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Ultrapod 1

Ultrapod 1

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Ultrapod 1

Manufacturer: Pedco

Your Opinion: 
 - 6 Votes


Page By: Alan Ellis

Created/Edited: Dec 3, 2002 / Jan 20, 2007

Object ID: 574

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A small, light weight (2oz) portable camera tripod, injection molded from fiberglass reinforced nylon with aluminum threaded components. Features sturdy fold out legs, a unique ball and socket camera mount assembly, and a strong Velcro strap for securing to tree limbs, railings, pack frames, or other similar objects. Folds to a compact 4 inch lengh that fits easily into a shirt pocket. Designed for use with compact 35mm cameras, mini-camcorders, video lights, etc. Available in black, red, blue, and yellow.


Camera mounting screw: ¼-20 thread.
Pan Adjustment: 360 degrees.
Tilt Adjustment: +/- 90 degrees.
Angular Adjustment: +/- 20 degrees.

Body, Legs & Clamps: Injection molded glass reinforced Nylon thermoplastic resin.
Clamping Screw: Machined Aluminum alloy.
Velcro Strap: Woven Nylon.
Ball Mount: Machined Aluminium alloy balland mounting screw.
Feet: Molded Vinyl.

Size-Folded: 4" long x 1½" wide x 2" high.
Height-Open: 4½" high.
Footprint-Open: Triangular - 5¾" wide x
5½" long.



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Alan EllisUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

I use this with both a digital (Sony P71) and mini-camcorder (Sony PC9). Very light, easy to set up, and stable. I found this at a gear store, but it is also available at Campmor. This company also makes a heavy duty version of this tripod, and has several other camera accessories which may be useful for the outdoors.
Posted Dec 3, 2002 11:57 am

mpbroUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

For what it is, a super-compact traveling tripod, I give it 5 stars. Trust me, the "obligatory summit shot" of you and your partner will improve twofold if you use an ultrapod. The ultrapod gets the camera just far enough above the proverbial camera rock to make fiddling with the camera easy. The unit weighs perhaps an ounce, and collapses into a very compact form. Less of a burden to carry than most headlamps. Great way to stabilize the camera for low-light shots (sunrise/set, moonscapes, etc.)

But, remember that this is NOT a "real" tripod. If ranked against real tripods in terms of performance and functionality, the ultrapod would get 1 star! However, you'll not find a tripod more appropriate for the backcountry-traveling casual photographer.
Posted Dec 4, 2002 11:02 am

Nikolas_AUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Being too weight cautious I had never thought I'd carry a tripod before finding this one. Despite its minimal weight it’s sturdy enough to support an SLR (don’t make a habit out of it though…).

The Velcro secures it so well I found it more convenient to keep it strapped on one of my trekking poles all the time.

A photographer-climber might prefer to modify a full-sized tripod trimming off excess weight, but then I’m more of a climber-photographer or climber-(photographer?)
Posted Dec 27, 2004 1:47 pm

The Defiant OneUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Photography is an important hobby of mine, and so is ultralight backpacking. I bought a smaller camera for use on these trips and for a long time, went without a tripod, balancing expensive cameras on rocks and ice axes. This little tripod is a great solution. I've used it for long exposures of more than a minute with a heavy dSLR (Nikon D70). It works great.
Posted Mar 29, 2005 7:40 pm

DudeThatMustHurtUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

I've used mine for approx 1 year with an Fuji Fine Pix S3000, very satisfied with it's performance and lack of weight. weighing a smidge over an ounce and costing $9.95 it is hands down one of the best and cheapest addidtions to my UL system.

The ability to strap it to tree limbs, axes, trekking poles really gives it all around versatility and quality, There's not much you could do to break this tough lil guy

Posted Jul 25, 2005 5:21 pm

csmcgranahanUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

I use mine with my Sony digital camera. I have used it not only as a tripod but also have used the velcro strap to anchor the camera to small tree limbs, fence posts, handrails, etc. When you consider the versatility of this little piece of equipment along with it's relatively low cost and weight, it can't be beat.

Great product
Posted Oct 29, 2005 11:28 pm

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