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JobyGorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod
 
4.5

(based on 272 reviews)

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    (160)

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    (86)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (237)
  • Stable (166)
  • Folds away (146)
  • Unfolds quickly (115)
  • Easily adjusted (37)

Cons

  • Unstable (23)
  • Cumbersome (12)
  • Slips out of position (6)
  • Jerky movement (5)
  • Poor quality (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (181)
  • Home (105)
  • Landscape/scenery (100)
  • Night shots (90)
  • Wildlife (59)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (102), Semi-pro photographer (46), Casual photographer (42), Enthusiast (31), Pro photographer (23)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (139), Yes (24)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid tripod

bought the GP3 as a portable tripod for my Nikon D60. I chose the GP3 over the GP2 since the price tag was only a few dollars different, but I probably don't need the...Read complete review

bought the GP3 as a portable tripod for my Nikon D60. I chose the GP3 over the GP2 since the price tag was only a few dollars different, but I probably don't need the GP3 to hold much since I only use my camera for catching moments when I'm walking around. Basically photography is not a hobby of mine and I just needed something strong and reliable.

Size
The GP3 fits nicely in my Lowepro Slingshot AW200 sling bag - but considering I only have three lenses for my D60 (18-55mm, 55-200mm, 35mm) and a small flash (SB-400) those that have more accessories and a bigger camera body might not be able to fit the GP3, but there are always the outer straps.

Stability
GP3 is a solid sturdy tripod - I attach the GP3 directly to the D60 (or my Canon D10) and it feels very secure when posing. At first it's a little tricky to mount the GP3 to a pole or a fence, and it would be much easier to position the camera with the ball joint head, but once you get used to it, it's pretty easy and the camera and tripod feel solid

Weight
GP3 is pretty light - I don't notice the weight in the sling bag, but I don't have a ton of stuff either

Unfolds quickly
so long as you have straightened the tripod's legs prior to packing, it's very quick to pull out the GP3 and start using. It might take a second to mount the camera, but I'm not the kind to mount and unmount often and if I need to I can just pick up the whole thing and snap away

Cumbersome
When you are trying to mount to a pole or a fence, it is a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of how to stabilize the GP3, it's pretty fast. When you are packing the GP3, you have to straighten the legs, which depending on how finicky you are, could take a minute, since the legs are made up of interconnected spheres with rubber grips, and they tend to resist movement - which is good, but if you've mangled the legs to wrap around a pole, it can be slightly annoying = though definitely not a huge ding.

Overall
I'm pleased with the purchase and would recommend getting it. If you find that you are the type to use the tripod a lot with weird mounting points, I would probably recommend getting the ball head mount since it can be tricky to get the camera to point exactly where you want it. I haven't since I don't really mount it to poles or fences all that much. But for flexibility and uneven and even surfaces - it's a solid tripod.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not strong enough for a DSLR

I bought this tripod for vacation photos to use with my Nikon D7000 when unable to carry a full size tripod.

It is rather difficult to adjust a precise angle without the...Read complete review

I bought this tripod for vacation photos to use with my Nikon D7000 when unable to carry a full size tripod.

It is rather difficult to adjust a precise angle without the ball head (it should be sold with the head included, it is needed). Even with the ball head (used it with BH1-01EN) it takes quite a bit of fiddling to set it up and there are limitations: vertical shots absolutely impossible, the camera will tip over (even with a lightweight 18-55mm lens).

Cannot be mounted on a pole, fence or a tree trunk, it will slide down; so better be some branches around, otherwise all your photos will be shot at ground level.

Oscillate in strong winds.
I would not trust a heavier lens (any lens above 4-500g) with the Gorillapod; it is not stable enough to handle.

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4.0

handy little thing

By swampdonkey

from Toronto, Canada

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Traveling

    Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

    Used with shooting video with my DSLR I found this product a welcome addition. Lay it on the ground quickly for low angle shots or wrap it on a post or tree. It's light and small enough to fit into your bag. People with heavier cameras should consider a larger one though, though I found it sufficient for my D600 with a wide angle zoom.

