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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2009
Though this product looks exactly the same as the more expensive gorillapod made by Joby, it is clearly inferior. This was evident as soon as I received it in the mail. The unit feels very light and seems to be made from a lower grade or thinner plastic. The joints are very weak and do not stay in place very well unless the camera's weight is perfectly balanced by all three legs. I found myself readjusting the positioning constantly. The Joby's joints are much stiffer.
Having owned the original gorillapod I was looking for a cheap replacement when my Joby broke after 2 years of use. I thought I'd save some money by ordering this "flexpod" instead. HUGE mistake. It broke after one day. I'm not really sure what happened, I heard something snap while I was positioning my camera in portrait mode. Now the ball joint that connects to the three legs is no longer stiff enough to support the weight of my camera (a Lumix DMC-TZ5). Orientating my camera into landscape mode, it simply succumbs to gravity and then proceeds to fall over on its side. Luckily the tripod broke towards the end of my day so most of the shots that I needed it for had already been taken. Had it been any earlier in the day I would have been even more upset with myself for buying this piece of junk.
I'll save you the trouble of trying to rationalize this purchase. Currently its running around eight dollars including shipping. The original Gorillapod by Joby costs around eight dollars more, so twice as much. I bought this thinking, well if it's crap then I'm out eight bucks no big deal. Except for the fact that if it turns out to be crap then I'm also out whatever amount I spend to replace it. I'll likely want to get the REAL gorillapod and now I've spent twenty-four dollars in total (8+16=24).
If you're a stubborn person (or a gambler) you may choose to purchase the same crap product again hoping not to get a lemon this time. But guess what? You have now just spent the equivalent amount of money had you purchased the Joby in the first place (8+8=16). The only difference is that you now you have two crap tripods (one of them broken, and the other a ticking kodak moment ruining time bomb) instead of one fully functional tripod.
Imagine the following scenario which actually happened to me this past weekend. You're out in the middle of nowhere hours away from civilization, on a remote beach waiting to get a perfect shot of that glorious sunset you've been waiting for all day. Your tripod suddenly fails. How much would you pay to preserve the priceless memory of that moment? How much would you pay for a working tripod right then? If the answer is "more than eight dollars" give yourself a pat on the back and move on. If your answer is "less than eight dollars" then my followup question to you is: Why are you even bothering to purchase a tripod? Since you obviously don't care about taking decent photos.
Bottom line: You get what you pay for. Do yourself a favor, spend the extra money on a quality product and skip this piece of junk.