Joby, maker of a variety of lightweight camera stands and accessories, has created the Joby GorillaPod Rig. Available in a smaller and larger capacity version, this rig gives you the ability to mount small accessories such as a light or external mic to its lightweight, flexible and mobile camera stand. Details below:
Reminiscent of one of my favorite UK horror classics, The Wicker Man, the Joby Gorilla Pod Rig is the same Gorilla Pod you know and love with the addition of… arms. Well, arms and cold shoe mounts.
Joby GorillaPod Rig
The Joby GorillaPod Rig comes in two flavors: a mobile phone version priced at $99 and aimed at mobile phone shooters and a DSLR version priced at $199 that has a load capacity of 11 lbs. Here are a few mounting configurations for the smaller GorillaPod Rig Mobile:
V-loggers with bigger DSLR cameras (like a Canon EOS 80D) will find the larger GorillaPod Rig is the way to go. It weighs 1.8 lbs without accessories and includes an Arca-type compatible head that rotates 360 degrees and comes with a handy quick release plate. In the past I’ve used Joby GorillaPod’s primarily for mounting action cams and I’ve found them sturdy and capable of taking abuse in the field. Made from ABS Plastic, Aluminum, Nylon Webbing, Stainless Steel and TPE, this rig seems well made too.
Obviously a major advantage of the GorillaPod system is the ability to mount the rig to trees, railings, bikes and nearly everything around you in nature with a little tinkering. Anything that can mount to a 1/4″ – 20 thread will mount to the GorillaPod Rig provided you don’t exceed the weight limit of either version.
Tripods are heavy and not always the right tool for the job. Of course, this isn’t something you’ll want to use to tilt and pan mid-shot, but when it comes to a light and versatile camera mounting solution you can’t really do much better than this.