GorillaPod SLR-Zoom vs. GorillaPod Focus

Panasonic DMC-FZ38 mounted on GorillaPod SLR-Zoom

Panasonic DMC-FZ38 mounted on GorillaPod SLR-Zoom

When I bought my DSLR a few months ago, I also bought a small, flexible tripod to put it in my photo bag as a backup when I have my good tripod not in range. After some research on the web I decided to buy a GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with a GorillaPod Ballhead which is capable of holding up to 3 kg according to Joby. But on the first tests I noticed that my Canon EOS 7D with a mounted EF 70-200 f/4 L IS USM lens is too heavy for this combination to work properly.

Canon EOS 7D mounted on GorillaPod Focus

Canon EOS 7D mounted on GorillaPod Focus

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine decided to buy a small GorillaPod for his compact camera. So I took the chance to sell him my SLR-Zoom and bought a GorillaPod Focus with a GorillaPod Ballhead X. This combination is made for up to 5 kg according to Joby and the ballhead is compatible with my Arca-compatible Camera plate from Kirk. Yesterday the GorillaPod Focus arrived and so I had to chance to test it. It is much more stable then the SLR-Zoom and for a decent DSLR the GorillaPod version to go for. If mounted correctly, it has no problem to hold my EOS 7D with the mounted 70-200mm lens. The disadvantage of the Focus is, that it weights 762 g (with the ballhead) instead of 391 g and it is 35.2 cm height instead of 31.8 cm. So you have to carry a little bit more and it may be difficult to fit it into the photo bag.

GorillaPod Focus (left) and GorillaPod SLR-Zoom (right)

GorillaPod Focus (left) and GorillaPod SLR-Zoom (right)

One thought on “GorillaPod SLR-Zoom vs. GorillaPod Focus

  1. Und nun stellt sich dem interessierten Leser (mir) die Frage:
    In welchem Raum ist denn diese schwarze Geländerstange so unitypisch-ungeschickt direkt vor der Tafel montiert. 🙂

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