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This Gorilla pod is an essential part of my photography gear. As well as being lite-weight and durable, it's a sort of swiss army knife as I use it for many things.
The obvious use is with companionship with my DSLR. The 3/8 inch adaptor screw attaches nicely to my Canon 5D and supports the weight of up to 3kg. You can manipulate the tripod legs to wrap around objects such as lampposts or gates or sturdy objects. Once attached the camera can be controlled by hand or remote while the Gorilla Pod gives you the stability to get the shot you want to. As I said before the legs are made of joints/sockets which give you flexibility to seek out an particular shot or angle.
Its really up to you how you use it. I've personally stabilized my camera in video mode hand holding two of the legs with one against my chest. It also comes in handy when giving a table top interview and need to attach and angle a microphone at someone. It conveniently acts as an alternative to a traditional tripod in most situations and encourages to you seize your environment's resources in order to get your shot.
Just be careful as not to overload with the weight or attach it to an unstable object. The bottom leg joint offers a rubber tip so you do get grip when using on surfaces.
I would wholly recommend this item as part of your pro/amateur photography kit. It's fun, safe and travel friendly.
I recieved this as a present at Christmas after dropping various hints to wifey. I wanted a tripod i could easily take abroad but could hold my Nikon DSLR safely. This version of the Joby tripods can hold 3kg in weight and i have no problen placing my Nikon D7000 with 16-85mm lens onto it.
Each leg is made up of a very clever system of 10 connected ball and socket type joints. Each ball will rotate anyway you need and this is the beauty of the system as you can secure the legs around many different things like branches, posts etc. I use my quick release ball head from my mono pod on the Joby and it makes for a very versatile system which is light and fits into my camera ruck sack easily. Without the use of an additional tripod/ball head though a camera mounts directly onto the top of pod which does make it very difficult getting the camera level so i highly recommend using an additional head, even a cheap one.
On a recent trip we came across a lovely waterfall and i wanted to take a long exposure to create a silky smooth flow of water. The Joby was perfect as I was eaily able to set it up onto various uneven rocks and the rubber feet kept the pod in place. Having damaged a camera due to dropping it in the past i always have the camera strap around my neck even when the camera is mounted on the Joby as it is better being safe than sorry. So far though it has performed perfectly though the balls right at the top are very stiff. Better than being too loose i guess.
My husband is a keen amateur photographer. When I first knew him he owned a rather cumbersome extendable tripod; awkward to carry around and difficult to assemble quickly. Since that time he has always managed without a tripod, but has often wished that he had one to steady his camera in low light conditions, or when using the self timer. The Joby GorillaPod is an innovative method of solving all of these problems. It has three flexible legs which either act as a very short traditional tripod, or cling onto branches and chairs, much like a baby gorilla clings onto its mother.
As soon as I saw a very miniature version of the Joby GorillaPod in action I was hooked. It was cute and very effective, and I quickly had a larger model earmarked for his birthday present.
Having researched the GorillaPod on the internet, I found several versions on Amazon, ranging from the very tiny original, designed to hold the smallest digital cameras, to the biggest SLR Zoom which claimed to hold the heaviest cameras. It was not clear from the information which one was right for my husband's Cannon EOS 40D, and some of the customer reviews had complained that the tripod was not strong enough to support the weight of their camera, causing a gradual descent for the lens.
I decided to go for some specialist advice and bought my GorillaPod from Jessops, paying about £3 more than the £32.95 it was advertised for on Amazon. Jessops reassured me that this size would be right for the Cannon EOS.
The GorrillaPod looks a bit like an octopus. Three very flexible legs are made up of a series of black balls with grey rubber rings around them. At the bottom of each leg is a round grey rubber ball for stability and traction, and at the top of the tripod there is a stainless steel metal plate with a 3/8" adapter screw to attach the camera or ball head.
Once the camera is screwed onto the tripod, the GorillaPod is extraordinarily flexible and versatile. The legs are very strong and can be wrapped around trees or poles, locked around chair tops or fences, or wedged in between rocks. The legs are quite difficult to move and it takes quite a lot of pressure to put them into the correct position.
