Product Type: Joby tripods
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Brilliant item and I am not monkeying around.
Member Name: weebill
Advantages: Smallish, fairly light and great value for money.
Disadvantages: None for me.
I am by no means an expert photographer but since retiring I have taken it much more serious and can now be classed as a hobbyist I guess. I have a decent compact camera and a good camera bag both of which I have reviewed recently and the next step for me was a tripod but I didn't really see the need for a big tripod for what I do but I did long to have a steady hand for certain shots and for this I use the Gorillapod.
This handy little thing is a great alternative to a tripod for certain situations the camera screws simply on to the Gorillapod and then the flexible rubber legs and feet of the Gorillapod can be used to grip to just about anything giving you a steady platform from which to take your photographs from.
I have used it on fence posts, railings, just stood on the roof of my car and even wrapped around a drain pipe, I have taken some photos I would never have managed hand held and therefore I am very grateful to this item for helping me improve my photography.
There are a few versions of the Gorillapod around some for compacts and there is a heavier, stronger one for DSLR`s so make sure you buy the right one for your needs. I paid just a little over £30 for mine and it is designed for compacts, I believe the one designed for DSLR`s is nearer £60 but still great value for money I would suggest.
The Gorillapod is fairly small and light an although it doesn't fit in my camera bag I reckon it would fit in some of the bigger ones and even if it doesn't it is very easily carried and doesn't weigh much at all. I am over 70 years old and have no problems carrying this around with me so I guess it should cause no troubles to those of you younger and fitter then me (just about everyone)!
If you need to steady your photography up a bit but don't want to carry a full sized tripod around then the Gorillapod is definitely something you should take a look at.
Summary: A highly recommended item for keen photographers.
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