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This is the first review I have written in the longest time, many of you will remember me I am sure, and you will know that cameras and photographic accessories are my thing, I am sort of sticking to my own category here with the review of this tripod although this is a tripod with a difference and not a thing I would necessarily use too often myself.
The tripod in question is the Delkin Fat Gecko Mini Camera Mount, this came into my possession through the camera club I go to, a very close friend of mine had just purchased it and him and I both were very keen to see what uses we could put it to.
It is classed as a tripod but really the term camera mount suits it much better, a tripod is so known because of its three legs, this has no legs, instead it has a rubber suction cup, now my first thought was of kids toys and the likes with suction grips that tend to stick for a few minutes then fall of so I was fairly sure I wasn't going to trust this thing with my camera attached to it.
I was soon to find out however that the suction on this is very different to those afore mentioned kids toys, You do not lick this and stick it, it has a locking type suction pad that when engaged offers very strong suction, the suction is in fact so strong that we stuck it to the side window of my friends car and my ten year old son could hang from it.
Being a professional photographer myself and most of my work being in the studio or at weddings this item was not really a thing that would get great use from me but my friend on the other hand is a very adventurous photographer, very keen to get interesting shots of interesting things at very interesting angles, therefore the fat gecko mount was right up his street.
The Delkin fat gecko mount is tested to carry 1.18 kg in weight, it has a universal ¼ inch tripod camera mount, the height is extendable and it comes with an extension tube, it has a 360 degree tilt and turn rotation and it really does offer you endless possibilities.
Although I have mentioned my son hanging from it, he is very skinny and I still would not feel comfortable with one of my DSLR`s hanging from this thing but the compact and bridge cameras we used on it over our weekend of mad shooting were all looked after very well by this mount, it held firm every time and that includes being stuck to the roof of a car driven at 50 MPH with a small HD camcorder videoing our journey.
Personally I feel the video buffs may get a better use out of this than photographers, although my friend and I took some great shots with this including some fantastic angle shots of some famous buildings by attaching this to the windows of buildings it allowed us to shoot from places previously not possible, I still feel the best use for it would be like how we used it to video from the car.
Skiers could use this on helmets with video cameras being as small as they are today, they could then watch back their ride, it could be used on the tanks of motorbikes, on cars as we did, speed boats and pretty much anything else to take awesome videos, whereas out in the wilderness photographing landscapes and wildlife there are limited places you can stick a suction cup held device, so therefore I believe the gorilla joby pod with its wrap round legs to be a better option but at only £29.99 would I recommend photographers have one of these, hell yes I would!!