The flexibility of each leg means that no angle is impossible, and the strength of the joints mean that there is no movement once the tripod has been placed.
The rubber balls on the bottom of the legs provide a very good grip, which means that if the tripod is placed on a slippery surface, such as a polished table, there is no sliding or movement when the photo is taken.
The SLR Zoom GorrillaPod measures 25 x 6 x 6cm (9.8 x 2.4 x 2.4") and weighs 241g (8.5oz).
It can carry equipment weighing up to 3kg (6.6lb). It is made up of over two dozen leg joints, each of which bends and rotates and are completely encased in a strong high quality Japanese ABS moulded plastic.
The grip rings are apparently made out of "durable German TPE" according to the Joby website.
Joby is an American company , who launched the GorillaPod Original in 2006. The GorillaPod claims to be the world's best selling camera tripod with over 1 million units sold a year.
I think this tripod is quirky and innovative. It is light and much easier to carry around in a bag or rucksack than the older style traditional tripods and is very easy to use. My husband has found that it is more than strong enough to support his camera and it has already proved its worth many times as he attaches it to balconies, furniture and trees to get the perfect shot.
Many of the web reviews have mentioned the need to buy the ball head that is an optional accessory. This is for two reasons: firstly to be able to attach the camera more quickly to the tripod, rather than having to fiddle around with the screw attachment each time; secondly to be able to make fine adjustments to the camera without having to adjust the tripod legs.
A ball head can be purchased for around £8.95, and is often sold as an inclusive package with the GorillaPod.
So far my husband has insisted on persevering with just the tripod, but I can see that it is difficulty to get perfectly horizontal shots without the fine adjustment provided by the ball head, so I am planning to buy him this accessory soon.
Unlike some of the other GorrillaPod models, the SLR zoom does not have an integral spirit level, so the task of levelling the shot without a ball head is even more difficult.
In conclusion, like many others, I would thoroughly recommend the GorillaPod. It is strong, robust and extremely good value.
This thing just keeps on amazing me at how versatile it is. When you first get it, it looks like a miniature of something that would have climbed out of a Martian spacecraft - black and white balls apparently magically fixed together in some way to create 3 bendy legs which seem to have no limitations on the amount of positions and configurations you can get them into.
I use a Nikon D80 camera (which isn't really a light weight) and there have been many occasions when I've needed a firm base for the camera. Just screw the camera onto the Gorillapod base plate (which is basically a small plate with a screw adaptor for your camera) and then arrange the legs as required. Great for uneven surfaces etc on the ground, but where it really comes into its own is when you need to grip off of something, such as a post, tree, car door mirror etc. Around each of the balls described earlier, there is a sort of grippy ring. Hence, when you wrap the legs around something, the rings also grip the item, giving you a very firm mount for your camera. I've yet to find anything that it won't grip to.
The only minor irritation I had with it was with the screw on the mount. The screw is actually held into the mount, but it is loose and free to turn. Hence, mounting your camera tightly to it can be a pain and requires a coin or something to be inserted into the slot on the back of the screw to allow tightening. Great if you have a coin in your pocket, but on occasions I didn't. In the end, I've now glues the screw to the base of the pod to lock it, and now I just turn the pod as one into the base of the camera. Minor issue, but for me was slightly frustrating.
bought a gorillapod 6 months ago. used it maybe once or twice a day. now it has several loose links. found cracks in balljoints. unfortunately misplaced docket. find quality lousy. if you buy 1 be prepared to have problems. will not buy another 1 for my new slr. cheap american plastic.
For those of you who like to take photos: How often do you find yourselves, needing a tripod or a flat surface to sit your camera on, so you can take a great photo and catch a special moment? Standard tripods and monopods are too heavy and bulky to carry, as well as other equipment you may need. That is why I bought one of these for my husband for Christmas.
