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Ultrapod Pocket Tripod Good, Not My Favorite

Reviewing: Ultrapod Model I  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
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The Ultrapod Pocket Tripod is really handy for stabilizing any camera with a standard screw-mount hole in the bottom. It folds up nicely and was really the best thing going until the Gorillapod was invented.

Ultrapod comes in two models, I and II. The only difference is size and a few ounces of weight. Model I is 2 ounces with 4" legs, and Model II is 4 ounces with 7" legs. I own model I.

Mine was a gift, but they retail for $10 - $20 from Campmor, REI and other outdoor gear stores.

The tripod consists of an angled piece of plastic, with two other plastic bars riveted to the inside of it at one end. These can fold out to form the base of the tripod. Mounted at the top of that is a swivel, and a baseplate mounted on a ball. The control of both of these mechanisms is by means of a single thumb screw. On the baseplate mount is a cork gasket and a screw which fits any standard camera.

In addition to the tripod, there is a velcro strap which can be used to secure the tripod, open or closed, to some upright. Maximum effective diameter of an upright would be about 4 inches.

As long as you have the unit secured with the velcro you can even mount your camera at odd angles. However, the small size of the unit does have limitations of camera weight, and lens lengths. This is handy to carry in your pocket or day pack, but it’s not a solution for professional photography.

It’s good enough that I’m not going to run out and replace it, but if you are buying a brand new pocket tripod, I suggest the flexible Gorillapod.