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JobyGorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod
 
4.5

(based on 104 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (60)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (66)
  • Stable (53)
  • Folds away (43)
  • Unfolds quickly (35)
  • Compact (30)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)
  • Unstable (3)

Best Uses

  • Stabilization (44)
  • Travel (17)
  • Outdoors (15)
  • Home (10)
  • Movies (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (25), Film professional (16), Enthusiast (13), Parent (9), Photo enthusiast (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (59), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Cool

This is the coolest thing !!! i attach it to tree branches, fence/sign posts, just about anything and that includes my kayak deck when silently moving along still back bay waters....Read complete review

This is the coolest thing !!! i attach it to tree branches, fence/sign posts, just about anything and that includes my kayak deck when silently moving along still back bay waters. This, in the short time I have had it, has taken a beating thru salt water, sand, mud and debris from the forests.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

mini tripod only doesn't hold much weigh

I bought Gorillapod and the ballhead to use it as an alternate for big tripods thinking it is much small and easy to carry around and still get the same stability of big tri-pods....Read complete review

I bought Gorillapod and the ballhead to use it as an alternate for big tripods thinking it is much small and easy to carry around and still get the same stability of big tri-pods. I have put Manfrotto 357 Pro Quick Release Adapter on top of Gorillapod so that I can switch between tripod and Gorillapod easily. I use it with Canon 7D with EF 24-70 f2.8L and Canon EF-S 10-22 f3.5-5.6 lens mainly for landscape photography and 24-70, 50mm f1.4 for portraits. I also shoot videos with 7D and a camcorder.
Gorillapod is very light compared to tripods and easy to set up at any location (only thing you can't expect is the height). I am happy with its easy to use and can fit in tight corners to get a stable shot.
This Joby Gorillapod Focus claims to support upto 11 lbs but it doesn't hold the weight of Canon 7D and Canon EF 24-70. With these two and other accessories the weight doesn't exceed 5 lbs. I have to carefully align it center of gravity and its not always possible when shooting outdoors. It can only handle small lens/camera which are not that heavy. I have stopped using it on 24-70 and use only with 10-22 which is much lighter lens.
So I still have to carry a tripod if I have to use 24-70. So far I don't have a problem with its construction, feels pretty good.

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4.0

Great tripod!

By Peter

from Portland, OR

Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

Works great for cameras under ten 10 pounds. Anything heaver and it starts to become unstable. I also works fantastically as handles for a dslr. I recommend it!

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5.0

Great!

By Slothberg

from Spokane, Wa

About Me Film Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Folds Small
  • Good Stability
  • Lightweight
  • Unfolds Quickly

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Movies
    • Stabilization

    Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

    I use this with my Sony a7s as a makeshfit shoulder mount. Hard to explain, but it's perfect for what I need!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Stability on the go

    By Bill

    from Dallas

    Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

    I bought this as a light weight tripod for use with my Canon 5D Mark III for an upcoming intl trip where I didn't want to bring my full tripod. I've only used it twice but both times it has provided the support I needed using near by tables or railing

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    4.0

    Nice Build on This Gorilla . . . But

    By Tach

    from Rhode Island

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

          It is well made and fairly rugged. It looked great coming out of the box.Although I haven't used it in the field (or in the mist), this Gorillapod functions as you would expect; it twists, wraps, grabs and holds its form. But there is one caveat when using it as a simple tripod: arch the legs or it may succumb to the weight. When the legs are straight, they may spread under the weight of your camera. The surface is a factor. But by arching the legs, as you see in many of the pictures, the load is distributed over all the leg joints, instead of just the top ones, and the weight is directed downward. Think Gothic arch.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Neat gadget

          By wmkphoto

          from Chicagoland area

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • On Location

            Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

            I have only used this GorillaPod with a Profoto B1 light and a justin clamp with a speed light so far. It works great for the places and times I needed it. I mounted a 3/8" stud on the pod to enable mounting lights. Very simple and very easy. So far it works fine and I have no complaints. Just one of those cool, useful gadgets that works with your imagination.

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            • No

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            4.0

            So Far So Good

            By Dr. Morris Gregwire

            from Nashville, TN

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Stabilization

              Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

              Sturdy build and doing exactly what I need it to do. Takes up very little packing space as I travel.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Buenisimo

              By SantiagoF

              from Santiago, Chile

              About Me Parent

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Stabilization

              Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

              Lo uso con una cámare Reflex y funciona muy bien. Es estable y robusto, donde uno lo pone se queda. La unica desventaja es que no viene con sistema de anclaje rápido y tuve que comprar uno y adicionarlo.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great tripod

              By Bob

              from Ardmore,Ok

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Stabilization

                Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                I use this tripod for landscape photogrpahy

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great for Product/Food Photography

                By LLPhoto

                from O'Fallon, MO

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Awesome
                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                • None so far

                Best Uses

                • Food Photography
                • Product photography

                Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                I stopped in the middle of photographing products just to write about how awesome this is. The quality is excellent and the ease of positioning the camera is unlike anything else. I just hope the wear and tear is minimal after many years of use (the joints don't get too flexible, etc.) This is a MUST if you are photographing products and/or food. Looking forward to finding other uses.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Perfect travel tripod

                By Image Maker

                from Seattle

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Stabilization

                  Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                  This is a very durable and useable travel tripod.

