The Pocket Pod from Really Right Stuff is a 5.1 oz support that folds down to 6" inches in length to fit in just about any bag. Made of aluminum and stainless steel, the Pocket Pod can be used as a monopod with its legs together or as a tripod with a maximum height of 6" with its legs partially splayed where it can support up to 15 lb. A 1/8" hex key is provided to adjust the leg tension. It's at its default setting of 1.7" with the legs fully splayed however, that it's a real performer. Used this way it's a suitable choice for mirrorless cameras or DSLRs with 70-200mm f/2.8 and 300mm f/4 equivalent telephotos. The Pocket Pod is compatible with several Really Right Stuff ball heads and comes with a 3/8"-16 adapter to accommodate them.
- Load Capacity: 15 lb
- Maximum Height: Approximately 6"
- Minimum Height: 1.7"
- Folded Length: 6"
Really Right Stuff Ultra Overview
Really Right Stuff Ultra Specs
|Load Capacity||15 lb / 6.8 kg|
|Maximum Working Height||6" / 14.5 cm|
|Minimum Working Height||1.7" / 44 mm|
|Dimensions||H: 6.0" / H: 15.2 cm (Folded)|
|Weight||5.1 oz / 146 g|
|Mounting Screw||1/4"-20 Male, 3/8"-16 Male|
|Package Weight||0.4 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||8.55 x 5.95 x 2.4"|
Really Right Stuff Ultra Reviews
Advantage of BH-25 bullhead
I've owned this configuration several years and have found it to work extremely well. The Ballhead tightens well and doesn't sag. I've used it with my 70-200mm f2.8 lens and D850 DSLR and it works well. When the legs are fully splayed it is very sturdy, but if the legs are not fully deployed the tripod tips easily because of the small spread of the legs on such a small tripod. If the legs are not fully deployed, I put one of the legs forward along the direction of the lens to provide extra stability or I hold the tripod down. With the legs fully splayed, the wider base is extremely stabile. The other (BH 18) head available with this table pod has a slightly higher weight limit and it is slightly smaller and lighter; however, unlike the BH-25 head that has a drop notch the BH-18 doesn't. The BH-18 head only tilts 45 degrees as well. The drop notch on the BH-25 comes into play if there isn't a good place to set the tripod on the ground. In this case, a wall, a rock. a tree, or some other solid vertical structure may serve as a vertical support. With this BH-25 set up you can use the notch to allow a picture in landscape orientation while holding the tripod against the vertical structure for support. In this instance, when using the BH-18 head you need to have a L bracket on the camera to accomplish landscape orientation. If you use an L bracket all the time this wouldn't be a problem. Also, though I haven't actually used the BH-18 head you have to move a lever on the mobile portion of the camera to tighten the head which I suspect might change camera position slightly; Whereas the BH-25 tightens the head by turning the larger knob below the part of the device that tilts with the camera. The panning still moves below the knob until it's tightened, but I would think this should be easier to control to maintain framing.
Impressive strength and craftsmanship
This will hold a Canon C70 with the MP-E 65mm macro lens on a RRS ball head without budging. That's an extreme example, but it did work and it was stable macro video. That's impressive. Very small, yet very strong. It does not seem so far fetched a price considering the solid engineering and weight capacity while fitting into your hand or pocket.
Light, solid, easy to use
I bought this for use with my mirrorless camera and existing ball head. The legs are easy to expand into different positions, and stay put. I have fun using this as it's so small and compact, yet reliable.
Well Designed and Constructed
The RRS pocket pods are quite versatile for table top photography and audio recording.
At first I was somewhat worried by how small the legs were on this tripod, but then I remembered this is RRS and gave it a chance. I was using one of those mini Manfrotto table-top tripods, and believe me, this is so much better. It can go all the way to ground level, which makes it more versatile. Of course, you'll find the typical RRS quality and smoothness. It's expensive, but I'm satisfied with what they've built.
Table Top tripod King
If you can get past the cost. If you do table top or macro photography this is really a fantastic product. The knob is also able to be pulled to a new position if you are tilted and the BH25 head is hitting the lever release you can just move the locking / panning knob not sure the name of it but it can be moved out of the way. The legs are also adjustable it is really a mini tripod. Probably the one and only one you will buy.
RRS is amazing
RRS - everything they make is perfect!
The best compact travel tripod + ball head combo.
It is short enough to go into pants pockets and strong enough for a Sony mirrorless camera with a long lens. I have had one of these for over 4 years and it is problem-free. The only change since 2017 to the TFA-01 is a tube carrying case and the RRS printing on the legs. I recommend this over Gitzo's travel tripod.
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