Joby, maker of the Gorillapod flexible camera tripod, Thursday unveiled two more innovative products for photographers seeking the best shot in trying circumstances. The Gorillapod Magnetic flexible tripod is perfect for those times when you just can’t find a flat surface for a traditional tripod. Meanwhile, the Ballhead X for Gorillapod Focus will help professionals when that standard tripod would fail under the weight of a heavy body plus zoom lens.
The Gorillapod Magnetic tripod is equipped with magnetic feet, along with the usual flexible legs. This permits you to shoot from a metal bar – even a tree limb. The Gorillapod Magnetic can support camera or mini video cameras weighing up to 11.5 ounces. Yet, the tripod itself weighs only 2.5 ounces and is just six inches tall; just right for the crowded gadget bag and long treks. The tripod will be available in April, according to the company.
The other product that Joby announced is designed for the professional photographer that needs a tripod able to hold a heavy camera kit, but is flexible and lightweight enough to be useful. Although it weighs just a tad over 9 ounces, the Ballhead X for Gorillapod Focus can handle loads weighing 11.1lbs. Although the Ballhead X was designed for Joby’s Gorillapod Focus tripod, the Ballhead X will work with any tripod with 3/8″ or 1/4″ threads. The Ballhead X will be available in April sold either separately or bundled with Joby’s Gorillapod Focus tripod.
Both items will be unveiled at the annual Photo Marketing Association International tradeshow in Anaheim, Calif. Feb. 21-23.