Manfrotto Modo Pocket Tripod

DarrenG

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Can't see any other threads on this little gadget here? It looks like a genuinely useful pocket table tripod with a design that allows it to be left permanently attached.

Has anyone here used one, is it worth having?

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I had one... Worked well with my LX3 except one problem.. really bad one...

One of the pins of the hinges literally just slid out.... I have no idea where it went. It was only a year or so old but rendered it completely useless.

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I'm still divided on whether or not it is worth getting a replacement. You can't turn the camera on its side or adjust for horizon. I ended up using a pocket table top tripod instead. But it was neat.
 

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I had exactly the same problem with mine - great gadget but badly made. Fortunately I got mine from Amazon and got a full refund (which I used to get another one, so let's see how that goes!).

Also, works fine on a G1 (which I thought might be too heavy).
 

DarrenG

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Hmm, so the hinge pins are not secured in place in any way? Unusual for Manfrotto to miss a trick like that?
 

Ben

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Mine shot out at the top of Carnavon Castle never to be seen again. Crummy design. I think it just works loose after a while (I hadnt had it that long at the time).

Get it from Amazon with their free put policy - no real risk!
 

Ben

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And that tiny bit of height makes a big difference - if you stand the camera on a table without even a small tripod you either need to put it on the edge or you get a lot of table in shot.
 

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That's the problem, I have a Gorillapod too but I rarely carry it with me unless I know I may need it.
If portability is the issue, you could consider a bean bag. more versatile and (if homemade, some cloth and coars sand or rice as well as needle and thread needed) much less expensive. It also lets you adjust all 3 angles instead of just two. You could make several, suited to camera or situation.
 

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I use a "The POD" in green. I also have the cube for lens support, but don't need it as frequently.

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Most of the time, I think the most convenient is handheld (barely useful in dark situation though). Screwing the camera is like wasting time especially if only for one so-so shot.

That said, I had a cheap table tripod that helps
Small enough to leave and forget inside one of the camera bag's pocket.
 

randyang

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I tried it in as shop and got a gorillapod instead. Much more versatile, although also much bigger.
True. I find gorrilapod to be bulgy and isn't really comparable to this card size tripod (quadpod in this case).
 
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