The Manfrotto TwistGrip Lets You Mount Your Phone on a Tripod

If you’re the photographer that loves to do BTS videos of your photo shoot as it’s happening or uses Facebook Live Streaming or anything else like that, then consider this new item from Manfrotto. It’s called the TwistGrip and it lets you mount your phone into a clamp, hold it in place and lets you put it on a tripod. It uses a 1/4″ thread on the bottom to mount to most tripods, selfie sticks, monopods, etc. Plus it can mount a small accessory on top.

It’s made of all aluminum, though it doesn’t seem to deliver the extra versatility to shoot portrait oriented the way that the MeFOTO SideKick 360 offers.

The TwistGrip is available for $49.95 right now. More photos are after the jump.

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Tripod Alternatives for The Travelling Photographer

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Though a tripod can be an invaluable tool for producing sharp images, you may not enjoy hauling it around especially when traveling. If you want sharp images, but not the burden of a large tripod, there are alternatives. To achieve sharp images in low light or long exposures, here are some products that may prove a better alternatives to the traditional legs and head.

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Review: Manfrotto 682B Pro Self Standing Monopod With Retractable Legs

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For a while now I have been looking for a proper monopod to fit my needs. While my 3 Legged thing Brian did come with a monopod and is an epic tripod, it did not fulfill all the requirements for my type of work. I needed a more versatile Monopod–something with legs. I know I am talking about a monopod, but there are those that indeed come with legs. I recently purchased the Manfrotto 682B Pro Self Standing Monopod with Retractable Legs to help with a few projects where I could not have a tripod or a light stand but strangely a monopod was fine.

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Review: Manfrotto 393 Heavy Duty Gimbal

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If you like to shoot with telephoto lenses there will come a time where you want to work with a gimbal tripod head. There are a lot of options , some expensive, some even more expensive. Then there is the Manfrotto 393  . It is not brand new, it is not fancy. It is a Heavy Duty Gimbal, the answer to a few of my new needs. As seen in some of my reviews, I have been working with big telephoto lenses. I have also begun to like shooting with my camera low to the ground . I needed a tool to attack both these task and after much searching , this was it.
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Review: Manfrotto Backpack 30

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We’ve just recently covered some of Manfrotto’s new bag line. Over the last few weeks I had the chance to test Manfrotto’s new Backpack 30. Now, Manfrotto set out to reinvigorate its bag line with a much-needed new look and design. I must say I really warmed up to the charms of the design of what it has to offer.

Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog post by Matthew D’Alessio

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Review: Manfrotto Shoulder Bag 30

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If you ask anyone in the photo industry what Manfrotto is best known for, they’d probably tell you their tripods. That isn’t to say at all that they make awful bags though. Earlier in the year, we saw a couple of new bags from the company–and amongst the ones that we’ve been testing for a while is the Shoulder Bag 30. The 30 is a camera bag that is obviously meant to be a shoulder bag, but also meant to be placed somewhere in the middle. As the numbers get larger, so do the bags.

And even though we weren’t so sold on the 30 when we first got it in, we eventually warmed up to it. Now, we’re actually quite impressed with the way it works in real life.


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Manfrotto’s New PIXI Tripod is For the Itty Bitty Cameras

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Manfrotto’s latest PIXI tripod is one of those special ones targeted at people with mirrorless cameras, entry level DSLRs, and phones. The company is billing it as small and perfect for selfies and table-top shooting. And to put further emphasis on the portability, we should also mention that it is only 8oz heavy and 7 inches tall when the legs are inward. The head has a 1/4 20 screw and there is a brand new push-button mechanism which they’re saying, “allows you to position your subject correctly in the frame, while the head is able to tilt 35° in the vertical axis and pan 360° in the horizontal axis.”

The PIXI is available now at B&H Photo for $24.88.

Manfrotto Announces KLYP Case and KLYPAPP for iPhone 4/4S/5

Manfrotto KLYPWhat are the two things that iPhoneographers were missing from their iPhone so far? A flash hot-shoe and a tripod mount. Manfrotto’s new KLYP case offers both (sort of). The case for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5 looks more or less like a regular iPhone, but it can be fittet with an LED light panel and can be mounted to a tripod, making your iPhone as versatile as never before. The KLYPAPP app that goes together with the KLYP helps to maximize the benefits of the KLYP case, by offering a virtual horizon, self timer and basic picture editing.

The KLYP case alone is available for US-$ 29.99, while the KLYP + ML240 LED light panel comes in at US-$ 99.99. A fitting accessory tripod is offered with the PIXI table tripod for US-$ 24.99. Finally, the KLYPAPP can be downloaded for free from the iTunes app store.

Manfrotto’s New BeFree Compact Tripod is Aimed at the Photographer on the Go

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Manfrotto just announced a new compact tripod aimed at photographers on the go, called the ‘BeFree’. What makes this tripod ideal for photographers that travel a lot is its compact size and low weight. The aluminum-made BeFree weighs only 3 lbs (1.36 kg) and folds to a size of less than 16″ (40 cm). In addition, it comes with its own dedicated bag for extra protection, which you can also carry over your shoulder.

