Summary: I got the platform originally for tethered shooting and did not realize until recently how helpful it was also to support my old fashioned slide projector, which can be raised on the tripod to any working height and avoid distortion of the projected image.
Summary: When taking indoor portraits, I like to shoot teathered to a laptop. The problem was that either in the studio or on location, I would have to look for a table, chair or other object to place my laptop. This handy tool resolved that issue. This works great for having a laptop platform handy without the need to search for something. I do at times have the problem of forgetting I am teathered and tend to move my camera without disconnecting from the laptop first.
Summary: Attached to my Bogen/Manfrotto 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads, this laptop platform works extremely well for tethered shooting. The platform is stable (small amount of wobble) and the only drawback is that the surface is too slick for my taste. I cured that with a strip of tacky rubber material sold in [...]that goes in a mechanics toolbox to keep tools in place. [$] a roll and it keeps my laptop in place.
Summary: This product was purchased for shooting tethered on location with a 17" laptop. We only use Gitzo tripods so its a easy fit to a Gitzo (or any tripod) with a locknut that is part of the platform. The down side is the dimensions are not as described by Gitzo or B&H. It is meant to be 15.7" wide but is in fact only 15.5" wide and that is on the outside, not on the inside of the bent lip that runs around the edge of the platform.
Pros: Adequate Weight Capacity, Gitzo Quality, Solid construction
Summary: I bought this platform for use with my Manfrotto Magic Arm to hold my laptop and external hard drive. Being that the platform was not made for use with the Magic Arm, I devised a little work around. A MacBook and small external hard drive fit well. The platform is sturdy, and the raised lip around the edges keep your gear safe and in place. One word of caution though, the surface is very smooth. Any items that don't have rubber feet will slip and slide easily.
Summary: Just received this item and it really is a great piece of work. After having read Joe McNally's blog and seen his set-up, this proved to be an item that is indispensable for the photographer working in a studio or controlled environment. The base is large and very solid, the gauge of the metal used is thick and robust. People just love seeing their photos on the large screen of my mac versus the 3 inch LCD on my D300.
Pros: Easy To Use, Highly Compatible, Professional Quality
Summary: It holds my laptop on my monostand along side of my camera. I also use it to hold a DVD player above my 27" preview moniter. you also need a manfrado super clamp and an eight inch extention arm with a 90" to suport the plate.
Pros: Adequate Weight Capacity, Adjustable height, Small Footprint, Stable Base