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Old 07-01-2009, 23:42   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,
Does anyone use gorillapod?

Is it ok on its own or addition of a tripod head really does a noticeable difference?

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Re: gorillapod

Interesting question; unfortunately I can't help, but I'm interested in the responses as I'm looking at getting a Gorillapod.
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Hi Lilia and welcome to Pixalo. I've no experience of these but to be honest I don't think I'd risk my cameras on such a weird contraption. It may be OK for compacts and PAS but I wouldn't put my 5D and a 25-105 on it
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I've got the Gorillapod SLR Zoom model and have used on a few occasions with my D2X + 17-55mm f/2.8 lens in the past.

It done the job quite well without a ball head attached but I confess that having one would have made setting up the shots a whole lot easier. Like any piece of "exotic" kit it takes a while to get used to. It's really not intended as a replacement for a good tripod... more as a convenient tool for situations where using a regular tripod isn't possible.

Here's the very shot that prompted me to buy a Gorillapod: I was shooting actor Alan Cumming, leaning my camera against a railing whilst pointing down at him. I had to hand brace the camera against the railing to get the long ambient exposure (1/10 sec at f/2.8) that I needed and, as such, the image suffers from a bit of blur owing to camera shake (not that it's noticeable at this size)



There wasn't space to set up a normal tripod and, at that moment, I realised what I needed was a Gorillapod... it would have held the camera securely in place and allowed me to use a cable release for the long exposure, thus getting me a far sharper shot.

These days my Gorillapod is largely relegated to being a tool for anchoring a remote strobe to a fixture when I'm shooting portraits. I could still use it in a pinch on my cameras but, with that in mind, I'd be more inclined to pick up the newer Focus model and pair it with a decent ball head.

So in closing it's a useful tool which is both light and compact enough to find a home in most kit bags without any issues.
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Re: gorillapod

how do you think it would go for macro use, with a 30D and a Canon 100/2.8/ 430EX combination? I really need something compact and flexible that can get me close to the ground in the rainforest, and I really don't think the horizontal-arm tripods would do the trick in dense bush.
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There wasn't space to set up a normal tripod and, at that moment, I realised what I needed was a Gorillapod... it would have held the camera securely in place and allowed me to use a cable release for the long exposure, thus getting me a far sharper shot.
Could you've got away with a bean bag type arrangement? (Something I keep meaning to sort out!)

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I'd be more inclined to pick up the newer Focus model and pair it with a decent ball head.
Ah, now that looks a pretty serious bit of kit!
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Could you've got away with a bean bag type arrangement? (Something I keep meaning to sort out!)
Perhaps, but I'd probably have been just as worried about the whole bean-bag / camera array slipping off the wooden railing. A gorillapod would have anchored the gear without the chance of slippage. Other point is that a beanbag doesn't have the versatility of the gorillapod...
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The 90 version was given a test in this months Practical Photography Mag & they gave it 4/5 score. Comments such as "I'm happy at last that my precious DSLR & lens are safely supported" & "In tests it took all my strength to gradually pull it away" when describing it being wrapped round a post.
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I was having a quick look on Ebay for bargains and stumbled across this GorillaPod clone. From the details it seems like a clone but for much less...

NEU Dreibein Stativ Frei Winkel Super Stark OVP bis 3kg bei eBay.de: Stative Köpfe (endet 09.01.09 08:30:00 MEZ)
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Re: gorillapod

it doesn't appear to be a thing that you would carry around instead of a tripod then...

thanks guys, i guess i'd rather look at traditional tripod, and gorilla can wait a while
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