By Douglas Bankston
The Ugrip kit is like the Erector Set of camera
support, almost infinitely configurable. It accommodates 1/4" and 3/8"
camera mounts, and most of those base plate holes are threaded for
3/8". Anything with a 3/8" screw can be attached, allowing you to build
up the rig in whatever fashion.
Sliding plates mount to the wings of the base. To those attach the
handgrips. Once a comfortable configuration is found, the hex screws on
the sliding plates can be torqued tight. Built-in rubber gaskets
prevent plate shifting. The handgrips can be tilted for wrist comfort
and then locked into place with a twist of a ring at the base of the
grip. For my Canon HV30 (hence the “C” model), I staggered the
handgrips: the left positioned slightly toward the front and pitched
forward with the right positioned toward the rear. If I wanted to
switch to sticks, all I had to do was mount the tripod’s base plate to
the Ugrip and leave it.
Ugrip’s greatest benefit is that it provides a wider camera
footprint, allowing you to effectively pull your elbows away from the
body. This helps your arms to isolate the camera from a lot of
up-and-down motion from walking, running and breathing. It’s not a
substitute for gyrostabilized support, but with some practice, handheld
shooting can be smoothed out.
Extra plates, Bebob zoom/focus controls, bridge adapters and
fastening boxes are available. The fastening boxes hold mike preamps,
hard drives and other devices with spring-loaded clamps. At $1,129, the
Diamond “C” kit cost more than my HV30, which I have a hard time
justifying, but I can’t argue with the steadier footage it helped
Ugrip kits are available at B&H, Abel Cine Tech and directly from Ugrip.
Almost infinite versatility; well-crafted; creates a more manageable camera footprint.
Kits and accessories are very expensive.
The Erector Set of camera support.