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Anil George
February 8, 2017

Get a Grip on things

It’s that time in history when the relevance of the DSLR is lost on us. In an age when filmmaking has become democratic, a medium that plays on a totally level field, we bring you the kit that you absolutely need to capture awesome sounds and imagery while on the road, whether it be MWC 2017 or your pet Blair Witchish project..

ExoLens lens system for iPhone 6/6S

jcrop-previewThink add-on lens kits to smartphones, and surely precision-machined aluminum bracket with integrated tripod mounts don’t come to mind. A partnership between Zeiss and office supply company Fellowes, this company is out to change a few perceptions. Included is a Zeiss Mutar 0.6x Apsh T wide-angle lens, a telephoto lens hood and a front lens cap.

AED 819,,

Beastgrip Pro + Wide-Angle and Fisheye Lenses Bundle


They rightfully proclaim it the world’s best camera rig. This is one super robust piece of kit with tons of accessories that has lived up to its mobbish response on Kickstarter. The Beastgrip Pro has slots to attach external LED lights, shotgun mics, lavaliar kits and with the optional DOF adaptor, you can even attach SLR lenses! Talk about getting you equipped.

AED 790,,

Peli S115 Sport Elite Camera Pack  

jcrop-previewIgnore the term camera in the title, for this watertight, crushproof and TSA ready case comes with a large sized padded divider compartment, for your shotgunic, Beastgrip Pro et al. It’s large side pockets keep charging cords and accessories organized and allow attachment of full sized tripods while the pressure equalization valve prevents vacuum lock.

AED 750,

Lume Cube

jcrop-previewThink of it as perfect gear for the casual filmmaker, making your photo studio as mobile as you are. With powerful and adjustable light, you can even use the Lume Cube as a slave for your DSLR camera – offering unlimited capabilities for firing multiple cubes to completely light your scene. Pair the Lume Cube with your smartphone, and the free app lets you control flash, duration, and brightness of multiple cubes. Perfect for pairing with your GoPro, it’s also the first ever lighting mount for a drone!

AED 349 onwards,,

jcrop-previewZoom H6 recorder

It’s the name any journo or professional worth his salt will swear by. And now Zoom have raised the bar on the super portable six-track recorder even further. Think four interchangeable input capsules to ensure precision sound-shaping like never before. The ultimate chameleon of the audio world ? When it comes to classical music, film work or that exclusive interview you snagged on the noisy MWC floors, this is a must-have. We love the pre-record feature, which captures a few seconds of audio before the record button is pressed.

AED 1250,,

IK Multimedia iKlip Grip Pro


This is a company that has long understood the needs of mobile journalists. The iKlip Grip Pro for smartphones is an extremely versatile accessory, combining a comfortable handgrip, mini-tripod, telescoping selfie stick and detachable wireless Bluetooth remote, which either triggers still photos or starts and pauses audio/video recording. The included cradle can also be mounted on a standard tripod thanks to its 1/4” thread mount.

AED 237,

Peli 1495CC2 Laptop Case  


You never know where you might need to be prepared, lights, camera and processing prowess included. This case is watertight, crushproof and dustproof. It has stainless steel padlock protectors and an automatic pressure equalization valve which balances interior pressure. Perfect for that frantic edit sesssion in the wild.

AED 765,

iKlip A/V


Smartphone broadcasts are the way to go, as IK Multimedia have clearly understood. Positioned as the first smartphone broadcast mount for pro-quality audio/video, the iKlip A/V goes far beyond a simple smartphone mount and grip. Consider, for instance, that the device adds an entire audio pickup system for using an external professional mic. This means a microphone preamp, complete with XLR input and phantom power, so you can use any external microphone or wireless microphone receiver of your choice. Two AA batteries in the grip handle provide 48V phantom power, while it also has real-time audio monitoring and gain control options. You can also mount it, thanks to a UNC 1/4”-20 thread tripod/camera mount. Rather awesome.

AED 892

DJI Osmo Mobile


This 3 Axis gimbal is definitely one of the most innovative photography devices today, and their latest incarnation, the Osmo Mobile continues the mission statement in style. Now control your phone camera like a professional camera, with dedicated buttons for the Shutter and Record, as well as manual ISO, Shutter and White Balance settings. Plus, custom setting options add a touch of personalisation to your experience.

AED 1249,,

Manfrotto PIXI EVO Mini Tripod

jcrop-previewWhile doing product shots, do you struggle with your standard tripods. This mini creator of magic is perfect, with two height modes. Use the simple use push-button locking mechanism for quick setup, the ¼” screw thread to mount recorders and cameras, and you’re on! Oh, and you can mount your Zoom Recorders on it too!

AED 195,,

Western Digital My Book desktop

jcrop-previewThink of it as a dash of flavor to external HDD’s. WD collaborated with Yves Behar to create a whole new design language and some standout colors for the portable line. Available in up to 8TB variants, the desktop drive includes password protection with hardware encryption.

AED 499 onwards ,

Manfrotto 290 Light Aluminium Tripod

jcrop-previewWhen heading out for your MWC conference round of launches and first looks, a stabilising tripod is a must to get the right videos and stills. Manfrotto have just the answer with this line of tripods. Compact, yet super strong in the tradition of the brand, and to top it all, it has a fluid video head for those super satisying pan shots of Barcelona.

AED 620,,

HP Z2 Mini

jcrop-previewThe HP Z1 was on arrival proclaimed the best thing ever for professional video editors.  Which brings us to the HP Z2, the world’s first mini workstation designed for users in CAD and other computer-intensive industries. Incredibly small at a mere 5.8cm high with support for six displays right out of the box, the workstation comes equipped with Intel Xeon processors,  NVIDIA professional graphics and the availability of HP Z Turbo Drive.  Server-grade power indeed.

AED 2933,


by Anil George

Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2015 and 2016. Anil is also the Middle East’s first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering.  Reach him at: