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The Gorillapod range are the lightest and most versile camera tripods of their type available today. The focus of our attention here is the Gorillapod SLR. This is the heavy duty Gorillapod designed with the keen amateur/professional photographer in mind. Both SLR's with zoom lenses and video cameras are easily attached and it can, despite its size, take a 6kg (6.6lbs) load comfortably. It doesn't matter whether you are using your SLR camera to get in close with a macro lens, capture your grandson's amazing goal in the cup final or shooting time-lapse photography the Gorillapod SLR is the perfect , alltime, companion. Don't go without it!
In fact unlike any tripod to date this has to be a permanent accessory in our camera bags. Its availability overcomes all the time usually spent looking for somewhere to balance your camera.
Admittedly it may not replace a proper tripod when you need height and assured stability, but its remarkable flexibility and portability means it will end up, most certainly, being used mush more often. It has dozens of flexible leg joints that bend and rotate and will secure your camera to virtually any surface, anywhere and everywhere.
I got this off of amazon for a ridiculously low price; £1 or something like that with free shipping - I don't know how they manage to make a profit!
The tripod itself is made of plastic with rubber bands across each of the ball joints to aid grip when the tripod is tied around posts, shelves or the cat. There is also a large rubber sock on the final ball in each leg to aid in the grip of standard tripod operation to the surface it is resting upon. I was expecting the rubber to wear off, especially when I subjected it to the harsh environments of my back garden when I decided to do a bit of video recording whilst hanging it off a tree, the drain pipe, the concrete slabs and yes, you guessed it, the cat (By the way, I am not really wrapping the tri-pod around my cat, don't call the RSPCA on me - It's a joke haha). Although the rubber seems to collect all of the dust and dirt from these surfaces, it doesn't break away at all and all of the rubber is still intact after having it a few months.
The plastic construction is something to be desired however. The joints appear to be pretty weak and they are moved by too little pressure. I doubt it could hold a camera/camcorder of significant weight and you really aught to thoroughly test whether it can handle the weight of yours before you decide to trust it for your artistic shot from the wing of a plane or something crazy like that otherwise you may have no more camera once you land.
I could have put up with the weak joints if my tri-pod didn't actually break. After a couple of days of having the tri-pod I was moving around one of the joints and noticed that the tri-pod broke into two. At first I though it was meant to do this but when I looked closer I noticed the plastic had split and therefore nothing was holding in the joint. Although i only paid £1, after a couple of days I was pretty annoyed that it broke. I soon fixed this with super-glue and haven't had any trouble with any other joints - it just means I can't use that joint now and it must stay at that angle.
I do not really understand why these tri-pods are so popular. I usually use a tri-pod to ensure that my shots are steady and level. Yes, they do ensure steadiness but they rarely make a shot level. The fact that the legs are very difficult to straighten fully, especially without much time to do so as well as the fact that even if you do get them straight, there is no guarantee that you will pull each leg out at equal angles makes the tri-pod pretty useless for this.
As the title suggest my girlfriend and I recently travelled across Asia...we got our cameras, extra batteries and our memory cards all obvious essentials for the travelling photographer, but what people often overlook is a tripod. It was in fact a gift, so we overlooked it at first but never again...it is an essential item in your travel bag.
Features wise it has the standard screw on connection that almost every camera has the hole for. The top section is easily detachable, but has a secure lock to stop your camera falling off during use. all of the arms are both sturdy and manoeuvrable to allow all different camera positions as well as wrapping the legs around anything from a fence post to a tree branch for maximising your photo opportunities. The legs have grips on the bottom for a secure, shake-free base for your camera. The legs are made up of segmented sections that you can make as long or short as you like, a very useful feature. It is also very compact allowing it to be placed in the smallest of bags or even hung from your camera bag.
We found this an essential accessory during our time travelling, I highly recommend it to anybody, pro or not.
I bought this for use with a Handycam style videocamera.
