Joby Gorillapod Focus
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The biggest version of these bendy portable supports yet.
|Pros:||Lightweight, strong enough for most DSLRs, multiple uses|
|Cons:||Bulky compared to a tabletop tripod or clamp, quite pricey|
You're probably familiar with the Gorillapod concept by now. A mini
tripod with legs made from a series of interconnected ball and socket
joints that enable them to be twisted around posts, tree branches and
so forth, as well as straightened out and used as a normal tripod.
orginal was designed for compacts and could only support a weight of
325g. Since then, Joby - the company behind Gorillapod - has produced
an even smaller one, the Go-Go, for mobile phones, and two larger ones
for DSLRs: the SLR and SLR Zoom (for weights up to 800g and 3kg
Now Joby has produced an even larger one, the
Focus, which stands 290mm tall and can support weights up to 5kg. This
means that users of pro DSLRs with hefty lenses, and even broadcast
video camera users, can now join in the bendy fun.
The Gorillapod may look like a gimmick but it actually works, and the
bigger the model the more useful it becomes because there are more
things around which you can wrap it. The chunky legs on the Focus are
quite stiff so it takes some force to bend them, which means that its
grip is vice-like.
As a mini-tripod it works equally well,
though as there is no ball or pan/tilt head adjustment you do have to
fiddle with the legs to get the camera level. There is no quick-release
plate either - you need to use a coin or key to screw it into the
camera's bush every time you want to use it. However, the Focus is
light enough (just 500g) that you can probably leave it dangling when
the camera is round your neck, and indeed for handheld shooting you can
even fashion the legs into a chest brace for extra stability.\n
VerdictAt £90 it isn’t cheap, especially given that this would be an addition to a regular tripod, not a replacement for one. However, if you can find room for one in your kit bag (or strapped to the outside) it will greatly increase your shooting options.
At £90 it isn’t cheap, especially given that this would be an addition to a regular tripod, not a replacement for one. However, if you can find room for one in your kit bag (or strapped to the outside) it will greatly increase your shooting options.