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    5.0

    Nice substitute for full size tripod

    By Photo Guy

    from Boston

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

      Works well on long hikes and traveling light when a normal tripod might not suffice. Great way to get yourself into group shots and definitely can support heavier loads if you position and wrap the legs cleverly around a base item (pole, table, etc). Also works really well as a support for strobes and pretty much anything that can use a 1/4 or 1/8 thread for attachment. I wrap it around my larger tripod legs with an attached tablet holder for tethered shooting sometimes, and have used it as a handheld lighting rig.

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      4.0

      It's bendy and whatnot

      By Bob Mueller

      from Milwaukee

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Traveling

        Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

        Very cool little tripod, but it's not really a tripod, it's more of a twist tie for cameras. Really sturdy and a must have.

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        5.0

        Really Glad I got this

        By Mark

        from Carmel, CA

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Traveling

          Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

          I use the gorillapod with the optional ball head which makes it so much more versatile. I have a Nikon D5100 with kit 18-55mm lens and it supports this really well. When I switch to the 55-300mm lens and zoom in all the way you can see that the gorillapod is not as rock solid as a full sized tripod but still useful. I use it to take multiple shots for HDR. The tripod can be bent and made to fit in the camera bag I already had. Also I like to use it for shooting video. Having the camera steady while shooting makes your videos look so more professional. I have a full size tripod but gorillapod seems more useful for a lot of casual everyday photography. Gorillapod will easily attach to the top of a step ladder if you want to shoot from an interesting angle.

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          5.0

          Neat Little Tripod

          By leem

          from Gaithersburg, MD

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

              I used this tripod to hold the camera while taking shots in very low light when the shutter will be slow, and where there are people around and you have to be quick about your shot (on tour where full tripods are not convenient). I have not had occasion to use it under most of the other advertised wrap-around situations.

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              5.0

              A travel photographer's dream

              By Spacious Places

              from Manokwari, Indonesia

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Long Setup Time

              Best Uses

              • Traveling

              Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

              I love this little tripod. I do a lot of what would best be described as travel photography. I travel extremely light with minimal gear, and this little tripod perfectly fits the bill for those times when using a tripod is an absolute necessity. Packing a large tripod simply isn't an option. It's ability to adapt to whatever environment there is really comes in handy. It can curl and fit into any nook or crany in your camera bag, which is nice too. The only thing that I don't particularly enjoy about using this product is that it takes time to get it set up properly for each shot, and then takes time to dissasemble and stow. For the patient shooter.

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              5.0

              What a beast.

              By MTP

              from WV

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adaptable
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography
                • Traveling

                Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                This thing is a beast. I bought it thinking I'd use it for my Lumix but it is way overkill. I dare say I could probably work my 4x5 off this thing. Amazingly solid. I took the Bogen ball head off of my Manfrotto monopod and attached it to the top. Works like a champ. I shoot a lot off of uneven surfaces, such as the top of a boulder or rock, and having the flexible legs the Gorillapod has makes the job a piece of cake. A little bulky but only because I bought one too big for my Lumix case. Will be fine for the DSLR.

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                4.0

                Not bad

                By CCNP

                from San Antonio, TX

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                  Its a wildly sucessful product, and mostly for good reason. When you have use for a Gorillapod, not much else will do.

                  This model will hold a pro size DSLR and mid size lens comfortably. They show it with the 70-200, but I am more comfortable with leneses like the 24-70 on this model of the Gorillapod. 70-200 does hold, but a lot depends on your method of wrapping the legs and the angles involved. Overall its a great product.

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                  5.0

                  Great Little Tripod

                  By Guppy

                  from NRH, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                    It works perfect for our camera, and I love the weight and size. I love how you can mount it, attach it, and put it just about anywhere. The adapter screw on the mount is a win win. It is a great buy for hikers, backpackers, and outdoor enthusiasts. ENJOY!!!

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                    2.0

                    Another waste of money

                    By SangRaal

                    from Rural Central Pa.

