In many of such cases, the center of gravity exits outside the small triangle base formed by the legs of a lightweight tabletop pod and the gear can easily trip.
When working on flat surfaces, a Flat Pod like the Desmond FPOD-1 proves to be a very handy solution. It offers a stable flat base that no been bag can deliver. It can accept and support larger Ball heads, Pan Heads or even Video Heads that no tabletop pod can.
|Materials:||CNC Machined Aluminium Alloy|
|Number of Feet:||4|
|Height:||2.54 cm ( 1" )|
|Length:||20.3 cm ( 8" )|
|Width:||10.1 cm ( 4" )|
|Mounting Stud:||3/8"-16 UNC|
|Mounting Thumb Wheel ∅:||3.81 cm ( 1.5" )|
|Weight:||356 gr ( 12.6 oz )|
|Level:||Table Top / Ground|
|Load Capacity:||25 Kgr|
The FPOD-1 could be plainly described as a flat butterfly shaped surface with Rubber Feet at the edges, offering a flat stable surface for mounting a ball or pan head for really low level shooting.
Four larger and four smaller round holes relieve the plate from some weight, while maintaining the structural rigidity of the pod.
The bottom view of the pod is more revealing of the four rubber feet as well as the quite large Thumb Wheel which aids turning the mounting stud for fast mounting / dismounting of a head. In addition to the thumb wheel, quite obvious in this perspective, is that the mounting stud sports also a 5 mm hex socket which allows tightening applying more torque via an Allen key.
Next to the Thumb Wheel resides the small 3 mm hex set screw which prevents the mounted device from twisting and loosening up.
As usual with all Desmond products the Flat Pod is accompanied by the appropriate Allen Hex keys.
|A 3mm Allen hex key for the set screw and a 5 mm hex key for the Thumb screw are in included.|
I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos by courtesy of Desmond Photographic © 2016
Price & Availability:
Current price for the Desmond FPOD-1 is US$ 29.95 for a simple cradle and reaching US$ 99.95 for a Cradle with a 100 mm Half Ball. All models described above are available from Amazon.com or from eBay.com
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