Product Type: Joby tripods
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Bend your legs around almost anything
Member Name: blissman70
Advantages: Grips well and keeps your camera steady for that perfect picture
Disadvantages: None for me .
Most people who own a camera, be it a video or a still, own, or want to own a tripod so that taking that perfect picture could be made easy, without the blurryness that unsteady hands cause.
There are many many tripods on the market, all different shapes and sizes, some costing nearly as much as a cheap camera, but those tripods are really for the professionals photographer.
Anyway, if like me, you enjoy taking pictures for fun rather than for a living then buying an expensive tripod is not really worth while, so a cheaper one would suffice.
But choosing a cheaper tripod isn't as easy as one would hope, due to the fact that there are so many on the market, although, most of those cheaper tripods have one thing in common, they all need a solid enough surface which has to be a little on the flat side to be able to use them properly, which can spoil that bit of fun which taking certain pictures.
Well, there is a quite remarkable invention which now allows you to place your tripod in almost any place you want, including the branches of a tree or even hanging from a playground swing.
That invention is the strange looking, but remarkably versatile, tripod which goes by the name of Gorillapod.
Although even choosing the right Gorillapod takes a little bit of concentration as there are three to choose from, starting with the smallest, called simply the Gorrilapod, the next size up being called the Gorillapod SLR and the largest one being called the Gorrillapod SLR Zoom, the latter being for the more serious photographer.
So, for me, it was just a question of what sort of camera I would be using with the tripod, in my case it is a compact Sony sure shot one which warranted the purchase of the small Gorrilapod as it would do the job that I required... and boy it did just that.
When I say small I don't mean tiny small, it measures a good 150mm in height and each leg is a good 30mm in circumference, the entire tripod weighing in at a lightweight 45grams, making it so easy to carry.
As this is the smallest of the Gorillapod trio it can't take the weight of a BBC camera but it can take the weight of anything up to 335grams, which is plenty for the likes of a standard compact or even a smallish cam-camera.
If you have anything heavier, such as the type the professional use then I would advise that you opt for the next size up, the SLR, or even the SLR ZOOM
What makes this one different from all other tripods is the design of the legs, they are made of ten small ball joints creating three very flexible legs indeed, with each leg having the gripping strength of, well, of a gorilla in a tree, mainly due to the grey rings around each ball joint.
At the base of each leg there is a rubber foot, stopping it from slipping on any flat surface if you use it as a 'normal' tripod.
The legs are easy to twist into any shape so that the entire tripod can grip onto most things, such things as a tree branch, a washing line pole or even a lamp post, basically anything thin enough for the legs to grip around. You don't just have to use it outside, it can be used anywhere that your camera would be uneven with any standard tripod, as the Gorillapod's legs bend and shape themselves into positions that no other tripod can get near.
The actual screw which attaches it to the camera is 'standard' size, fitting all camera or camcorders, so no matter what camera you have it will attach securely to the Gorillapod without fear of your precious camera dropping to the ground.
Since owning this I have mainly played around with it, just to test it out honestly, attaching my camera to it and bending the legs around anything I could find to attach to, using the 'timer' feature on my camera to snap myself in some lovely poses. I have even used it with a video camera attached, wrapping the legs around a tree so that it would record the local wildlife, (mainly birds), and it wasn't too long before the wildlife became used to the weird contraption clinging to the tree and began acting as normal, with some quite remarkable footage.
It grips well to what ever I've attached it to, even when I twisted it around a smooth metal fence post, expecting it to slide down to the ground, but it held its own and allowed me to snap away, resulting in some clear pictures.
In all, it is one versatile tripod and a must for those with a compact camera who are on the look out for a tripod as this will give you more options than a standard tripod.
It is on sale at the moment from amazon for a remarkable £12, its normal price, according to amazon, is around the £25.00 mark, although the price does actual vary as you search online.
Summary: The friendliest Gorilla you'll ever play with
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