Joby Professional Gorillapod Focus, Supports up to 11 Lbs

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About Joby

Designed with the professional in mind, the Gorillapod Focus is the biggest, strongest Gorillapod yet! Machined aluminum sockets offer incredible flexibilitywhile ensuring a rock-solid hold in almost any environment.

Wrap it around a railing, hang it from a tree, or stand it on a table in the studio... the Gorillapod Focus provides the stability of a standard tripod at a fraction of the size and weighs in at just 1.1 lbs (500g). It makes a great travel companion and can be folded to fit in most gear bags.

The Gorillapod Focus is strong enough to support SLR cameras with larger telephoto lenses or digital video cameras. Use it with or without your own professional tripod head.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (18),Stable (16),Folds away (12),Unfolds quickly (12),Compact (6),Good footing (3),Locks in tight (3),Professional quality (3)
Cons:
Unstable (4),Cumbersome (3),Heavy (3)
Best Uses:
Stabilization (13),Long exposures (8),Photography (8),Outdoors (4),Landscape/scenery (3),Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (11),Tech savvy (8),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Joby Specifications

Intended use
Tripod mountable cameras and professional tripod heads
Max camera weight load
5kg (11 lbs)
Adapter
Universal 1/4-in tripod screw or 3/8-inch adapter screw (included)
Product weight (w/o packaging):
500g ( 1.1 lbs)
Product dimension (w/o packaging):
Size: 290 x 92 x 92mm (11.4 x 3.6 x 3.6in)
Mfr #
JB00128
SKU
TPGPF

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.2

(based on 29 reviews)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

intended use matters

Intended use for this gorillapod is important. I believe the reviewer above about how it might not hold a heavy video camera. However, when using the tripod for a heavy DSLR/lens combo the gorillapod works just fine. It is very stiff, very secure compared to the other gorillapods I have used: I have no qualms about setting this thing up anywhere/anyhow I want with my equipment on it. I use this for wandering around the city as an option for a long-exposure if I need it: it's weightless and yo...

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Intended use for this gorillapod is important. I believe the reviewer above about how it might not hold a heavy video camera. However, when using the tripod for a heavy DSLR/lens combo the gorillapod works just fine. It is very stiff, very secure compared to the other gorillapods I have used: I have no qualms about setting this thing up anywhere/anyhow I want with my equipment on it. I use this for wandering around the city as an option for a long-exposure if I need it: it's weightless and you can attach it to any part of your bag/backpack and forget about it until you need it. If I were to go out for some dedicated long exposure shooting I would use something else. I use a manfrotto RC2 ball head for the gorillapod. It works perfectly for what I got it for.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Going Back

Doesn't maintain position or stability with a large zoom and body. (11 lbs. max handling is nonsense) My Canon 5d mkIII with my 70-200mm/f2.8 would not stay up and would eventually fall down. (5.5 lbs) Move the ballhead to the side for a portrait and crash she goes. I have too much $$$ invested to worry about a tripod crashing. Buy this only if you want to use light lenses or wrap a tripod around a pole or branch in a rare pinch. Don't believe the pictures you see from this company showing yo...

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Doesn't maintain position or stability with a large zoom and body. (11 lbs. max handling is nonsense) My Canon 5d mkIII with my 70-200mm/f2.8 would not stay up and would eventually fall down. (5.5 lbs) Move the ballhead to the side for a portrait and crash she goes. I have too much $$$ invested to worry about a tripod crashing. Buy this only if you want to use light lenses or wrap a tripod around a pole or branch in a rare pinch. Don't believe the pictures you see from this company showing you large lenses or anything remotely heavy in portrait position.

Reviewed by 29 customers

 
4.0

Get creative without getting bogged down

By

from San Antonio, TX

This is the one that works with my Panasonic G6 and 14-140 zoom lens. The lens is heavy and longish and makes the camera off-balance. It's fine to shhot with, but presents a challenge using small tripods. I tried the SLR Zoom, but I didn't get the stability I needed unless I set it up very carefully. I don't like to second guess if my equipment is going to work, so I tried the Focus. Bingo! Much stiffer, more stable, and the longer legs give me more real estate to wrap around poles, fences, trees, etc. It's kind of fun to figure out ways to use it. Since the height can't be changed, you'll have to get creative to get your shot. At home it's a good tabletop tripod. I've wrapped it around a chair back, banister, and lamp pole. Outdoors I've put it on cars, fences, trees, and flag poles. It's stiff, but pliable enough and is very stable once set up. The question mark is how long joints will stay stiff enough.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Does what it says

By

from Dallas, Texas  -  Tech Savvy

This thing easily holds my 5DMkIII with 70-200 2.8 on it! Enough said!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love it..

By

from Cedar City, Ut  -  Tech Savvy

I have only put my camera on it once, but that is mot why I bought it. I put a small Manfrotto head on it and use it for a speedlight, holder for my reflectors. It works wonderfully, very rigid and grips well. Already paid for itself.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Going Back

By

from Chicago, IL  -  Tech Savvy

Doesn't maintain position or stability with a large zoom and body. (11 lbs. max handling is nonsense) My Canon 5d mkIII with my 70-200mm/f2.8 would not stay up and would eventually fall down. (5.5 lbs) Move the ballhead to the side for a portrait and crash she goes. I have too much $$$ invested to worry about a tripod crashing. Buy this only if you want to use light lenses or wrap a tripod around a pole or branch in a rare pinch. Don't believe the pictures you see from this company showing you large lenses or anything remotely heavy in portrait position.

 
5.0

Great little tripod

By

from Florida

Great for travel and provides great stability to your camera

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid Tool

By

from Austin, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a hardy Gorillapod version, Hardy enough to hold a 70-200mm lens. But, It is usually too heavy to be hanged on any location like the smaller Gorillapods are.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not as I expected

By

from Apalachicola, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Many photo magazines recommended this product, so I bought one to use when I didn't want to lug my tripod with me. After several attempts at using it, I think I have now put it away for good. I found it "clunky" to use; it is very, very stiff and hard to readily manipulate. Because of this, I could never really get it to grip a rail or limb tightly and, therefore, be stable for low light shots.

 
3.0

Sturdy but bulky

By

from Hebron, KY  -  Tech Savvy

I purcased this to use with my Nikon D300s + long zoom. But actually, this model is larger than I prefer to carry around. The Joby ZLR zoom seems like a better fit for my needs.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not Convinced

By

from Australia  -  Tech Savvy

I wanted a small lightweight tripod (or equivalent) that I could carry all day and use for travelling. The concept of this seems reasonable but it only seems to work if you have the right object to wrap it around. Railings are a bit hit and miss, maybe logs/branches and rocks are better but still not great. If you plan on using it on a 'table-top' in a more conventional tripod sense you'd be better off with a bag of custard. The legs just slowly splay apart and it has no stability at all. It really is truly awful! Get yourself a Novoflex Basic-Ball mini tripod instead.

 
5.0

Unique solution for difficult positions.

By

from Birmingham MI  -  Tech Savvy

For my father-in-law, as a gift, was perfect. Strangely hold a camera in unique positions.

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JERRY B  Wanted a small flexible tripod to carry with me. Rarely use tripods but just in case.

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