The Gorillapod was given to me as a Christmas gift, when our daughter stated that she was tired of seeing photographs of either Dad or Mom but not both.
I have to admit, as I unwrapped it, I was a bit puzzled — “Geez”, I wondered, “What in the world is this thing”?
But the light came on as I realized its usefulness and the extent of its “flexibility”.
I’m not a gadget guy, but this thing is really cool. Produced by a company named JOBY (of which I could find very little information), the Gorillapod has received rave reviews from around the globe.
It’ll stow just about anywhere and weighs pretty close to nothing. So here’s the motorcycle tie-in: because of its size and weight, the Gorllapod is a perfect match for the traveling motorcyclist.
There are three different Gorillapods; the the Gorillapod, the SLR and the SLR Zoom. The plain Gorillapod is the smallest, designed for point-and-shoot cameras weighing up to 275 grams (9.7 oz.).
The SLR model is designed for, you guessed it, Single Lens Reflex cameras weighing up to 800 grams, or 1.75 lbs. And the SLR Zoom can handle big cameras weighing up to 6.6 lbs.
The plain old Gorillapod shown here is 5.9″ x 1.2″ x 1.2” (150 mm x 50 mm x 50 mm) and weighs a tiny 1.6 oz. (45 grams). It appears to be made of some type of Space Age Polymer (a.k.a. plastic).
What Is It?
What sets it apart from other mini tripods are the legs. Each Gorillapod leg consists of nine “ball and socket joints” which allows them to bend and rotate 360 degrees.
Each “socket” has a rubber like band of material around its perimeter that provides grip when wrapping the legs around an object.
The “feet” are spheres, with the lower half of each sphere covered in the same grip material.
This material provides excellent grip on all types of surfaces. And since it’s all plastic there’s nothing to rust with the possible exception of the screw in the removable adaptor for fastening to your camera via the standard mounting point.
This adaptor plate screws into the camera’s tripod mount, which has been standardized in just about every camera ever made as a 1/4-20 thread.
Note that some of the really tiny point ‘n’ shoots do not have a tripod mount.
Others have a cheap plastic threaded insert that can be easily stripped, so be careful.