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JobyGorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray)
 
4.6

(based on 228 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (155)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (64)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (169)
  • Easily adjusted (148)
  • Lightweight (141)
  • Locks in tight (119)
  • Good footing (116)

Cons

  • Heavy (15)
  • Slips out of position (14)
  • Difficult to adjust (13)
  • Unstable (7)
  • Jerky movement (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (141)
  • Outdoors (133)
  • Landscape/scenery (103)
  • Home (70)
  • Video (60)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (102), Semi-pro photographer (49), Pro photographer (32), Casual photographer (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (185), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very handy for DSLR shooting

First off - the head will accept your existing Arcatech-compatible plates. I use a Kirk L-bracket on my D610 with a grip and it works fine with the Gorillapod ballhead QR. I bought this...Read complete review

First off - the head will accept your existing Arcatech-compatible plates. I use a Kirk L-bracket on my D610 with a grip and it works fine with the Gorillapod ballhead QR. I bought this for shooting cathedral and other interiors on a recent trip to Italy; I knew many places would discourage full-size tripods. The Gorillapod did just fine. Pictures below are 100% crops from a shot in the Doge palace in Venice, a 1/2-second exposure with the Gorillapod placed on a bench, holding a D610, battery grip, Kirk L-bracket, and Nikkor 16-35 f4 lens. (Shot at f16, ISO 800, 22mm) I don't see anything I'd call camera shake. I've used it with my 24-120 f4 and 70-200 f2.8 as well (all with the D610+grip). I've also use this as a "handheld tripod" - put the camera on the Gorillapod, then held the Gorillapod against a wall or column to get a rock-solid shot.Another big plus for the Gorillapod is it fits in my Lowepro Pro Messenger 180 bag. The feet stick out the top, but the Gorilla, D610+grip w/lens, a 2nd lens (e.g. 17-35 f4 or 70-200 f2.8) all fit; or the gorilla, camera w/lens, 17-35 f4 and SB-700 flash all fit.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Customer support doesn't respond

I purchased the focus and zoom. One of joints on the zoom popped off when I was attempting to wrap it around a thick railing for the first time (no camera attached). I...Read complete review

I purchased the focus and zoom. One of joints on the zoom popped off when I was attempting to wrap it around a thick railing for the first time (no camera attached). I contacted them for a suggestion about this 13 days ago and I still haven't received a response. I was able to reattach it but I'm not sure if its faulty or not.With that said, I'm a little skeptical on the quality of these things and how well it'll hold up over time. Customer support has no interest in giving me a response either.

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1.0

Returned it

By Canoneer

from Springfield, Il

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact

Cons

  • Difficult To Adjust
  • Unstable

Best Uses

    Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

    I did not like this at all, it is supposed to hold up to 11 lbs, but it started toppling at les than 7. It has very limited uses, just not as good as advertised.
    I used this with a 5d and a 24-70 and did not like the way it started to wobble.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Gorillapod review

    By Kyle

    from North jersey

    Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

    Love this thing. Super high quality build construction. It easily supports my canon 80D with external mic which is great for selfies and vlogging. Also amazing for a quick and easy tripod. I highly recommend this product especially with the ball head combo

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    5.0

    Solid

    By Brian B

    from Clifton, NJ

    Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

    This thing provides the best bang for your buck. As soon as I opened it and felt it's weight and sturdiness I knew I had a quality product in my hands.

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    5.0

    Sturdy and reliable

    By Charlie

    from Michigan

    Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

    Great alternative to carrying around a full size tripod. Its compact but big enough to mount to many different things

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    5.0

    Most flexible setup on the go.

    By cmeidia

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Adjusted
    • Good Footing
    • Lightweight
    • Locks In Tight

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

    Good setup for on the go, where it could morph into any scenario.

