Looking for pocket tripod

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by playak47, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. playak47

    playak47 Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2010
  2. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 16, 2011
    Hayward, WI
    Real Name:
    William Barnett-Lewis
  3. FastCorner

    FastCorner Mu-43 Veteran

    May 28, 2011
  4. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    I would go for the Gorillapod or similar (ie, like the Joby mentioned). I don't see much point in straight-up table-top tripods. If you have a table to rest it on, then why do you need a tripod? Setting the camera or your elbows on that table will mostly do the same thing. A Gorillapod is a little more versatile, as you can wrap it around a tree or pole or whatever. Mind you, I only use mine for flash, but then that's generally all I use tripods for too... so take that with a grain of salt. ;)

    I used to have a C-Clamp camera mount which was pretty useful. It also had little folding legs so that it could be used as a table tripod, but the C-clamp was the useful part. I probably got a little more use out of that than the Gorillapod, as I liked to mount it on the dash of my car. I don't know where you find them anymore though.
  5. ripleys baby

    ripleys baby Straw clutcher

    Aug 10, 2011
    I have the gorilla and the ultra pod.
    The ultra pod gets used, the gorilla pod doesn't . If my dad wants to borrow one, he goes for the ultra too.
    Finally. You did say pocket tripod. Again the ultra pod wins.
    If its floor level or rocks and boulders etc,
    You can't beat a bean bag . (IMO)
  6. darrenleow

    darrenleow Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 30, 2011
    I have the Ultrapod and use it very often. Works perfectly for point and shoots and M4/3 cameras

    Shot this photo with the Ultrapod lashed (using the velcro strap) to a railing

  7. Fred49

    Fred49 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 24, 2010

    i count grams when i go hiking with 2 weeks of food in my backpack.
    i tried the gorillapod with my E420, it wasnt that bad but it was the one without the ballhead so harder to use.

    Now i use a ultrapod mini ( heavier ultrapod will be more stable)
    i sometime combine it with an hiking staff and stakes from my shelter.



    weight of tripod + cord 60g

    far less practical and stable than my benro carbon + arcaswiss monoball P0, but 1/20th of the weight.
  8. novecentoundici

    novecentoundici New to Mu-43

    Dec 22, 2011
    Is the Ultrapod suitable for an E-PM1 + 14-150?
  9. RichDesmond

    RichDesmond Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 18, 2011

    Something like this?

  10. Gordy

    Gordy New to Mu-43

    Nov 6, 2011
    If you can find one, I really like the Manfrotto 797 Modo Pocket Tabletop "Tripod"--really a quadropod. You can see it at B&H, but it is discontinued there. I'm not sure about other sources.

    It folds to less than credit-card size (although a little thicker), so I can always carry it with me. I often use it with a very small ball head (Manfrotto 482). The combination works very well with my E-P3.
  11. playak47

    playak47 Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2010
    I appreciate your help. I am glad my choice was a good one. Now i have to decide between the ultrapod II and Manfrotto 797 Modo Pocket Tabletop. I needed tripod on two occasions first was using railing by the river front and 2nd was on top of empire state building when i wanted to point down to get more view of the city and less of the horizon.

    I am leaning towards 797 modo but how would that work on railings?

    I know the joby would be excellent for railings but the two listed above seem even more compact. I guess i am looking for the most versatile from the two.
  12. punkman

    punkman Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 30, 2011
    I have the Gorillapod Hybrid with a ballhead and built-in level. It's pretty nice and fits in the camera bag. Says it supports up to 1kg of gear but I haven't tried it with any heavier lenses.

    Now the annoying thing is the E-PL1 not supporting an external shutter release. What a stupid choice by Olympus.