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looking for an ultra-light/compact travel option - any experience with Platypod?

 
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Nov 02, 2017 11:08 |  #1

i am looking for an inexpensive, ultra light tripod solution. i dont necessarily need a dedicated tripod, but i felt like some stabilization was missing from my kit when i was travelling.

came across scott kelby's post on instagram where he used a Platypod, it seems like a great low profile option. any experiences?

another alternative i am considering is a Joby gorilla pod... suggestions/comments?
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Nov 02, 2017 11:19 |  #2

I use an Ultrapod II. (external link)

It gives stability to a full size dSLR plus a typical medium range zoom or smaller lens no problem on any surface just like a tripod would, with a ballhead for angling it how you wish, and it can fold up and use a velcro strap pressuring the V shaped primary leg onto a pole or branch to let you use nearly anything as a taller stand as you wish. It folds up into what looks like like nylon railroad spike. Super durable. Can use it in anything but lava and it will survive. I've used other tiny travel tripods and they break or a joint becomes weird, etc (gorilla pod, joby pod, etc, they all have broken on me). I take my Ultrapod with me everywhere though. Again, my favorite thing is that you can secure it to a branch, pole, stick, nearly anything, as well as tripod stand it. It's very versatile.

I use it with smaller cameras, but it has handled my 5D + 17-40 fine, and other cameras with similar size/weight just fine (I used to use an APS-C + 11-16 F2.8 on it a lot too, and that was fairly front heavy).

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Nov 02, 2017 11:29 |  #3

while it's not as cool as the ultrapod above, I use the manfrotto pixie: https://www.amazon.com …ripod-Black/dp/B00D76RNLS (external link)

it's stupid simple to operate, the push button adjustment is fast and functional.

I typically do keep one in my pocket, even when I operate with a full tripod because it's so fast to setup a low shot or simply put on top of a rock/ledge.

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Nov 02, 2017 13:23 |  #4

Love the ultrapod!

I've used the smaller ultrapod 1 for years (decades?) for various recorders and small cameras. Time to add the 2 to my bag... twenty bucks!


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Nov 02, 2017 17:13 |  #5

No experience with the platypod but I think it's an interesting option. I personally use a Cullmann mini tripod. Comes with a mini ball head that I added arca-Swiss plate too. Small, light, and stable.

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I've been carrying a Platypod Ultra everywhere I go. It is a highly versatile piece of equipment.

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Jun 22, 2019 10:49 |  #7

Kofla wrote in post #18878903 (external link)
I've been carrying a Platypod Ultra everywhere I go. It is a highly versatile piece of equipment.

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Woooa , how did you keep it from falling, its flat on bottom and has feet you can add on, but in your application just sitting on top of a chain link fence, it looks like you may have 2 feet on in the rear, whats holding it there. I must be missing something


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Bianchi wrote in post #18881923 (external link)
Woooa , how did you keep it from falling, its flat on bottom and has feet you can add on, but in your application just sitting on top of a chain link fence, it looks like you may have 2 feet on in the rear, whats holding it there. I must be missing something

Platypod Ultra comes with a 20 inch-cinch strap to mount to poles, beams, tree branches or other objects.

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Jul 05, 2019 18:16 |  #9

Kofla wrote in post #18881966 (external link)
Platypod Ultra comes with a 20 inch-cinch strap to mount to poles, beams, tree branches or other objects.

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Gotcha >> Thanks


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