Video Hardware Review Justin Clamp


Today I am featuring a hardware review of the Justin Clamp – specifically, we are looking at a Manfrotto iteration of it.  Why is it called a Justin Clamp?  Well…I’m not sure why it’s called a Justin Clamp to be honest.  I guess some guy named Justin came up with the idea, but regardless, it’s a pretty cool idea!  So, “What is a Justin Clamp?”, you ask?  So glad you did, because this hardware review both shows you the quality of this Manfrotto version of it, and the video really serves to help show, explain, and walk you through the features.  It’s a pretty straightforward (hopefully) hardware review, and really adds to your lighting options when you consider the versatility of where you can position lights with this clever device.  Take a look:


  1. Lightweight and portable
  2. Easy to use
  3. Sturdily built
  4. Adds a huge range of options for portable lighting


  1. Price to use ratio – this will really only be handy for those who are into using off camera lighting in interesting and unique places, so if you don’t like to venture outside traditional setups often, the price might be a bit high to justify use
  2. Awkward shape – While the Justin Clamp is small enough (as the video hardware review above indicates), it is a bit awkward which can take up a lot of space in a camera bag.  If you are into run-and-gun style photography, your bag is likely smaller, and this could eat up precious real estate in a small photo bag.

It seems you are all enjoying the presence of multimedia on the site, from videos to photos, and eBooks, given traffic reports lately,!  The last Lightroom video seemed particularly enjoyable, so thanks for all that have enjoyed it thus far! So, with that in mind, there’s more of that coming on a regular basis.  I’ll try to get a video tutorial or gear review up more regularly.  Some interesting changes may be coming down the pike though, so I will have to just wait and see.  In the meantime, keep enjoying the videos.

What Would You Do?

Bogen/Manfrotto Tripod

Bogen/Manfrotto Tripod

When traveling recently, I decided to take along my tripod, mount, and video camera to record the training trip (sort of a milestone goal, so it had to be done at some point).  That means on the trip out, I had three items:

  1. Laptop bag
  2. Carry-on bag
  3. Tripod (in its own tripod bag

The gate agent noticed I had the tripod with me and suggested I gate check it as the flight was nearly full and there might not be room for it in the overhead.  Okay, fine.  On the return trip, the gate agent told me I was over the two-bag limit and one would have to be checked to my final destination.  My understanding had always been that tripod bags are not counted against the two-bag limit, but whatever.

Then I was informed that my suitcase would not fit in the overhead bin, and I would have to gate-check that as well.  So now I am going from three bags down to two, and finally one bag in flight.  Huh?  Well, no worries, it’s a non-stop direct flight, what can happen?

On arrival, I get my gate checked suitcase, and mosey down to baggage claim.  After waiting for about an hour in case it got missed in the initial sweep, realized that it either never got taken off and took off for the next destination, or someone forgot to enter it into the belly of the plane and my trusty tripod was still in Kentucky.  So, I head over to the claim counter.  They said it could take up to five days.  If not found in 5 days, I can submit a claim for a replacement.

Assuming the tripod is not found, I need to get a new one, and it will obviously be covered by United.  I have a couple options here:

  1. Give an estimated value for the tripod, ball head, and umbrella, get a check from them and go shopping
  2. Go find the closest make/model, buy it and send them the receipt? (They don’t make my particular model anymore)

What would you do?

My other concern is over the inconsistent policies applied…is that worth writing to UA about to let them know?  I obviously will be compensated if the tripod is lost, so not sure I am really “harmed” here or that it’s worth even raising a fuss about it.  In the past my knee-jerk has been to write and vent, but anymore (maybe because I am getting older) it seems like it’s hardly worth the effort.

What would you do?