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The GaffGun Wants To Make Your Cabling Woes History, Save You Time, Pain, But Maybe Not Money

By Kishore Sawh on October 16th 2014

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When starting out in photography, on any level, the term ‘gaffer tape’ will rear its head at some point. If you’re at all DIY inclined around the house, or your studio, you were already intimately entwined with it in all likelihood. If not, and you plan on pursuing photography at all, you soon will be.

There’s a sort of appreciation given to gaffer tape that most tools in photography could only dream to have bestowed upon them, but for quite a good reason. Gaffer tape is just one of those tools that can be used by anyone, without specific knowledge, without finesse, and even if you’ve got fists of ham and fingers of sausage. And though technology bolts ahead at the speed of thought, with WiFi cards and cameras etc, there’s still no getting around cabling.

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Have you ever stood in, worked in, or just been a fly on the wall in a photo or film studio? Wiring drapes even the neatest of them like a tapestry of blood vessels feeding electrical current and data, the lifeblood, all around. There’s no getting away from it now, or in the near future.

Often it’s gaffer tape that keeps all these cables grouped and taped to the floor, wall, assistant, etc. Taping anything can be a process, and now a product has arrived which alleges to make the process 29x faster. GaffGun, for lack or a better or more appropriate term, is a tape dispenser. Call it what you like, but a rose by any other name, and all that…

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What GaffGun does however, while simple in theory, seems like a godsend; it easily, and without threading, effectively brings together your cabling and the tape, and lays it down neatly, quickly, and easily. From the demonstration video here you can see just how simple it is. I wouldn’t even be swayed by the numbers presented regarding time savings, but just the ease and speed at which the final neat result is achieved sort of speaks for itself.

The only issue to be had here, and it’s not a small one, could be the price. Gaffer tape is cheap and often used as a cheap DIY solution to more expensive fixes, but the GaffGun comes in at about $200 which, to some critics, makes it a conflict of interest. But I don’t think those that laugh have thought it through, and here’s why. Any photo equipment is expensive. Most of our gear deals in the hundreds and thousands, and then when it comes to video studios, it’s generally the latter – never mind liability insurance, etc. So spending $200 on something that will save time, generally save you a headache, and likely a backache, as well as provide a neater workspace less likely to trip and injure anyone who steps inside, well, to me, seems like a bargain – if it works.

Find out more about the GaffGun here at their site.

Source: PetaPixel

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Robert Orsa

    How long til the Chinese knock-offs show up? (Everyone was already wondering this.) Great product, but $200????

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  2. Derek Grant

    now why didn’t I think of that?

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  3. Mircea Blanaru

    I like cheap and good things to buy. I this case I think that this is a good investment even it is expensive.

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  4. Steven Pellegrino

    I have no use for this, but I want one! This is a very clever tool.

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  5. Paul Monaghan

    I could have done with this 10+ year ago… all the years I’ve been crawling about doing this by hand setting up concerts.

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  6. Jeff Morrison

    Great idea

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  7. Brian Stalter

    Looks like a great tool to have, but I hope they offer a longer handle at some point – it looks like the operator still needs to walk around bent over.

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    • James Pacheco

      Looks to me like it comes with an extension handle. It’s someone unclear as to how long it is. In some of the shots, it looks like the operator was able to hold it at a relatively comfortable level by his side.

      I suspect most of the short handled shots were used because it’s probably slightly easier to control. It’s probably also more compact if you use the short handle exclusively.

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    • Stan Rogers

      It looks like it uses a standard broom handle/paint pole thread to me, and with a plethora of cheap (and not-so-cheap) sources already available, it really wouldn’t be worth their while to hype an expensive accessory handle. (Also, the stage/riser wiring scenario will probably be a more common use case than photography/filmmaking — we who are optically addicted are not *quite* the entire universe — so the short-handle configuration will be awfully handy.)

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  8. Eric Sharpe

    This is an awesome product. I have a location studio lighting kit that I travel with, and taping down the power cords is always inconvenient.

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