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Manfrotto Modo Pocket Tripod

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by DarrenG, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. DarrenG

    DarrenG Mu-43 Regular

    108
    Jan 3, 2011
    Hampshire, UK
    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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  2. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    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.



    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.
     
  3. Ben

    Ben Mu-43 Regular

    54
    Apr 16, 2009
    London
    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).
     
  4. DarrenG

    DarrenG Mu-43 Regular

    108
    Jan 3, 2011
    Hampshire, UK
    Hmm, so the hinge pins are not secured in place in any way? Unusual for Manfrotto to miss a trick like that?
     
  5. Ben

    Ben Mu-43 Regular

    54
    Apr 16, 2009
    London
    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!
     
  6. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    What makes this better than just sitting the camera on the table or whatever?
     
  7. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    You can adjust the camera to point upwards or downwards.
     
  8. Ben

    Ben Mu-43 Regular

    54
    Apr 16, 2009
    London
    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.
     
  9. xyzzy

    xyzzy Mu-43 Regular

    I tried it in as shop and got a gorillapod instead. Much more versatile, although also much bigger.
     
  10. DarrenG

    DarrenG Mu-43 Regular

    108
    Jan 3, 2011
    Hampshire, UK
    That's the problem, I have a Gorillapod too but I rarely carry it with me unless I know I may need it.
     
  11. xyzzy

    xyzzy Mu-43 Regular

    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.
     
  12. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 9, 2010
    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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  13. nseika

    nseika Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 22, 2010
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    Lois
    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.
     
  14. randyang

    randyang New to Mu-43

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    Mar 9, 2012
    True. I find gorrilapod to be bulgy and isn't really comparable to this card size tripod (quadpod in this case).
     
  15. srivastava

    srivastava Mu-43 Rookie

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    Feb 26, 2012
    England
    Useful info