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Introducing HipJib

By Anthony Thurston on August 24th 2013

This has got to be one of the most simple/unique Film related Kickstarter campaigns that I have seen yet. Photographer and Camera Man Gert Wegner has developed a device that he calls HipJib, which turns your tripod into a jib arm attached to your hip. Yes, im serious.

The footage shown in the video above looks pretty decent, and the device looks comfortable enough but I just cant get over how silly you will look running around with a tripod hanging off your hip. Also, not everyone is created equal; if you have shaky hands or bad knees/hips then this would likely not be a good idea for you.

All of that said, the project is 73% funded with 37 days remaining so chances are pretty good that this project may actually see the light of day. The other thing that really catches me off about this product is the price, $225 for what essentially amounts to a belt with holes for your tripod legs seems a little steep in my mind.

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MSRP aside, if you jump in on the Kickstarter now you can get the HipJib for only a $140 pledge, a pretty good discount over the MSRP of $225.

I am really curious to hear your thoughts on this one. Do you think that this will be a valid tool for indie filmmakers? Yes, No, or Whatever let us know in a comment below!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Chuck

    What a joke. First off no one takes an Sony EX3 and plans on doing a shoot while holding it out 2-3 feet from their body. The camera weighs almost 8lbs. Plus the weight of the tripod. To stabilize that much weight you need a full vest (Steadicam). The shots during the video didn’t match the motion of the “hipjib” which shows either poor production or it looked bad. They also used a female for the promo shots, but not in use. It’s a great way to show how light the apparatus is, except it’s a marketing ploy. Next.

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  2. Craig

    I made something similar to this myself a couple years ago. It was to awkward to work with. I would much rather spend the money for a standalone jib.

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  3. carlofiumano

    Arrivi tardi! infatti è già utilizzato da anni da molti videographers barboni!

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  4. KGB

    While I can appreciate the overall idea, and it does seem to work, the complete loss of any professional appearance precludes ever using it.

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    • Anthony R

      Apply that exact same sentence to why I don’t use the lightsphere any more. Also, buy a monopod or buy a shoulder mount. This looks way too awkward.

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