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    • No

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    5.0

    excellent tripod

    By jaden

    from east lansing, MI

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easily Adjusted
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Footing
    • Lightweight
    • Smooth Movement

    Cons

    • Slips Out Of Position

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors
    • Travel

    Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

    very good tripod.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Amazing table top tripod

    By Vincent

    from Brooklyn

    Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

    Great tripod, easy to get used to. Just make sure it is stable before your release your hands from the tripod. Doesn't hold heavy lenses but should hold a medium size DSLR at most.

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    5.0

    My Daily Driver

    By Nathan Gonzalez

    from Miami, FL

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easily Adjusted
    • Good Footing
    • Locks In Tight
    • Smooth Movement

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Outdoors
    • Portraits
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

    I shoot a lot of video on my DSLR and there are so many ways to use it. I use it a lot as a selfie stick. It holds itself really well and it has not slipped on me. I even use it as a shoulder rig and steady cam sometimes. I place to of the legs one on each shoulder and the other one in my lower middle chest. For the steady cam style I Split the legs and turn it upside down and grab the legs as if they were handlebars on a bike. I really love this tripod and it comes with me and my camera wherever I go. I sincerely recommend this as a friend.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great for...Anything.

    By Chris

    from Michigan

    Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

    I naught it for vlogs because it's not huge but rigid enough to hold a 70D and MKiii. I can hold it one handed no problem and adjust it as needed. Besides vlogs I did wrap it around a tree to get my dog running back and fourth and it did not loose any integrity. If you want a tripod for any and everything this is your best bet. You can even use it as a support when shooting, just bend the legs and press against your vest and suddenly no shake. I would recommend this to everyone.

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    5.0

    Best accessory I have bought so far

    By James Wong

    from Singapore

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

        I have narrowed down to a smaller carbon fiber tripod that can fold to 30cm, a Taiwan designed Takeway Clamp and the Joby Gorillapod.

        There are times I am shooting places where the tripod setup is cumbersome especially for city night shoots: examples, on a bridge, ledge of the building, low angle setup and indoors tight space. I have a small tripod for my mirrorless setup already and getting a smaller one seems a duplication. For the Taiwan clamp, it looks good but it seems to be restricted to clamping to round bar and tree branches.

        Looking at Joby's ad and some user's youtube demonstration, it seems to have more possibilities in the setting up. It can be place on a flat surface, wrap on bars, wrap on rocks and also wrap on lamp posts.The flexible legs with rubber rings simply wrap around uneven surfaces,

        I chose the most expensive Focus model. There are a SLR model and compact model but the quality and reviews seems to be on the negative side. A good holding system is very important to protect your equipment. There are many copies out there and I think the original is still the best.

        Using it is fairly easy, the wrapping of the legs is smooth. Once all rubber parts especially the 3 ends are in contact on the surfaces, the tripod becomes very stable and secure.

        The ballhead that come as a set has a good quality feel. The handling on the knobs are smooth and positive. The whole tripod is able to withstand the weight of 11Lbs (5kg). It is more than enough for my Fuji X system which is about 1kg or less depending on the lens I mount.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Awesome Product

        By Jimbo

        from Ohio

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easily Adjusted
        • Lightweight
        • Locks In Tight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Outdoors
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

          This Gorillapod is amazing! Its a bit more stiff then I was expecting which is great! I have a canon 5d mkiii and it holds the body with a 24-105 lens with no problems at all. I haven't had the chance to try any fancy different ways of attaching it to trees and stuff yet but I sure plan to.

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          5.0

          good product

          By julio

          from miami, florida

          Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

          it works great if a awsome product im using it with my canon 7d hold it perfect totally recommended

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          5.0

          Even better than expected

          By Joe In MN

          from Stillwater, MN

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easily Adjusted
          • Good Footing
          • Lightweight
          • Locks In Tight
          • Smooth Movement

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

            As you can see from the overwhelming positive reviews this is a great product. One thing that I was pleasantly surprised by though however was the ball head took an arca-style quick release plate! So switching between a regular tripod and this is even easier than I thought.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Joby Gorillapod

            By DCHANG

            from Danbury, CT

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easily Adjusted
            • Good Footing
            • Lightweight
            • Locks In Tight
            • Smooth Movement

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Outdoors
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

              Great tripod. Perfect for wrapping around strange places such as trees, lamp posts, guard rails, etc for that perfect angle. Don't have any cons for this product yet.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Goes anywhere and on anything.