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Useful addition to bag

                  By Jack the Photo Guy

                  from Groton, MA

                  About Me Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Unstable

                  Best Uses

                  • Flash

                  Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                  It works as advertised. I find it also useful for positioning remote flash slaves. Don't add too much weight though...

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  So fun, so flexible and sturdy

                  By lisa the videographer/photographer

                  from boston, ma

                  About Me Film Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Super Sturdy
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Stabilization

                    Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                    Used for photography and videography.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Solid yet flexible.

                    By Veex

                    from Hawaii

                    Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                    This thing is perfect for light weight travel. Holds up my 5Dmarkiii with 70-200mm lens with ease.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    great camera bag addition

                    By Virgil

                    from Philadelphia

                    About Me Film Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Stabilization

                      Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                      This is a great addition to any camera bag, especially for those with limited space, or for those not wanting to haul out a large tripod just for a few shots. Getting a ball head for use with the gorillapod is a must though.

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                      • Yes

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                      3.0

                      mini tripod only doesn't hold much weigh

                      By Viswanath

                      from Sterling, VA

                      About Me Parent, Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Unstable

                      Best Uses

                      • Stabilization

                      Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                      I bought Gorillapod and the ballhead to use it as an alternate for big tripods thinking it is much small and easy to carry around and still get the same stability of big tri-pods. I have put Manfrotto 357 Pro Quick Release Adapter on top of Gorillapod so that I can switch between tripod and Gorillapod easily. I use it with Canon 7D with EF 24-70 f2.8L and Canon EF-S 10-22 f3.5-5.6 lens mainly for landscape photography and 24-70, 50mm f1.4 for portraits. I also shoot videos with 7D and a camcorder.
                      Gorillapod is very light compared to tripods and easy to set up at any location (only thing you can't expect is the height). I am happy with its easy to use and can fit in tight corners to get a stable shot.
                      This Joby Gorillapod Focus claims to support upto 11 lbs but it doesn't hold the weight of Canon 7D and Canon EF 24-70. With these two and other accessories the weight doesn't exceed 5 lbs. I have to carefully align it center of gravity and its not always possible when shooting outdoors. It can only handle small lens/camera which are not that heavy. I have stopped using it on 24-70 and use only with 10-22 which is much lighter lens.
                      So I still have to carry a tripod if I have to use 24-70. So far I don't have a problem with its construction, feels pretty good.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Portable Tripod - Perfect

                        By Englishman in NY

                        from London

                        About Me Amateur, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Size Weight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • Will Eventually Wear Out

                        Best Uses

                        • Movies
                        • Stabilization
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                        Bought as a backup for my manfrotto for travelling - fits perfectly into a backpack and is perfect for when I dont want to bring my larger heavier kit along. Given 4 instead of 5 as everyone knows that after a while it will wear out and not as stable as new -................. but for me the general use will be fine. For any hardcore/ frequent use any of these style tripods probably wont be a great idea.

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                        5.0

                        Lives up to the hype...

                        By EYI

                        from SoCal

                        About Me Hobbyist, Parent

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Infinite Possibilites
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                            I have a decent aluminum tripod that came in a camcorder kit. It was okay but I wanted more options in terms of placement so I got the Gorillapod.

                            This tripod is really impressive! The quality of the plastic balls is good and every elbow joint is tight, it really holds it's position when you bend it. I haven't had to use it on a tree limb or pipe yet but I'm confident that this tripod will do the job.

                            It's the same height as my aluminum tripod but might actually be a tad bit heavier but it's REALLY light and sits nicely on my sling pack. I'm glad that I got this tripod. B&H had it on sale for 20% off which made this a great deal.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Mounts a cmera or light to anything

                            By Paul

                            from Miami Beach

                            About Me Film Professional

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Stabilization

                              Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                              great micro tripod. Legs attach/wrap easily around anything and turns it into a tripod or light stand

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              Perfect travel campanion for any camera

                              By Rod

                              from Kansas

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                                  have tripod will travel. can be set up on almost any surface, or for that matter almost anywhere. easy to use and very rugged

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Change your Perspective

                                  By Paparazzi Randy

                                  from Nashville

                                  About Me Advanced amateur

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                  • Price Not Exactly Cheap

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Children And Pets
                                  • Perspective
                                  • Sports
                                  • Stabilization

                                  Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus - Flexible Mini-Tripod:

                                  Great Tool to change your perspective. Fun to use in sports events with Live View feature on cameras, wireless triggers and CamRanger.

                                  I did not purchase the Gorillapod head as I prefer the Monfrotto RC-2 plate for Quick Release . Word of caution take you time to set up in a stable manner. It is not "bulletin-proof" but it can be used safely.

                                  Endless possibilities. Today I shoot an NFL kids mini camp and plan to use to make the kids appear larger than life. The larger the lens and camera weight, the more of concern. I have used at 6-7 lbs. of weight.

                                  Cons: Can be difficult to aim the camera or setup legs to support camera and lens. Especially if unusual angle, Hanging on pipes, fence, or large lens at steep angles.

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                                  • No

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