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Ultrapod Mini

in Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras

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5.00 / 5 (3 reviews)


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Ross Bleakney
( rossbleakney )

Locale:
Cascades
Ultrapod Mini on 07/04/2006 19:38:43 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I am very happy with my Ultrapod Mini. It does what is supposed to do very well. You often have to be resourceful with it; but with a little imagination, you can take great pictures. For example, if you press it against a wall, you can take nice pictures at a long exposure. This is how I was able to take really nice pictures of Antelope Canyon, http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossbl/sets/72157594146652113/. As a side note, there were three types of photographers when I was there; the first were serious photographers with SLRs (digital and film) along with big tripods; second were folks taking snapshots (most of which, as the serious photographers pointed out, were going to be blurry) and me. I was able to take some really nice pictures with my tiny camera and tiny tripod. I started by taking pictures on the ground, only to realize that pressing the legs against the wall yielded better results (and I didn't have to get so dirty). I've also used the Velcro strap to attach it to ski poles and trekking poles. This set was done with a ski pole, http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossbl/sets/72057594086466307/, while most of the flower pictures (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossbl/tags/wildflower/) were done by attaching it to a trekking pole.

Jim Powers
( jpowers )
Ultrapod Mini is easy to use and makes for great pictures. on 07/05/2006 08:20:11 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I am very impressed with the Ultrapod Mini. I replaced a much heavier metal mini tripod with it. Because of the Ultrapod Mini's light weight, I am able to carry it strapped to one of my trekking poles with it's velcro strap. My Leki poles have the rubber extensions below the hand grip and I strap the Ultrapod Mini just below the grip where it has negligible effect on swing weight. I have used the Ultrapod Mini as a tripod and strapped to my trekking pole, stabilized with rocks etc. I have also used my truck as a mount by opening the door and the window and velcroing the mini to the open door, through the open window. This technique allowed me to get quite a dramatic night time shot of the fire on Navajo Mountain this spring. I have used the Ultrapod mini with an Olympus Stylus 800, a very light mini camera and with an Olympus C-750 which is a considerably heavier camera. The Ultrapod Mini has given me a good solid mount and excellent pictures with both cameras.

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christopher witter
( cwitter )

Locale:
Mid Atlantic
Works well... on 04/16/2007 21:15:19 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

My camera may be a little large and heavier then intended for this tripod, but with careful attention to the setup it has worked well everytime! I have found the velcro strap the most useful feature, turning a trekking pole into a mono-pod.

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