Tripod plates. If you're like us at Fstoppers, you have a ton of tripods and a ton of tripod plates, and it's sometimes a struggle finding the correct plate to match the tripod. Give the boys a break; I'm trying to teach them how to organize. Not only is "where's that tripod plate!?" a common outburst in the office, but so is "does anyone have their keys?" Thinguma is a tool made for photographers so we don't have to ruin our car keys to change plates.
I know, at first I was thinking, "why on earth would we need this," but this little nickel-plated piece of steel has won me over. First huge reason: you don't look like a dingbat. Sometimes, it's not ok to carry a multi-tool with you (or maybe you're like me and struggle with opening one), and this awesome plate tool fits in the palm of your hand and also can attach to a key ring. Seriously, Thinguma will help you look like a professional and not have to whip out a pocket knife in front of clients.
Secondly, this tool works with just about every tripod plate you most likely have, and that's right, including your annoying Really Right Stuff plates that use a hex socket (seriously RRS, stop trying to be different). Let's be honest, you always need an Allen wrench when you don't have one. Well now, you've got one on your key ring! We have two here at the office, and they really have come in handy, and now all my keys from here on out won't be bent or have weird marks on them, which is something my landlords with appreciate.
I would seriously suggest purchasing one of these things, especially if you are just getting started as a production assistant or working on set in some other fashion. Small actions like having the correct tools in your grip bag or camera bag really do stand out to others and put you in the professional playing field.
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