The BeFree is available now for a retail price of US $199.89.

Photo Industry Round Up: Everything That Happened at CES 2013

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We here at The Phoblographer hope you guys got your fix of photography news from CES 2013 this year as our Editor in Chief and News Team has been working around the clock to bring you guys everything you need to know about the latest and greatest camera news from the show. Perhaps you’ve missed a couple of announcements or first looks as they went live over the past few hectic days of the event, so here’s a quick round up of everything CES 2013.

 

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Manfrotto’s New Stile Line of Bags Think They’re Cool Because They Spell Style Wrong

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Manfrotto has shown that they’ve created some stylish items before: especially with their leather photographer gloves that we reviewed a while back. But today, they’re introducing their new Stile line of camera bags that they say fuses Italian design (hopefully someone from Milan is making these) and functionality.

The new line, despite scant details, includes slings, messenger bags, backpacks, holsters, and more. Manfrotto is saying that each of the bags will come in three colors: black, blue and dove. Dove is interesting, but sure can be stylish and blend in well with the snow so you can avoid Polar Bears and other beasts. Black and blue are what we expect to be the mainstay though.

Apart from the style though, the company says that each bag has extra padded removable inserts for total customization of the inside. Plus, there are pockets…and stuff.

No word on pricing or availability yet. Maybe we’ll hear something around Fashion Week.

Holiday 2012: Recommended Tripods (No Matter What Your Needs)

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Unless your hands are as stable as a turntable, you would benefit from employing a tripod. For the longest time I shunned tripods because I thought they would cramp my style and freedom. Freedom is popular these days and I didn’t want to hand it over to a silly, three-legged device.

But it turns out tripods can really help certain types of photography. Landscape is one of them, so is portraiture. Products, architecture…just about everything except underwater (although I was tempted to try that on my last trip to Hawaii). If you’re thinking of picking up a tripod or two, let me give you some suggestions based on pocketbook size and intended use. Options listed here range from $3 to $1550.

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Manfrotto & Kata Introduce Series Of New D-Light Camera Bags

Manfrotto and Kata have just introduced a whole slew of new camera bags. If you’re a fan of bags with a high usability factor, you will surely find one that’s to your liking in Kata’s new D-Light lineup. Starting from small shoulder bags over medium-sized waistpacks up to full-size rucksack bags, the new D-Light collection has something to offer for every taste.
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Manfrotto’s Lino Apparel For Female Photographers Isn’t The Type of Stuff That Would End Up on Pinterest

Manfrotto has recently announced their Lino line of apparel for female photographers. While they aren’t really the most stylish of items, the line of products seem to have an emphasis on productivity and functionality vs style. Here’s a quick rundown of the new items:

PRO FIELD JACKET – $349.00

The Pro Field Jacket features photographic working tools combined with comfort, convertibility, and a sleek design. It offers a classic style and comfortably holds camera gear and accessories.

PRO PHOTO VEST – $229.00

The Pro Photo Vest combines sleek design with the functionality of an everyday vest. It comfortably holds and supports your camera gear and accessories

PRO SOFT SHELL JACKET – $169.00

The Pro Soft Shell Jacket is a warm and stylish shooting jacket designed to protect from cold while accommodating the functionality needed for day to day shooting.

PRO AIR JACKET – $159.00

The Pro Air Jacket is a breathable wind and waterproof jacket that folds into its own integrated compact pouch

PRO PONCHO – $149.99

The Pro Poncho is a wind and waterproof poncho designed to protect the photographer and her gear from any weather conditions.

Review: Manfrotto Lino PRO Field Jacket

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A few weeks ago, I reviewed Manfrotto’s wildly expensive yet impressive Lino Pro Photo Gloves. As expected, the gloves performed quite well. Now that you have your hands taken care of while your shooting, what about your body? As it turns out, Manfrotto has a complete line of photo vests, light jackets and heavier jackets.  In this post, we’ll check out one of the heavier jackets that Manfrotto offers, the Lino PRO Field Jacket. Click on through to see what we thought of it.

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Review: Manfrotto Q5 Photo/Video Tripod Head with 755CX3 Tripod

The Manfrotto Q5 tripod head was designed for photographers and videographers alike, i.e. the HDSLR crowd. Though I’m not typically a tripod user, I admit that tripods like the 755CX3 have their uses: such as for recording videos for the site. After receiving two Q5 units, the staff and I put the head and 755CX3 package to the test primarily in video shoots.

And the findings were a bit surprising.

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Quick Review: Manfrotto Pro Photo Gloves

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Manfrotto is a company best known for their tripods and other photography accessories. But how many of you also knew that they manufactured apparel? Take for example the Manfrotto Lino Pro Photo Gloves. Though many photographers prefer to buy gloves and cut off the tops of the fingers, these gloves don’t do that. Instead, they embrace covering your entire hand and claim to allow you to still have full versatility.

Do they hold up to the claims?

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