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Small, brilliant, but very odd to look at - just like me.
on 15 May 2015
A splendid little device - but not for anyone with a touch of OCD, otherwise you'll spend hours after you've used the GorillaPod getting each individual little link in the legs to line up neatly instead of all poking about at the most upsettingly independent angles.
I use my GorillaPod with a Panasonic Lumix FT5 and have found it to produce stable video results when on loose soil or wrapped around a fence-post in winds gusting to 20-25mph. It is big enough to handle the weight of the camera (something like 250 of the new-fangled eurogrammes or "g") and yet small enough to slip into my medication "man-bag" without taking up a lot of room. This is, if you want it to be, small enough to be a permanent carry. The construction feels to be of reasonable quality, although I suspect that for longevity some careful handling and avoidance of over-squeezing the legs will be called for. Mind you, the same goes for most things in life - I over-squeezed a pet llama once, and that was never the same again afterwards.
The GorillaPod comes with a "quick-release" attachment - a plastic wotsit with a metal screw fitting for the camera end, and a little locking ring on the tripodlet (a tripodlet is a small tripod, as here). The plastic locking ring does not inspire the same build-quality confidence as the rest of the device, but works well enough and does facilitate what it says it does - quick attachment and release.
We all think it but few of us will say it - one of the best things about this beastie is the way it looks in use; like some little three-legged alien with a camera for a head. As I say though, just beware if you're the sort of person who needs all of your ducks lined up military-fashion and neat - it takes ages to get each of the little leg joints back in a row after use.