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Ted’s Photo Gear Review: GORILLAPOD

Gorillapod, a Versatile Tripod

A bulky and heavy tripod is a pain in the neck, especially for outdoor activities. Gorillapod by Joby offers a small and versatile tripod.

For this week’s #TedPhotoGearReview, I look into Gorillapod 3K mini tripod.

I purchased my Gorillapod a few years ago, and since then, it is always in my camera bag. The small size and lightweight make Gorillapod easy to pack in almost any camera bag or even in your pocket!

Gorillapod 3K

Gorillapod is so small that you can have it in your pocket!
Gorillapod is so small that you can have it in your pocket!

You can use this tripod as a small tripod or a selfie stick! Check the photos below:

Using Gorillapod as a Tripod

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You can use the Gorillapod as a small tripod for table top photography.

Using Gorillapod as a selfie stick

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need a selfie stick? Your Gorillapod is ready for you!

There are times that you want to take photos from different and unusual angles. Thanks to the flexibility of Gorillapod, you can wrap it around almost anything steadily to capture the composition that you like.

The Gorillapod 3K is strong enough to hold the weight of your camera for up to 3kg. The flexible and bendable legs allow you to use this tripod on uneven surfaces or wrap the legs around a post or tree. I wrapped it around the door handle in the image below, and it holds the camera steady.

Wrapping Around

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I wrapped the Gorillapod around a door handle to capture photos

I found out that I use my Gorillapod more often in Macro photography. I wrapped it around a post to take a few macro pictures of bugs in the image below. I usually use a shutter trigger or self-timer to take pictures when capturing macro images to avoid camera shake.

In Macro Photography

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Gorillapod allows you to get closer to your subject in macro photography.

By adding a smartphone holder, your Gorillapod will be an asset for your smartphone photography or videography. I used my smartphone to take videos in the images below.

Smartphone Photography and Gorillapod

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Gorillapod is a versatile gear for smartphone photography and videography.

Smartphone Videography

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You can use your Gorillapod to create selfie videos

Summary:

Size:

Gorillapod 3K is only 24 cm in height and weighs just under 300 grams. You can easily carry it in your camera bag or pocket.    

Built Quality:

The built quality is superb in materials and craftsmanship. 

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Ease of Use:

The flexible and bendable legs provide stability in different situations. You can wrap this tripod on a post or a tree to take advantage of different heights.

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Conclusion:

Gorillapod is a reliable add-on for photographers who want to take photos from different angles and keep their cameras steady without carrying a big tripod around.    

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There are many knockoffs of Gorillapod in the market. Make sure to purchase it from a reputable source.

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Ted’s Photo Gear Review: KASE FILTER KIT

Ted’s Photo Gear Review: KASE Magnetic 5 in 1 Filter Kit

As previously discussed, There are three essential lens filters for digital photography:

1- UV Filter for lens protection.

2- Polarizing Filter to reduce glares and reflections.

3- ND Filters with different densities to reduces the light to use slower shutter speeds or wider apertures

Kase 5 in 1 Magnetic Filter Kit comes with one magnetic rim adaptor, one magnetic lens cap, one circular polarizing filter, two ND filters (ND8 and ND64) and a carrying case.

Kase 5 in 1 Filter Kit

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Since Kase is relatively a new filter manufacturer, I tested the quality of the materials (metal rims, glass, coatings and magnets) and found that the built is decent.

The magnets are strong enough to hold the filter securely in place. I even stacked all three filters together and didn’t find any concerns.

Kase 5 in 1 Filter Kit

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Secondly, I did a quick test by holding the ND8 filter in front of my lens to see if it creates any colour cast. And to my surprise, the coating reduced the exposure without changing colours.

Kase ND Filter Colour Test

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Then, I tested the polarizing filter in the office by taking photos from prints on the wall. The Kase Polarizing Filter removed almost all the glare and reflection. However, it introduced a slightly warmer colour, which can be pleasing, especially when taking photos in higher elevations or landscapes.

No Filter

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Using Kase Polarizing Filter

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As you noticed, the polarizing filter created a nice and clean image.

Then I took the ND filters for a spin. I went to Steelhead Falls in the mid-day. It was so bright there, and without the ND filter, the slowest shutter speed that I could use was 1/60 sec, which was not slow enough to create a long exposure effect.

No Filter

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By adding the Kase ND64, I shot the below image at 3 seconds. I was quite pleased with the performance of the Kase ND Filter.

With Kase ND64 Filter

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Conclusion:

Package:

Kase 1 in 5 Filter Kit comes with a carrying case, which is very handy with soft poaches to protects filters. The magnetic lens cap is another bounce.

The magnetic rim allows attaching filters quickly and easily. I stack all three filters together, and the magnet was powerful to hold them together.    

Built Quality:

Although Kase filters are relatively new in the market, the built quality is decent. The rim and the magnetic attachment are solid and safe. I couldn’t find any issues with threads on the magnetic adaptor; I could easily screw it to all of my lenses. 

Coating:

The ND filter coating is excellent. It didn’t cause any colour cast on my photos. 

However, the Polarizing layer creates a warmer tone, which can be very pleasing, especially when taking pictures in higher elevations.

It may look a bit pricy, but having three essential filters in a protective carrying case is a wise investment.

I purchased my Kase Filters at London Drugs @Highstreet. LondonDrugs carry Kase Filter kit in stock. Check it out!

 

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