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Studio Neat’s upgraded Glif tripod mount for smartphones gets quick-release lever

Six years ago, Studio Neat unveiled the Glif, a tripod mount for the iPhone 4. That was followed by an updated version, in 2013, that fit different sized smartphones. But Studio Neat went back to the drawing board to enhance the Glif with its biggest update yet.

This new Glif has been completely redesigned from the ground up to securely hold your iPhone or other smartphone in landscape or portrait mode. It includes a quick-release lever, and has ¼ 20” mounting points for adding things like microphones, hand grips, even lights and other things that a hard-core mobile journalist, podcaster, or professional need.

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Probably the biggest update to the newly redesigned Glif is the quick-release lever, which is easy to adjust to place your phone in portrait or landscape position, and tightens the grip on your phone once it’s in the desired orientation.

“The quick release lever, when opened, allows the jaws to move freely, making it easy to quickly load or remove your device” the Studio Neat team says of the quick release level, “Here is the clever bit: When you close the lever, it automatically tightens around your device, resulting in a supersecure connection. It’s quick and secure.”

In addition to the new Glif, the Studio Neat team is releasing a solid cherry hardwood hand grip, and a strong paracord wrist strap that can be used with a mobile photography or videography rig. The wood grip still includes a ¼ 20” thread on the bottom, so you don’t lose any mounting points when using it.

Studio Neat also touts the Glif’s compatibility with phones. According to the Kickstarter campaign page: “The Glif can hold devices roughly in width from 58 mm to 99 mm. This is essentially the range of a naked iPhone SE to an iPhone 6 Plus with a really thick case on it. In all likelihood, your device will fit. “

Studio Neat is estimating that these new Glif units should start being delivered by January 2017. The Kickstarter campaign is already fully funded. As of this writing, the team is $28,000 over its $50,000 campaign goal. If you would like to learn more about the campaign or get in on the project, you can find out all the relevant information here.