In this Hands on Review I’ll be going over the Joby Gorilapod SLR-Zoom with Ballhead tri-pod in detail!! What is interesting and different about Gorillapod solution is the very small size, light weight, and incredible versatility when it comes to setting it up for shots. The Sony Nex style Cameras in particular being so light weight and small in size, are perfect candidates for the Gorillapod style solution.
Basically, because this tri-pod is so flexible, the legs can wrap around stuff and grab hold firmly. I’m talking railings, spindles, tree branches, chairs, you name it!!I used it in all sorts of situations so far and it blows away a regular tr-pod in both speed and position options. Normally a tripod needs to be in a pretty decent spot so it doesn’t fall over etc.. The Joby Gorillapod actually wraps around stuff, making it virtually impossible to fall or get knocked over.
Let me show you what I’m taking about and I’ll explain further!
Gorillapod Product Photos from the Lab:
Here’s a few close-ups of the actual ballhead and quick release plate. Notice the bubble level.
Hands on Review HD Video:
In this quick video you will see the Gorillapod up close in HD with me at the wheel. I go over it pretty good, but be sure to check out the Gorillapod “In Action Photos” below!!
Also, be sure to Select the 720P option in the player settings for best viewing quality!!
Gorillapod SLR Zoom w/Ballhead in Action:
The Gorrillapod SLR-Zoom claims it supports up to 6.6llbs, and it’s true. Check out my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon EF 24-105 f/4 L Lens mounted on it below. Mind you it’s not rock solid with this kind of load, but it does support it with confidence. I had to use the self timer in order for the camera to stop slightly shaking after pressing the shutter. This is very common on smaller tri-pods and larger heavy-duty tri-pods are more rock solid, but they weigh a lot more, cost a lot more, and are usually a lot larger as well.
Check out this shot with the legs wrapped around the chair arch with one leg as an angle support. Again, not rock solid with this heavy load, but it’s not going anywhere for sure and with the self timer or cable re-lease is good to go.
Just using one leg on this really skinny vertical plant hanger bar is enough to support the Nex-C3 and 16mm lens with fisheye conversion lens. The rubber is the grippy and durable kind. You know it when you feel it.
The Gorillapod SLR Zoom is a solid product for a reasonable price in my opinion, and the proof is in the photos and video above. Feel free to ask me any questions about it as I’m keeping this for my personal use It’s much easier to carry around everyday then a regular tri-pod. I’ll use the regular tri-pod for heavier duty jobs from now on most likely. Time will tell!
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