Review of the Joby DSLR Gorilla Pod
So here's the thing... When I review something I am giving it my honest opinion. I'm not being paid by Joby to write this review. My goal is to create trustworthy content that you can rely on. You at least know that if I recommend something it's because I took it out, abused it, used it and now trust my own gear to it.
I used the Joby DSLR Gorilla Tripod throughout my last trip to New Zealand as well as a recent photoshoot and I wanted to discuss how clutch this product has been. I have purchased tripods like this before that ended up breaking so I was a little hesitant to buy another one, especially one over $100. I purchased the Manfrotto be-free pod and the Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod, both of which broke and are garbage. That being said I think the money spend on the Joby DSLR option was some of the best money I have ever spent on photography equipment. The tripod has been durable, even though I treat it like garbage by throwing it in the water, exposing it to the elements and dropping it constantly.
So why do I like it so much? Well for starters it allows me to shoot low. As you can see in the image above the tripod gets the camera close to the ground and can get it around 2" above the ground when fully laid out. I have a Manfrotto Element tripod that I use for taller stuff, it has already broke and I can't get it lower than about 12" to the ground. This crushes me if there is anything that involves long exposure.
Above is the tripod being stuck in the water while photography the Church of the Good Shephard in New Zealand. Again. It held up like a champ. I constantly put it in the water to get those nice low view shots.
One of the other reasons I like the tripod is it allows you to put the camera on a wide variety of objects, and it actually stays! I was super impressed with how well the legs would hold in place while carrying the A7RIII with a battery grip and lens. It even held up when I put a 100-400 zoom lens on the camera. When I tilted the head 90 degrees to get a vertical shot I did have a few issues with balance but I always found a way to make it work because of the durability of the legs.
Lastly I like how portable the tripod is. If you opt for their most robust option that holds up to 11lbs in weight the tripod and head will only weigh 1.3lbs. It was easily strapped to my pack and was absolutely perfect for hikes.
Bottom line is I'd highly recommend the Joby Gorilla Pod and Ball-head Mount for your photo-bag.