Sudden Failure of Joby GorillaPod Original

Side view of the broken Joby GorillaPod Original

I was about to film a clip as we boarded the high speed train that would take us from Lyon to Lille when my GorillaPod Original tripod broke. The top segment popped off as I was adjusting the position of the camera.

Broken GorillaPod Original tripod
Broken GorillaPod Original tripod

Popping the segment back on did not fix the tripod. Once restored, the segment had lost its grip and no longer resisted the weight of the camera. The design and purpose of the tripod was undermined.

Being less than a year old and thanks to living under European Union product warrantees, a replacement is in the post as I type this – without cost or quibble – direct from Amazon. I was relieved that I had bought from directly from Amazon; their handling of problems is what makes me continue buying from them.

As an aside, I have yet to have Amazon.fr deliver on the estimated date. The support is good but shipping requires patience.

Joby then Amazon

I first contacted Joby using their info@joby.com address and got a quick reply saying to contact another company in France. I had not dealt with this company before. It was a public holiday and the middle of the French holiday season. My heart sank at the idea of dealing with an unknown local French distributor. Rather than follow this run around, I contacted the organisation who sold me the item, Amazon.fr.

It transpires I am lucky. The failure happened while I was holding my camera and nothing more than the tripod broke. My camera was left unharmed. Reading reviews from others suffering this problem, many have trusted their camera to the GorillaPod only to watch it break and for their camera to fall catastrophically to the ground.

Filming and Night Photos

During our days in Lille, I borrowed Megan’s tripod. I discovered that my camera particularly benefits from a tripod when filming and when taking photos at night. Handheld filming is awkward and the mini-tripod makes sweeps and smooth motion easier. At night the tripod helps stabilise the camera for sharper photos.

Learning this, I am pleased to have a replacement on the way. I am however unnerved and wonder what alternatives exist incase this problem recurs. Are there other trustworthy flexible tripods?

Update See Plastic Defects in Joby GorrilaPods for more photos.

Unexpected Recommendation

Automated systems tend to produce unexpected, odd, and sometimes concerning outcomes. Amazon’s recommendations in the UK and US stores tend to be useful or even unnervingly helpful. I suspect the large volume of sales ensures the system has a good corpus of previous purchases to work with.

So, when Amazon.fr recommended a replica gun after we bought an induction hot plate, I have to wonder, how is the French store doing in comparison to the UK or US stores?

Amazon.fr recommends a replica gun after buying a hot plate.
Amazon.fr recommends a replica gun after buying a hot plate.

We have noticed Amazon.fr lacks the stock and competitive prices of other Amazon stores. The left-field recommendation only goes to reenforce my suspicions that local Internet shopping has not yet taken off for Amazon.

First Boardgame

We are avid viewers of TableTop with Wil Wheaton. The show’s premise is to present a table top game or games in each episode. Each show plays through a game and provides a flavour of what to expect – alongside banter, mirth, and snappy editing to keep the programme flowing.

Megan recently compiled and narrowed down the list of table top games we had watched. We wanted a game that could be played by two people but would scale up to four or six. We also wanted a simpler game – as compared to some of the fairly involved games we had seen.

We ended up getting Ticket to Ride European Edition.

Today we played our first game.

Megan's first move in Ticket to Ride
Megan’s first move in Ticket to Ride
Graham's first move in Ticket to Ride
Graham’s first move in Ticket to Ride
Our first completed game in Ticket to Ride
Our first completed game in Ticket to Ride

It was great fun. The rules took only a few minutes to grasp and I can see that this game has a lot of scope and many hours of playing ahead.

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