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Use your camera strap with your camera tripod!

By | Camera Straps, Gorillapod, Photography | One Comment

After our UltraFit Sling Strap launch, a good number of customers told us that they also wanted to use their camera strap with their tripod without having to unscrew the strap. So, we started looking for universal quick release tripod plates on the market to point our customers to. But we were surprised at how expensive and complicated they were. $50 – $100? That’s more than our sling strap!

So, our designers and engineers got to work.

We aim for simple but adaptable designs that put a lot of functionality in the hands of our users.

So, let’s start with a universal camera baseplate that’s made of hard-anodized machined-aluminum with a unibody design. That makes it tough, sleek, and small.

We’ll include two ¼-20” female mounting holes for your accessories like camera straps or flash brackets. We’ll include a slot for your hand and wrist strap.


Let’s give it an extra long mounting slot so you can position the base plate where it makes the most sense to you. Now, you have a total camera platform!

Let’s make it an Arca-Swiss compatible tripod plate so you can just slide your camera into the most common mounting system for tripods. But if you’re using something like a Manfrotto® RC2 ballhead, you can attach the UltraPlate to the ¼-20” screw of an RC2 quick-release plate.


We don’t like tools that get in our way so let’s make it small at 2.8” x 1.7” (Arca-Swiss dovetail is 1.5″ wide) x 0.5” (7.2 x 4.3/3.85  x 1.25 cm) and weighing only 1.65 oz (47g) so that it fits nicely underneath your DSLR camera or compact system camera.

And finally, let’s make it $19.95 so it’s a no-brainer for everybody to have one for their camera.

Check out our video below on the UltraPlate and buy one for your camera today!


12 Days of Giveaways! Last day to enter!

By | Contests, Gorillapod, Photography | No Comments

GorillaPods love to party and we think there is no better way to ring in the holiday season than with lots of awesome giveaways! For twelve days starting December 3rd, we’re giving away a different prize every day! Prizes include all of our new products like the GripTight iPhone & Android tripods and Camera Straps,  plus some great gear from Cinetics and Olloclip and GorillaPod and GorillaTorch favorites. Enter for your chance to win a GripTight GorillaPod Stand, UltraFit Sling Strap, GorillaPod SLR-Zoom and more!

Today’s prize …

GorillaPod Focus with Ballhead X and Cinetics CineSkates for Focus! Put our professional-grade GorillaPod Focus on wheels and you’ve got an unstoppable combo for photos and video! Capture smooth panoramic shots or experiment with timelapse photography – there are no limits to your creativity with this pair!  Today is the last day to enter so ENTER NOW!


Friday Finds: SmugMug Meetup, Favorite Flickr Group Photos, Around the Net

By | Friday Find, Gorillapod, Photography, Press, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Hello Creactives!

Yet another gorgeous spring day in San Francisco, the sun is shining and we are all looking forward to enjoying it this weekend. But first, a look back.

East Bay SmugMug Meetup

This week Joby went to the far reaches of the East Bay to participate in the East Bay SmugMug Meetup. Many photographers were present to mix, mingle, discover new products and critique each other’s  images.

Our Lovely Host Gustavo

Got an event you would like Joby to attend? Let us know!

This Week’s Favorite Photo from the Flickr Gorillapod Love Pool

Skunkwork Photography captured this great perspective of a Corvette on his Nikon D90, with Sigma 10-20mm and of course a trusty Gorillapod.

Skunkworkds Photographic - Corvette

Pretty in Pink Care of the UAE

The Pink Panther has left his mark on advertising in the United Arab Emirates. This very pink advertising ran throughout the country for a bundle deal with Panasonic cameras.

UAE- Gorillapod photography bundle with Lumix Camera

Gorillapod Magnetic Travels Well on Gadling

Upside Camera Tripod

Gadling, the self-professed top travel blog, gave the Gorillapod Magnetic it’s seal of approval this week. The tweets for the post summed up the review nicely;  “perfect for the perpetually upside-down, traveling, photographer.

Great Title – Flickr Style

Clever names  and titles crack me up, even better when it is used to explain a new found devotion to Joby products. You can see this new convert to Joby Ballhead with the post “life, AB.”

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