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

(based on 170 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (115)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (132)
  • Easily adjusted (118)
  • Lightweight (111)
  • Locks in tight (99)
  • Good footing (96)

Cons

  • Difficult to adjust (10)
  • Heavy (10)
  • Slips out of position (10)
  • Jerky movement (5)
  • Unstable (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (118)
  • Outdoors (110)
  • Landscape/scenery (84)
  • Home (54)
  • Video (49)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (83), Semi-pro photographer (40), Pro photographer (25), Casual photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (148), Yes (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A very good product for heavy cameras

I have taken this tripod to the beach but have never put it down in the sand. If you want a tripod or camera to last sand is bad anytime. I put it on...Read complete review

I have taken this tripod to the beach but have never put it down in the sand. If you want a tripod or camera to last sand is bad anytime. I put it on a boogie board and because it can bend it worked great for low angle shots. It worked very well in grass and was very stable. The x design meaning the shape of an x in the head is not the best design idea in my opinion but it doesn't slip out as long as it is tighten with the top turning nob and you don't have to go crazy tightening it. The only thing you can't do with this tripod head is face the camera looking to far down toward the ground with a heavy lens on it. I don't think it will stay very well. However you can wrap the tripod legs around objects as long as you keep the camera up right. I would not put a heavy camera on it's side 90 degrees for a vertical shot. I would buy and L bracket for that so the camera stays up right. Over all the tripod seems like a good buy just treat it carefully like a new car and it should last for a long time. If my Joby ever has a problem I will add that in this review. I use the this tripod with a Nikon D800 camera and large Tamron lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Strong and solid, but big and heavy

This tripod is fun and versatile, but the size and weight slightly diminishes the intended advantage of portability that the smaller Gorillapods enjoy. A good price. The ballhead X works as described -...Read complete review

This tripod is fun and versatile, but the size and weight slightly diminishes the intended advantage of portability that the smaller Gorillapods enjoy. A good price. The ballhead X works as described - smooth operation. I use a Nikon D300 with a variety of heavy lenses and the tripod does the job, although it is difficult to get on the ground sometimes to look through the viewfinder when there is no tree other other thing around to prop it up on. The joints are solid, but of course this means that adjusting them is more difficult.

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5.0

Just like it said.

By jbejm

from Wheeling-Il

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

It works great. I wrapped that thing in few places and the camera did not moved. I use with my camera remote so it was easy to operate my camera.

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4.0

Favorite tripod yet

By Scott

from Buffalo, NY

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

I use this tripod with the full frame canon 6d and the 17-40 and 100mm L series lenses. The gorillapod focus has no problem holding my gear in portrait orientation and allows access to compositions that would be impossible with a standard tripod.

The reason I deducted one star is the tripod head loosens up rather quickly and requires an allen key to tighten it back up, often in the middle of a shoot. This is only a mild inconvenience considering the versatility and portability of the product.

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5.0

Gorillapod Joby the best tripod Ever

By Lori from NY, NY

from Yonkers, NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Have you ever been on a shoot and you wished you had a tripod that moves with you? This is it, this Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle by Joby is a wonderful tripod. It bends with any shot you want to take, if you have say a short wall in front of you this will fit on top of that wall with no problem. It carries a camera with a 70-200mm lens with no problems. It's strong and durable. It's easy to clean too. Buying this as a bundle was a great suggestion by the sales rep I'm glad I took the deal.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great small tripod

    By Ram

    from Israel

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easily Adjusted

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        This is great traveling tripod.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Great piece of equipment

        By Chele sol

        from 9th ave/34th St

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

        This small but very reliable piece of equipment I would recommend for many situations, the only thing you have to watch for is what kind of lens you will be using on your camera so you buy the right gorillapod to support the weight.

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        5.0

        Super sturdy

        By etchi

        from portland or

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits
          • Travel
          • Video

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

          held up my D90 camera perfectly. i can put that in the backpack and be on the go. Great product!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Solid piece of equipment

          By Cantoluzphotography

          from Albany N.Y.

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

          I got this try pod for the times when I do not have an assistant to hold my flash . And it has performed very well in that regard but the more I use it the more ways to use it I discover. It hold my full frame camera with a 70-200mm with out any problems . This was money very well spend love the quality and versatility of this product .

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          4.0

          Versatile piece of kit

          By Dave

          from Seaford, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easily Adjusted
          • Good Footing
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Difficult To Adjust

          Best Uses

          • Outdoors
          • Travel
          • Video

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

          This is one of those pieces of gear that can do a lot more than advertised. The limits seem to be my own creativity. Mounting in weird places - check. Low angle shots - check. I even occasionally use this as a makeshift shoulder support for video. The ballhead is a must, and I wish it was just a bit easier to position and just a tad better built. All in all, this is an excellent tool that I'm happy to have in my bag of tricks.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Must have for traveling photographers.

