Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Joby Ultraplate

I don't like neck straps. Yeah, yeah I've already said that here and here. But I cannot stress enough the fact that I don't want to use one.

An alternative to neck straps is the messenger-type strap that can be mounted to the tripod screw mount at the bottom of cameras, like the Joby UltraFit Sling Strap which I reviewed here. This is a great strap since you wear it diagonally across the chest and your neck won't be the one carrying your heavy load.

However, the one problem with this configuration becomes apparent when you want to mount your camera on a tripod. Say you want to photograph fireworks near a body of water with the wind blowing really hard. You wouldn't want to have your camera strapless right, lest your camera takes a dive in the lake? This kind of situation usually happens with me when I photograph fireworks here in Chicago...

So, in the past, when I am gonna mount my camera to a tripod, I would remove the sling strap and attach the original neck strap so that I will still have something to hold on to whenever I take long-exposure shots. You see, you can only attach one thing to the camera screw mount: either the tripod or the alternative strap. That's it. (Note, though, that I only loosely hold the straps so that I won't cause any unnecessary movement to the set up.)

This dilemma is solved by the Joby Ultraplate.

You attach the Ultraplate to the tripod screw mount. Simple, right? However, the Ultraplate itself has two quarter-inch tripod screw mount! Two! What this means is, you can attach an alternative strap and still be able to mount your camera to a tripod. Genius! I've always wondered why no camera accessory makers had produced a solution for this dilemma and it took the folks at Joby to come up with the answer.

Oh, it's also compatible with the Joby GorillaPod Focus, which I reviewed here.

And the best thing about this plate? (As if being able to use an alternative strap and still be able to mount your camera to a tripod is not enough...) The plate is Arca-Swiss compatible. This means that if your tripod already has that kind of mounting plate, then you're good to go. And if your tripod does not use an Arca-Swiss plate, then you can just screw your tripod straight to the plate.

Win - Win!!!

So, wait no more! Get one for each of your cameras and you will not regret it. You can buy it straight from Joby.

This Joby Ultraplate is Highly Recommended!

Gear used to make this post:

No comments:

Post a Comment


Photography Chicago There's Always A Shot Review Philippines Gadgets Outdoor Photography Accesories Metro Manila Street Photography Events Photography Inspiration Photo Journalism Summer Photography Advice Travel Winter Accessories Photography How-to Portraiture The Wife Apple Autumn Shot A Million Times iPhone Video Review Product Review Holidays Long Exposure Spring Architecture Princeton iPhone Accessories Inspiration Taguig Art Indoor Music iPod Canon Cameras Event Fireworks Photography Technique Photojournalism How-to Museum Product Photography Books Fine Art Fitness Health Personal iPhone photography Flowers Fujifilm Panorama iPhone Photo Blue Hour #MoreFunInThePhilippines Food Photography Landscapes Lenses Filipino Fujinon Launch Mac Shoes Sony California HDR Japan Makati City Musings Navy Pier Night Photography Photoshop Science iPad Android BGC Bags Blog Contest Family Fashion Fitbit Friends Internet Motion Blur Non-iPhone phone Road Trip Running Sunset USA iPad Accessories iPhone Apps Animated GIF Apple Accessories Battery Bluetooth Cebu Cycling Dance Earphones Food Garmin GoPro Gym Home Luzon Macro Natural Light Photography Outdoor Run Pageantry Parade Quantified Self Quezon City Smartphone Sports Tabletop Photography Time Lapse Video Videography Workout iOS 4K Advice Anime Animé App Review Apple Watch Architectures Asia Athletics Beach City Scape Cosplay Dining Drop-proof case Duathlon Editorial Emotion Flower Globe GoProMax HD Halloween Holy Sites Home Theater Hyperlapse Joby Laptop Accessories Learning Long Zoom Love Lowepro MacBook Manga Manila Milky Way Mind Museum Minnesota Mobile Phone Mobile Phone Photography Movies North Luzon Orange PSHS Pasay City People Photography Event Post-Processing Power Rain Requests SM MoA Samsung Satire Sound Speakers TPLEX Tagaytay Tanay Televisions Temples There is always a shot Walking Workshop iPhone Case iPhone Xs Max

Comment Guidelines

Keep all comments relevant to the original post. Do not post comments which contain profanity, hate speeches or solicitations of any kind. Posting comments to this blog constitutes your agreement to adhere to these guidelines.