Recommendations? Quick-release head for Gorrilapod?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by John A., Jan 12, 2010.

  1. John A.

    John A. Guest

    As I mentioned in the "What did Santa get everyone..." thread, I got a
    Gorillapod this year.

    I'm now interested in getting a quick-release head for it so it'll be
    more convenient to switch between handheld and the pod on walks, etc.

    Acratech's offerings look interesting, but expensive.

    Can anyone recommend a quick-release head that will work well with a
    Gorillapod? Ideally I'd like something inexpensive that I could still
    trust my camera to, even hanging upside-down or sideways, and with a
    minimal-profile bracket that won't get in the way of slipping the
    camera into the bag.

    Thanks for any insight!
    John A., Jan 12, 2010
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  2. John A.

    Guest Guest

    do you want to add a ballhead or is the flexibility of the gorillapod
    by itself enough that you can position the camera? if so, just get the
    bogen 3299 q/r adapter (it comes with a plate).

    otherwise, there are numerous small ballheads that will work, most of
    which have q/r plates.
    Guest, Jan 12, 2010
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  3. The gorillapod is small and light enough that you might like to
    consider not putting it on and off depending on whether you want
    camera support, but simply leaving it on once you've needed it, just
    using it as a handle for shooting hand held. Doing so can give useful
    extra stability to hand held shots.

    You can slip it into a protective bag with 'pod on provided the bag is
    a lens-down holster-type, and you leave the "handle" sticking up and
    Chris Malcolm, Jan 12, 2010
  4. John A.

    John A. Guest

    I did see that. Not sure I want the ball head. I think, though, this
    decision is going to hinge on price, bracket size, and whether anyone
    has reported unintentional releases in any reviews.
    John A., Jan 12, 2010
  5. John A.

    Paul Furman Guest

    I don't like having a bracket on my camera so I don't use the Manfrotto
    quick release kit any more. You can't set the camera down normally, it's
    just bulky & awkward IMO.

    Paul Furman

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    Paul Furman, Jan 12, 2010
  6. John A.

    Ofnuts Guest

    On 12/01/2010 18:02, Paul Furman wrote:
    s reported unintentional releases in any reviews.
    Same here. Furthermore in some cases the plate should be attached to the
    lens, so you end up doing a lot of plate swaps, unless you put plates
    on all your gear (but are spare plates standard or easy to find?)
    Ofnuts, Jan 12, 2010
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    Wilba Guest

    I use these on everything -

    Spare plates -
    Wilba, Jan 12, 2010
  8. a gorilla pod is a pice of shit if you are using an slr camera..perfect way
    to destroy your expensive lenses.
    the_niner_nation, Jan 15, 2010
  9. John A.

    Bruce Guest

    It isn't that good. :-(

    Yes, it must be one of the most pointless accessories ever made.
    Bruce, Jan 15, 2010
  10. John A.

    Bruce Guest

    I have seen a so-called "professional" version which is heavier, a lot
    bulkier and much more expensive but still exhibits all the weaknesses
    of the original. Not a winning combination.

    The company should get high marks for successfully marketing this
    junk, but low marks for product design and quality.
    Bruce, Jan 15, 2010
  11. John A.

    Guest Guest

    there are 4 versions of the gorillapod. the slr version and the
    camcorder version support an slr with a decent size lens just fine.
    it's not junk.
    Guest, Jan 15, 2010
  12. John A.

    Guest Guest

    Guest, Jan 15, 2010
  13. You must tell me how to do that. I use one with a DSLR, as do several
    folk I know, and we've all failed to destroy any lenses. What are we
    doing wrong?
    Chris Malcolm, Jan 16, 2010
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