              By Mikey

              from St. Louis, Mo.

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easily Adjusted
              • Good Footing
              • Lightweight
              • Locks In Tight
              • Smooth Movement

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Outdoors
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

                You can use this tripod in so many ways it's unbelievable. Around a pole, on a fence and even on your arms. Also, the construction is top notch and sturdy.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Handy, quality, fun piece of kit.

                By Michael G

                from San Francisco, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easily Adjusted
                • Good Footing
                • Lightweight
                • Locks In Tight
                • Smooth Movement

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Outdoors
                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

                  Mates well with my Really Right Stuff plates. I used it on a boom lift this week to film a job we were doing. Wrapped it around the rails with a 7D and 16-35 2.8L on there. Not a lightweight setup by any means but the Gorillapod took it all in stride.

                  Great product, amazing price and, of course, top drawer service from B&H, as always.

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                  5.0

                  Worth every last penny

                  By Best purchase ever

                  from New York,New York

                  Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

                  The gorilla pod is the most versatile product I have ever bought. I can wrap around a pole and hold tight while you try to get he perfect shot or put stably on the ground as a mini tripod. It doesn't weigh much and it's light and small enough to put in your backpack. It will support almost all of your cameras. for example your dslr and your point and shoot would works great. It Will work marvelously for taking a nice long time loads in those hard to reach spots. Easily adjustable. I really don't have any cons about the item. Worth every penny.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome

                  By Ruth

                  from Ct

                  Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

                  Works well and B&H is the best

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                  4.0

                  Great product, overpriced, but still worth it

                  By Ben Ten

                  from Melbourne, Australia

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easily Adjusted
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • expensive

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

                  I gave the Gorillapod Focus a 4/5 because of the price. If the price was more reasonable it wouldve been a 5/5. The Gorillapod itself is a great product. I use it with my 6D as the Gorillapod SLR I had just wasn't strong enough to hold it up with any of my lenses. I have only used the 6D with an 85 1.8, a 35 f2 IS, and a 24-105. It has held of these lenses with ease however when you extend the legs out as far as they go so that you can get closer to the ground the tripod begins to sag a little bit but that is to be expected with a Gorillapod. Wrapped around poles and stuff it has done pretty well, when I get it into a good position it holds, but it can be a bit fiddly to get it into position in the first place. The thing with this tripod is that it won't replace a full tripod so if you are contemplating whether to get this instead of a full tripod, get the the full tripod. The gorillapod Focus is great for travel and places where a full tripod isn't allowed or where the weight of a full tripod isn't wanted. I have enjoyed my time using the Focus so far and will continue to use it when I go on trips around the world. Just a sidenote: the Focus is supposed to be able to hold 5KG, however I haven't tested this. I feel like it WOULD hold 5kg but the tripod would have to be set up in a certain way to be able to do this, and I don't think you'd be able to hold this much weight with it being wrapped around a pole etc.

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                  5.0

                  Compact Multitasker

                  By Robert

                  from Ohio

                  Comments about Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray):

                  Joby's Gorrilapod and ball head are great tools for photographers and videographers looking for portability and modularity in their kit. Build quality is top notch, and the intuitive ease of use can be credited to the simple, yet thoughtful engineering. The uses for this tripod can only be limited by your imagination. I've used mine simply as the tripod it was intended to be, and also as a lightweight rig for shooting video, by bending two of the legs back against my shoulder, and having another leg bent out in front of me as a handle. It can be used to mount and hang LED light panels that have 1/4 20 mounts on them as well. I almost purchased the legs of this rig only, with the intention of mounting a small ball head from another brand on this rig. I've been suprisingly pleased with the Joby ball head, though, as it seems tough, and the quick release plate is a genius design. Highly recommended for long exposure photography, and as a great small rig for video.

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