Who's been to Turkey? Should I bring my tripod or my GorillaPod?

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Who's been to Turkey? Should I bring my tripod or my GorillaPod?
Aug 28, 2012

I used to have a D7000 and am primarily a landscape and architecture shooter when I travel.

Typically I shoot a mix of 50% landscapes (about 1/3 are HDR), 40% architecture, and 10% people. I like to shoot lowlight as well, with maybe 1/4 my architecture shots being at night.

I recently switched to a Olympus OM-D, and now my kit is so freakin' small, I'm re-evaluating whether I should bring my tripod. Granted, I do have a travel tripod (Benro CF travel angel). Even though it's 1.5lbs, it's still 1.5lbs I don't have to carry and could slim down what bag I bring as well to carry my gear (small domke instead of a backpack to strap the tripod to).

I expect to take a bunch of HDR landscapes and night shots, which require a tripod. However, I'm wondering whether I can get away with a GorillaPod. I have their "Focus" model leftover from when I had my dSLR, and it's pretty beefy, meant to hold "up to 11lbs" (which probably means 6lbs): http://joby.com/gorillapod/focus .

In fact, I was even thinking of buying one of their less beefy models since the OM-D is so small. Perhaps their "SLR Zoom" model: http://joby.com/gorillapod/slrzoom/

I'm mostly concerned about people's real world experience using a GorillaPod vs a real tripod, as well as whether or not I'll be SOL due to the gorillaPod being so short.

Any advice appreciated, especially if you've been to Turkey and familiar with the sights.

Nikon D7000
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