The Joby Gorillapod Magnetic is a new addition to the Gorillapod range. It is intended for compact digital cameras, and is rated to take a maximum weight of about 325g (although there is redundancy in there as you will see later)
I wondered whether I could team the Magnetic with a 430EXII (weight without batteries around 330g, so around 400g or thereabouts with batteries) and a PocketWizard Flex TT5 (about 150g with batteries). This would give me a lightweight, use just about anywhere lightstand.
I did a little research, and saw that Photography Bay had reviewed this, using a Nikon SB-26 (which is heavier than the 430 by a way), so I took the plunge.
So here is the kit (the 430 and Flex TT have enloops in them).
First impressions were good. The weight was significantly more than the maximum rating, yet the joints still held. I then tried the magnets - absolutely rock solid.
The main negative is that the head won't support the weight of my setup when it is off centre. Given that this is a Gorrilapod however, I don't see that as too much of a problem - I can still wrap it around things, and it is rock solid when hanging from anything metallic - i just need to think more carefully about positiong the flash because I will be limited in re-positioning once the Magnetic is in place.
I could, of course, dispense with the FlexTT5 and fire the 430 as a slave to my 580EXII (which i could trigger with the PWs). I'll try this later.
* All the benefits of a gorillapod, and now with super magnets!
* The joints give before the magnets fail
* Well made kit
* Supports much more weight than the maximum rated (but not quite enough to give me the solution I was looking for - although it's not far off)
I'll be waiting for a Gorillapod SLR magnetic, which should be perfect - so if anyone from Joby is reading this, I'm happy to product test for you!! ;o)
[p.s. it's only allowing me to attach 2 photos - can someone let me know how to put more on? Ta]