought that this issue might be deserving of a little further testing. [Read more...]

Gorillapod Focus and Ballhead X Review: Bring Out the Big Guns

A little while back, I put a Canon 5D Mark II and a 70-200mm lens on a tiny little Gorillapod Magnetic – and it held the combo upside down using only magnets for grip.  That was a little extreme for that little tripod though.

While Joby didn’t necessarily approve of that use (nor when I stuck my camera to a car), they must have felt sorry for me and my 5D Mark II because they sent me a heavy-duty Gorillapod Focus and Ballhead X to play with . . . and abuse a bit. [Read more...]