What’s YOUR Angle? New GoPro Mounts & Tripods from JOBY!

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We’ve seen our customers do some pretty wild things with their GoPro cameras and our GorillaPod line from the humble GorillaPod Original to the mighty GorillaPod Focus. But we thought that ,you know, we really should be creating products specifically for the action video crowd. I mean, there are only a trillion of them being sold every day.

So, we thought about where our products do well with GoPro users and where they don’t do as well so we could create a proper GoPro family (don’t worry Contour and Sony ActionCam fans, these products equally well with those too!)

JOBY GoPro Mounts and Tripods

To see the whole family in its blazing glory and soak in an awesome skate video, check out the Action Series family in action!

First up is our GorillaPod Action Tripod. With a quick-release clip (our Tripod Mount for GoPro) designed specifically for GoPro Cameras, plus our standard 1/4″-20 quick-release clip, you can use your Action Tripod to capture epic off-body footage with any action camera and compact system camera up to 2.2 lbs / 1 kg. We know we’re preaching to the choir when we talk about how awesome GorillaPod’s flexible legs are for getting footage in tricky environments, but those flexible legs and grippy rings are even more helpful in the wild places you take your GoPro.  Another awesome feature of the GorillaPod Action Tripod is it’s integrated ballhead. It’s 360° of pan and ±90° tilt knob makes it easy to fine tune your compositions, plus it has a bubble level to help you get a level shot. No LCD screen to preview, no problem! Plus, GorillaPod Action Tripod is durable and lightweight.

 

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But if you already have a GorillaPod or a tripod, no worries!  You can buy the Tripod Mount for GoPro as a standalone piece and you can use it with whatever GorillaPod you already have (or any other tripod with a 1/4″-20 screw) The mount is built to also instantly slide into the GorillaPod SLR-Zoom, GorillaPod Hybrid, and GorillaPod Action Tripod so you don’t even have to remove the mount from your GoPro! In fact, for a totally different take on tripods for action video cameras, combine our Tripod Mount for GoPro with our Gpod Mini Magnetic. Check out the little guy defiantly gripping on to this metal platform!

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Next up is our Action Clamp series. Our GorillaPods can adapt to almost everything, but one thing they’re not as good at are staying clamped securely to the edge of surfaces like the edge of a door, a car window, etc., especially where the surface might be moving a lot. Maybe you want to make sure that your GoPro can’t be knocked over while filming. For that, what you really need is a clamp, not a flexible tripod.

But a lot of clamps out there are annoying to use. Some are hard to use (ie, you need the hand strength of a professional rock climber to work its jaws open enough), and some are just slow (screw the top….screw the bottom…and then repeat when you move it.) So, we created this awesome clamp that has a moveable locking arm that automatically locks in place as pressure is put on it. By closing the majority of clamp gap with the sliding locking arm, you only have to tighten the other arm just enough to secure a firm grip as opposed to screwing to just close space.  This lets you resize your clamp super fast from something as thin as a stop sign head to a table ledge up to 2 inches / 5 cm in a flash. Each side has two 1/4″-20 screw openings which lets you place your attachments on either end (or use both at the same time!)

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So, we created two Action Clamps. The first is the Action Clamp with GorillaPod Arm. This has a 5 balls and sockets arm of GorillaPod goodness. Use the Action Clamp with GorillaPod Arm when you think you’re making a lot of quick tweaks, and you just want to bend the arm to get the position you want quickly.

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But we also created the Action Clamp with Locking Arm which has this terrific locking arm that has two pivot points where each one can rotate 360 degrees as well as pivot 180 degrees to the left and right. Not only can you get even more crazy angles than the GorillaPod Arm, but the locking arm that locks the pivot balls in place helps give you a much more vibration-resistant, longer lasting hold for your GoPro cameras in case you want some alternative platforms like…

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We’d love to hear what you think of the new Action Series line, and how’d you use them. Tag your photos and videos on Twitter and Instagram with #whatsyourangle or #gorillapod so we can check out your shots! Who knows some lucky winners might be the beneficiaries of some cool gear in the near future (*ahem*).

 

Behind the Scenes: Creating Album Art

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Ashlan Nathens, or ‘scribblegraph’ as he is now known, is an independent artist from Perth, Western Australia. He shared this great video of the behind the scenes process of him creating the album art for singer-songwriter Heather Fay. Not only did he use his GorillaPod SLR-Zoom to film the behind the scenes video, he also used it to photograph the artwork for the album. Super cool!

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To see more of Ash’s great illustrations check out his website!

New camera straps: Pro Sling Strap and Convertible Neck Strap!

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To round out our camera strap family, JOBY launched two new camera straps today!

Go pro with the Pro Sling Strap

Last year in the fall of 2012, we launched the UltraFit Sling Strap for Men and the UltraFit Sling Strap for Women. We weren’t in camera straps at the time, but we applied JOBY design and engineering to come up with what we thought was a pretty dang cool sling strap (even got a design award nomination!)

