Pedco UltraPod II Lightweight Camera Tripod After 2 Years [Story & Review]

Pedco UltraPod II Lightweight Camera Tripod - A four picture collage of the strap, tripod and ball head.

The Story

Starting out in photography was a giant leap, especially when it came to the tripod. I started out with a mid-size tripod from Walmart and realized very quickly I didn't like it. The problem was size and weight. I needed something that could fit in my bag without feeling heavy. The bottom line was I didn't want to be fiddling with tripod legs and knobs when in the moment. The solution came online when I stumbled across the Pedco UltraPod II Lightweight Camera Tripod on HDR photographer +Trey Ratcliff's website. Let's mozy on to the review and check out how it did.

Pedco UltraPod II Lightweight Camera Tripod - A four picture collage of the ball head, strap and tripod.

The Review

The Cons
  • The strap on this tripod was confusing, I needed to weave it through the plastic buckle like fastener a couple times then pull it back, so the velcro attaches. It's not the easiest to understand when I first got it. If you get it, you will see what I mean. 
  • When I would try to line up a nice horizon, the camera didn't hold in the exact spot after tightening up the ball head. The weight affected it. After a couple adjustments, it was fine.   
  • If you over-loosen the ball head, it may come off. Watch out! 
The Pros | Benefits 
  • Incredible small size for traveling or using it as a handle. 
  • The structural integrity of the tripod is still pretty much the same as when I bought it.  
  • The strap is durable, no unexpected breaks. 
  • The aluminum thread tightens great, no feeling of insecurity when I fastened this to the edge of a river bridge. 
  • Surprisingly this was a bit of a conversation starter on site with other photographers. 
  • If the camera is mounted, it's pretty quick to set up on the fly.  

Would I buy it again or recommend it to a friend?

Check out an additional video review by Wolfcrow on Youtube (No affiliation)

Pedco UltraPod II Lightweight Camera Tripod
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