3 Legged Thing launches feature-packed Ultra camera plates on Kickstarter

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If you thought camera plates did nothing but fix a camera to a tripod head, then think again. If you use any of the best video heads or the best gimbals you’ll probably have a slightly longer camera plate to help with balancing the camera, but that’s usually as far as the innovation goes.

While the best tripods are often packed with innovative features, camera plate design seldom changes very much.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com