But we don’t believe that one camera strap can be everything to everybody. One group of photographers that we got a lot of feedback from was from professional photographers. They wanted all the speed of our SpeedCinch mechanism but they wanted a sling strap that was even lighter and more durable than the UltraFit Sling Strap and wanted more peace of mind for their $3000 gear. So, for the pros, we created the Pro Sling Strap.

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Like the UltraFit Sling Strap, the Pro Sling Strap has our SpeedCinch deployment system that lets photographers quickly secure their camera if they needed their hands free for a few moments but still lets them quickly deploy their camera. But we also included a cam lock to let you lock your camera in place if you wanted to do things like like ride your bike, hike, etc. but still easily unlock it when you needed to get shooting. One of our designers even wanted a video of somebody jumping on a trampoline with the sling strap and camera locked in place because that’s not something other camera straps let you do (or maybe he just wanted an office trampoline.)

To solve the puzzle of something lighter but stronger, we scoured the world for just the right materials and manufacturing. We designed a material and shoulder strap that is extremely tough and durable but still soft enough to fold up to practically nothing without even getting kinks. The new shoulder strap on the Pro Sling Strap is computer-loomed and manufactured with so much precision that we were able to put in an integrated tread on the strap to prevent it from slipping but still have the shoulder strap be one seamless material. The UltraFit Sling Strap is already one of the lightest sling straps on the market already, but we don’t think you’ll feel anything like the Pro Sling Strap. 

 

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The second feedback that we got from professional photographers is that they wanted more security and peace of mind from the strap. The new strap is substantially more durable than the UltraFit Sling Strap (which is still plenty tough) because of its more precise, integrated construction. But we’ve also included a camera tether for those photographers who were uncomfortable with relying solely on a the camera’s 1/4-20″ tripod mount. If you screw in your sling strap tight into your camera tripod mount and regularly check it to see if it’s secure, your camera should be secure. But we understand that some people want extra insurance. So, we created a minimal but super strong camera tether that attaches to the shoulder lug of your camera and is made out of the same Dyneema cording that you’ll see in mountain climbing or sailing.

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Combine the Pro Sling Strap with our popular UltraPlate that lets you use your tripod and camera strap at the same time, and you’ve got the perfect pro setup. Check our the Pro Sling Strap and let us know what you think!

Don’t wear a pain in the neck

The second camera strap that we just launched today is our Convertible Neck Strap.

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Neck straps seem to be the most common straps used by beginner photographers, but so many of them seem so limited, bulky, and uncomfortable. They often look more like torture devices than camera gear. How many times have you seen a neck strap turned into a tourniquet wrist strap as the photographer wraps it around his wrist until it starts to turn blue?

By creating a neck strap out of the same materials that we use for our sling straps, we could substantially cut down on the bulk and weight of the strap while still providing a softer, smoother neck strap. Now instead of looking like a mummy wrapped up in your neck strap, you can look all sleek while the wind blows through your hair (your results might vary).

Convertible Neck Strap

But since we’re JOBY, we thought it’d be cool to create a neck strap that could do more. Why just drive a car, when you can own a Transformer?

Our convertible neck strap can quickly turn into a wrist strap if you want to give your neck a break.

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You can even quickly transform your convertible neck strap into a carrier mode for a third way of carrying your camera!

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At JOBY, we think our customers should decide on how they should interact with their gear depending on the environment or just plain mood that they’re in. And we just think gear should just be fun! Check them out and let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below!

“GorillaQuad” Quadcopter Creates Awesome Aerial Photography

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Petr Jan Juračka is a professional science photographer, based at Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague in the Czech Republic. Every day, he takes on the challenge of taking shots of various objects, from really small microorganisms to aerial shots of large areas. In the latter case, he decided to build an amazing tool—a quadcopter. Petr is much more  a photographer than engineer, so he improvised in the creation of his quadcopter. Still, he’s been really satisfied with his unique “GorillaQuad”. Using his invention he can capture very professional (and strikingly beautiful!) aerial images on very low budget. Check it out and get inspired!

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Quadcopters are becoming really popular these days. Their prices are falling strongly down and you can see them flying over almost every big sports events. The bird’s eye view is an attractive perspective, showing simply more. Although it looks easy, flying with these drones for shooting is very demanding activity and requires a lot of training.

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“I decided to buy a quad and supposed it will be another accessory, just easy way how take shots from above…” Petr says. “However, it was much more challenging than I ever thought. I got injured during the first fly, the quad fall down and broke many times. Moreover, I was disappointed with the image I got from the small sport camera on the board. For the stills, I wanted to rebuild my quad into something bigger holding advanced compact camera shooting in RAW. Gorillapods were my choice, as I was used to using them for other types of photography before. GorillaPods make really easy to rotate my camera as I wish, and it is easy  to fold up my quad for traveling. Other professional photographers might might make fun of how it looks, but they have to admit it works.”

