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.