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I have used Gorillapod products before and thought they were a good novelty but I never found them as useful as other people, I have never owned anything by the brand because I've always borrowed them and didn't think they would get enough use to justify the price. The magnetic tripod is a novelty too but it's been a good thing for my department and we have now ordered in another two: I work with children and personally I use the magnetic tripod for one reason and that is to take a photograph of myself and a child I am assigned to stick on the section of their case notes that we share during their visits, this is done only once for each child so the amount of times I use the tripod depends on how many children I am assigned over the week or month.
I like it because it's fun and I can set the camera up in the kitchen area or in my office where there is something metal for it to stick to, the children like to see it and they can often help me to stick the tripod down and move the legs. The tripod has jointed flexible legs so can be put into different positions once your camera is attached and what makes this one so different is that each leg has a magnet on the bottom and those are what stick to the metal surfaces. The way the legs bend mean you can wrap the tripod around objects as well as fasten it to a fridge or other metal item, I have used it both ways but prefer it when I can just find a flat metal surface to attach it to because I thought it was quite annoying when I had the opportunity to try out wrapping the tripod around my stair banister at home and a lamp stand at work.
I have a metal notice board in my office but it's quite high so I have to angle the camera in a down direction because of the children being small and therefore low down. The Gorillapod magnetic tripod doesn't have to be used upright and the top part is flexible enough that I can put the tripod in an upside down position and I can still move the camera around so that it takes the photos the right way up.
For me, this tripod is faultless, i use it with my Fujifilm AV100 which has a weight of 120g, this is around the standard weight for basic digital camera, there are many joby tripods to choose from, with the most basic models supporting 325g and the micro model supporting 250g, so this is more than capable of holding onto your camera and keeping it in position.
You can see the full range of Joby tripods here http://joby.com/gorillapod - I myself use the magnetic model, it comes with a RRP of $20 (around 12 pounds) you can get it for much less than this, but even at 12 pounds i would class this as value for money.
It will grip to just about anything you can think of, branches, fences, railings, if you choose to purchase this magnetic model it gives you even more flexibility - i've taken some pictures with it stuck to a refrigerator door, it works perfectly, the design is stylish and intuitive, it's extremely light and can weigh no more than 50 grams, it has the standard tripod screw which you can see on almost all camera's, this takes around 2 seconds to attach and then you're ready to shoot pictures anywhere.
You can get cheaper tripods - tripods that do a decent job, but i view a purchase like this as an investment, 12 pounds does seem like a lot to spend on a tripod, but this will allow me to take so many pictures i couldn't have taken without it, setting the timer to 10 seconds and running back to get in the shot, while your camera hangs from a tree, it's great fun and gives interesting pictures from the craziest of angles,
Buy this tripod, you won't regret it, it gets a 5 out of 5 from me, thank you for reading my review
The Joby Gorillapd tried to revolutionise the flexibility of camera tripods to help take photos from anywhere without having to hold the actual camera. For the large part this has worked, the individual little links on the tripod meaning that you can contort and twist it and wrap it around objects such as pipes and railings, attaching the camera to it and then taking the photo or video. The main issue comes with the weight of the camera you're using, as ultimately there's a limit to how much the links can take. Many a time I have wound a hefty vidcam to a railing and watched it slip slightly, only to have to resort to a lighter and sometimes lesser quality model in order to capture what I need.
It's annoying, and so I was hoping that this magnetised version of the Gorillapod would be a solution to this annoying failing of what is essentially a very good product. For a start the price reflects the magnetic qualities, rising from the relatively low and affordable price of a standard Gorillapod to this one being well over £10. Still cheap for a tripod, but a bit more than the original version of this.
Take the price away and let's look at the product itself. The magnetic elements of the tripod are instantly noiceable. If you try attaching it to most magnetic metals in your house, for example, you'll find that the power in these little things is startlingly strong and evident. There's no huge pull when you get near metal as there may be when you put magnet to magnet, but when it touches the metal, you can feel the pull when you try to separate the two. This initially shows that there's magnetic power but the real test should obviously be using this in extreme situations.
