\r\n[Rating: 5]\r\nJoby\u2019s Gorillamobile is a great device which is one of the reasons why I took the time to put this Joby Gorillapod SLR zoom review together. But I don\u2019t usually shoot at weird angles with a point-and-shoot. I reserve my best and most unique shots for my DSLR, and the Gorillamobile is too small for that. So Joby \u2013 the ball-hinge tripod and accessories company \u2013 built the Gorillapod SLR-Zoom, made specifically for larger DSLRs with heavier bodies and larger lenses.\r\n\r\nAnd it does a pretty good job of holding up my Nikon D7000. By that, I mean my baby hasn\u2019t been dropped once, and went through all my testing unscathed.\r\n\r\nTesting the GorillaPod SLR-Zoom was a heart-wrenching experience. Like when putting a TV on a wall mount for the first time with everything hooked up, eventually you have to let go and hope it holds strong. That one moment of anxiety, where your heart stands in a lurch, was commonplace. My D7000 was strapped to the tripod upside down, hanging from tree branches, and in other hazardous positions far above both soft and hard ground. With relief, I can state that the Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom never once gave way. The last thing I wanted to see was over a thousand dollars of equipment succumbing to gravity and heinous normal forces.\r\nThe Gorillapod SLR-Zoom can be bent in so many shapes...it could be a stop-animation character\r\nBesides the size and weight capacity, there isn\u2019t much different between the SLR-Zoom and Gorillamobile tested earlier this week. Both use identical \u2013 albeit differently sized \u2013 ball hinges as tripod legs, which are excellent for standing up straight as well as strapping onto various surfaces. The SLR-Zoom also has a screw-on ballhead connector, which has the actual 3\/8 inch screw for the camera (which includes a built-in level) and allows for an even wider range of motion for the camera itself. The ball head is designed for zoom lenses weighing up to 3Kg and it can sit at a full 90\u00b0 angle using a small slit in the ballhead. Otherwise, the two products are nearly identical.\r\n\r\nHowever, anyone interested in a Joby tripod should know what sort of weights they deal with before buying. Using one of my larger lenses, a Sigma 30mm 1.4 (short but heavy) the SLR-Zoom would bend under the weight when held at an angle. The SLR model supports up to 800 grams, the SLR-Zoom 3Kg, and the Focus (for professional grade cameras and camcorders), 5Kg. Most DSLRs will work fine with the SLR-Zoom, but if you plan on using larger lenses, it would be safer to get the Focus, even for double the price of the Zoom. Using my D7000 with no attachments except for various lenses (prime and zoom lenses, but no long-distance primes), the SLR-Zoom could hold my equipment in the field without concern. Had I tacked on a battery pack, larger lens and a flash apparatus, that may not hold true, but it\u2019s important to check the weight and compare it to what the tripod can handle.\r\nThe Gorillapod SLR-Zoom proved to be exceptionally useful, even without holding a camera\r\nWriting this review, my D7000 is dangling from a bookshelf facing certain doom, but has held in place so far. I have no doubt it will continue to, because it\u2019s sat there for an entire day without moving. Those rubber-coated ball hinges have excellent grip\u2026I can\u2019t say without a doubt I\u2019m not apprehensive, even after over 24 hours of hanging there, but the stress has faded significantly.\r\n\r\nMy confidence in Joby\u2019s Gorillapod SLR-Zoom is set in stone. It hasn\u2019t dropped my camera or felled any equipment since the day I began testing. It\u2019s stable as can be, durably built, well designed, and a great compliment to any photographer\u2019s arsenal. It really is a working-man\u2019s tripod; you\u2019ll never know when you need it, and I\u2019ve always missed it when I didn\u2019t bring it along. With the SLR-Zoom, I have started to think about how I can take certain shots considering camera placement at odd angles, and not just in my hands.