The Giottos QU 500B Mini tabletop tripod is a very compact mini tripod that is ideal for macro photography. It features a minimum working height of only 2.2", but still sports a respectable load capacity of 11 lbs
The Giottos QU500B is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Giottos QU500B: Folds away, Lightweight and Stable
Reviewed by 4 customers
I use this mini tripod at wedding receptions. My Canon 5D2 with EF 17-40mm L lens is mounted on a ballhead. In addition, a Canon 580EX II speedlite is attached to the camera shoe. The camera has a Pocket Wizard for remote triggering. With proper camera settings, all ten wedding guests on every table can have picture taken with excellent results.
Folds small, very sturdy, holds D5100 & 16-85 solid with a RRS BH25 Head. Great for landscapes shots when hiking when hauling a full size tripod is too much size/weight. Be aware you don't get much height although your head will add a few inches.
Most of the table top tripods I looked at and owned never could support very much weight. This tripod is everything I hopped it would be and more. It is small, compact and will support enough weight to make it usable. Since it does not take up much room, I can carry it with me werever I go. I like this product.
I was looking for a tabletop tripod to reliably support the weight of a Nikon D200 with a vertical grip battery holder, an SB-800 Speedlight, and a remote control (Nikon ML-3) attached via an accessory grip. This tripod is perfect. I keep a Manfrotto 3229 attached to it for quick set up. The open legs create a stable 10-inch diameter support area and no tipping is caused by an 18-200 VR lens. Worth much more than I paid. Product feels well made. Kudos to Giottos. I'm getting photos with me in them because this little gem can go with me into a restaurant, etc. where I wouldn't dream of hauling in a tripod or permitting (trusting) a stranger to hold my gear and take a picture that includes myself. Understand that I don't always have all that gear on this tabletop tripod; most times it's just the D-200 and a 12-24 lens, but I wish to convey the stability of this unit.