I have to admit that when I first saw a flexible tripod I was a bit confused and didn’t really get it. I mean, a tripod is meant to hold the camera steady (to prevent camera shake) and level. Whilst the flexible tripod supports a camera it is virtually impossible to get the camera level, unless you have a hot-shoe mounted spirit level and time available to level everything. Wonky horizons are a pet hate of mine, and since this is all you could capture using a flexible camera tripod, I failed to see the point with the flexible tripod.
It wasn’t until I saw the flexile tripod in action on a city break photography trip that the penny dropped, and I started to understand what the flexible tripod was all about. The flexible tripod is not meant to keep the camera level, and once I got my head around that concept everything fell in to place. The flexible tripod is not designed to achieve perfectly straight horizons, period.
The flexible tripod is designed to capture fun and quirky photos from different perspectives. The flexible tripod is designed to break all the rules of composition that we are all told we must abide by when we first picked up a camera.
With a flexible tripod you can temporarily secure your camera to railings, tree stumps, branches, lampposts, benches, fountains, car roof racks, bicycle cross bars…… the list goes on and on. Take a look round and you will see a thousand and one objects which you can wrap the legs of a flexible tripod around to get some unique photos.
When I first saw the flexible tripod in action I was a bit worried that it isn’t strong enough to hold a camera and lens securely, and I was worried about the flexible tripods’ legs failing, sending my expensive photography equipment crashing to the ground. I can honestly say that my flexible tripod has never let go and it has always held fast to what I attached it to. I am very impressed with the strength of the flexible tripod and I have total confidence that it will keep my camera and lens safe.
Whilst you can screw the flexible tripod directly in to the bottom of your camera I highly recommend getting a ball joint for it. With a ball joint between the tripod and the camera there are even more options for composing quirky photos. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a ball head joint, and as long as you make sure it is strong enough to support the combined weight of your camera and lens that is all that matters.
If you want a flexible camera tripod there are a few options available however the original flexible tripod, and the best flexible camera tripod is the gorilla tripod.
The first gorilla tripod was a small tripod that was only strong enough to support point and shoot cameras, and no more. These gorilla tripods were not suitable for any other camera so if you used a mirrorless or dslr you could not experience how good the gorilla tripod is. Thankfully, times have changed and there is a strong and sturdy gorilla tripod specifically designed to hold heavy dslr and lens combinations.
The gorilla tripod which I am referring to is the gorilla tripod Focus, an awesome bit of kit that I highly recommend. The Gorilla pod Focus is flexible tripod that will support all but the heaviest of camera and lens combinations, and it is a tripod I take everywhere with me. For a full review of the gorilla tripod Focus check this out.
The question here has to be “Do you need a flexible camera tripod?” The answer to this depends entirely on what you shoot and your style of shooting, however I think all photographers should have a flexible camera tripod in their kit bag. I was sceptical at first, and I struggled to think what I would do with one. The thing is, the more I used my flexible camera tripod the more possibilities I identified and it has opened up a whole new world of photographic opportunities. If you want to capture some fun funky and quirky photos that are unique and totally different to the norm then a flexible tripod is something you should definitely consider, and in my opinion there is only one flexible camera tripod that should be on your shopping list, and that is the gorilla tripod Focus.
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