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    Anyone use a GorillaPod tripod?

    I only recently heard of these, and it looks like something I'd use a lot in the woods around my house. Does anyone have one? Is it well made? Does it live up to the hype I've seen in online reviews? Thanks!


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    Re: Anyone use a GorillaPod tripod?

    No. I use a Platypod with a ballhead. They have 2 different sizes.

    https://platypod.com/

    There might be other devices out there that also offer a low perspective. They are fun to use.
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    Re: Anyone use a GorillaPod tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    No. I use a Platypod with a ballhead. They have 2 different sizes.
    Thanks for that, Cindy! Wow, that's a really innovative design, I can see why you like it.

    I was leaning towards the GorillaPod because I can't tell you how often I've been out in the woods and said, "If only I could mount the camera on this tree branch....". The G-Pod seems to have that capability with its fully articulating legs.

    Gotta look into this more....

    Thanks bunches!

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    Re: Anyone use a GorillaPod tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerspouse View Post
    Thanks for that, Cindy! Wow, that's a really innovative design, I can see why you like it.

    I was leaning towards the GorillaPod because I can't tell you how often I've been out in the woods and said, "If only I could mount the camera on this tree branch....". The G-Pod seems to have that capability with its fully articulating legs.

    Gotta look into this more....

    Thanks bunches!

    You're welcome. Choose whatever seems like it will work best for your needs. The Platypod comes with a strap to secure it to posts but am not sure about tree branches - especially if they are smaller branches.

    Initially I purchased the Platypod Ultra but eventually moved to the Platypod Max. The Ultra is kind of tippy when using certain lenses. But I am going to keep it to use as a tabletop support for a flash unit. And it will still work with smaller lenses.

    The GorillaPod sounds like it will be very beneficial for your circumstances.
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    Re: Anyone use a GorillaPod tripod?

    I appreciate getting the benefit of your experience, Cindy. Thanks so much for all that!
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    Re: Anyone use a GorillaPod tripod?

    A cheap and effective ground level support is a upside down frying pan with a ball head on it.
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    Re: Anyone use a GorillaPod tripod?

    @Dangerspouse
    I got the 3k a week ago and have been really enjoying it until I bumped the poorly designed quick release switch and the camera took a small tumble off the tripod while I was bringing it over to my camera bag. I can't trust that I wont touch the button accidentally again in less ideal conditions so I just exchanging it for the 5k version that has a twist knob to release the camera instead of the poorly designed push button. Its a great little tripod because its easily portable but the legs are the weak point. The heavier the lens, the more unstable the legs become. The only way I would trust them to hold on to a branch is with a light weight lens, nowhere near the "max" weight it claims it will hold. It will hold up my D800 with a 70-200 2.8 on slick counter tops,(the 3k version, I haven't received the 5k yet) but the legs want to do the splits unless you have a perfect angle. I would not trust them around a branch enough to walk away with that camera/lens combo. I did hang a D7500 and Sigma 18-35 1.8 from a banister for Christmas group shots and it worked flawlessly. It worked pretty good for some macro shots with a 100mm f2.8, but even the shutter had a big impact on the wobbly legs. As long as you are aware of the shortcomings of this tripod and don't expect it to be as stable as a larger one with solid legs, its fantastic! I liked it enough to give the bigger brother a chance after a fail with the smaller one. I plan on taking it snowboarding with me and hanging it from trees and stuff. There are "arms" you can get for additional accessories and/or strap attachments if you really need to hang heavy loads from the trees, but I plan on taking a 7500 and 70-300 which is lighter than the 18-35- that is if we ever get some snow.
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    Re: Anyone use a GorillaPod tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikew View Post
    A cheap and effective ground level support is a upside down frying pan with a ball head on it.
    Yeah, but the food's gonna come out awful after that conversion.

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    Re: Anyone use a GorillaPod tripod?

    Quote Originally Posted by TwistedThrottle View Post
    @Dangerspouse
    I got the 3k a week ago and have been really enjoying it until I bumped the poorly designed quick release switch and the camera took a small tumble off the tripod while I was bringing it over to my camera bag. I can't trust that I wont touch the button accidentally again in less ideal conditions so I just exchanging it for the 5k version that has a twist knob to release the camera instead of the poorly designed push button. Its a great little tripod because its easily portable but the legs are the weak point. The heavier the lens, the more unstable the legs become. The only way I would trust them to hold on to a branch is with a light weight lens, nowhere near the "max" weight it claims it will hold. It will hold up my D800 with a 70-200 2.8 on slick counter tops,(the 3k version, I haven't received the 5k yet) but the legs want to do the splits unless you have a perfect angle. I would not trust them around a branch enough to walk away with that camera/lens combo. I did hang a D7500 and Sigma 18-35 1.8 from a banister for Christmas group shots and it worked flawlessly. It worked pretty good for some macro shots with a 100mm f2.8, but even the shutter had a big impact on the wobbly legs. As long as you are aware of the shortcomings of this tripod and don't expect it to be as stable as a larger one with solid legs, its fantastic! I liked it enough to give the bigger brother a chance after a fail with the smaller one. I plan on taking it snowboarding with me and hanging it from trees and stuff. There are "arms" you can get for additional accessories and/or strap attachments if you really need to hang heavy loads from the trees, but I plan on taking a 7500 and 70-300 which is lighter than the 18-35- that is if we ever get some snow.
    Hey man, thanks for taking the time to give me that great synopsis based on your first hand experience. I really appreciate it! I gotta ask - was your camera damaged when it took that nosedive? Damn, that's a scary thought.

    Well then, I think I'll pass on the 3K model for sure. Would you do me a favor? When you get the 5K would you drop back here and tell me if you think the upgraded model is an improvement?

    Thanks very much again, and I hope you get dumped on with a ton of snow!
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    Re: Anyone use a GorillaPod tripod?

    Hi DS I can tell you my son's experience. He has used one of this for several years. Although he uses it with a Fuyi FF that is lighter than our DSLR.
    Pros
    1. You can hang it anywhere, trees, any kind of handrail or stand it over any firm surface. In his case, he travels alone -not married yet ;-) - and it is very useful to take very ineresting photos of himself.
    2. Very light... You don't notice it in the backpack.
    Cons
    1. The durability of the legs. After moving them many times, the compression of the legs assemblies starts getting loose.

    In summary, it is very interesting and cheap (I may buy one too) but don't expect to have it for many years.

    If you do buy it please tell us your experience...
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