AMITIAE - Monday 21 July 2014
Glif Tripod Mount and Stand Revisited
By Graham K. Rogers
When the iPhone 5 (and later 5s) appeared, it was clear that neither the lenses nor the Glif support would work. I gave the lenses and the Glif mount to a student who was still running an iPhone 4. I already had an interesting set of lenses from a Kickstarter project: Mobi Lens. These had the advantage that not only would they work on iPhones, but on other brands, and even on the iPad, as the connection method, although not as tight as Olloclip, was more versatile.
To make the adjustments to both the grip and the stand there is a 5/32 hex key in the unusual package that contains the components. This goes in a threaded screw and locks into the female hex at the bottom of the threaded section. The screw thread attaches to a standard tripod.
Both the ring and hex key will need to be kept safe. Hex keys are fairly easily replaceable (I still have a set from my motorcycling days), but the ring would need to be reordered if lost.
Connecting the iPhone 5s into the Glif needed me to turn the hex key several times until the jaws began to grip. As I could still slide the device out, I tightened it more, until movement was difficult. This held the iPhone in place. I was wary of making the grip too tight. When I later released the iPhone, there were no contact marks at all.
The previous Glif mount paid for itself over and over and I expect that the latest one, which I carry in my backpack in its neat package (along with a mini-tripod I have), will continue to give me good service.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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