Product Type: Joby tripods
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An ingeniously simple device to unleash new photographic possibilities
Member Name: DonPaolo
Advantages: Flexible, compact, can be attached to almost any surface or object
Disadvantages: May not be sturdy enough to support larger cameras
I had never heard of the Joby Gorillapod until I received one as a gift for my birthday earlier this year. It's a unique model of tripod, with all 3 legs constructed of 10 portions, each joined to the next by a ball and socket joint. This means they are fully pose-able and have a great degree of movement in all directions. The legs are complete with softer rubber feet, another useful feature which allows for good grip on smooth or slippery surfaces.
The manoeuvrability of the legs allows you to balance your camera on all manner of uneven surfaces, and point it in any direction, at almost any angle, while remaining stable. Even when there is no suitable surface to stand the tripod on, they can be wrapped around objects (such as a banister or tree branch) to allow a stable hold for picture taking.
I've found this to be an incredibly useful tool, particularly while on holiday or on trips out with my girlfriend; in order to be in our pictures together we often use a timer delay and find a place to set the camera down. However, there isn't always a flat and stable surface on which to stand our camera, and this is where there the Gorillapod comes in so handy; we still haven't found a location where we couldn't set it up for a picture.
Fortunately our camera is quite small and lightweight, so it can be easily balanced on surfaces or attached to objects using the Gorillapod. With larger or heavier cameras, a larger and more sturdy model with longer legs would be necessary.
The Joby Gorillapod is a truly ingenious little device - it's a very simple idea which has been expertly executed. If you're a casual camera user, this could become an essential part of your kit.
Summary: A superb addition to your camera case!
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