          By Keatonics

          from Missoula, MT

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easily Adjusted
          • Lightweight
          • Locks In Tight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I took this as a light weight alternative to my full tripod and absolutely love it. It fits right into my backpacks water bottle compartment and is easily one of the most versatile miniature tripods I have ever used. Turn basically any sturdy stationary object into your own tripod.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Love this Product

            By Virtual Jim

            from Baltimore, MD

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                This is a fantastic product which does everything I thought it would do for me and more.
                Its flexibility is amazing and while I have used it primarily for food photography close up shots. I can think of many many uses for my new best friend, the Gorillapod Focus !!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great portable tripod

                By m3driver

                from Newton, MA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easily Adjusted
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Outdoors
                  • Travel
                  • Video

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

                  I was looking for a small, travel tripod that does not break the bank for a while. I wanted it to fit in my small back pack, and my carry-on luggage in the plane.

                  This thing fits that bill; and is strong enough to hold my D610 and 18-35mm lens. I even used it with the 24-120mm, albeit you need to be careful in portrait orientation as the head mount will not hold; camera will slip slowly, no matter how hard you tighten it.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  A very good product for heavy cameras

                  By Jace the Photo Enthusiast

                  from Reading pa

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I have taken this tripod to the beach but have never put it down in the sand. If you want a tripod or camera to last sand is bad anytime. I put it on a boogie board and because it can bend it worked great for low angle shots. It worked very well in grass and was very stable. The x design meaning the shape of an x in the head is not the best design idea in my opinion but it doesn't slip out as long as it is tighten with the top turning nob and you don't have to go crazy tightening it. The only thing you can't do with this tripod head is face the camera looking to far down toward the ground with a heavy lens on it. I don't think it will stay very well. However you can wrap the tripod legs around objects as long as you keep the camera up right. I would not put a heavy camera on it's side 90 degrees for a vertical shot. I would buy and L bracket for that so the camera stays up right. Over all the tripod seems like a good buy just treat it carefully like a new car and it should last for a long time. If my Joby ever has a problem I will add that in this review. I use the this tripod with a Nikon D800 camera and large Tamron lens.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Fuerte y fácil de transportar.

                    By Leonel Ortiz

                    from Lima, Perú

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Good Footing
                    • Locks In Tight

                    Cons

                    • Slips Out Of Position

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Outdoors
                    • Travel

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

                    Ideal para viajes o paseos, cuando se necesita una base confiable para sujetar la cámara.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excels and looks good too

                    By Canon Burt

                    from Saint Augustine, FL

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro
                      • Outdoors
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

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

                      Compact and light in weight, this tripod is capable of solid footing. I love the way it can be wrapped around objects to take landscape and wildlife shots. However, where it shines is in macro photography. I have used it in commercial macro studio work and outside for close to ground shots.
                      I would buy this again . . . and again.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Perfect for traveling and city-usage

                      By tvrabec

                      from europe

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easily Adjusted
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Slips Out Of Position
                      • Unstable

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Outdoors
                      • TimeLapse
                      • Travel

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

                      Buy this tripod just for my NYC visit, but still using and taking with me. Perfect for night city pictures, or timelapse from places, there normal tripod is not possible to deploy. Can found usage also in mountains and trip, where every kg of equipment have purpose. Even this tripod is great, you have to deploy it corretly otherwise it become quite unstable.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Heavy Duty All The Way!

                      By FXlover1978

                      from Pennsylvania

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

                      Supported an FX camera, f/4 lens with flash in any position. Legs stayed put even with all the weight. Ballhead could have been made a little tighter in maneuverability....sometimes seemed very loose in hand when moving camera around

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                      5.0

                      "Better than I imagined"

                      By Sean

                      from Houston, Texas

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            With this Gorillapod and Ballhead X Bundle, I now have limitless possibilities when considering angles for specific shots that were once unattainable. This combination is a perfect addition to any photographer, whether a novice or professional.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Versatile option

                            By Mike

                            from Lancaster PA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easily Adjusted
                            • Good Footing
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Outdoors
                              • Travel

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

                              Works well when you need to travel with the lightest amount of gear or where standard tripods are not practical or allowed. The flexibility to attach to sign posts, fences, odd shapes (boulders) allows you to bring more stability to a variety of eye levels compared to small tabletop tripods. Doubles as a stand for a speed light in a snap.I use it in combination with my capture clip- which works with the Ballhead X

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Meets the challenge.

                              By RWPool

                              from Dellwood, Minnesota

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Adjusted
                              • Good Footing
                              • Locks In Tight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action
                                • Video

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

                                Sturdier than expected coming out of the box. I wonder if it will loosen up after it has been used for a while. It serves the purpose for which it was purchased for, and a whole lot more.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Excellent!

                                By Photographer

                                from philly

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Jerky Movement

                                Best Uses

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

                                  This little guy can hold my 5D3 + 16-35 lens with no problems whatsoever! The legs are strong, and the ballhead performs well. A bit jittery if you're thinking of video, but for stills it's great.

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                                  • No

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