Carrying a Gorillapod

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by jamespetts, May 11, 2013.

  1. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Does anyone have any tips as to how best to carry a Gorillapod? I normally carry my camera equipment in a small Lowepro ILC 100 bag, which fits everything apart from my manual 135mm lens, which, when I take it at all, I carry in its own pouch, which is original to that lens.

    When I used to use a Canon G10, I used a smaller Gorillapod, which fit easily in my pocket, but the larger one (intended for mirrorless cameras) which I bought for my E-P3 does not fit into my pocket comfortably, nor does it fit into my camera bag. I tried wrapping the legs around the shoulder strap, but that proved unsatisfactory. Does anyone have any elegant solutions?
     
  2. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Attach it to your belt? Hang it from a strap?
     
  3. voltcontrol

    voltcontrol Mu-43 Regular

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    The 135mm lens pouch if you don't take that lens along or an extra lenspouch when you bring it with you?
     
  4. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Hmm - I don't wear a belt, and it's too big for the 135mm lens pouch by quite a way. It would need a very bulky lens pouch to fit it - perhaps a large, soft pouch intended for a large lens?

    Ned - what do you mean by "hang it from a strap"?
     
  5. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Well, if you attach a strap to the head then that could add more possibilities to hang it from say your shoulder bag or your belt if you had one.
     
  6. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Hmm, interesting. How might one attach a strap to the head?
     
  7. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Time to get a larger bag. Or new trousers sporting larger pockets.
     
  8. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I don't really want a larger bag, not least because I do not always carry the Gorillapod...
     
  9. slothead

    slothead Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 14, 2012
    Frederick, MD
    I used to take a gorillapod with me, until one of the legs fell off. From there on I didn't trust them. I made my own clamp to clamp on to a cruise ship balcony railing for time-lapse images. I was not going to trust that GP against dropping my camera into the sea!

    However, to answer your specific question... Since the GP is flexible I found that it would fit into any leftover space in a bag. Since equipment never seems to fit into a bag exactly right - there is always space somewhere.
     
  10. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Hmm - interesting. I've never had anything to fall off my gorillapod, but I shall bear your tale in mind when taking photographs near large bodies of water or long drops! As it happens, I don't find myself using the thing anything near as much as I imagined that I should, not least because the combination of fast lenses, image stabilisation and higher ISO capabilities compared to my previous G10 means that hand-holding is an option a higher proportion of the time.

    As to spare space in a bag - I manage to squeeze every bit of space out of my little Lowepro (there might just be room for a reversible hood on the 60mm, and possibly one more small lens - if I am careful, perhaps even the 17mm f/1.8, but certainly not an entire gorillapod, which would have to be squeezed into that bag even if empty!).
     
  11. DivideBYZero

    DivideBYZero Mu-43 Rookie

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    I get my PEN E-PM1, the 14-42mm with hood, the 40-150mm (sans hood), the clip on flash and a gorilla pod into the PEN Street case:

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  12. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  13. DivideBYZero

    DivideBYZero Mu-43 Rookie

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    To be fair the gorilla pod will attach itself to most things. Just bend it. :)
     
  14. jziegler

    jziegler Mu-43 Veteran

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    James
    There are some loops on the outside of my camera bag, and I put one leg of the gorillapod through a loop. This is with one of the larger models intended for a DSLR, as that is what I was using at the time. The mirrorless size would make this a bit easier I suspect.
     
  15. jamespetts

    jamespetts Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Hmm - just tried the loops on my bag: sadly too tight for it to fit easily.
     
  16. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Robert
    I have been known to just wrap my gorilla pod around the strap on my bag. :)