I needed something that would allow me to get steady footage in different locations without being noticed. The gorillapod was excellent for this.
After a little nervousness at first I soon became confident that it could support the weight of camera. I was then able to attach it to everything from trees and railings to my housemates head.
It also offered very good support when operating the camera handheld as I was able to bend the legs to form handles or hold them against my body to keep the camera still.
Eventually one of the legs snapped off, which rendered it almost completely useless as I could no longer trust it to support the camera. I did however get plenty of use out of it for the money and have since upgraded to the much bigger and sturdier Gorillapod Focus which I now use with large SLR cameras.
This great product has given me not only hours more fun with my camera, but has allowed me to take some awesome footage without the need for a cameraman. Hang it upside down from a tree, off the side of a person's arm or attach it to the front handle-bars of a bike and it will give you an amazing, never before available viewing angle!
I quite like the GorillaPod SLR's design because it is a neutral black and grey colour. The camera attachment method is also quite handy, with a detachable 'sleeve' which you attach to your camera, so that when you come to use the GorillaPod, you just slot your camera in. I also think that the rubberised feet and joint edges are very useful
Does it work?
The short answer is YES! These things are simply meant to be a relatively cheap way of having your SLR Camera supported in weird and wonderful ways (whilst also serving as a normal, yet small, tripod) to take pictures. I have yet to find anything that the Gorillapod's 3 legs will not wrap around.
I am now using this product almost every time I use my camera, even if to just stabilize the camera on my arm, and for the price of a normal tripod, I would well recommend giving one of these a go!
I recieved a gorrilla pod slr for christmas and compared to my previous fixed leg tripod, this is a little gem!
Specifically designed for SLR cameras, it is larger than the original gorrilla pod to keep the camera sturdy. With the usual screw in fixing to attach to your camera it is simple to use and well built.
The tripod is designed to be used both as a normal tripod but also has the ability to bend each leg in various directions. This is possible due to its ball and socket design where each leg is made up of several balls that link to the next giving each leg a few different points of movement. Gorrilla pod excels here and you can now bend your tripod around fences, trees and all other objects to make your stable photography limitless!! A nice little touch was to also add a spirit level so you can keep pictures level even from an awkward capture point.
This tripod seems very well built and is small enough to be carried around with ease .. so far i have got some fantastic pictures from using mine and im sure plenty more are to come. At around £20 you cant go to wrong.
The joby Gorillapod is a much heralded camera tripod designed for the purpose of positioning a camera in otherwise awkward places/circumstances.
I tested this tripod in a variety of situations over a fairly long period of time (a year + backpacking trip) and although useful, the Gorillapod didn't quite live up to my expectations.
The design itself is rather ingenious - 3 legs have multiple ball and socket joints that enable the user to position the legs any way they like, which means it can be wrapped around poles or branches and placed on uneven surfaces. The feet and joints are rubberised which enables it to 'grip' although in test it did slide a little when wrapped around poles. It has a removable head with a locking mechanism that prevents the head accidentally being removed whilst in use and it works fairly well.
I travelled with this tripod for well over a year and for a lightweight alternative to a heavier, fixed-leg tripod it's perfect providing you can find somewhere suitable to attach it to. In fact it's so light I even thought I had lost it at one point only to find it buried in the bottom of my backpack.
My first serious gripe is with its size. It's simply not big or sturdy enough to effectively support a DSLR camera (I tested it with a Canon 400D but didn't dare test it with my bigger, heavier Nikon) unless it's positioned on a fairly even surface and if positioned horizontally with an SLR mounted it won't stay put for very long - annoying for long or timed exposures. If used with a compact/point and shoot camera then gorillapod seems to cope very well. Still, it's meant for use with SLR's and there is another, smaller gorillapod for use with compacts that is half the price.
Joby now seem to cashing-in with other versions such as the 'Gorillapod Zoom'. Most DSLR users will use a zoom lens at some point so I think a tripod billed as the 'Gorillapod SLR' should already have this capability.
