At first, the Atoll may appear to be only a common tripod collar, the sort that many people have used with our lenses for years – a minimum of telephoto lenses. However Atoll comes with a little bit of a twist (no pun supposed) that permits you to get that lens collar performance with lenses that weren’t really designed to have a collar connected.
It’s basically two mounting plates in a single – one which goes on high of your tripod head and one which mounts beneath your digital camera – linked through a rotating ring that goes round your lens and permits you to simply rotate it with out having to take care of the inherent problems with ball heads and blocking cable connections. It’s been launched via Kickstarter the place it’s already hammered its aim a number of occasions over.
It’s a bit like a lazy Susan on your digital camera. A metallic ring rotates inside itself with one foot that attaches to your tripod head and a plate that goes beneath your digital camera physique. You’ll be able to then rotate your digital camera simply as you’d with a telephoto lens utilizing a conventional tripod collar. It’s designed primarily to assist recover from the problems of a ball head, resembling shifting the centre of gravity off to the facet and having to waste time fiddling round to get issues simply stage once more (which could be a ache when your plate’s at 90° to the ball).
However for video shooters, particularly in right now’s world tormented by vertical video, it means you’ll be able to have your digital camera rotated in a vertical orientation with out issues like HDMI cables (or your flippy out LCD) getting in the best way – a standard drawback with the standard L brackets – because the digital camera itself hangs barely off behind the tripod plate. Given the price of your common first rate L bracket today, this seems like a good different.
The Atoll permits for a full 360° of limitless rotation. And one space the place this could be of specific usefulness is with macro photographers that usually shoot out within the subject. When you’ve ever had your tripod centre column reversed and pointing down in direction of the bottom along with your digital camera hanging the wrong way up, you’ll know precisely what I’m speaking about. Positive, you’ll be able to flip issues round in submit, nevertheless it’s a complete lot simpler should you don’t should, no?
After all, all manufacturers and even particular person cameras inside the identical model are completely different. There are slight dimension variations between the place (and diameter) of the lens mount and the tripod socket on the digital camera. And whereas there may be some stage of adjustability out there on the Atoll, there are three completely different variations out there in numerous sizes relying on the digital camera and lens you’re utilizing. After all, there are additionally one or two caveats.
It’s positively an fascinating resolution and one which I’d most likely look into for capturing landscapes if I hadn’t principally resigned myself to capturing landscapes with lenses that have already got tripod collars for stitching big panoramics on the pc. If I have been capturing with a wider lens, although, one thing like this is able to positively be very important for me as I usually shoot landscapes with a video tripod – these bowl heads are so a lot simpler to stage!
When you’re interested by discovering out extra, head on over to Kickstarter, the place Atoll has already overwhelmed its aim 8x over and pledges begin at $79.