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • none

                    Cons

                    • Unstable

                    Best Uses

                    • Fixed Lens Mirrorless Cam

                    Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                    Will not remotely support 3 kilos! I was looking to use this as a low ground tripod for in situ macro photographs of spring flowers with a modern dslr macro 100mm lens on a small ball head. Nope, no way this unit can about support a Sigma DP-- or Sony RX.

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                    4.0

                    Great travel tripod

                    By mcnalg

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                      Great for use on vacations - super portable and versatile.

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                      4.0

                      Super Cool

                      By Jim the Runner

                      from San Jose, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                        Love the Gorillapod. Very good accessory for shooting gorillas in zoos or in the wild.

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                        5.0

                        Best Traveling Tripod

                        By Ryan the AstroTraveler

                        from Phoenix, AZ

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                          The Joby Gorillapod is the best tool for any serious photographer traversing the globe or planning on a long trip away. Its' size fits properly into any backpack, suitcase, or even handbag. My friend used this while we traveled SE Asia for 7 months, and was able to benefit from the size, durability, and adjustability. We strapped this thing around buses, trees and used it as a grip when shooting video. I'd recommend to anyone looking to save weight and space, especially backpackers. The only downside is the non-rotating ball-head mount, but this is still a great product.

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                          5.0

                          Great for outdoors and hiking!

                          By Ali

                          from Oman

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                          • Weak Construction

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                          I really love the Gorillapod and the SLR-ZOOM one is great and handles the weight of my Nikon D5100 brilliantly. I have only had it for a week but I already used it when I went hiking. It is light and compact which makes it fit easily into the backpack, and setting it up is very simple. I bought it together with the Joby Ballhead which I highly recommend, since it makes attached it very fast and simple and also it gives you a level gauge so you are can align your camera horizontally perfectly!

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                          5.0

                          Just what I needed

                          By bart brickman

                          from Cascabel

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel

                            Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                            Works great with my P7000

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Clever product!

                            By dmanthree

                            from Boxford, MA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                            • Looks Like A Space Alien

                            Best Uses

                            • Night Shots
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                            I use this model with a Panasonic GH3 and it works very well. Sturdy enough for extended support, as well, such as during time lapse shooting.

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                            5.0

                            Solid

                            By sam

                            from wi

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                                this has a solid, durable build and will be a great versatile tripod

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                                5.0

                                A diamond in the rough!

                                By WindSpirits

                                from Gasquet, CA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                                  When I first saw pictures of the Gorillapod, I wasn't impressed. Thought it was just another "catchy gadget", until I saw someone using it. I do a lot of macro photography and am down on the ground trying to stabilize my camera with whatever I can find, usually a stick or a rock. My husband and I each bought one it is indispensable. I can now stabilize my camera just about anywhere and I use it for just about all my photography, not just macro. It is perfect for hiking because it is lightweight. It lends itself to uneven terrain and rocky outcrops. It is easy to use, easy to store, easy to carry and easy to fold and unfold. I would recommend this to everyone. It is all pros and no cons in my opinion!

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                                  5.0

                                  This is awesome!

                                  By Nat

                                  from Marina del Rey, CA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Bends Any Way You Want
                                  • Can Attach To Anything
                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                                      This is a GREAT accessory for any DSLR of small camcorder! I just used it to tape a live show in Malta... wrapped these legs around the top of a seat at the back of the theatre we were performing in. It locks solid as a rock. My only regret is that I didn't spend the extra $[$]and get the ball head for the top. It was harder to align my camera with only the tripod (but that's my fault, not the tripod's) and in the end I got the shot I needed and the camera stayed firm for 3 and a half hours. A GREAT purchase :) Lightweight too and small enough to fit in my purse!!!

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                                      5.0

                                      Great product

                                      By dohof

                                      from new jersy

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Folds Small
                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Unfolds Quickly

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Night Shots
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                                        this product is used for my SLR camera
                                        really easy to handle with.
                                        very flex and good for various conditions.

                                        without the ball head you can't take pictures in all angles which is very disappointing

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