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You Asked — We Delivered.
Introducing the Platypod Ultra, the next iteration of the Pro with more features, added versatility and a sturdier frame. Combine with your favorite tripod ball head and you're exquisitely prepared for outstanding images!
Two years ago, we launched the Platypod Pro, the world’s most compact mini tripod. Last year, we launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for Platypod Max, engineered for heavier gear and longer lenses.
The Ultra is ideal for compact cameras—such as mirrorless, point-and-shoot and lightweight DSLRs—with small-to-medium lenses. But Ultra takes some cues from its big sibling Max, with sturdier spike feet and more variations in which to use them; new openings for carabiners, straps and bungee cords; and added accessory holes.
We’re also debuting the Multi-Accessory Kit for Ultra and Max! The kit includes a 3-inch spigot adapter for portable and studio lighting, a silicone pad to secure grip on flat surfaces, a 36-inch cinch strap for securing your Platypod on large, freestanding objects (such as trees and wide poles), and a riser that accommodates more tripod ball heads.
New to Platypod? Our flat mini tripods are designed to excel in tight and unusual spaces and are ideal for low-angle photography. Light and discreet, you can easily carry them in your pocket or bag. They are compatible with all standard tripod ball heads.
We believe the best tools can come in the smallest packages. There is no other product on the market that offers the strength, durability, adaptability and ease of use in such a compact frame. You will never have to leave a piece of equipment behind to make room for your Platypod.
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We found that photographers who use a variety of gear should have both the Ultra and Max on hand for any situation. Choose the Ultra + Max + Multi Accessory Kit to keep all your bases covered
The Platypod Ultra is our latest design to make shooting great images or video easier for you. We listened to the suggestions of Platypod users to make the original design even sturdier and added more features that make the Ultra the most versatile tool in your gear bag. At roughly the size of a smartphone, our patented technology can hold up to 100 pounds.
Ultra comes with: 4 heavy-duty spike feet and wallet, a 20-inch cinch strap, and a carabiner.
If you missed our Kickstarter for Max, you can still get one bundled with Multi and/or Ultra at a special price. Max is ideal for long lenses and front-heavy gear. At roughly the size of a mini-tablet, Max can support up to 300 pounds. If your tripod ball head can support it, so can Max.
If you have an Ultra, a Max, or both, we’ve engineered a few more lifehacks for your Platypod!
Included in the Multi-Accessory Kit:
• 3-inch long 3/8-1/4-inch female to female spigot adapter.
Rig up your flash or monolight on the Ultra using this adapter and you’ve got the most portable off-camera lighting tool in your pocket.
• 4 x 6-inch, 2mm-thick silicone pad.
Sports photographers told us they needed better grip on surfaces like basketball courts. Use this pad to prevent slipping or scratching on flat surfaces.
• 1.5" anodized aluminum 0.5" riser - 3/8"-1/4" female socket-male bolt. For smaller tripod heads and other devices with knobs that hit the Platypod or to mount cameras directly to Platypods. For Ultra an Max, we removed the Pro’s 1/4-inch bolt that prevented portrait orientation and compatibility with some tripod ball heads. If your ball head has a 1/4" socket, a wing knob or lever that isn’t compatible with the flat Platypod surface, this adapter is for you.
• 36-inch long, 1.5-inch wide tension strap.
If you have the right tools, Platypod can be secured to almost any freestanding object. Here’s a longer, more rugged strap to rise to the challenge. Tested to 100 pounds!
• 4.25 x 6.25-inch drawstring pouch.
Keep all your handy Platypod accessories right by your side.
WHO WE ARE
Platypod Pro LLC is a small family-owned business, committed to making excellent quality products for professional photographers at affordable prices. We believe our unique and simple design makes the Platypod Ultra an extremely versatile piece of equipment, with utility as vast as the user’s creativity.
The original Platypod Pro® was born out of frustration, after a humbling canyon hike in Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park with a full-sized tripod. Larry, Platypod’s inventor, searched high and low for a compact tripod sturdy enough for a DSLR camera and small enough to fit in his bag with his favorite wide-angle lens. He came up empty handed, so he designed a flat base that would screw onto most standard tripod ball heads without the need for tools.
Inspired by the duck-billed platypus, an animal with flat and broad feet, Platypods are designed with an unusual but highly ergonomic and elegant shape, perfectly balanced for DSLRs and lenses.
THANKS TO KICKSTARTER SUPPORTERS
The Platypod Ultra excels as an all purpose multi-tool due to the tremendous input from our backers. We hope you enjoy using Ultra to capture moments just as much as we enjoyed the moments designing and testing it. Thank you!
Risks and challenges
RISKS AND CHALLENGES
We have spent a year gathering our customers feedback and incorporating it into the design of our product followed by months of testing sample after sample. We are confident we have created the Ultra that you, the photographer have asked for. We have a great, two year relationship with our factory and are confident we can deliver on our promise. In fact, last Kickstarter campaign we were able to deliver before promised.
The biggest challenge we have is spreading the word about Ultra. Please help us spread the word by sharing our campaign with your network.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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