Joby Ballhead For Gorillapod SLR-Zoom - General Usage and Thoughts

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Joby Ballhead For Gorillapod SLR-Zoom
General Usage and Thoughts

General Usage:

Straight & Level While many people don't associate Joby and the Gorillapod with serious photographers, the truth is their products are incredible.  The flexibility of a Gorillapod allows you to attach your camera to a railing, a tree limb, car mirror and pretty much anything else it can wrap its legs around.  I have purchased the Gorillapod SLR-Zoom for use with my Nikon D90 at 18-200mm lens, and it works very well.  The SLR-Zoom Gorillapod is rated for 6.6lbs, and it holds my camera easily and very steady - even with a hefty piece of glass hanging off the front.  The only downside to the Gorillapod is the inability to easily position your camera flat, or at a 90° angle easily.  The Joby Ballhead addresses this issue - for another $45USD.

I recently took a trip to Yellowstone National Park with my Gorillapod but without the Ballhead.  That was a big mistake.  I took some long exposure photographs with ND-8 and ND-4 filters, but without the ballhead, things were a little tricky to ensure the camera was level.  Since I've returned home from this trip, the quick release plate sits permanently fixed to my camera so that I can use the ballhead every time I use the Gorillapod.

The design of the Ballhead makes it easy to have your camera level, at a 45° angle or even a full 90° portrait position.  The single knob enables you to lock the aluminum ball in place and even rotate the base of the unit.


I really like the simple, low profile design of the Joby Ballhead as it doesn't add a lot of height to any tripod.  Also the universal design makes it possible to use on almost any other tripod as well.  This gives a lot of flexibility to the unit and gives it broader appeal.

 

Final Thoughts:

90 Degrees The Joby Ballhead for the Gorillapod SLR-Zoom is a nice addition to the Joby lineup.  It's not a heavy-duty ballhead with its weight rating of 6.6lbs, but it can easily hold most SLR cameras with a moderate zoom lens.  If you are using any DSLR with the included kit lens of 18-70mm, you won't have any issues with the Joby Ballhead at all.  If you are pushing the limit of the weight rating with a battery grip and large zoom lens, you'll find that the camera won't stay in position very well at the 90° angle.  This is mostly due to the small grippy plate on the quick release clip.  A larger plate would hold the camera better. 

In terms of price, at $45USD the Joby Ballhead is pretty much in the middle of the pack when it comes to its weight class.  A quick look over at Adorama showed that you can find other Ballheads in a very similar price range - some with quick release clips and some without.  Either way, Joby has priced their Ballhead competitively. 

My only regret with this unit is that Joby didn't make it earlier.  Well, that and a larger plate for better camera stability.  Regardless, it's still a nice product that you won't regret purchasing - especially if you already own a Gorillapod.


Pros:

  • Solid construction - smooth aluminum ball and socket 
  • Quick Release plate
  • Spirit level
  • Single rubber knob for adjustment
  • Holds camera at 0°, 45° and 90°

 

Cons:

  • Plate could be a bit bigger - would hold camera better at different angles

 

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I'd like to thank Joby for sending out their Ballhead for us to try out.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post those in the forum at the "Comments" link below.