2016 is the year of new tripod designs. Edelkrone launched their brand new design two months ago at NAB, and now, another company, Platypod Pro LLC, has announced on Kickstarter their new compact tripod system for low-angle use, both for photographers and videographers: Platypod Pro Max.
Platypod Pro was announced last year, and it was an innovative design. Now, the company is getting ready to launch the Platypod Pro Max. It is small enough to be portable, yet more durable and practical. In comparison to the Platypod Pro, the new Max is approximately two times larger in size, which allows users to carry systems up to 300 lbs (compared to 90 lbs on the previous model) . Also, the newly added built-in screw containers make the new model more attractive.
First of all, Platypod Pro and Platypod Pro Max are not products that will make you throw your tripods away. These are basic, portable, and durable floor pods that can carry any size of ball head and camera system safely. You can also use Platypod for mounting your speedlights, GoPro cameras, etc. But the new Platypod Pro Max is a game-changer in terms of using big pro camera systems on different angles and in hard situations. You can even shoot inside a refrigerator with Platypod! Considering the unlimited possibilities of usage, portability, and necessity, this looks like one of the most innovative products of 2016.
If you ever had a chance to use the Platypod Pro, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.