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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2011
At last, a Gorillapod that seems to be firm enough. I use a Canon 50D with various lenses but no battery grip. The Gorillapod SLR was not firm enough to hold my camera still but the Focus with the Ball Head is very rigid. So far I am very pleased with this product.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2011
Pictured on Joby's literature and website holding a professional camera or a large digital video camera I was certain this would be right for me. I needed it to support a 5D Mk II with battery grip and 24-70 L lens, sadly this did not happen.

I found the legs sagged when the camera was placed on it, which may seem like a minor complaint, but I could not be sure it would not collapse fully. The reason for buying the tripod was to take night shots which require stability, but I could not reply on this to give me that.

I ended up buying a Giottos travel tripod instead. If your camera is lighter then it may suit your needs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2013
This is a brilliant piece of kit and works in almost any situation.
I purchased this for a series of interview I needed to shoot abroad and portability and kit weight were my main concerns. (I had to leave my manfrotto head/legs at home.)
The Gorillapod from Joby not only weighs next to nothing but it's made well and can take a battering. I've loaded it with over 5Kg (lens, body, mic rails, follow focus) and it was still 100% responsive.
With a body/lens only config, I've wrapped it around lampposts, branches, chair arms, my own neck (don't ask) chair backs and even just used it as a regular tripod on a table (I know.. crazy right?) I was always amazed at it's flexibility and strength in all those situations.
As soon as you come to terms with the fact that you will never be able to perfectly straighten out each joint on each leg, you will sleep easier. Believe me, I tried many many times. This is by no means a negative just more of a passing comment for the obsessives amongst us.
In good conscience I can't recommend this as the only tripod you will ever need because titling and panning can be a little bit bumpy. Thats not down to the build quality of the Gorillapod (which is excellent), it's just that with something this small, the weight isn't there to balance out those pan/tilt moves well enough.
In summary, it is one of the best additions I've made to my support kit for a quite while. It's very well made, its light, cheap, looks good and can take a beating in the bottom of any kit bag. Whether you are a casual photographer or seasoned DSLR pro, I would recommend the Gorillapod without hesitation as a valuable addition to your kit. Happy shooting!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2013
Arrived in reasonable time and well packaged.

I have so far used this tripod in hides with a Nikon D3100 and a 70-300mm lens and also with an Olivon T90 scope (which is pretty heavy although I'm not sure how much). Using normal floor standing tripods in hides is often hopeless as the seats/benches are often screwed down too close to the window and there is often not much room. I wanted something to hold my camera or scope on the window ledge of a hide and often these are narrow. The flexibility of the legs is a real good point as you can bend the legs around to fit almost any situation (one leg wrapped over the window, one wrapped under the front of the ledge and one on the ledge). The rubber material on the spheres in the legs seems to grip just about anything although if I had one small criticism it would be when used as a traditional tripod and you want to reduce the height. Your forced to splay the legs out too far and it will sag - perhaps if the same rubber on the feet was a little softer (for even more grip) it might be even better.

As for the head, it works well and and once tightened up it stays put. However, for quality control I'd have to give it a negative. I didn't realise before my first trip out but the bracket you sit your camera/scope on is attached with a small allen screw which was not tight. After a little use on my first day it got worse and I didn't have an allen key with me. Once home this was easily rectified.

Would definitely recommend this item and although it is a bit pricey it seems to do the job.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2011
I was a thrilled with this purchase as it does everything it says on the tin. I'm disabled so I can attach the Gorrilapod to the armrests on my wheelchair when I take photographs. A clever invention indeed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2014
Unfortunately, the quality of Focus is horrible. One leg snapped just as I was to mount a camera for the second time on this tripod! Legs don't cling stable enough to fences where they should work flawlessly. Stay away from this disaster. It can't even support a D80 with a small 24-70 lense...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2013
My intial impressions of this are favourable & I wish I'd got one earlier. It is well made. The mounting plate for the camera does mot allow the camera to rotate & the smooth acting ball joint holds my full frame sensor Canon fitted with a zoom lense without "drooping".
I'm pleased that of the options for my size of camera, I opted for the slightly larger, higher spec & more expensive Focus GP8/ Ball Head X Model rather than the SLR Zoom. The Joby website constains useful info. on the capacity etc of the various models.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2015
I bought this for our holiday this year, going to be a bit of safari and some travelling round, I didnt want to take a tripod, so thought I would get this for my DLSR as I have had the small version for a couple of years.
Hence as yet I cannot review the use, but the quality of this thing is amazing, its so beautiful too, as much as a tripod can be anyhow...lol
But the engineering that has gone into is is incredible.
It is very stable, have tried various cameras on it and am quite confident it will manage anything on it and anywhere on our holiday.
It feels fairly heavy but sturdy in the hand and easy to position the legs and will stay put.
Big enough to use with tripod straps etc on your bags, but small enough to be unobtrusive I would say.
I will update this review when I have put it to more use in the field but all I can say now is, if you are thinking of getting one and trying to decide oon this or the plastic one, go for this one and you wont regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2013
This tripod is absolutely brilliant, it does exactly what you want it to do.
Even though it is only about a foot tall, it is still more convenient than any other tripod because it is able to balance on any uneven surface.

I was testing it out on Christmas Day while sitting in an armchair, and all I had to do was slide the legs around the arm of the chair and it was perfect!
If this was any other regular tripod, this would have involved possibly moving a bit of furniture around to take a photo from that position.

This tripod is very strong, it holds our large camera and large lens.
It is very easy to use, and there is no struggle to get it into the exact position you want it.
I wasn't expecting the legs to be so strong either!

Highly recommend this tripod as it is small enough to carry anywhere, it is not heavy, and like I said it is very convenient.
definitely worth the money; 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2013
I needed a small but compact tripod that would be versatile in every situation, i read all the reviews and took all on board. I have used it with my 7D and 70-200mm with 2x converter and i have no worries sometimes i read all the reviews and wonder what people are talking about.
Bought this as I did not want a tripod strapped to my bag while travelling so people wouldn't know I had camera in my bag. It is quality. Very stable and even though its no where near a full height tripod I really found this did not hinder me and only made me shoot more creatively.
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