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Petr’s GorrilaQuad consists of the quad (Czech DIY frame, cheap Chinese electronics, propellers from US) and two gorillapods – one serves as quad foots, second holds a camera. Their weight is 270 & 30 grams, what is just acceptable for flying – GorillaQuad can still fly about 5 minutes per battery, which is enough time to take breathtaking stills from the air.

“It is quite new solution for me, we constructed that in my favorite camera shop last week. So these images are really first shots I took using gorillas on my quad, but hopefully not last. I really, really like it!”, Petr adds.

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Do not forget to visit Petr website, or follow him on Facebook or Twitter to see more amazing photography! Thanks Petr for taking the time to chat with us today!

 

Enter the Adventure Photo Contest!

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Enter your best adventure photo into our Adventure Photo Contest! Win great prizes from JOBY, Lowepro and Outex.

 

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Don’t forget to vote for your favorite photos as well! Enter and vote today!

New JOBY Camera Straps! UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate & DSLR Wrist Strap

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Our camera strap family is growing! We’re happy to announce our newest camera straps, the UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate and the DSLR Wrist Strap!

Streamlined, versatile and super cool, you’ll have to take one of these puppies home!

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Introducing the JOBY UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate

The UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate combines a streamlined hand strap with our super rad UltraPlate baseplate. Because the hand strap is paired with a universal quick-release plate, you can keep the hand strap attached to your camera while mounting it to a tripod or even using another camera strap. The UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate is compatible with standard and pro DSLRs with or without a battery grip.

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The hand strap features JOBY’s UltraFit Layered-Pad Technology™, which provides lightweight support without the bulk. The thin strap pad conforms to the shape of your hand and won’t interfere with use of the camera’s controls. The UltraPlate’s practical design also provides easy access to a camera’s battery door for changes on the fly.

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Comfortable for handheld shooting, the UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate is also ideal for shooting with a tripod. The UltraPlate features a universal tripod quick-release plate with built-in Arca-Swiss compatibility. Unlike most baseplates on the market, the UltraPlate has two additional 1/4″-20 screw mounts so you can attach all types of accessories (like camera straps or flash brackets) to the UltraPlate without removing the hand strap, unlike most other hand straps on the market. This innovative hand strap + baseplate design makes the JOBY UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate compatible with all camera tripods and camera straps! No more strap-tripod hassle!

Get yours here!

Introducing the JOBY DSLR Wrist Strap

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The DSLR Wrist Strap is a simple cinching wrist strap designed for DSLRs or mirrorless/CSCs. Lightweight and comfortable – weighing less than a half ounce – it is our minimalist solution to keeping your camera safe and secure. Featuring a strongly braided cord with a smooth, soft-to-touch finish, the strap is designed to automatically tighten around the wrist if the camera is dropped. The DSLR Wrist Strap was designed for photographers who don’t want a camera strap that gets in their way but do crave the security a camera strap provides.

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The DSLR Wrist Strap connects to a DSLR or mirrorless/CSC via universal shoulder lug attachment. The DSLR Wrist Strap comes in one adjustable size to fit most wrists and in two colors: charcoal and neon green.

Get yours here!

 

GripTight Winners from Instameet #IgersJAX in Jacksonville, FL

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Last weekend, our friends @igersjax hosted an Instameet in Jacksonville, FL. Instagrammers showed up to hang out, meet new friends and make awesome photos. We chose three of our favorite photos taken during the Instameet to win a GripTight tripod for their phone. Now, without further ado, our winners from #Igersjax_instawalk_2ab!

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By @whyte_wash

 

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GripTight Winners from #InstameetCFL in Florida

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Last weekend, our friends @fltall and @nickline  hosted an Instameet all over central Florida. Instagrammers showed up to hang out, meet new friends and make awesome photos. We chose three of our favorite photos taken during the Instameet to win a GripTight tripod for their phone. Now, without further ado, our winners from #InstameetCFL!

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GripTight Winners from #IGLAMeet_GrandPark Instameet!

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Last weekend, our friends @igla hosted an Instameet at Grand Park in LA. Instagrammers showed up to hang out, meet new friends and make awesome photos. We chose three of our favorite photos taken during the Instameet to win a GripTight tripod for their phone. Now, without further ado, our winners from #IGLAMeet_GrandPark!

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GripTight Winners from #HAE_JOBY in San Diego!

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Last weekend, our friends @igerssandiego hosted the world’s largest instameet in San Diego, CA. Over 450(!!!) Instagrammers showed up to hang out, meet new friends and make awesome photos. We chose three of our favorite #jumpstagram photos taken during the Instameet to win a GripTight tripod for their phone. Now, without further ado, our winners from  #HAE_JOBY!

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By @irvsgotit

 

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