Skimmer Ground Pod II Camera Support for Bird and Wildlife Photography
The Skimmer Ground Pod II camera support is the ultimate nature photography accessory to assist in the creation of beautiful, ground-level photos of birds and other wildlife.
Constructed with super heavy-duty, reinforced, crush-proof injection-molded plastic, it is rugged yet lightweight, weighing less than 15 ounces and approximately 10″ in diameter and 1.5″ high. With a unique circular design, the Skimmer Ground Pod II makes it easy for you to slide and pan your camera equipment in any direction on the ground, even through mud, sand, and grass without scooping up earth, protecting equipment from grit and moisture. Plus your valuable equipment stays clean and dry, even in up to an inch and a half of water! The sides are turned out slightly to push sand and mud out and away, helping to keep debris from coming over the top. A protected area inside the plate can even be used to store teleconverters, extension tubes, and other incidentals for quick access while shooting.
Shooting with a Long Lens from a Vehicle
This camera ground pod is also a fantastic option for shooting with long lenses from a vehicle. Simply place the Skimmer Ground Pod II (with an optional C-12 Quick Release Clamp by Wimberley or your tripod head attached) on the SkimmerSack II Camera Beanbag Support for Wildlife Photography and enjoy panning, tilting, and the overall ease of motion and increased stability over a beanbag alone. You’ve got to try it!
Camera and Lens Compatibility
The Skimmer Ground Pod II was designed to be used with any lens or camera combination up to 600mm. Its wide mounting surface can accommodate virtually any ballhead or gimbal-style head fitting a standard 3/8″ tripod mount. It has been matched for use with low-profile lens feet when used with the C-12 Quick Release Clamp by Wimberley, as well as for the Wimberley Head II, without the need for modification or additional risers. However, an optional Riser Block RB-100 for Skimmer Ground Pod II fits perfectly and can be stacked when additional height is needed.
A 3/8″ stainless steel captive bolt is provided to attach your tripod head. Alternately, the Skimmer Ground Pod II can be purchased with the C-12 Quick Release Clamp by Wimberley, allowing you to mount dovetail lens or camera plates. Other quick release clamps may also fit.
- Skimmer Ground Pod II Camera Support
- 3/8″ stainless steel captive bolt countersunk flush to underside (no more lost bolts!)
- Hex wrench
Read Maxis Gamez’s review of the Skimmer Ground Pod II for an up-close look.
Please see the Specifications tab below for additional information.
The Skimmer Ground Pod II was designed by photographers for photographers to meet our rigorous demands in the field. After years of using various ground supports, we felt the shortcomings were keeping us from our best productivity in the field. Sharp edges on plates would often get caught in the ground and swivel, halting movement, or scoop up sand and dirt, exposing ballheads and other equipment to grit and water and weighing down the plate with accumulating muck. We were constantly replacing lost bolts from plates that didn’t have captive screws. Also, as frequent travelers, we are always looking for options that are conservative in weight. The Skimmer Ground Pod II is less than half the weight of some ground pod options and is our field-tested solution!
- Integrated raised mounting platform for stability
- Compatible with the Wimberley Head II and low profile lens feet without additional hardware needed
- Reinforced lanyard attachment point for user-supplied clip or lanyard to hang from a belt, attach to a backpack, or for a safety line when shooting out of the car on a beanbag
- 10″ (25.4 cm) diameter
- 1.5″ (3.81 cm) tall
- Weighs under 15 ounces
- Super heavy duty reinforced crush-proof injection molded plastic
- Heat and cold tolerant for use in any conditions