Platypod Launches Platyball, New Tripod Ball Head Mount
Platypod, makers of the world’s most compact camera supports, has announced the launch of its Kickstarter campaign introducing the Platyball – a revolutionary tripod ball head mount designed to help photographers and videographers focus more on getting the shot and less on set up.
“Everything photographers and videographers know about tripods and ball heads is about to change,” said Larry Tiefenbrunn, CEO and Inventor, “This Kickstarter campaign, to raise production funds, will help us bring to market another unique product, expanding our solutions for creative imagemakers.”
Available for sale later this year, Platyball, the easy-to-use, solidly performing ball head, will come in two models – the Platyball Elite and the Platyball Ergo. Compatible with most tripods, both units have identical mechanical features. However, the Elite features a patented and incredibly accurate LED-based leveling indicator that makes it stand out from other ball heads on the market.
“What I look for in a ball head is reliability, functionality, and ease of use,” said Photographer Shiv Verma. “In my preproduction testing, the Platyball Elite and Ergo meet and exceed these requirements in every category. When you hold this ball head, you immediately realize it means business. It’s solid, yet sleek and you sense the precision.”
Built to last, crafted from forged aluminum with a beautiful metallic clear-coat finish and designed with no protruding knobs, these new ball heads feature convenient single-handed ergonomics, and a sleek and elegant design. The head is positioned using progressive variable tension locking and unlocking buttons. The built-in panning system is comprised of a panning turntable and locking wheel with etched 360° markings and indicator arrows. The quick-release clamp is Arca-Swiss compatible and has a twist-locking collar and safety button for added security. The tripod socket is a standard 3/8” socket - stainless steel reinforced and adaptable to 1/4” with included reducer bushing.
The Elite model is also equipped with a bidirectional electronic level. A master power switch turns on the power. Two buttons on the face, one to activate the leveling system and the other is multifunctional for brightness, calibration and factory reset. A single A23 Alkaline battery powers the module.