He normally gives me a few suggestions, as to what he would like for Christmas and Birthday, as they are so close to each other. But he wasn't very forthcoming this last Christmas. Whilst browsing on 'Firebox' I discovered a product called 'Gorillapod,' a flexible tripod, which is compact, lightweight and can be used virtually anywhere!!
I was intrigued to find out more, so started looking at different sites and discovered you can get the 'Gorillapod' in 3 different sizes:
Smallest - Gorillapod
Medium size - Gorillapod SLR
Largest - GorillaPod SLR Zoom
Not knowing much about cameras, except how to use one, I decided on the biggest and most expensive one SLR Zoom. This particular one can take camera weights including lenses up to 3kg (6.6lbs) I knew that my husband has a professional looking camera and several large lenses, as well as the basic point and shoot, so this would give him more flexibility without having to buy the small Pod too.
You can see from the photo above, the 'Gorillapod' is a strange looking piece of kit, but to a keen photographer it offers so much; the flexible joints bend and rotate 360o, therefore forming the perfect shape to stand or fix firmly into position. You can even wrap them around a pole or branch.
Each of the 3 legs have 10 balls/joints, the grey rings around each ball joint, and the feet are made of rubber, and provide extra grip, so no matter where you attach or stand the pod, it will stay in place. The joints move fairly easily, but not so freely that it moves when in place. You need to spend a bit of time manoeuvring the legs into the best position before fixing the camera to the top.
The top of the 'Gorillapod' is an adaptable screw, from1/4inch to 3/8inch, this allows you to mount any digital SLR or tripod head of your choosing. You don't have to just use it for still photos either; you can easily fix a digital camcorder to the top too.
The size of this particular Pod is only 250mm x 60mm x 60mm (9.8in x 2.4in x 2.4in) and weighs 241g (8.5oz) As it is so compact and lightweight, it fits easily into a rucksack. Just think of the space you would save in your suitcase, if you took it abroad!
When you purchase the 'GorillaPod' SLR-Zoom, it comes attached to a piece of cardboard, with a couple of plastic ties. Once you have removed your Pod, the card can be recycled.
My husband was very happy to receive a Gorillapod, for Christmas. At first he wondered what it was, but once he had removed it from the packaging, played around with it, and fixed the camera to it, he was really excited! He had recently bought a bulky tripod, and wished he had found out about this earlier, as it would have saved us some money, and the stress of carrying a tripod out with you on a day out.
You don't really get the full benefit of the pod in your lounge, as you don't tend to have many uneven surfaces, so my husband took it outside and spent ages changing the shape and fixing it to branches in trees, and on fence posts. He didn't fix the camera to it or even take any photos!!
I sat down in the evening to have a proper look at the pod, I actually found playing with the pod quite therapeutic. You can sit in front of the television and before you know it you've created some strange shapes. It really can be made into whatever shape you wish, so it doesn't matter where you want to use it, you won't have any problems fixing it, or stabilising it in order to take your photos or video.
When I first ordered this from Amazon I paid about £35.00 for it. Whilst tracking my order they had reduced the price to 14.99 so I contacted them and they happily refunded me the difference. You would be lucky to find this particular one for this price. The RRP for the SLR-Zoom is £50, currently Amazon are selling it for £35.93.
The smaller one is £13.94 and the middle one is £24.30.
Comparing these prices with other tripods, they are fairly similar, but weighing up the size and versatility of the Gorillapod, then this is the one to go for everytime.
Joby, the company which bring the Gorillapod to us is dedicated to the environment, and they donate 1% of their sales to the preservation of the planet.
Joby is an American company they develop innovative accessories for the photography and personal communications markets. Based in San Francisco, California, Joby was first launched in 2006 as a single-product company, with the Gorillapod.
After buying your Gorillapod, you get 1 year warranty from Joby
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The Gorillapod SLR-Zoom is JOBY's new heavy-duty version, designed with the serious photographer in mind. It attaches to SLRs (with zoom lenses!), video cameras, and your own tripod head, and can support a whopping 6.6 pounds (3kg)!