So I mentioned a PlatyPod. What is a PlatyPod you ask? It is a small plate that takes a ball head or screw that will attach to your camera’s mounting hole. What I really like about the PlatyPod is that it is so small you can easily fit it in a backpack or even your back pocket.
You can mount your camera to the plate and then fix the plate to a variety of things. The plate comes with 4 adjustable screws that allow you to stabilize the plate. You can set them to different heights for uneven ground. The screws have rubber feet on one side and points on the other side, allowing for stabilization on a variety of surfaces.
Additionally, I have the accessory pack, which includes a rubber mat for slippery/hard flat surfaces, and a strap for binding to a post, railing, or tree. These things allow you to mount the PlatyPod in a variety of useful ways.
The PlatyPod also allows you to stabilize your camera in places that tripods are not allowed. They are small and unobtrusive, unlike tripods. I am not suggesting breaking the rules at places. However, staff tend to be a lot more forgiving of something small like a PlatyPod, unlike something that takes up a lot of room like a tripod.
I first heard of these from Scott Kelby, a photographer I follow. He has been mentioning them for years and I finally got one late last year for Christmas. I have used it a few times for low angle shots. It works really with with a camera that either has an articulating screen or has the ability to shoot via an app. You can set the PlatyPod up and then use your phone to control your camera’s settings.
I foresee myself using the PlatyPod a lot in my future. I have recently gotten into Macro Photography and have discovered I really need a tripod or stabilization of some sort. The portability will allow me to take it just about anywhere and get nice and stable shots.
I would definitely recommend picking one of these up. They make them in a few sizes based on the weight of your camera rig. I have the Ultra and it seems to do a decent job of supporting my Canon 5D Mark III with the 24-70mm f/4 lens. I wouldn’t go for much of a larger setup with out moving up to the PlatyPod Max.
Note: I am not sponsored by, nor do I work for, PlatyPod Pro LLC. All views and reviews of this product are based on my personal experience with the product.
Clay is happily married in Maryland where he lives with his wonderful wife and twin boys. His daughter lives with her mother in Idaho. His hobbies include photography, martial arts, music, and technology.