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Platypod Max Camera Support

BH #PLPMPMT1009 • MFR #1009
Platypod Max Camera Support
Key Features
  • Wide, Ultra Low-Profile Camera Support
  • For Large Tripod Heads and Cameras
  • Stable 5.3 x 7.8" Base, 0.2" Thick
  • Versatile Design, Holds Up to 300 lb
The Platypod Pro Max Camera Support is a wide, stable, and ultra low-profile platform that allows you to set up a large tripod head, camera, and lens on both horizontal and vertical surfaces.
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Platypod Pro Max Overview

The Platypod Pro Max Camera Support is a wide, stable, and ultra low-profile platform that allows you to set up a large tripod head, camera, and lens on both horizontal and vertical surfaces.

Measuring 5.3 x 7.8" and only 0.2" thick, the Pro Max Camera Support allows you to photograph or record with a camera that is elevated only slightly higher than the tripod head it is used with. Four reversible, spiked feet that each feature rubber tips on one end can be distributed among five strategically placed, 1/4"-20 threaded holes. Once installed, they can be adjusted to level the platform on uneven surfaces, both indoors and out. For placement on unconventional surfaces and angles, two 2" belt slots allow the Pro Max Camera Support to be secured to a cylindrical object or to be taped onto angled floors. Two nail holes are included for permanent or semi-permanent mounting to walls, boards or ceilings; and for quick placement and removal from conventional tripods or quick release devices, 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threaded holes are on the underside of the platform.

When the spike feet and their locking nuts are not in use, a magnetized storage box holds them against the top of the Platypod Pro Max Camera Support. Able to hold up to 300 lb, the Platypod Pro Max Camera Support accepts tripod heads with 3/8"-16 mounts, and is constructed from anodized, aluminum-alloy for durability and corrosion resistance.

UPC: 881314396801

Platypod Pro Max Specs

Material of ConstructionAluminum
WeightNot Specified by Manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.46 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.05 x 6.55 x 1.45"

Platypod Pro Max Reviews

Get low down and dirty!

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-22

This will get you out of the box; pictures at ground level are more interesting than those taken 6ft(2m) off the ground.

Great product

By Dan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-21

I have just unboxed this product and my first impression is a very positive one. Very sturdy. I wanted to point out a previous review where he mentions the tightening knobs on the manfrotto ball head does not clear the pod as they extend further down. The manfrotto heads you are able to pull out the lever and ratchet it back so this is not an issue.


By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-14

Haven't used yet, but will come in handy for Macro.

Have PlatypodMax, will travel

By Peter
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-10

I'm using the Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 ball head because I love the 200PL quick release plate. However, I ran into a snag when I first used it on the Platypod, the fact that the locking lever does not clear the base (see picture) because the knob extends past the bottom of the ball head. So, it is not a simple matter of snapping a ball head onto the Platypod, and off you go. However, with some tweaking one can around the problem by first tightening the locking lever as much as possible before screwing the ball head onto the Platypod. Then, use the =/- tightening knob to secure the ball head firmly. Make fine adjustment if needed. So far, I have only used the Platypod for low angle shots (without involving spikes) and I simply LOVE it, despite the prep. The device handles my 5-lb Sigma long lens (150-600mm) with ease and tenacity. Don't let the sharp ends of the spikes discourage you. I learned from the inventor that the stainless-steel acorn nuts (1/4 inch - 20) that one can get from a hardware store will screw on just fine. I have bought four such nuts and am keeping them in the nice red pouch in case I need them. I am sure this Platypod Max will go places where a conventional tripod fears to tread. I would have given this device a five star had it not been the shortcoming described above.

tweeking needed for the komodo

By Luis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-05

some tweeking had to be done to support my red komodo, removed the middle screw, made two new threded holes to add a smallrig manfrotto compatible plate and it worked! something that anybody with tools can do.

Very useful accessory for your bag

By Butch
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-09

This is a very useful accessory for getting low camera angles. It also easily placed in awkward locations and with its accessory kit can be strapped securely to things like rails, trees, and post. It is a very well made piece of kit

So Brilliant - an Easy 2nd Tripod

By Mary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-21

I haven't used my platypod in the field yet, but I've practiced, and I love it. From the minute I opened the box, I knew I would be happy with this item. First, it is an elegant, inspired design. It is sturdy, clear in its features, and, honestly, quite beautiful. Second, I now have two tripods without the inconvenience of all those legs and height. It slips right into the pocket of my camera bag. I am so eager to put it to the test.

Sorry, No Tripods Allowed!

By Christopher C.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-03

The name says it all, MAX. This is made from the stuff they used to make cars out of. Solid, strong and dependable! Strap it, screw it, nail it, or let it stand on it own, the possibilities are endless. For going LOW, you can't get any lower.

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Does this work well with a remote camera for ...

Does this work well with a remote camera for sporting events (i.e. putting it behind a soccer goal or on the floor at a basketball game)?
Asked by: PJ
It very well could be but I would be concerned about my camera being damaged by a ball.
Answered by: Michael
Date published: 2021-12-16

Will this work with a 400 f2.8 mounted on a ...

Will this work with a 400 f2.8 mounted on a gimbal?
Asked by: Brian
I would doubt this will work properly with a 400mm and a gimbal, too top heavy and unstable.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2019-07-29

Will a Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head fit on ...

Will a Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head fit on this?
Asked by: Lou
The BH55 will fit on and seat properly no problem .
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-08-12

can you remove the 3/8"-27 stud?

can you remove the 3/8"-27 stud?
Asked by: Carolyn
Unfortunately, the Platypod Max does not have removable 3/8"-16 mounting stud. There is no 3/8"-27 stud on the Platypod Max.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2022-05-05

How much does it weigh?

How much does it weigh?
Asked by: Noboru
The weight of this Platypod Max Camera Support, would be 13 oz.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2022-07-25

Which of these is better for use with an Olympus ...

Which of these is better for use with an Olympus EM-1 with medium to bigger sized lenses? I'm worried about lack of stability with the ultra, but overkill with the max. I do plan on using heavier lenses as time goes on, and may upgrade camera systems in the future.
Asked by: Blake
I would go with the Max, it is not overkill for what you’ve got or will have. Great tool, I enjoy mine, not an everyday used item but it does have some very unique abilities. Very well made and designed. I got the Oben BE-117 later but I see they now offer it with Max, great little arca ballhead. I’d also get the accessories for $15. I’d buy with confidence and enjoy!
Answered by: Eric
Date published: 2021-02-13


I have Really Right Stuff ballheads. Will these marry up to the Platypod?
Asked by: Otis M.
Yep. I use the RRS BH-55 on my Platypod.
Answered by: Sherry B.
Date published: 2020-02-27


If mounted on it's side. will the weight of a long lens cause the tripod head to loosen from the plate? (unscrew, the 3/8 - 16 joint) This will only happen in one direction.
Asked by: Mike S.
I use a Manfrotto ball head which has ridges on the bottom for set screws found on Manfrotto tripods. So I drilled and tapped my Platypod for a similar set screw. Now it does not unscrew unless I intend it to.
Answered by: Mathew M.
Date published: 2021-11-28
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