Product Type: Joby tripods
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Looks like some sort of space alien!!
Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom
Member Name: Randal
Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom
Advantages: Grips everything!!
Disadvantages: Fiddly camera attachment screw
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.
Summary: All round great performer for the heaviest of cameras.
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