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p.1 #1 · Ground Pod Question


Some time ago, and I think it was on this site, I saw a really simple, but very well finished ground pod that someone was manufacuring. Basically, it was nothing more than an anodized aluminum plate with some hand holds machined into it and a center screw that allowed you to mount a standard ball head to it. Because it was basically a flat piece of metal, you could easily pack it into a backpack. It came in two sizes if I recall.

Does anyone recall this item?

Have cruised around all over the web looking for this thing, but haven't had any luck in finding it.

Please, no suggestions that I drill a hole in a skillet.



Apr 05, 2012 at 10:58 PM
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p.1 #2 · Ground Pod Question


I do remember that -- I was considering ordering one. I'll poke around and see if I exchanged any emails about it.

There's also a skimmer that some people use, and Kirk makes this thing:

http://www.kirkphoto.com/Low-Pod.html

http://www.naturescapes.net/store/the-skimmer-ground_pod-ii.html?&cat=0

When I want to get low, and want to do it with minimal weight or bulk, I use a Berlebach wooden table tripod.



Apr 05, 2012 at 11:11 PM
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p.1 #3 · Ground Pod Question


There are two I know about
http://www.overxposed.com/
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/736624



Apr 06, 2012 at 02:09 AM
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p.1 #4 · Ground Pod Question


Mark's plates are the ones I remember -- looks like he's still active here, so maybe he can hook you up.



Apr 06, 2012 at 02:15 AM
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p.1 #5 · Ground Pod Question


Yeah, Mark's plate is the one I remember too. Thanks Chris.




Apr 06, 2012 at 04:48 AM
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p.1 #6 · Ground Pod Question


Well, now that I know what key words to use, I also found this on the web:

http://fplate.net/index.html



Apr 06, 2012 at 05:12 AM
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p.1 #7 · Ground Pod Question


Mark's plates are the best! I never hesitate to recommend his products.


Apr 08, 2012 at 03:49 AM
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p.1 #8 · Ground Pod Question


Is Mark still selling his? I can't find an active webpage for sales.

John



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p.1 #9 · Ground Pod Question


I think you are talking about Mark Watkins, here is his webpage to the floor plates. http://marksphototools.com/?p=877


Apr 08, 2012 at 06:04 PM
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p.1 #10 · Ground Pod Question


RRS offers one.


Apr 09, 2012 at 04:16 PM
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p.1 #11 · Ground Pod Question


$110 for a very nice plate, or $17 for an Ultrapod II: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=ultrapod&N=0&InitialSearch=yes

I have the Ultrapod II: 4 ounces, quite effective.



Apr 09, 2012 at 05:11 PM
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p.1 #12 · Ground Pod Question


The Ultrapod is nice...I have one as well, but it will never work with a SLR. Far too flimsy. Love it for my P&S and I also have an adapter that allows me to mount my iPod or other small device to it.

The Mark Peters pods are what I too remember seeing around here. No idea if he's still actively selling them.




Apr 09, 2012 at 06:59 PM
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p.1 #13 · Ground Pod Question


Michael H wrote:
The Ultrapod is nice...I have one as well, but it will never work with a SLR. Far too flimsy.


"Never", eh? I've used mine a number of times for both my DSLRs. The plate is better, of course. But I don't own one and if I did it still would not go with me as many places as the Ultrapod II does.




Apr 09, 2012 at 07:04 PM
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p.1 #14 · Ground Pod Question


Well, maybe I've assumed too much...I've never actually tried it. Probably should have been more clear. I just can't imagine using it with my 1D bodies any any kind of glass with heft.

Very good points on the portability. I carry the ultra all the time...sounds like I may not use it enough.



Apr 09, 2012 at 08:17 PM
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p.1 #15 · Ground Pod Question


Lots of different things in this thread, and though there's some occasional overlap, they're not really comparable.

- plates (like those developed by Mark Watkins) can be useful on the ground, but they're also often used for mounting cameras with clamps in odd places. They will support essentially anything you can bolt to it. The Kirk Low Pod is a version of this with short feet and a grip for handling/carrying.

- ground tripods, like the RRS TP243, the Berlebach table tripod (despite the name), and the Kirk Low Boy (which is a cut down Manfrotto) are very short, but capable of stabilizing long/heavy rigs, for macro or other low level shooting. The beefiest of these that I've used is a Gitzo baby Series 3, on which you could easily mount a properly balanced 600/4.

- table tripods, which run the gamut from little plastic things like the Ultrapod to the much sturdier but still pocketable stuff like the Leica table tripod and the Kirk and Manfrotto variants. The tiniest of these are wobbly and would likely never be used except as a supplementary support or for a quick platform for a point and shoot; the sturdiest are quite strong and stiff (Kirk and Leica, in particular), though their short legs and subsequently narrow platform makes them less sturdy with a big rig than a ground tripod. Not great in the dirt. I'd have no qualms about using one to help me stabilize a supertele on a car hood or other flat surface, though.

Personally, I use a Berlebach for ground level macro, a Leica table tripod for travel with a DSLR or my NEX, and I have an Ultrapod in the glove box for my wife's S90.



Apr 09, 2012 at 11:24 PM
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p.1 #16 · Ground Pod Question


I have used the Ultrapod II in a pinch. I have also used a manfroto superclamp with one of my ballheads mounted to it, very portable and most of the time you can find something to clamp to.


Apr 12, 2012 at 09:44 PM





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