Joby GorillaPod Focus and Ballhead X Review

Joby GorillaPod Focus and Ballhead X Review


Over the past few years I’ve purchased several different tripods ranging from super cheap to some higher end models. I found that regardless of cost or build quality there were just some things I couldn’t do with a traditional tripod. They’re prone to tipping over with the slightest bump unless you’re using a heavy duty model and good luck traveling with one. I know…I’ve tried.

Last year I noticed that one of my favorite YouTubers Casey Neistat had been using this cool little flexible tripod and swore by it in his vlogs. Then I started seeing some of my friends using them as well. So after thinking about for a month or two I decided to jump in and buy one as well.

I bought the Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle, which I absolutely LOVE, but I also would recommend the Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom Tripod with Ball Head Bundle if you aren’t using super heavy lenses and want to save $50.


Here are links to both…


Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle:


Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom Tripod with Ball Head Bundle:


They also offer a really cool mini Gorillapod for smart phones which I will be doing a review on very soon. You can check that out here:


In addition to my hands on video review, here are the details for both models that I mentioned earlier.

The Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle


The Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle provides a reliable and flexible support for photographers using professional equipment such as digital cameras, camcorders, and lenses weighing up to 11.1 (5.3 kg). This tabletop tripod (only 11.4″, 29mm tall) features incredibly flexible legs made up of more than two dozen leg joints that can wrap around a wide variety of supports so you can position your camera in a variety positions.

The Ballhead X is portable (only 9.3 oz, 262 g) and compact (only 3.3″, 83mm tall). A unique feature of this device is its universal “x-shaped” mounting plate which connects to your camera and easily slides on and off the ballhead. It is equipped with durable adjustment knobs which allow you to rotate your camera smoothly with full 360° panning and up to 90° tilts. Additionally, its durable aluminum construction has an all-black finish which minimizes reflectivity and gives it a professional look.

Intended for professional camera rigs with large zoom lenses, and video cameras weighing up to 11.1 lb (5.3 kg).

The Gorillapod Focus has a permanent universal 1/4″ tripod screw.

With over two dozen leg joints you can rotate bend and rotate the Gorillapod Focus 360°. The Ballhead X allows full 360° panning and 90° tilts allow you to position your camera equipment at virtually any angle and capture portrait or landscape shots with ease.

The Gorillapod Focus is equipped with rubberized ring and foot grips to provide secure positioning of equipment.

The Ballhead X is completely compatible with any camera up to 11.1b (5 kg) and nearly every standard stabilization device.

The universal mounting plate stays connected to your camera and slides into the Ballhead X for easy setup and quick interchangeability; switch between cameras in an instant.

Machined aluminum sockets and high-quality injection-molded thermoplastic ensure snug joints that stay firm even after lots of action.


Load Capacity Up to 11.1 lb (5.3 kg)
Dimensions (HxWxD) 11.4 x 3.6 x 3.6″ (29 x 9.2 x 9.2cm)
Male Thread Size 1/4″ tripod screw
Weight 1.1 lb (500 g)
Materials Machined aluminum
High quality Japanese ABS plastic
Durable German TPE grip rings
Stainless-steel camera screw


Load Capacity Up to 11.1 lb (5 kg)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level No
Tension Control Yes
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Plate Universal mounting plate (1/4″ tripod screw)
Tripod Mount Thread Size 1/4″-20
Dimensions (HxWxD) 3.3″ x 2.7 x 2.5″ (83 x 68 x 63.5 mm)
Weight 9.26 oz (262 g)


Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)


The Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom Tabletop Tripod Ballhead Bundle


The Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom Tabletop Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head is a combination of their very strong “SLR-Zoom” model Gorillapod with a perfectly-matched ball head capable of supporting the weight that the legs can hold well.

The Gorillapod is a watershed item in camera supports, an original which has been extensively copied.  Like most times this happens, the original does have some advantages in quality.

Flexible joints allow Gorillapod to wrap around fences, tree branches, etc.

Delivered with a ball head with a quick release system

Bubble level located at the base of the quick release adapter



Maximum Height 11.7″ (29.7cm)
Minimum Height 4.7″ (11.9cm)
Folded Length 12.5″ (31.8cm)
Load Capacity 6.6 lbs (3kg)
Leg Sections Not applicable
Leg Lock Type Not applicable
Male Thread Size 1/4″-20
Weight 1.21 lbs (551g)


Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.5 x 2.8 x 2.7


As always I appreciate you watching and would love to hear from you so leave a comment in the comments below. 


Posted on March 9, 2016 in Home Studio, Instagram, Social Media Marketing, Travel

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