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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 20, 2009 at 6:09 am —

    Compliments (Canon EF 50mm f1.4)
    Strange looks (Zing cover)
    Can’t live without (Canon RC-5 Wireless Remote Controller)

  2. MariaV
    April 20, 2009 at 5:41 am —

    I don’t have many accesories yet, so I’m not sure I qualify.

    1. I have a “green” light, weight travel tri-pod. It is still rather cumbersome. I think people compliment it because of the color.
    2. I get wierd looks whenever I walk around with my camera. I would like to think it is because I go out at odd hours, but it might be because I don’t look comfortable with my camera yet.
    3. My Etsy wrist strap. It is beutiful and makes it easy for me to make sure my camera is safe.

    Thank you for the great contest.

  3. Daros
    April 20, 2009 at 5:23 am —

    1. The little beanbag I carry around in my camerabag ~ I use it for stabilizing when I don’t have a tripod. 1/2 the time people comment that it’s a neat idea.

    2. And the other 1/2 of the time, people can’t fathom using a beanbag as stabilization when a perfectly good tripod or steady hand will do the job *shrug*

    3. 32″ Ebay lightbox! For fun lighting projects!

  4. Shelby
    April 20, 2009 at 8:54 am —

    Compliments: my 28-70mm lens when used with hood gets a LOT of comments from non-photographers. Weird looks: flash bracket. Can’t live without: this sounds dumb but my rocket air blower – it’s dusty around here!

    Thanks and I hope I win!

  5. April 20, 2009 at 3:51 am —

    1. R-Strap Camera Strap
    2. R-Strap Camera Strap
    3. Crumpler

  6. April 20, 2009 at 2:43 am —

    I have wanted a GorillaPod for a long time because I always feel like a pack mule when I have the full-size tripod!

    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments?
    Etsy camera strap – it is seriously beautiful.

    What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends?
    The HUGE stack of white poster board in my SUV! Seriously, comments at least once a week!

    Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)?
    Crumpler

  7. Sandra
    April 20, 2009 at 2:15 am —

    (1) tie between: shootsac w/ different fabulous covers and my colorful camera etsy strap; (2) holding up my large gold/silver/etc reflectors gets me a lot of strange looks (I use Westcott 301 Photo Basics 40-Inch 5-in-1 Reflector); (3) Can’t live without– my camera backpack: Tamrac Adventure 7 Photo Backpack. It is the perfect size to travel with my three favorite lenses, lens cleaner, filter and flash. And it still has enough room on top for my wallet, a compact sweater, notebook, pen. perfect for travel! Eh, I use it all the time–so perfect for everyday! 🙂

  8. April 20, 2009 at 2:15 am —

    1.Compliments…I Haven’t had any compliments on my camera accessory/tools yet….maybe I need to get a shoot sack! Weird looks – long lens hood. I can not live with out bribe tools…candy, cookies. That is how I get all those smiles from my little girl!!

  9. April 20, 2009 at 2:02 am —

    1. My fun camera strap cover
    2. My stubby prime lens
    3. Photoshop

  10. April 20, 2009 at 1:54 am —

    * Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments? My Funky Camera wrist-let!
    * What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends? Yep, Gary Fong Lightsphere.
    * Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)? Oh man, no lens….ok, I guess my calibration target….it’s THE BEST!

  11. April 20, 2009 at 1:53 am —

    Fun contest!
    1. My 52′ Photoflex Lite Disc – big, round & sparkley & everyone is always wowed with my twist & turn action that wraps it into a small little packet.
    2. Yup, the fong dong it is 🙂
    3. Our video light, the frezzi minifill – couldn’t leave home without it!

  12. Mike Fiechtner
    April 20, 2009 at 1:50 am —

    1.My wired remote for my night shots for longer exposures
    2. When I pull out a white card to get the right WB
    3. Filters – always adds a cool effect

  13. April 20, 2009 at 1:43 am —

    compliments- 6 Million Dollar Krumpler bag

    Weird looks- Lightsphere, as well

    Can’t live without- Mini Pooh characters to get kids attention to the lens.

  14. April 20, 2009 at 1:37 am —

    1. I would have to say photoshop. Don’t get me wrong though, I know it takes a lot more than photoshop to be a great photographer but it does make a really good picture really GREAT if you use it right. I strive daily to build my skills in every area of photography including photoshop, but I have gotten a lot of compliments on my editing from family and friends.

    2. Umm.. well I guess lately I would have to say using my car shade as a reflector 😉 Yeah I know I just need to go out and buy the real thing since they are not even that expensive but I tend to put my spending towards lenses (which I am soo addicted to btw lol 😉

    3. Chap stick and bottled water. I always get such a workout from shooting 🙂 Don’t want to get dehydrated!

  15. Tina Harden
    April 20, 2009 at 1:36 am —

    I’m sitting here reading through the contest and going… My Shoot Sac (just used it at Disneyland and Seaworld… extra battery, lens, wallet, video camera and water bottle) and my light sphere and then must giggle as I read yours. Not so much the lightsphere itself but the comments on the cap are pretty crazy. I really can’t do without my Calibration Target… It’s wonderful for White balance and exposure accuracy but my eye piece extender is pretty cool too. It’s funny that you are doing the gorilla pod. My husband was just video recording at Shamu and said I need a tripod. I laughed and said I’m not carrying that too. This would have been perfect!

  16. April 20, 2009 at 1:34 am —

    compliments: camera strap
    questions/ weird looks: battery grip
    can’t live without: shootsac- love all the divided space!

  17. Mandie
    April 20, 2009 at 1:20 am —

    1. Compliments colorful camera straps

    2. Strange looks when I use a telephoto lens

    3. Cannot live without my wireless remote. I LOVE that thing.

    I really hope I win. Hopefully nobody else enters this contest and I automatically win. LOL. Just kidding! Good luck to everyone!

    mama dot bear at rocketmail dot com

  18. April 20, 2009 at 1:08 am —

    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments?
    My PhatStrap! Black w/ fuschia polka dots and furry fuschia lining.

    What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends?
    My squeakers that I use for getting little kids attention!

    Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)?
    My ShootSac!

    The Gorillapod looks really cool!….Thanks for sharing! :0)

  19. April 20, 2009 at 1:07 am —

    compliments-camera strap esty
    wierd looks-white poster board reflector(i’m totally gonna try that white t-shirt, iv’ve never even though of that!
    Can’t live with out-crumpler

  20. April 20, 2009 at 1:06 am —

    Accessory: My Bag…
    Wierd Looks: My fong
    Cannot live without: my expo disc

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