About this project
Beastgrip Pro - the world's most versatile tool for camera phone photographers and videographers.
Our Kickstarter campaign is over, but you can still order Beastgrip™ products at www.beastgrip.com
About two years ago, we began our journey on creating the world's first universal lens adapter for all smartphones. We want to thank everyone for all the tremendous support and feedback we've received from our first Kickstarter campaign. Although our original Beastgrip was a great product, there's always room for improvement when you shoot for perfection (no pun intended). After carefully examining the real world feedback our users shared with us using dozens of different phone models, we completely redesigned our product to be the best phoneography tool in the world. The result is the Beastgrip Pro. Along with the BG Pro, we are proud to introduce our Beastgrip conversion lenses and DOF (Depth of Field) adapter, for use with SLR lenses.
Mobile phones have come a long way. From the very beginning we believed that the cell phone everyone owns can be so much more. With new models getting smarter by the minute, we sought to design a product that can adapt as fast as they do. Most phones on the market today have high-quality cameras, editing applications, and even 4K video recording; they're a very powerful production tool for everyday users and creative professionals. We've seen smartphones photograph and record priceless everyday moments, real estate properties, business training videos, commercials, interviews, journalism content, action/sports videos, short and feature-length films… the list goes on.
We realized having a single device that adapts to every phone increases efficiency and brings a world of new possibilities to create the content you want.
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After our original Beastgrip was launched on Kickstarter back in 2013, our customers were able to test it in real world scenarios and give us vital feedback. We listened. Almost every component was redesigned to improve functionality, adaptability and the manufacturing process. Now it’s stronger, more functional and easier to use with any phone. Set it up exactly how you want. Transforms from a basic tripod mount to a full-featured professional rig in no time.
We believe the Beastgrip Pro will be the best and most versatile tool in the world for mobile photographers and videographers.
Our patent-pending design has an adjustable lens mount and clamps that adapt to virtually any phone. Our new clamps quickly secure both small and large devices and the redesigned lens mount assembly is built on a three-way axis to accommodate ANY phone-even if it has a protruded camera.
Please check the size and specs of your phone (with or without protective case) as demonstrated on drawing below. We are confident it will fit perfectly!*
* There are few phone models such as the LG G Flex/2 (curved shape with button on the back panel) and LG G2 (with button on the back panel) which will fit in the clamps properly, but can't be aligned perfectly with lens mount because of the shape and/or button on the back panel.
*Nokia Lumia 1520 can be used with Beastgrip Pro. Simply remove the handle on the BG's lens mount assembly to align the lens mount with the 1520's camera properly.
*If you have a bulky protective case or have any doubts if it will fit properly, please PM us, we will be more than happy to assist you.
The Beastgrip Pro locks your phone in place faster than you can say “Beastgrip.” Oh, and if you have your favorite protective case, don’t worry about removing it – our unique design works with many phone cases.
Use it how you want. We designed the Beastgrip Pro with flexibility in mind. If your looking for a simple tripod mount, comfortable grip paired with your favorite clip-on lens or a full-featured setup with tons of accessories, then look no further. The Beastgrip Pro can do it all.
Be ready for anything. With a standard threaded 37mm lens/filter mount, cold shoe mount and five 1/4"-20 threaded mounts already built-in, you can easily attach all the accessories you need for the perfect shot. Our patent-pending design allows you to use as much or as little as you need, making it the most versatile platform in the world for mobile shooters.
Please check user manual for more info.
We started working on the Beastgrip Pro using 3D printing, which allowed us to make minor adjustments to the original design - until we hit a point where our design improvements made it too fragile. So instead, we teamed up with professional engineers and worked tirelessly with manufacturers to ensure the Beastgrip Pro will be stronger than ever before.
All of the major components of the Beastgrip Pro are custom manufactured. The main body components will be manufactured using a mold injection process with an extremely durable glass-filled nylon material. Rubber overmolded clamps will hold your phone securely and protect it from scratches. The custom-machined brass lens mount ring and threaded inserts are molded-in place before the material hardens, forming an unbreakable bond. And the custom-machined anodized aluminum standoffs and aluminum thumb screws with a soft nylon tip assure a smooth operation and increased durability. All products will be fully assembled by hand in Chicago, Illinois with the highest quality and craftsmanship.