All in all it's a good product, fairly cheap, versatile and fun although it's somewhat fiddly and it lacks any real elegance.
I chose the Gorillapod over other mini tripods as it was lightweight and clearly a very clever design. Rather then simply shrinking a normal tripod design and hoping that it still works (having tried a few they generally don't), the designers went back to the drawing board on this one, dumping the traditional telescopic legs for extremely bendy legs with lots of rubberised joints. They have used a decent tough plastic material, which keeps it lightweight without compromising durability.
I generally my Gorillapod when out walking, as it is lightweight and compact. Its brilliant and innovative design allows you to use this in many situations where conventional mini tripods would simply fail. You don't need to worry about finding an even surface to balance it on; any rock or wall is fine. You simply bend each of the legs to suit the location. The grippy rubberised knuckles even allow you to wrap the legs around fence posts, tree branches, signposts etc. The tripod fixes to a standard tripod mount fitted on most cameras. You can leave the small quick release adapter permanently fixed to your camera, or simply screw the whole thing in every time you need it. I have a Canon S3 Is superzoom compact (size wise its sits between a standard compact and an SLR), which is well supported using this SLR version. The only question mark is whether those joints will still work in a few years time, though there are no problems with mine yet and I have been using it over a year.
I have used this gorilla pod and the smaller gorilla pod for smaller cameras. No matter what your ability in photography this is an excellent gadget and an absolute must have. The Gorillapod can be attached to fences, poles, walls, trees, ledges and numerous other platforms. it is also ideal for taking pictures from an uneven surface like a rock. While the legs of the gorillapod are bendy to make it easy to position they are also firm enough to support heavy cameras in the most awkward of positions. Particularly with the size of SLR cameras this is very useful to have to support it and get the best shots.
The Gorillapod also has a useful detachment that screws into your cameras tripod slot to make it easy and quick to set up when you need it.
This gorilla pod is much bigger than the smaller one but is still easily transported and doesn't take up too much room. I highly recommended this product.
I am very excited because today my Gorillapod arrived in the post! What is the Gorillapod? It is a "desk" tripod, but it is also much, much, more than a tripod! Okay, it's not hairy, loves bananas, or kidnaps starlets on the top of the Empire State Building, but it is the most flexible and versitile tripod I have ever come across in my life!
Today I am reviewing the Joby Gorillapod SLR although I would like to mention that there are a variety of Gorillapod's: "The Go-Go" which is for mobile phones, GPS devices and compact cameras; "The Original" for compact light weight point-and-shoot cameras, "The SLR" which I am reviewing today, "The SLR Zoom" for SLR style cameras with zoom attachments and finally for "The professional" for extra heavy SLRs with battery packs, heavy video cameras etc.
The Gorillapod is unique and innovative, it gets rid of those bulky stilt like legs and we say hello to our new flexible friend! A Gorillapod's leg is made up of around 30 or more fully articulating ball & socket joints. They bend and twist into any shape, and they'll always keep your camera steady. The soft rings on the legs and it's rubberized feet prevent the Gorillapod from slipping even in the roughest environments. You can even twist your Gorillapod around trees, door frames or actually anything you can think of (within reason) and it gives you a great angle and a perfect steady shot!
It has a universal camera mount, can be quick released from your camera using the 'quick release button'. Another good thing with the SLR Gorillapod is that it can also take the weight of a camcorder, making this even more value for money. I bought mine for about £22.95. It can hold cameras upto 1.75Ibs (800g).
The Gorillapod as a product definitely makes you more creative, and it helps push the boundaries of your average shoot.
No complaints at all. It's compact enough to travel with me. This will be coming with me in my backpack where ever I go!
The Gorillapod SLR is intended to support prosumer cameras, flashes, light SLRs (without zoom lenses), and compact video camcorders weighing up to 800g (1.75 lbs).