Best tripod alternatives: 5 budget options for the photographer travelling light

Best tripod alternatives: 5 budget options for the photographer travelling light

Best tripod alternative: Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom and Ballhead

Best tripod alternative: Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom and Ballhead

Price: £65
The Gorillapod SLR Zoom is suitable for DSLRs with lenses weighing up to 3kg; for larger camera/lens combos weighing up to 5kg, a more substantial GorillaPod Focus is available.

The GorillaPod’s legs can twist and bend in all directions thanks to its flexible joints; this makes it very versatile, as you can position your camera virtually anywhere, and wrap it around fences, posts and even trees!

This combination kit includes the GorillaPod Ballhead, which features full 360° panning and 90° tilt for more flexibility.”

We say
We were very impressed with the GorillaPod – it’s a versatile product that’s lightweight, compact and fully transportable. The legs felt sturdy and gripped well, giving me confidence that my camera was secure.

The addition of the ball-head makes it even more adaptable, enabling me to shoot in both portrait and landscape formats no matter how the legs are gripped.

The quick-release plate can stay connected to my camera, so it’s easy to snap it on and off when repositioning. The plate also incorporates a spirit level to help you keep your horizons straight.

Verdict
Pros: A versatile, compact and lightweight product that’s quick and easy to use
Cons: The spirit level is positioned awkwardly – it’s not easy to see when your camera is mounted

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