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Joby Gorillapod Flexible Tripods and New Gorillatorch

The Joby Gorillapod line of flexible tripods was refreshed earlier this year, tweaking the original set of four models

The Gorillapod Original is for holding compact digital cameras (up to 11 oz., $21), the Gorillapod SLR is for lightweight SLR cameras and camcorders (1 3/4 lbs., $39), the Gorillapod SLR-Zoom is for tripod mountable cameras (6 1/2 lbs., $49), and the Gorillapod Focus is for professional rigs with zoom lenses and video cameras (11 lbs., $99) -- see previous post.

But the focus at PhotoPlus was the mobile stands, based on the Gorillapod Mobile (previously the GoGo) for handheld devices, including mobile phones through gaming systems, and compact cameras through mini camcorders (up to 7 oz., $29).

The new Gorillapod Mobile for 3G / 3GS, then adds a soft-touch case for the iPhone 3G / 3Gs to attach to the tripod to stand ready or attach securely as needed ($39).

But the new clever extension to the line is the Gorillatorch hands-free light, a bright LED light (maximum 65 lumens) with the now-familiar flexible legs, for $29. It is water resistant, and has a dimmer switch to control the light intensity and extend the battery life (from some 20 to 80 hours on 3 AAA batteries).

Between the wrappable legs, rubberized grips, and magnetic feet, the Gorillatorch should allow you to get the lighting you need in almost any situation -- by standing, hooking, twisting, or otherwise sticking it on an available surface.

See my Digital Cameras Gallery for more on these and other tripods.

    Find Joby Gorillapod Mobile
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This entry posted on October 23, 2009.

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