Summary: I've been using the SLR Gorillapod for about a year now, purchasing it after having a lot of fun with the point-and-shoot version. PROs: It seems well built and all of the elements are still holding up. I've found nature photography to be the best application. It will hold an SLR in places where nothing else would. It will stand confidently on any rock, log, etc. or even hang sideways off of a tree branch.
Summary: In theory its a good idea and makes sense. But in reality, after using it a little, you have to fuse with it a lot to get it to form the way you want. It is faster to pull out your tripod and get the shot before the shot is gone.
Summary: The gorillapod is great and a lot of fun to use, but it cannot replace a real tripod for some uses. The main issue is that even when the gorillapod is stable and well in place, because the pod is 100% plastic, the camera will still do some small oscillations when you touch it. Typically, on my D200 it oscillates a bit when I press the shutter, even if I do this very smoothely.
Summary: First thing about this particular Gorillapod, is that it comes in a flimsy, thin cardboard box that says nothing other than "Gorillapod" so I suspected it might be a bootleg. It's a neat toy to have with you. I've got a Nikon D40 and I've yet to experience any "sag" that I've read about. Of course if you want to get portrait oriented shots you need to spring for the Joby tripod head (which I thought this product came with).
Summary: I bought this for my dad who is a photographer and a camper. I thought, wouldn't this be perfect for when he is out hiking, etc and wanting to take pictures - an adjustable tripod! Turns out he had done some research himself and thought about buying one. His comments were he was surprised at how stiff the joints were, but that should be good to grip onto things as well as bear the weight of the camera.
Summary: The Gorillapod SLR-Zoom is a decent little tripod. The flexible legs are short, making it extremely portable. However, they are just a bit too short to give it the flexibility of use that the manufacturer claims. I also found that the claim that the SLR Zoom can support up to 6.6 lbs. to be a bit overstated. In my everyday use, I found the product to have difficulty with weights over 4 lbs. That said, it is a handy tool to keep in the camera bag.
Summary: By the time this thing is mounted with a Manfroto ball joint head and a DSRL with a mid-sized lens, the resistance of the joints cannot hold the wight and they buckle. However, if they were to construct the joints with such stiff resistance, as to hold all that weight, they would be so difficult to bend and maneuver into the desired shape, that its use would become impractical as well.
Not happy because I thought I was paying no handling fees and it ended up that I paid $20.00 for shipping and handling which was
Alice in Wonderland "stinky", Amazon
14 February 2010
Summary: The tripod was a gift so my son would have to really review the product. The thing that I didn't like was the price that I had to pay for shipping and handling. I was supposed to have shipping and handling free. Instead it cost me $20.00 which was later lower to #$10.00 I was not happy about this as I thought the cost was zero. I checked the cost of sending the tripod at a faster rate so it would get to my son before Christmas.