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Customer Review

on January 31, 2010
I've had this for over ten years. Other mini tripods and even a couple of full-size tripods have come and gone in my collection, but this one stays. In all these years, I've never had a problem with it. The silver lettering has rubbed off -- that's just cosmetic and I prefer all black anyway -- but I've never had loose vinyl feet like others have complained about. It's stiff enough for any point-and-shoot as well as most of the superzooms and digital SLRs without superlong lenses, with a weight capacity triple that of even the Gorillapod SLR. The Velcro strap is losing a bit of its grip after being peeled open many hundreds of times, but that's easy enough to replace. It's light enough that I almost always keep it with me, although it's not especially compact when folded, about the size of a small folding umbrella.

One addition that I consider invaluable (but is unfortunately very difficult to find) is the quick release head for the Ultra Pod II, for which Pedco itself (via Amazon) appears to be the only source. The quick release for the smaller Ultra Pod I is available from many places but won't fit this tripod. Nobody should have to struggle with screwing a tripod into a camera when a good picture is waiting. Especially since if you need a tripod, it's likely dark so it's hard to see, and you don't want to risk messing up the plastic threads in a camera's tripod mount. Strip those and the camera can never be attached to a tripod again. That quick release head is more secure than the ones on the Joby Gorillapods, which can sag when used to hold a heavier camera vertically. It even has a pan feature, which is used by leaving the locking knob untightened. The locking knob is much easier to use than Joby's sleeker but stiff locking mechanism.

Note that this is actually the Ultra Pod II, the biggest of the three Ultra Pod models, after the original (now called Ultra Pod I) and the Ultra Pod Mini. As such, it's the sturdiest and most stable of the three models. The Ultrapod Digital is nothing more than this model molded in translucent plastics following the original iMac design fad and with Velcro Onewrap rather than a Velcro cinch strap. I prefer the black Ultrapod II, which is more scratch-resistant and I'm guessing less susceptible to damage from ultraviolet rays in sunlight (assuming you're outside a lot).
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