ABC Wednesday -- Ultrapod II Tripod

Ultrapod II with Vivitar 28mm f/2.5ultrapod ii with Schnieder 135mm f/3.5 and a flash
I highly recommend this inexpensive mini-tripod with Ultrapod II that I purchased from REI for $15.00. It is very small and lightweight. It surprises me in being sturdy to stand very stable on tabletop for my Pentax K100D and my most heavy lens with Sigma DL 75-300 and a flash.

Ultrapod II with Sigma DL 75-300
ultrapod ii with Sigma DL 75-300
Ultrapod II with Schneider 135mm f/3.5 and
Eyetek Digital DS328AZ

ultrapod ii with Schnieder 135mm f/3.5 and a flashAnd the Ultrapod II comes with a Velcro strap that allows me to tight the tripod and camera onto a fence or tree trunk or any other lengthly object for securing the gear in place. Though I have not tried the Velcro strap, I am very pleased with the little tripod that is very handy for putting it in backpack along with my other camera gear.

Ultrapod II with Velcro strap
ultrapod ii with Schnieder 135mm f/3.5 and a flash

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Impressions & Notes
  • Well built and sturdy
  • Very portable and perfect for table top and desktop
  • Sturdy enough for both point & shoot and dSLR.
  • I find it a bit awkward to mount camera on. I usually have the legs collapsed althogether and use the leg to screw in the tripod mount of my dSLR bodies
  • Ideal tripod to shoot camera and lens that are for sale. The tripod helps to provide a better angle to the camera gear.
  • I highly recommend this tripod


Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

methinks I should get myself a little a tripod too.

bonnie said...

What a great idea for a Christmas gift. So many photographers out there. I didn't know REI sold camera equipment. I'm on my way!

mrsnesbitt said...

Wow! How Ultra-Technical! LOL!

Lilli & Nevada said...

what a great idea will have to look for one.

David Wong said...

One thing to look out for is the tripod mount to the camera. The platform is hard plastic, and it will mark the base of your camera if you tighten it too tight. I use a stick felt pad, cut to size to limit some of this marking.

REDWOOD said...

I have one of these, and have had it for years. Like maybe 20 years or so. It's been with me to the top of HALEAKALA on Maui, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Canada, etc. Works great. It's still working, too! Have used it with 2 different Canon cameras, and now with my K10. Held them all. May have a problem with a very heavy long lens but I have no lens big enough to cause a problem. Every photog should have one!


Hin Man said...

Thank you all for the comments. I have been using it with various lens as heavy as 1.5 lb lens on my K20D and it is surprisingly sturdy. The best trick that I learn is to screw onto the camera first using the three legs collapsed as the three legs together serve as a handle to screw the tripod onto the camera.

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Tripod stand for camera

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