Product Type: Joby tripods
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A Flexible Friend To Aid Your Photography
Member Name: askmeanything
Date: 12/01/13, updated on 22/10/13 (80 review reads)
Advantages: Tiny, light, good for night photography and cold conditions.
The rule of thumb is that to take a sharp picture you must use a tripod. Personally, I hate having to lug them around but when I go out with a group of camera enthusiasts who continually ribbed me for not using I tripod, I gave in, at least, when in their company. Now I seem to have amassed tripods, some purchased by me, and other given by people who insist a tripod is as vital as is our lungs are to breathe.
The Joby Gorillapod was my purchase. It has three bendy legs. It gets bonus points for being light in weight. I got called names for going this lightweight. Well, you try climbing up a mountain in the middle of the night with a massive tripod! These lovely people pay good money in the belief that the only decent tripod is a heavy-weight large tripod. These same believers in the sturdy tripod laughed and teased me for my pathetic bendy legged alien-like investment. I however, had done my homework.
There are different sizes of Gorillapods available. The smallest size if for compact cameras that weigh up to 325g. I started out with this because I wanted to prove that I could win an award with a compact camera and I didn't want to spend more on a larger version tripod for my bridge and bigger DSLR camera, in case the tripod wasn't all that it promised to be. There are larger and stronger Gorillapods for cameras with extra zoom lenses and for even for bulkier video cameras. They come in a range of colours.
This very small tripod is only 150cm when folded away. It is ingenious as the legs can bend around all manner of objects such as slim tree branches and railings. It allows the photographer to have steady photos and provides the opportunity to take pictures from angles that would otherwise be impossible or bring considerable danger to the safety of the photographer.
The tripod fits into my raincoat pocket and is very light to carry. It is wonderfully flexible and I discovered the best use of it for me is with night photography. I never really get that right without a tripod.
The tripod screw fits into the screw hole which you'll find on the bottom of the compact camera. It is easy to attach and the camera locks into place. There's not much faffing around to be done but I still enjoy using what I can find, in the natural environment, to act as a tripod because that is completely faff free.
Don't worry those bendy legs only bend when you contort them into the required position. Once you are happy the tripod does not fall over or drop your camera.
The fanatical photographers are correct. Only one think can give you a pristine photograph, even with surgeon's hands, camera shake will only be eliminated by a tripod. They were incorrect to laugh at my Joby Gorillapod. In fact, after an outing I was emailed by people to apologise for their response. They have changed their minds and are impressed with my tripod. Now this is a hard-core bunch of people who are extremely technical and invest huge amounts of money in their photography The Joby Gorillapod have their seal of approval and this is indeed, proof that this tripod is something of worth.
I still prefer to go around with as little equipment as possible. The compact Gorillapod does come with me more than any other tripod. Did I win an award? Yes, I did, from a photograph taken on my compact camera, but guess what? This photo was without the tripod because someone else was having a play with it whilst I took the winning shot by resting the camera on a rock! However, I have done equally well when using the tripod and I'm sure it must improve pictures taken particularly for night shots and on cold wintry days when I just can't hold the camera still. I have not purchased the larger sizes as I've heard mixed reviews about them. I suspect the best tripod is this one, for compact cameras, which is interesting as the smallest size is the original GorillaPod designed for the market.
I paid less than twenty pounds for this tripod. In the photography world this is cheap. Yet the product is far from cheap. It is of very high quality.
I've owned this tripod for four years and it has not been hurt even in extreme weather and landscape conditions. It's as strong as the day that it was purchased and the professionals no longer laugh at it though they often do at me!
Summary: Probably the best tripod.
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