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#133642 - 05/13/10 10:07 AM Flexible Tripods
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Registered: 05/03/10
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Loc: Pompton Lakes, NJ
Saw a multi colored flexible tripod that looks as though it could be wrapped around a branch or perhaps a trek pole...and also does the usual tripod thing...appears to have sections on each leg to make it longer/shorter by adding more lil pegs from one leg....

seems really light being mostly plastic, but i feel nervous putting my dslr on one...

what other options do i have?

here's a link
http://www.amazon.com/Joby-Gorillapod-SL...262&sr=1-54


Edited by MarkNM (05/13/10 07:29 PM)
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#133717 - 05/14/10 08:24 AM Re: Flexible Tripods [Re: MarkNM]
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There are several Gorillapods. The really tiny one is good for point and shoot cameras. The larger ones (like your link) will hold a small DSLR. A small Gorillapod goes with me on every hike.

As for safety, well, even a big sturdy tripod can tip over.
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#133767 - 05/14/10 09:53 PM Re: Flexible Tripods [Re: MarkNM]
Kent W Offline
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Posts: 607
Loc: IL.
I made a monopod. I have a metal Lathe and machined a 1/4 twenty TPI thumb screw and cap from t6 aluminum. I epoxied a 1/4 20 tpi stainles post in top of my treking pole handle. While this isnt as stable as a tripod, IT does very nice in conjunction with a image stablized lens. Happy trails

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#134027 - 05/20/10 07:39 PM Re: Flexible Tripods [Re: Kent W]
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Loc: Australia
Hi
I use the Ultrapod. This one I can wrap around my walking pole as a monopod or for "self portrait" if I need to do so (never do...)
http://www.pedcopods.com/
I also have one of the Gorilla pods but prefer the Ultrapod.
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#134031 - 05/20/10 10:04 PM Re: Flexible Tripods [Re: Franco]
Kent W Offline
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Registered: 10/15/09
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Loc: IL.
Hm Thanks food for thought. Just need to make a ultra lightweight outriger from my treking pole monopod to my Canon! This would be nice as when I was dayhiking I carried full tripod ,and used timer to photograph myself. I can fabricate tis to be what i have.. Thank you!

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#134902 - 06/09/10 12:37 PM Re: Flexible Tripods [Re: Kent W]
MarkNM Offline
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ended up with a sunpak flexible tripod rather than the gorillapod...the sunpaks triangle shapped leg sections proveided more grip and hanging options, and also weighs a lot less. With taking the tilt head off(optional) my scale says its just shy of 8oz...
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