Vortex Summit SS-P Tripod Review

Vortex Summit SS-P Tripod Review

One of the companies that does its best to provide quality and economy is Vortex. And so they show it with their latest backpacker’s tripod, which perfectly combines compactness, ergonomics in design, solid construction, and easy handling.

Vortex Summit SS-P Tripod Review

This is the Vortex summit SS-P tripod, an ideal structure for those who enjoy traveling, taking pictures, and living impressive adventures. This tripod, with its divided central column, offers the possibility of getting as close as possible to the ground and folding in the most unimaginable ways.

Due to its three-way inclination, this Vortex product, in addition to being made of lightweight 5-section aluminum, can hold equipment up to 2.5 kilograms, extend up to 137 centimeters and fold to only 38 to be used during travel.

It is done with a divided central column so that when that part is removed, its minimum height is reduced to just 15 centimeters. With this distance, capturing images from the bottom is considerably facilitated.

Another of the qualities that deserve to be described in this product is its ballast hook, located in the lower part of the central column and, whose purpose of adding weight to increase the stability of the device, has created a positive impact among customers.

So far, it seems that it is a solid investment for complete photographic equipment. Still, there is still a whole string of features to mention. And so, create a firmer judgment.

Unboxing: What Does the Package Include?

Before starting the review properly, it is important that customers have some idea on how to audit their package and be 100% sure that all the pieces fit together.

With regard to this product, and because it is a tripod for hand, the box is not too big or small. It has a normal size that should not be difficult to transport – in case it is ordered online.

Inside the box – as expected – includes the tripod and all its assemblies, as well as a three-way panoramic head, another quick-release plate, and a case to store when traveling. The article also includes an instruction manual of tripods of dslr so that those less familiar with VORTEX know how their most recent tripod works.


3-way pan/tilt head:

This tripod stands out for its structure, but one of the most prevalent qualities is its handle, which locks and unlocks the pan and tilt.

Thanks to this panoramic head, users can capture horizontal shots – the right to left – and vertical – upwards. The panels, on all those that are realized to the landscapes, are another thing with this tripod.

In this way, with a locking knob that handles the adjustment of the plate angle and another quick-release plate, Vortex allows its customers to connect or disconnect their cameras, binoculars, or telescopes with greater agility.

Lengths and weight:

Since this is a tripod for travelers, the magic does not focus on how much it can stretch, but on how much it shrinks to offer practicality and comfort.

That leaves customers with a Vortex that can easily fold very easily up to 15 centimeters, stretch a little up to 38 centimeters and finally reach all its splendor and height with its well-endowed 137 centimeters.

Regarding the weight, the Vortex summit SS-P tripod allows a maximum load of cameras, binoculars, and telescopes whose density does not exceed 2.5 kilograms. This means, logically, that it is a structure designed for action cameras, highlighted by their compactness.

Its structure can also highlight the five sections of its legs and the three angles it allows. The weight of the Vortex is just 900 grams.


Again, referring to the height, it is obvious that this tripod does not have a height too shocking, but that does not mean that for its purposes it is a bad acquisition. In fact, one of the great benefits that imply the smallness of its legs is the adjustment of them and the little volume that means when loading it.

The legs of this article are made of anodized aluminum, which means that the support and resistance exceed what is acceptable, especially considering the price for which it is sold.


Due to the presence of a ballast hook, the Vortex tripod allows extra weight to be carried in the lower part of the central column. Thus, stability is a guarantee that equals – and surpasses – some of the high-end products, such as the Manfrotto.

In windy conditions, it supports the alloys very well and, what is better, it is made with rubber mounts that provide a solid base for slippery floors.

Finally, its division in the spine, which allows the lower part of the central column to be removed and work with extended leg angles, gives the coup de grace to this product.

Basic Settings:

Honestly, there is nothing worse for a practicality fan, than an impractical tripod. Hence the Vortex summit SS-P tripod presents a way of working quite tame and reliable.

In that sense, these are some adjustments that, in practice, are worth knowing.

Turn and tilt action: To control both features with one hand, the handle must be turned counterclockwise. With this, the movement of the rotating head is released that allows the panning with greater fluidity.

Once in the correct position, the only remaining job is to turn the handle clockwise and lock the head.

Placement of the optics to the tripod: To carry out the locking of the lever of the plate, it is enough to remove the quick-release plate, fixing it in the optics or in the camera, and ensuring the installation bolt of the tripod. This is located on the bottom side of the plate. Then, the plate is placed again and the lever is moved against it so that the imaging equipment works with all the support secured.

Central column: To adjust it, you only need to loosen the height knob and thus change the relative length of the tripod head. You can also remove the lower section of the equipment and achieve a position closer to the ground.


  • It is a lightweight and easy to deploy tripod on any exterior.
  • The legs, made of aluminum, adjust to ranges of heights that, due to their contrast, are very impressive.
  • The angle of the legs is adjustable for fixing on different surfaces.
  • The balance hook guarantees the firmness of the equipment in windy or atmospheric instability situations.
  • The rubber supports that include the legs provide reliable traction even on the most unstable floors.


  • One of the biggest problems with this tripod is its small base plate. Previously, Vortex suited universal plates, but now buyers must get a spare, a second pin, and other tools to hold the adapters.
  • The quick-release plate is also a bit careless and flimsy. Perhaps with cameras, this problem is less obvious, but with artifacts such as a telescope, the structure can lean forward and crash into the ground.


A good tripod that adapts to the most common user needs and can become the most precious accessory for adventurous backpackers. However, some equipment conditions may be unremarkable for those who know and work with photography.

James Pattinson is a professional photographer who likes to write about what he experiences. He loves to share his honest review with people about photography equipment such as cameras, tripods, lenses, etc.

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