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Aug 08, 2007 14:33 |  #1

I am preparing to make a purchase of quite a few items on eBay, coming out of Hong Kong or China. The seller has 5K plus feedback with 99% positive, so they are good sellers, I need no info on them.

I am preparing to buy:

1. The $29 wireless trigger mechanism for the M3.
2. Gorillapod. The weird thing you can wrap around poles and all to hold the camera in place.
3. SLIK table tripod.
4. 1-2X right angle viewfinder thing. Allows one to view at different angles or low to the ground.

Anyone have any or all of these items? Please give me you opinion as to if they are worth the price, are they junk stuff or real accessories that do what they are advertised to do?

Thanks.

Joe


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Aug 08, 2007 15:13 |  #2

Which Gorillapod? The SLR Zoom model, I trust.
As for everything else, without more details on each item all you're going to get will be general ideas of the category. There are a number of right angle finders around, from Canon's all the way down to some things that look like they came in a CrackerJack box for instance. I assume that you have distinct uses for the Gorillapod and the Slik tabletop tripod, and that the Gorillapod couldn't fill both roles.

No idea what you're paying, so no idea if they're good prices.


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Aug 08, 2007 20:27 |  #3

Gorillapod
http://cgi.ebay.com …eName=STRK:MEWA​:IT&ih=016 (external link)

Right angle view finder

http://cgi.ebay.com …eName=STRK:MEWA​:IT&ih=015 (external link)

Wireless remote

http://cgi.ebay.com …eName=STRK:MEWA​:IT&ih=015 (external link)

I didn't include the SLIK table tripod. You make an excellent point that the Gorillapod elminates that need. Thanks!!


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Aug 08, 2007 23:48 |  #4

I have the gorillapod, and although it is a little more limited than the manufacturer would have you believe, it is a decent item used within reason. I am not sure that with S&H you are saving anything by getting it off of ebay.


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Aug 09, 2007 00:31 |  #5

rklepper wrote in post #3694808 (external link)
I have the gorillapod, and although it is a little more limited than the manufacturer would have you believe, it is a decent item used within reason. I am not sure that with S&H you are saving anything by getting it off of eBay.

Thanks Doc, I agree. I have looked at Amazon and a few other places and can save more due to shipping. I just received an email back from the seller saying they will not combine shipping, so I said, thanks, but no thanks. I will buy my things now off eBay.

The Gorillapod, will it work reasonably as a tabletop tripod and for close ground macro work?

The wireless thing is sold about everywhere on eBay as well as a few places in the USA via the net.

The only thing left that I have no idea as to its actual worth is the right angle viewfinder thing. I wanted to be able to use this for low sots so I don't have to bend over quite as far.

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Aug 09, 2007 04:15 |  #6

i looked at that right angle thing and its pretty kewl looking. just attaches via the eye piece so i hope its not too heavy to break yours off your camera. id buy it if it was cheaper and if i took a ton of low angle shots ( i rarely take them).

just peeked at the gorillapod and darnn thats neat!! almost looks like your camera can take off running!! holds up to 6.6lbs too.


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Aug 09, 2007 06:22 |  #7

I have the wireless remote. Works a charm -- BUT I gave them negative feedback because it did not come with any instructions, and I had to ask how it works. It works fine when you know how.


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Aug 09, 2007 08:51 |  #8

Riverlander wrote in post #3695835 (external link)
I have the wireless remote. Works a charm -- BUT I gave them negative feedback because it did not come with any instructions, and I had to ask how it works. It works fine when you know how.

I think I will buy it from the Gadget site, whatever they are called, Ill have to look it up again. Overall a couple of bucks extra, but worth it due to their rep.

Giving negative feedback for no instructions? You are pretty tough. I consider the feedback is for issues like did they deliver as promised, was the item new as promised, etc. I don't hack on them if the product is as described but I don't like it anyway. I'm not sure the device even has instructions no matter where you buy it. If so, that is the manufacturer's fault, not the eBay sellers, IMO.


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Aug 09, 2007 18:50 |  #9

I guess the point was that I could not figure out how it worked, and I would defy the majority of people to work it without instructions. My local camera retailer had a go, and he gave up too. So I had to chase them for instructions and for that I give them negative feedback!


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Aug 09, 2007 19:31 |  #10

Well, I placed my order, and on eBay, got combined shipping and pretty good price. as for buying the cheap wireless controllers, I couldn't find any here in the USA except one site that had the exact same one listed for $89 instead of the typical $27 to $29 prices on eBay. I made an offer last week for the Canon LC5, offered $100 less than internet prices and I guess the guy was so upset he didn't even respond. Now, I couldn't be any happier, I just saved several hundred dollars and got the same thing, maybe even better in some ways. I didn't go for the tabletop tripod (thanks Jon) since the Gorillapod should suffice for that also. I also passed on the right angle viewfinder, not enough feedback anywhere as to how well it works.

I ended up buying:

R3 wireless remote
Gorillapod 3
77mm white balance disc, similar to expodisc.

I just bought my SECOND Expodisc, OUCH, as I lost the first one, or it was stolen? They are $100+ which is ridiculous. The 77mm disc I just bought on eBay looks very similar and is suppose to do the same thing. Expodisc prides themselves in their advertising how each disc is specially made and tested for some specific things, but then I hear that a Pringles lid works just as well, lol.

So, when this $9 white balance disc arrives, I am going to do several heads up tests to compare them and see if we are getting our money's worth from expodisc or are we buying an extra $100 plus of hype? I will post test results when they are completed. All items are suppose to take between seven and fourteen days, but I did offer the airmail, so fingers are crossed.

Thanks for all the help and comments here. If I could close the thread, I would.

Joe


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