Launched in 2017, Platypod Max rapidly turned fairly common amongst motion shooters and people working in tough terrain the place a conventional tripod simply isn’t sensible. It’s primarily a steel plate with ft on the underside, a 3/8-16″ thread on the highest and a bunch of mounting holes and 4 adjustable ft to allow you to set it up just about anyplace you need. In 2018, they launched the Platypod Extremely, a smaller model.
Now, the corporate has introduced the latest addition to the household, the Platypod eXtreme, which is lighter than the unique Platypod Max however comes with some design enhancements that provide some particular advantages. It has a built-in deal with now, extra reattachment factors and the ft can now be saved contained in the plate on rotatable mounts for quicker deployment anyplace.
The Platypod eXtreme’s perform is just about precisely the identical as that of the Max and Extremely. It’s a flat plate with a 3/8-16″ thread on prime for attaching a mini ball head or one other digital camera mount, then your digital camera goes on prime of that. Brief stubby adjustable ft enable you set it stage in a small house, even on uneven rocky floor. The large benefit of the brand new eXtreme appear to be the 25% or so weight saving, together with quicker deployment than the 2 different fashions resulting from the truth that the ft are all the time connected and easily fold away when not in use.
The legs on the Platypod Excessive, like the opposite fashions, can be utilized both manner up. There’s a rubber foot on one finish and spikes on the opposite, letting you get one of the best maintain doable on any kind of terrain or floor. You could possibly even strap this factor to a tree, utilizing the spiked ft for stability, to get some uncommon and distinctive views on your digital camera – attempt doing that with a tripod!
Shaving three ounces off the load has additionally introduced with it another benefits. It signifies that there are extra connection factors for carabiners (and people straps I discussed above for a tree’s eye view) to have the ability to rapidly connect it to and detach it from a backpack or belt for simple setup and teardown as wanted. The bigger carabiner opening additionally acts as a deal with to hold every thing simply whenever you simply wish to transfer from one spot to a different with out having to dismantle it.
I’m positive Platypod Max followers will love the Platypod eXtreme and bounce on the probability to get one with the flexibility and workflow velocity enhancements it seems to supply. Personally, I want the Platypod Extremely over the Max, however the eXtreme positively appears attention-grabbing and appears to resemble the Extremely design greater than it does the Max. In the event you’ve by no means used this type of digital camera mount earlier than, it’s price having considered one of some kind. They’re small, light-weight, and as they’re constituted of strong aluminium, they’re fairly indestructible. So, they’re going to be with you for a really very long time and are simple to pack right into a bag.
As appears to be the pattern lately, Platypod has launched the eXtreme by Kickstarter, the place it’s already far surpassed its modest $20K objective with 32 days left to go. As of the time of penning this publish, it’s at present sitting simply shy of $100K. Pledges vary from $119 to $139 with delivery dates between Could and August 2022. The extra you pay, the earlier you get it (the $139 one additionally comes with a free equipment bundle). As soon as it hits retail, the value can be $149.