Product Type: Joby tripods
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I don't understand the hype
Joby Gorillapod SLR
Member Name: NotMyToothbrush
Joby Gorillapod SLR
Advantages: Cheap, good rubber, grips to anything
Disadvantages: Brittle plastic, Difficult to straighten legs, can't get a level shot
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.
Summary: As this is pretty much the only tri-pod which doesn't give a level shot, 2 stars