Gadgets, Photography

My Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom

Gorillapod. Hmm what’s in that name?

I’m sure you must have heard or seen it before somewhere. But if you have not, allow me to explain. Gorillapod is a tripod but it’s not just ANY tripod. This is the most popular flexible tripod in the market. It can cling on anything… on branches, at door handle, on rocky surface and even human. Yes human. Why not? As long as you don’t move during snapshot.

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a Gorillapod for the longest time. I asked my sis to get one for me when she was training oversea since the ground shipping is free. In the end she said she will buy for me FOC. Thank You mui mui. Hehe

Behold my Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom. I got it with the ballhead combo. (thank god for this new feature!)

I choose the SLR-Zoom version because when & if I expand my lens collection in the future, my Gorillapod can still support the weight of heavier lens. Gorillapod SLR can only support a maximum weight of 800g whereas SLR-Zoom can go up to 3kg.

I also bought an extra Bubble Level Clip and a Flash Clip (yes I can mount flash on the Gorillapod as well! though I don’t have an external flash yet haha).

What attracted me to Gorillapod is how cute it looks with its SEXY black/white legs. However this cutie remind me of a spider more than a gorilla. Don’t you think so? The built of the flexible legs is pure genius!

Testing the Gorillapod… clinging to a chair.

And this on a rocking chair!

I know I didn’t mount any camera. Lazy la. But I already tried it with my DSLR. Very stable. πŸ™‚

Now I can get creative with my photography by incorporating Gorillapod in funky angle, out of reach places and harsh terrains. I’m definitely bringing the Gorillapod to my trip early next year. Ahh can’t wait!

Now if only I have the moolah to get a wide angle lens (this: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G Zoom Super Wide Angle AF-S Zoom Nikkor ED Autofocus Lens).

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  • Reply tekkaus December 5, 2009 at 6:36 am

    War…very high-tech tripod aye. It has a special name too. War…can bend and grip like an octopus. :p

  • Reply Bengbeng December 5, 2009 at 10:33 am

    a wonderful gadget. Benghui asks me to tell you he cannot rest. He has no time. Competition is on 19th

  • Reply jam December 5, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Wow, I want one too! Seriously can it withstand the DSLR weight cause it looks so small and compact! Can we know how much it costs you?

  • Reply Che-Cheh December 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Tekkaus, ya ya ya πŸ™‚

    Bengbeng, tell him his body will not heal properly without rest. πŸ™‚

    Jam, yes definitely can withstand DSLR and even teleconverter lens (for higher range model). It’s very sturdy. You can go to Joby website and have a look. They have a few version. Just the gorillapod SLR-Zoom is about RM170. That doesn’t include the ballhead. SLR-Zoom + Ball head is about RM270+. They have coupon code 15% discount. You can find the info in Gorillapod flickr group. I’m not sure about the shipping cost to Malaysia though. I know is selling but without the ball head.

    One more thing, Joby customer service is very good. πŸ™‚

  • Reply foongpc December 6, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Wow! Don’t even know such a thing exists! Gorillapod – what a name!

  • Reply Mei Teng December 6, 2009 at 7:11 am

    This is one useful camera accessory. Wish they make one for heavy DSLRs.

  • Reply Che-Cheh December 6, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Foongpc, now you know lo Hehe

    Mei Teng, hi! They have the Focus version that support up to 5kg of camera+lens weight. Btw what camera are you using?

  • Reply hcfoo December 8, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Looks cool wor… and kind fragile… not sure if its grip will loosen up fast

  • Reply Che-Cheh December 9, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Hcfoo, yeah will have to see in 1 or 2 years time how good/bad this Gorillapod is.

  • Reply Cecil Lee December 12, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Wow, you are getting serious in your photography gal. Good action. I thought of getting one of these gadget but only thought without action! Waiting to see your creation with this little gorrila!
    btw, is your sister going for overseas training again so can tumpang one more for me? haha… πŸ™‚

  • Reply Che-Cheh December 13, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Cecil Lee, not quite so haha. I’m in lazy mode now. πŸ˜›
    She won’t be going so soon again. is carrying Joby products but it doesn’t come with the ball head.

  • Reply Neo December 13, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Wah nice, what name? Spiderpod? Can it cling onto a DSLR?

  • Reply Che-Cheh December 15, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Neo, can support DSLR and even teleconverter lens (other model)

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