I’ve had the Gorilla pod Focus for over a year. When I first started looking at gorilla pods, I was considering one of the smaller models like the Gorilla pod SLR, but after looking at the weight ratings I decided to go with the 5kg model (11 pounds). It’s easy to think that the 3kg model (6 pounds) could handle a DSLR with a lens and a microphone, but the weight rating is a max value. If you try to load the SLR model up, you’ll find that the legs start to fold around 5 pounds.

The Focus model is Gorilla pod’s largest¬†capacity unit and it’s worth the extra money. Your camera and microphone will hold solid when wrapped around small objects. I feel¬†comfortable loading it with up to 8 pounds of gear. I’ve tried to add more weight and had it come loose in testing. If you’re unsure of the load you’re placing on the pod, gaffer tape can be used to secure the legs or to keep them from sliding down the attachment point.

The focus model is also stiff enough that you can configure it to work as . If you need to travel light, but still need some kind of camera stand, the Gorilla pod Focus works great as an all in one adaptable device. It also works well to support field monitors, microphones, and light panels. It always seems to come in handy when I least expect to use it.

There are also a lot of on the market. Be careful, many of these don’t support much weight. They could work great for a small consumer point and shoot or a small HD camera, but they might not have enough grip to support your DSLR. Be sure to test the mounting position out for a little bit before you trust walking away from your camera hanging high in the air.

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