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    Posted: 28 January 2020 at 23:15
From the makers of the Platypod, this goes well beyond a simple plate with holes drilled in it. They've re-imagined the ball head and I like the way they think. On KickStarter now two models are offered, the Ergo ($249) and the Elite ($325) with the only difference I can see is the Elite has an on board electronic level.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/platyball/platyball-elite-and-ergo
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Hi Rob,

Thanks for the link and the additional information that goes with it. This looks a really interesting and novel design and I love the idea that you can control the whole thing from a couple of pressure buttons - absolute simplicity itself. I can also see the bonus (with the Elite version) of the electronic stabiliser - this is really imaginative stuff and allows placement in locations where leveling could be challenging.

It may come to the market a little late for a trip I have planned next February but lets see. Definitely something to keep an eye open for (though if they go for a UK agent I suspect the price will take a serious hike).

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Quite interesting concept. Platyball seems to offer few nice tricks that my current favourite tripod head UniqBall does not do, although the latter might be still better choice for situations where you want your tripod head to behave similar to a videohead or a gimbal head. And the high profile of Platyball might be disadvantage if you want to work from low level.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stiuskr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 January 2020 at 17:39
Interesting indeed but time will tell if it's a good design to start with. Still not sure how the ball is clamped as they mention brake pads, there's a lot more area to seal around those big buttons as opposed to O-ringed knobs and what looks like a non-serviceable clamp would be even more problematic if you can't adjust clamping tension.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 January 2020 at 18:03
It is an interesting thing, novel but not that special. It is a reversed ballhead with some quick release buttons.

I do understand the Ergo, in some situations this reversed ballhead will be so much more convenient, but often it will make little difference I guess. The quick release buttons probably are nice, but if your okay to forgo the quick release buttons and do not need the reversed ballhead design, a similar Manfrotto ballhead (496) is less then half the money, smaller and 33% lighter in weight.
And the Elite? A screen on your tripod mount is a waste of money, of material and of batteries - as they themselves say: use the level of your camera. Do you use a camera without a level? Use a bulb level in the hot shoe.

This feels very much like the Peak Design Tripod: at first it seems the best thing around, but then you start to think about it and the advantages are limited. It might be better suited for some uses, but in the grand scheme of things it is just another offering. And I can understand your enthusiasm as it looks good!
Competition is good and I like that Platypod comes with something new as Manfrotto and Gitzo could use some competition!

Oh, one last nitpicking. What is up with their names? Two random words that start with E, I guess. Elite and Ergo have nothing to do with each other. Ergo is a (medieval) Latin word and elite is an English word. One is an adverb, the other one a noun. Not really a naming scheme.
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A clear advantage of this design is the fact that leveling the head levels the camera, as seen in this guy's review. That alone might be enough to attract buyers because the different method of locking/unlocking the ball doesn't seem like a very compelling feature, and overall it's just as bulky as a traditional head.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 January 2020 at 18:43
Well, if you level your tripod, that advantage goes away. But this behaviour it might be important for some. The quick release might also important for some. Like I said, it feels very much like the Peak Design tripod everybody was raving about a few months ago.
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With a traditional setup you have to level the tripod and the ballhead in order to get the camera level for 360 panning - two tasks instead of one. The advantages for optimizing the leveling and other mechanisms come down to a little time savings.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 January 2020 at 21:21
Yes, for some this ballhead might be really interesting, for others it is inconsequential. Still, interesting.
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