With the high demand of today's clip-on lens users, we've completely redesigned our lens mount assembly. Our new lens mount is removable, allowing you to attach a mobile clip-on lens to your phone AND use the Beastgrip Pro for better handling, attaching a tripod mount and/or accessories, etc.
Along with Beastgrip Pro we are launching DOF adapter and conversion lenses!!!
The Beastgrip DOF adapter allows you to use some* of SLR lenses with your smartphone to achieve a shallow depth of field effect and manual focus control. Please note: Using a DOF adapter is not simply "point and shoot" capable; it takes time and practice to achieve the desired results.
DOF adapters are great to express your artistic nature, allowing you to create unique photographs and videos with your camera phone.
*The Beastgrip DOF adapter is made of a tube with an SLR mount ring (Canon EF mount) on one side and a set of macro lenses on the other. Inside of the tube is a focusing screen mounted on custom holder. The SLR lens projects the image onto the focusing screen, allowing the camera phone to frame the intermediate screen by focusing in macro mode. The principle is similar to pointing a camera at a movie screen. The phone camera's only responsibility at this point is to record what is being projected onto the focusing screen. Additional information on DOF adapters and how they work can be found on wikipedia.
Video Shot on iPhone 6 mounted on Beastgrip Pro with DOF adapter and Nikon 80-240mm f4.0 lens
- Beastgrip DOF adapter has Canon EF mount, other SLR lenses can be used with the proper adapter rings. Please note: Adapter rings are not included.
- For best results, we recommend to use fast lenses (f0.9-f2.8).
- DOF adapter will decrease the quality of photos and videos taken with it.
- There may be visible texture, dimples and/or specks of the focusing screen on the image.
- Vignetting, barrel distortion and chromatic aberration are common issues with any DOF adapter
- The DOF adapter flips the image upside-down.
For the past two years, we have built and tested a number DOF adapter variations. We are now confident that we've created the best simple static DOF adapter on the market.
To learn more, please visit the link Beastgrip DOF adapter
Considering that DOF adapters display the image you are taking upside down, we recommend using one of these apps when using our DOF adapter; they will allow you to flip the image to the proper orientation.
Open Camera (Android)
We are also working on our BeastCam camera app that will have a "flip the view" option in both photo and video modes, plus many other useful features. We are planning to release it in summer.
The Beastgrip 37mm 0.43x Extreme Wide-Angle lens allows you to capture a much wider field of view than your phone's stock camera lens. It has a removable macro lens component that can be used separately for close-up shots.
The Beastgrip 37mm Fisheye Lens is an ultra wide-angle lens that produces strong visual distortion and enables you to capture approximately 180 degrees field of view in a single frame. It's a great lens to achieve unique visual effects and it's really fun to use. It has a removable macro lens component that can be used separately for close-up shots.
The most challenging part of any new product is manufacturing it for the first time. The funds we are raising will be strictly used for production tooling, manufacturing/bulk ordering of injection-molded and machined parts, DOF adapter/lens components, and assembly line setup.
We're also designing an additional attachment that will transform the Beastgrip Pro into a tablet-ready camera rig AND we're preparing our own full-featured camera app, BeastCam, for release this year. With a successful Kickstarter campaign, we'll not only be able to produce the Beastgrip Pro, DOF adapter and lenses, but we can continue to create more great photography products.
Together we can make all this happen!
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Risks and challenges
As we've mentioned earlier, this is our second Kickstarter. We've gained a great deal of experience in design, manufacturing and overall production during our first successful campaign. This time we spent months working on design: testing dozens of prototypes, working closely with the manufacturer to insure we have everything ready for production tooling, and eliminating any possible problems before launching our campaign. Although there can sometimes be unexpected challenges that may occur during the production process, we are extremely confident that we can deliver our product on time and with the highest quality. In case of any delays and/or issues, we will be open and honest with you; you'll receive detailed updates on every step of our progress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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