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Ever Wish Your Tripod was Small and Flexible? Meet the Gorillapod (And Enter to Win One)

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Ever Wish Your Tripod was Small and Flexible? Meet the Gorillapod (And Enter to Win One)

If you are like me, you may think tripods are a huge pain.  They are cumbersome and seem to get in the way most of the time.  But for certain types of photos they can be useful (ie. night, low light, self portraits, or timer shots).  Have you ever found yourself wishing you had something that could hold your camera at a weird angle or higher than you alone can reach?  Meet my new friend… (And make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to learn how you can win one of my new friends – 2 are up for grabs here!)

Well recently I cam across a product at PhotoJoJo (one the coolest, fun photo accessory stores on the net) called the Gorillapod.  There is one for point and shoots and one called Gorillapod SLR Zoomfor SLRs and heavier cameras.  My curiousity got the best of me.  So I tried it…  And I have found, it may just help me be more creative at times.  You can literally hang it on railings and banisters, put it low on a floor or ground, and hang it from chandeliers.  With a latter or remote trigger, you could do some super cool stuff from up high.  It can wrap around things and hold tight – your camera just screws into it. Imagine this up high at a wedding with a wide angle lens or fish eye lens.

I tested the sturdiness with my old Canon 20D with a 50 1.8 lens (just in case – LOL).  It was totally safe though and soon my Canon 5D Mark II  and L lenses will have the pleasure of taking a turn aboard it.

Here is the gorillapod outside – so you can keep your camera raised off the ground away from the elements…

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What do you do when you are out shooting and need something stable – and have no big tripod?  Tie the gorillapod to a banister…

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What if you need to get down low to shoot a kid or get a fun wide angle shot?  Let the gorillapod help you – this is on the floor inside – but I bet you could wrap it around your ankle too 🙂

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And what about for those hard to reach places?  I am short so a ladder is often helpful – but what about this over a dance floor?  Or in this case a kitchen?  And I thought people looked at my funny when I use the Gary Fong Lightsphere.  Imagine the looks I could get with the gorillapod

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Now if you are a good reader, you got this far for the “good stuff” – the contest!!!  2 lucky winners will be picked at random on Sunday the 26th. All you have to do is enter below in the comment section by answer the following questions:

  • Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments?
  • What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends?
  • Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)?

And since I know you love me to go 1st, my answers are:

  • compliments (Shootsac)
  • strange looks (Gary Fong Lightspere or other flash modifiers)
  • cannot live without (white t-shirts when photographing – yep – they make for the coolest catchlights)

Good luck everyone!!!

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294 Comments

  1. April 26, 2009 at 8:35 pm —

    compliments: camera bag which is odd b/c it’s plain and black, go figure! weird looks: the 24″ disc to set my CWB … they can’t figure out the weird frisbee! one camera accessory you cannot “live without”: a funk camera strap … gotta break up the black attire …

  2. April 26, 2009 at 8:35 pm —

    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments? My seamless paper..odd i know, but not many use it around here.
    What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends? My awesome posterboard/foamcore reflector…or my car sunshade depending on the day lol
    Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)? CS4

  3. Anthony Guillory
    April 26, 2009 at 8:36 pm —

    * compliments (Ball Head)
    * strange looks (Better Beamer)
    * cannot live without (Gisteq Phototrackr)

  4. April
    April 26, 2009 at 8:45 pm —

    The answer to all 3 is my Lightspere! 🙂

  5. April 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm —

    * My lenspen! One of my cheapest items but also one of the most useful (-:
    * Lensbaby
    * I am going to repeat … my lenspen – or any cleaning cloth/brush

    Thanks for the competition – fun!

  6. April 26, 2009 at 8:56 pm —

    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments? My lens.
    What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends? My softscreen…my kids keep telling me I’m covering my flash!
    Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)? My neckstrap…after losing one lens to a camera drop, I always have my strap on.

  7. April 26, 2009 at 8:57 pm —

    My Jill E camera bag, My clown nose and silly hat and my extra batteries (always save my life).

  8. April 26, 2009 at 8:59 pm —

    most compliments…camera strap cover. love it!!
    weird looks…hmmm, haha. i’m going to have to go with me! 🙂 the faces i make, the positions i have to get into..haha
    can not live without…50mm 1.4!!

  9. April 26, 2009 at 9:00 pm —

    most compliments…camera strap cover. love it!!
    weird looks…hmmm, haha. i’m going to have to go with me! 🙂 the faces i make, the positions i have to get into..haha
    can not live without…squeeky toys!

  10. April 26, 2009 at 9:01 pm —

    compliments= yellow jill.e camera bag
    strange looks= white foam board used for lighting
    cannot live without= lens cleaning cloth – always using these!

  11. April 26, 2009 at 9:03 pm —

    Am I too late? Just saw the tweet! Thanks, btw!
    *most compliments – definitely the shootsac
    *strange looks – my husband. does he count? He’s my assistant!
    *can’t live without – my husband, again. He carries all my equipment, sets up the shots, gets whatever I need, and always rubs my back when I get overwhelmed/tired/nervous during a shoot.

    ok.. that last one really doesn’t qualify… so I’ll say I can’t live with out my lens filters.

  12. Lee Ann K
    February 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm —

    compliments..my bag

    wierd ..tripod cause it always means im getting serious

    can’t live without.. external hard drive to backup on

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Ever Wish Your Tripod was Small and Flexible? Meet the Gorillapod (And Enter to Win One)