Product Type: Joby tripods
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An ultra flexible, use anywhere mini tripod.
Member Name: andyLDN
Advantages: Secure, flexible, hours of fun!
Disadvantages: Lack of packaging may be a problem for some
After a leg fell of my Velbon mini tripod (tragic I know) I decided to buy myself one of these flexible bendy tripods that I'd seen out and about. Going on holiday, I didn't want to be without the tripod as you inevitably end up with the scenario of just one of you in the photograph giving people the impression that you have no friends and travel alone.
After some research online, I worked out that I was after a Joby Gorillapod. Presumably named because it's flexible legs can cling onto anything like some kind of primate hanging from a tree branch.
So, three legs (no surprises there) each made up of 10 connected plastic balls which can be bent and contorted into any shape you like, on each joint there is a white, horizontal rubber mini-band which provides grip all the way up the leg. As well as hours of entertainment of creating various insect shapes, this feature makes it much better than a standard tripod.
Firstly, normally you'd need a level surface to set up a tripod, not with this. By bending the legs you can attach the gorillapod to almost anything such as vertical objects like railings and trees (small ones) and with the special grippy legs, it's very unlikely you'll set up that perfect timed shot, all stand back and watch your camera smash on the floor. Instead of 'resting' the tripod, you can now secure it in place giving you that extra bit of reassurance.
Another nifty feature on this tripod is the removable head. Like a much larger tripod, there's a base that screws into the camera and this slides into a groove on the top of the tripod. I just tend to leave the base plate on the camera permanently, making the setup really fast. The whole unit also seems really sturdy. It seems like you could drop it, bend it as much as you like without it breaking.
Joby makes gorillapods in various sizes and colours (the leg bands come in red, blue, green etc but the main body is still black) . I used mine for a standard small, compact camera so their basic 15cm tall model priced at £11.12 currently on amazon was perfect for my needs. For some reason, mine arrived in just an envelope wrapped in bubble wrap, whereas in shops, I've seen them in plastic cases. There were also no instructions, not that you'd really need any. For a price lower than the high street, it really didn't matter.
Overall I'd recommend. But if you're buying it as a gift, the presentation in just an envelope isn't perfect when purchased from some sellers on Amazon.
Summary: Much more useful than a standard tripod