If you are looking for a truly lightweight travel tripod, the Pedco Ultrapod may be worth considering. This is a small tripod featuring short, non-adjustable legs. Its basic function is to provide a stable base for a camera, nothing more and nothing less. It weighs only a few ounces, so you can take it anywhere. It fits in your luggage, it fits in your backpack, and it will even fit in your pocket. It is inexpensive as well.
With its three fold-out legs and vinyl footpads, this lightweight tripod provides a sturdy and stable platform for your picture-taking needs. The U-ball and socket feature allows you to mount and lock your camera in virtually any orientation, including of course landscape and portrait. If you want your camera to be at eye level, the tripod can simply and securely be attached to a fence post, railing, or any stable object with the Velcro cinch strap. It weighs only 4 ounces. When not in use it folds down to 7″ x 2″, so toting it around is never a problem. Insofar as stability is concerned, its small size is also an advantage as is the ability to tie it securely to a stable object using the strap. The recommended maximum load is 6 pounds.
- The design and construction is simple, compact, and solid. It will fit in most standard camera bags.
- It can accommodate most any small cameras and can even be used successfully with many DSLR cameras.
- It does not easily tip over.
- It can also be used for camcorders, spotting scopes, 35 mm cameras with larger lenses.
- Some museums, as well as other places, don’t allow tripods but, unless photography is forbidden, will normally have no problem with you using a miniature version such as this one.
- There are no leg-length adjustments to contend with. The mounting ball allows level mounting.
- Good for hikers. Try taking a waterfall shot without a tripod and you will see why.
- It comes with a lifetime warranty that protects against manufacturer’s defects.
- It does not feature a quick release mount.
For the “point-and-click” photographer who takes photos only occasionally or while on vacation, and generally has little need for a tripod, this inexpensive device can nevertheless come in quite handy at times. If you have a larger tripod, it may still be worthwhile to purchase a miniature version such as this one. There are times when a standard tripod can be rather cumbersome to work with. The UltraPod II performs the basic tasks of a tripod and performs them well. The only negative that might prevent you from purchasing one might be the lack of a quick-release capability, although one can be purchased as an option. If you are looking for a sturdy little tripod you can carry around in your pocket, take a close look at this one.