Monday, August 20, 2012

Review of the Joby GorillaPod Focus

Want a way to stabilize your photos yet do not want to be burdened by a 5-pound tripod? Then look no further: The Joby Gorillapod Focus is the way to go.

The GorillaPod Focus is light - you actually will forget that you have a tripod with you, yet it can hold up to 11 pounds worth of camera gear.

The main difference with my other GorillaPod, the SLR Zoom and the Focus? The zoom can hold up to 6.6 pounds only.

However, there is another major difference between the two: The Focus has a more massive ballhead.

The tripod's carrying capacity will be useless if the ballhead is "light-weight", but the Ballhead X lives up to what the legs can do.

So what can you do with a much bigger head? Not only can you put more load on it...

... you will also be able to put the camera on a portrait orientation (as point of reference, if I do the same thing with my SLR Zoom, the camera will tend to tilt downward).

But, how is the tripod in action? I have nothing but positive things to say regarding this gadget.

First off, the tripod is really light that you can just stick it to your camera bag and forget about it:

Or, you can just put it in one of your pockets and not be inconvenienced by it:

Or, as I am wont to do, I just hold on to it and, when it's time to get my shot, I put it on the ground:

A little more adventurous way of holding it is to wrap the tripod around a bodily part - in my case my arm...

Just make sure that it isn't too tight, or else you will lose blood circulation in that appendage...

But when the time comes that you want to use the tripod...

So, you want to stabilize your shots without lugging a 5-pound tripod? Want to really nail that HDR shot? Get your Joby GorillaPod Focus here!

Shots made with a Canon 5D Mark II, a Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro, and a Canon Powershot.

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