The Vortex® Summit SS-P Tripod is a quality and durable tripod stand that is both lightweight and easy to carry in the field. Features like the flexible positioning and twist leg locks make this Vortex® tripod stand easy and quick to set up. With the split center column, you are able to remove the center column to get even closer to the ground when needed. Plus, the three-way pan head gives you smooth horizontal and vertical adjustments. Enjoy the Vortex® Summit SS-P Tripod this season.
SS-P means super short
Flexible positioning and greater stability
Smooth horizontal and vertical adjustments
Sturdy support with anodized aluminum legs
Twist leg locks reduce bulk and adjust rapidly
Rubber feet for solid footing on slick surfaces
Split center column to remove lower portion of the center column
Balance hook hold extra weight for more stability in windy conditions
I use this for my spotting scope when hunting however as a photographer I also put it to duty as my travel tripod and in this roll it is outstanding. I have used it with my Hasselblad 500CM, Canon EOS 1V and also Canon 5D Mkiii all with heavy pro-glass and this is at the upper end of the tripods load limits. Like all lightweight tripods it does have vibration and you have to change your shooting techniques (eg. mirror up) to overcome this however this tripod is less than 1kg, short enough to fit in most camera bags and super quick to deploy, it is the tripod that I have with me more times than not for these reasons. No lightweight tripod is perfect but Vortex went super close with this one once you accept the lightweight downsides that all lightweight tripods at this price point.
I have been running this tripod for a couple years now for glassing with my Razor HD 10x42 binos, and my Razor HD 11-33x50 spotter. It is a nice lightweight tripod, which is what I wanted, but with that, it can be affected by the wind a bit even with the lightweight optics I use. I am a small guy, so the height does not bother me, but I could see how someone taller could potentially have issues. The panhead is easy to adjust and makes for super smooth glassing. The legs telescope fine and long as you take care of it and try not to fill it with mud. Overall I have been quite pleased, and plan on continuing to use it for quite a while.
I have a Bunch of Vortex products (3 binos, 1 spotter, 1 rifle scope, 1 red dot, 1 rangefinder and have loved them all, until I got the Summit-SS Tripod. The twist lock legs are a poor design and DO NOT stay locked. The base plate comes loose, causing my spotter to spin. It pans nice and smooth, but when I try to lock it down it moves, making it difficult to impossible to center your target in the viewer. My brother has the Pro GT and likes it, I may have to switch (if Cabelas will take this Summit back).
I own the Pro GT tripod, which is excellent, but I wanted something a little lighter and shorter so I bought the Summit. It's an OK tripod, but I have a few quibbles:
1) The Summit uses a different hot shoe (base plate) than the Pro, so if you own both you need two binocular adapters or you need to switch one binocular adapter back and forth between the two base plates. Likewise, you'll have to switch the two base plates back and forth on your spotting scope depending on which tripod you want to pack.
2) The Vortex binocular adapter has a rectangular recess that's perfectly fitted for the rectangular base plate of the Summit, BUT, when you install them together properly it puts the head handle at a 90 degree angle. So, the function that would normally control the pitch of the binoculars controls the roll, so you have to install the binocular adapter at a ninety degree angle to the base plate.
3) I wish Vortex would have put the head from the Pro GT on the Summit. I understand that this may be a trade off between weight and cost, but the Pro GT head is a step above the head on the Summit. The head on the Summit isn't bad, but it's a slight (noticeable) downgrade after using the Pro GT head.
This tripod is awesome and i love how lightweight and small it is makes a great backpacking tripod. Extends to the perfect height for me when using my spotting scope. I use it with my Razor HD 26-65x85 which is a little big for it when there is wind but the hook on the bottom helps to stabilize it. Typical Vortex = great quality