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Joby Gorillapod tripod

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1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

I bought myself a Joby Gorillapod about 6 months ago, and have been test running it since. Gotta say that I like it. Because of the flexibility of the legs, it easy to position, even on rough services (like gravel piles), and comes in mighty handy when taking pictures at night (as I have shaky hands from all the booze I drink, and thus my night pictures with long exposures are always blurry if I try and hold the camera). It's mighty small, and thus I can carry it around in my pocket.

The only complaints I have, and they are pretty minimal, are:
- because it is so flexible, it can actually be a bit tricky to ensure that you have the camera level - it can take a few moments to really get it positioned right.
- The snap-on / snap-off feature is handy, but a few times I have thought I had the camera snapped on, and it fell off because it wasn't completely secure. You need to check closely that you have got the camera snapped onto the tripod.

Anyway, thought I would post my quick review of the tripod. For the amateur photogs in the crowd, not a bag option at $30 - $40.

Greg

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

This looks really innovative Greg - but up to what weight can it hold? I mean l have a Nikon D40 DSLR would it hold it? I have (well my dad does) a traditional tripod which we used on our Australia & New Zealand trip but this looks alot more flexible - and a lot smaller too!

Cheers

Heather

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

The one I have (the cheaper one) can hold up to 275 g (9.7 ounces). They have heavy dutier version (if you look at the website, along the top menu are the SLR (holds 1.75 lbs, 800 g) and the SLR Zoom (holds 3 kg , 6.6 pounds) for US$ 39.95 and $US 49.95 respectively. I don't have those, so can't speak for them personally.

Your Nikon, if the spec sheet on line I found is correct is 1.1 lbs with battery, so you'd probably want to get the SLR Zoom if you have bigger lenses.