If someone was to ask me if you were to travel the world on a motorcycle and you can only bring one tripod, which will it be? Needless to say this would be it.
I just got to say this first, the Joby Gorilla Pod SLR-Zoom has been with me for 3 years. Whenever I ride with my camera this comes with me. I have used this all throughout my Philippine Tour, I swam in different waterfalls, beaches, coral reefs with it, it rode on my motorcycle exposed to the elements and to be totally honest I wouldn’t have won the Wrangler True Wanderer 2015 without it. A lot of shots there were taken using this.
What can I say, the quality is top notch. As you can see on the photos even after all the things that I have mentioned it still looks decent. Yes it has some minor rusts, yes there are some discolouration but it is generally intact. The legs still work perfectly and it can still hold my D7100 with a 17-70mm lens without any problems.
I have seen replica’s of the Gorillapod, although I have not tested them personally. I have seen some get disconnected on the leg part. The ball’s that seem to make it flexible somehow got loose, enough for them to detach themselves from one another. As for the Joby I have not experienced that, not even once.
I would not recommend using the Gorillapod to clamp your camera to your motorcycle. That’s a big no-no for me, why? One, this is meant to be clamped into something that is stationary. Not on something that its constantly moving or vibrating. It will hold on for a while but as you move it will slowly loose its grip.
There are however ways for you to clamp it on a smooth surface, but you have to buy those products separately and is a bit hard to come by here in the Philippines, not to mention it’s expensive. The way it works is, you add suction cups on the feet of the Gorillpod and those will stick into any smooth part of your motorcycle. If I had it will I use it? No, I still find it too risky.
So how do I use it? On my DSLR, mainly to get low angle shots, and shots that are unusual in angle and perspective. I have clamped it on a tree and on a railing without any issues whatsoever.
I did mention that I used it for swimming right? It was with a GoPro not with a DSLR, I use it mainly as a handle, the grey part of the legs are made out of rubber, that gives you a really good grip and also gives you a little bit of extension.
I also use this a tripod for additional lights when I do shoots that has a lot of prep time, it’s very versatile as you pretty much mount it anywhere.
The Joby Gorillapod also comes with its own level, which helps greatly to straighten out horizons and well making sure that your shots are at proper level. It also has a ball head that moves quite smooth and but is a bit loose. There is a knob on its side for locking and adjusting the friction of the ball.
You might be wondering why I mentioned that it’s an adjustment for the balls friction? I think with some practice you can actually do some panning video shots with it.
There’s also a notch just above the knob, which you can use to get vertical shots, also the whole ball head part is detachable, which means you can replace it with something else.
It’s not that hard to find Joby Gorillapods, almost all of the camera shops in malls has them. They even come in various sizes and colors. However, add-ons like the suction cups that I mentioned are hard to come by here, you usually have to order them overseas online.
Some might find the 5,000 php price of the Joby to be quite expensive for something that is so small. Because if you compare the price of the Gorillapod from the replica’s, you are paying like five times the price. But really what you are paying for here is the quality, because if you are the type of person who’s going to go outdoors and in the elements. Then you want something that is sturdy and reliable, remember you are placing an expensive to a moderately expensive camera on it.
Would I recommend this?
Just look at the size of this thing, use my glasses for scale. If you’re the guy who wants something that is sturdy, lightweight, reliable and compact to hold your smartphone, dslr, action cam, light then this is the answer for that.
Where to get this?
You can get this item at Lazada by using my link here Joby Gorilla Pod SLR.
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