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

(based on 270 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (190)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (176)
  • Easily adjusted (154)
  • Lightweight (149)
  • Locks in tight (124)
  • Good footing (120)

Cons

  • Heavy (15)
  • Slips out of position (15)
  • Difficult to adjust (13)
  • Unstable (8)
  • Jerky movement (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (147)
  • Outdoors (139)
  • Landscape/scenery (106)
  • Home (73)
  • Video (62)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (107), Semi-pro photographer (51), Pro photographer (34), Casual photographer (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (192), 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

 

Very disappointed - on the second day of my vacation....

I had so much hop for this tripod and saw good reviews, also noticed that some vloggers have been using this tripod for a long time and were happy with it. So, on...Read complete review

I had so much hop for this tripod and saw good reviews, also noticed that some vloggers have been using this tripod for a long time and were happy with it. So, on the second day of my Maui vacation, one leg came out of the socket after lifting the tripod and my 60D from the ground and no matter what I tried, I could not put it back in. I will return this and I am not sure whether I am ready for another one hoping this was a lemon. $100 for this?

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5.0

Great Travel Tripod!

By Xavier

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

It's a different style tripod with great features!

 
5.0

Joby Gorillapod

By Cris

from Undisclosed

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

The best and most versatile tripod ever used, can even hold my D200 with 70-200 2.8 camera. Easy to use with other camera like gopro and iphone. ?

 
4.0

Durable, useful for many purposes; hard to deploy quickly

By DN-MN

from Edina, MN

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this for a recent work trip to Washington D.C. as part of a police event I was covering using a GH4 loadout. The style of video we were shooting was more of an in-the-moment documentary following a group of officers as they took part in an event so that is the lens I am judging this product by.

-PROS-

- The tripod is extremely durable.
- Overall it's lightweight.
- Easy to travel with because of its small size.
- Useful as a substitute mic holder since my mic holder broke and most of my shooting was done following action.
- Sturdy ballhead and rotating features.
- Easy to do pan shots with once set up.

-CONS-

- The legs are a bit too stiff.
- Difficult to deploy quickly during a run-and-gun style shoot.

Overall, I really like the product but not for the style of video I was shooting. In hindsight, I should have purchased a shoulder-mount, stabilizer, monopod, or gimbal for this type of project. For anyone else though, I highly recommend using this if you have time to set up shots and take your time.

 
5.0

THEE Go-To Small Tripod

By Matt

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is my all the time carry around tripod now. It's sturdy and reliable. The adjustments of the legs take a bit of getting used to in order to get a level shot, but the ball head helps to offset that. I can also use it as a sort of selfie stick for vlogging. I can mount my camera (Sony A7sii or Sony RX100v) with no problem and it's firmly mounted on the head.

 
5.0

I never leave home without it

By Richard

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This thing is AWESOME. I can't think of a place that I have not been able to use this tripod to get a better shot. It can grip almost anywhere and support the weight of a larger DSLR and longer lens.
It is perfect out in nature or on a site seeing trip where carrying a large tripod would just be a pain.

 
5.0

Great way to get new perspectives

By Ralph

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Bought this to set up a small video camera on a pole to do a time-lapse of a festival crowd. Worked out fantastic. We were also able to place it in some odd places that a normal tripod wouldn't fit to get some unusual views.

I'm looking forward to what else we can do with it.

 
5.0

Unleash your inner Casey Neistat

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This thing is a beast, it holds my canon 80d with multiple accessories and a weighty lens. The metal construction gives you a lot more confidence than the less expensive version or any other brand.

 
1.0

Compraría uno más económico

By Luis

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

No es tan Buen accesorio, las patas se salen con facilidad y en la primera ocasión que lo utilice una de las patas se salió y mi cámara se estrelló contra el piso y se daño mi lente

 
3.0

It's ok.

By Russ

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Good portable tripod. The feet lose grip on smooth surfaces. e.g. Granite countertops. I haven't tried it out on railings yet. Casey's review reflects my comment above.

 
5.0

I use this all the time

By Humberto

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Works great, a must for travelers, easy to carry and put it in a backpack

 
5.0

A little pricey but worth it to me.

By Glen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I now have two of these. I keep one in my backpack when I bike or hike. It is also great when shooting video and I want to put a camera somewhere that a full size tripod won't fit (like on a table or shelf). I also have one of the next smaller size down. It is fine for my gh4 but this one is better for my dslr. I prefer this one for both actually.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not for me...

By Peter

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

For my use, I regret the purchase. Not as sturdy as I anticipated. May be fine for mirrorless, but not for DSLR. Got a robust table-top tripod instead.

 
5.0

New favorite tripod

By Tyler

from Undisclosed

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

This tripod is awesome!! The quality is absolutely great and I love how portable it is. This is my go to travel tripod and for any occasion

 
5.0

Best Tripod Ever

By Talbot Cox

from Oklahoma City

Verified Buyer

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

I use this thing every single day. Best product for vlogging!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I'd buy it again dispite the high cost

By Binh

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I love this bendy tripod. I'm not too sure how long it will stay stiff but I will report back when it gets loose, if it ever does. But this thing is amazing for vlogging!

 
5.0

I'd buy it again!

By Nigel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I've use this with my canon 5d and iPhones... and it's awesome!
It's size makes it easy to maneuver for those difficult angles... and it attaches securely to most posts and railings, circumference permitting...

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not Very Strong Gorillapod

By Amber

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Haven't trusted it to hold my DSLR in any risky positions so it's pretty useless to me.

 
5.0

Amazing tripod for travellers on the go

By Igor

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

So far I love this tripod - used it both for filming and photos - works well. Good alternative to classic tripod(I have one from Manfrotto - works good for me too), also you can easily carry it in hand luggage while travelling. You can use it in so many ways that usual tripod can't do - lot of creativity required and I like it.

 
5.0

Love it

By Eduardo Correa

from Undisclosed

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

This tripod is amazing. It is very practical and easy to use. This is not a complete replacement for a full size tripod, but it sure helps you to take good shots and videos.

 
5.0

Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead

By Jim

from Georgia

Verified Buyer

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

Very satisfied with this tripod and have no complaints.

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