Summary: I was extremely happy at first. Well, even for the first year I owned it, it worked great. Held my DSLR just fine. Adjusted easily to the terrain I was leveling a camera against. Is small enough to find room for it in my backpack... But then, I started having issues with the legs separating (falling off) as I positioned the legs.
Summary: I've been wanting one of these for some time since I often ride my mountain bike alone and like to get photos to post to forums and Facebook. I carry a little tripod that has tiny legs that fold up and screw inside the barrel. That works OK for a point and shoot but not for the Nikon D-2 and D-300 I carry. This pod is strong enough to hold up the DSLR with a 17-55 zoom mounted to it. A big plus is the ability to wrap the legs around a tree for vertical shots.
Summary: instead of carrying big heavy tripod around, this one is well worth it!!! I call this my little spidy, able to hold $2600 worth of camera gear (Canon 7D w/grip, 17-40L) this little tripod can go anywhere you like. At first i was afraid it wouldn't hold up the weight of the camera but it actually did... It did take time to get use to it and to adjust the footing to get the right angle, but indeed its well worth it!!
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Summary: This tripod is great in that it folds up small, is light weight and very portable. However, I highly recommend using a tripod head with this product. You can either buy the ball head separately or with the gorillapod, or use your own tripod head. Trying to get the camera level while wrapped around a tree or light post is extremely difficult without a head!
Summary: I really like the Joby and the way you can use it for the camera and the video camera. It seems to be really stable when I tried it using the video camera in the house. I can't wait to use it outdoors.
Pros: Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Summary: I bought this for my SE Asia/Japan trip. Everywhere I went, there were people("tourist) to help me take picture... When I was in Japan and I felt a bit safe to take this baby for some night picture, it fails me. It didnt do the job because of winds and slippage plus slow shutter speed.
Pros: It does the job in area where tripod is not allowed. It does hold an XTI + 24 -105 EF lens.
Cons: Doesn't hold strong enough when taking night picture. Winds and slight slippage will cause your picture unusable when taking picture with slower shutter speed.
ultra configurable and versatile tripod for SLR with...
16 June 2008
Summary: I have a Nikon D80 DSLR with a 18-200mm zoom lens. So I wanted a "flexpod" that can handle up to 7 lbs. This gorillapod works great and can hold my DSLR with zoom lens easily. I also use it for my compact Casio digicam and also my compact Canon camcorder. I have used this as a regular tripod on the ground or table, wrapped it around a sign post, and a tree branch. You can't do these with a regular tripod. The gorillapod held my camera with no problem.
Pros: versatile, light, configurable many different ways, strong enough to hold DSLR with zoom lens (up to 6 lbs), rubbery feel has good grip even on smooth surface
Cons: no quick release plate, bulkiest of the "flexpods"
Summary: I bought this product for a recent cruise that I took in the Carribean. I wanted to be able to have the flexibility to mount my DSLR on various surfaces to get pictures with myself and my wife in them. This product did not disappoint. I was able to wrap the legs around posts, set it on rocks to level the camera and place it almost anywhere.
Pros: Sturdy construction. Goes anywhere and grips almost anything.