At work, I use a number of different sized cameras and video cameras. Using this one with the lighter cameras and wrapping it around a metal railing made it extremely secure, and even when I went to move it I felt a certain amount of resistance. Using the heavier models, as we have some older gadgets that are still chunky, I found that although the strength wasn't as secure as before, there was still no movement. Testing this with others using it for 'real' situations as opposed to my theory, it still seemed to hold up, although any severe movement jolted it somewhat and there was some significant movement. I suppose the important element here is to work out what you want to use it for and adjust accordingly. You can wrap this around objects although the legs are only a few inches long so this is limited.
The most isolated of cases are where it falls down - the main time I've seen this is where the camera is held at an angle and gravity adds to the weight of the camera. In this occurrence it's also about time, and although the magnets are strong the Gorillapod isn't the strongest magnet and therefore doesn't cover EVERY eventuality. However, if what you're looking for is a small and compact tripod that is flexible and holds on to most metallic surfaces - the combination of the wrapping element and the magnets make a distinct difference between this and the original Gorillapod - then this is an ideal and affordable solution. It's not perfect but its intricate design, compact size and flexibility certainly make it one of the most desirable camera accessories available.
As just an occasional photographer who likes to take a camera on holiday, this tripod seemed like the ideal solution to taking those nighttime pictures or just for when the camera's shutter speed is slow (it's impossible to hold the camera perfectly still for long enough).
I have been pleasantly surprised with this tripod which was, in my view, a snip at £15. My digital camera (admittedly not a DSLR) screws perfectly onto the tripod without any fuss. It is around 20cm tall and copes easily with the weight of the camera, anchoring it securely to any surface.
The tripod's legs are built from a number of small round links which are loosely hinged, allowing you to wrap them around almost anything. The camera plinth itself can be rotated too. It's magnetic feet are ideal for securing the camera on magnetic surfaces, but most of the time I have found the bendy feet to be the most useful aspect of this tripod. They can easily be bent around fencing, railings or just about anything for wherever you want to secure the camera into place. This particularly makes to tripod ideal for scenery photos.
On the most part it is possible for me to operate the camera's settings when it's on the tripod without it wobbling. If you are trying to anchor the camera on particularly chunky railings, however, it is sometimes difficult to achieve a perfectly still position.
The legs are strong and ensure that the camera stays perfectly still when the photos are taken. For me this has helped massively in avoiding blur on family photos or when trying to capture that perfect sunset!
I have wanted a tripod for a while now, I'm not a dedicated photographer but i am very into taking pictures of my kids and family, i love to capture all get togethers, after all you never know how long you have left with loved ones so i like to have memories in picture form wherever possible, before buying this tripod there was always somebody left out of the picture, usually me!! Not anymore!!!
I purchased this tripod from amazon and got it at the bargain price of 16 pound! It arrived the day after ordering and came in a small box within the huge amazon box already assembled, great for me as i can get very impatient when having to build things i buy!
Its made of plastic and magnets and is small and very light weight (0.1lb) so can be kept in a bag and carried around with ease, it can be used on a flat surface as a normal tripod or you can stick it to anything metal with the magnetic feet, they are made with neodymium magnets which are very powerful so as to hold any camera or video camera up to a weight of 375g (0.72lb) . Although my camera weighs more than this (about 3lb) and it holds it up just fine! My camera isn't hugely expensive so i don't mind risking it, if your camera is expensive and weighs more than the recommended maximum weight i wouldn't take the chance to be honest. The segmented legs can be bent, twisted and turned however you please in order to capture the perfect picture, all segments rotate full 360 degrees.
I have stuck this tripod to almost every metal surface in my house that it will stick to, just out of curiosity....I am like a kid at christmas with new gadgets and gizmos! It easily sticks to door hinges, fridges, the grills on a fire place (DO NOT DO THIS WITH THE FIRE ON!!!!!), no matter how tiny the sliver of metal is it doesn't seem to have a problem sticking!
If you have twisted the tripod beyond recognition to attach it to a surface it can be a little frustrating to get the camera in a good position for taking a picture, I can be quite OCD so a slightly wonky picture would drive me up the wall, it is possible after a little jiggling around so it's not great if a picture needs taking asap.
Now i just need a big family gathering so i can finally get a great picture without somebody being left out of the picture or having to rearrange the venues furniture to get the camera high enough for a full panaramic shot of everybody (i have been known to stack tables and sit somebody on the top for a good picture!) Now i just need to stick the tripod up there! It really is a little piece of genius!
All in all i am extremely impressed with this tripod, it does the job for me perfectly. Except for the little amount of jiggling i sometimes have to do but that's by the by.