Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Photography Gadget Review: Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom Tripod and Head

Want some form of stability in your photography but do not want to carry the bulk? Then consider the Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom.

If you are not familiar with the brand, the Gorillapod is a short tripod with flexible legs. You can wrap it around objects, like a tree branch, a chair, anything that can serve as a stable platform for your camera.

You can bend it to your heart's content, though bringing it back to its straight configuration can be quite tricky.

Paired with the ballhead, this is a perfect system if you want to have the option to stabilize your DSLR and yet do not want to risk breaking your back by carrying a full-size tripod.

The tripod-ballhead pair can carry my Canon 7D with a Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM lens. However, I cannot put my camera in a portrait orientation - the base is not wide enough so the system tends to topple and the ballhead starts to sag down.

If you're system is heavier than mine, Joby recommends that you upgrade to the Joby Gorillapod Focus.

But, all-in-all, I am very happy with the Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom. I now have a tripod that I carry with me almost everyday.

Here is a video, taken with an iPhone4, of how I attached the tripod on the back rest of a bar stool.

Highly Recommended.

Shots made with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens. Want the best backpack for your DSLR? Check out my review of my favorite, the Lowepro Versapack 200AW, here and here.

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