Mount a camera & tethered laptop on same tripod with TriPad

The TriPad is a platform for your tethered laptop, mounted on the legs of any tripod and leaving the head free for a camera.

TriPad being used for tethered video recording

One of the problems with laptop mounting platforms, such as the Seaport i-Visor, is that they take up a perfectly good tripod that could otherwise be holding a camera. If you’re using a tripod for your camera as well, now you have to pack two. There is another way.

The TriPad is a accessory providing a platform for your laptop, mounted on the legs of any tripod and leaving the head free for a camera. It looks a bit like a plastic road warning triangle but is actually a “portable workspace” to keep your computer and other gear safe.

TriPad

There are no adjustments to be made – just put the loop over your tripod and it’ll sit in place. A lip on the edge of the platform stops your gear sliding off. Now when you’re shooting tethered in the studio or on location, you don’t have to risk putting your laptop on the ground. And it doesn’t have to be far from your camera either.

TriPad being used for tethered video recording

Photographers need supporting as well as their equipment, which is why the TriPad has a pull-out extension in the side with a cup holder for your coffee. Brilliant. There’s one on the other side to hold a mouse, external hard drive or BLT.

TriPad with extensions in use

The TriPad is made of plastic and weighs 1.59kg. It folds flat so you can pack it away neatly. How much? £69 including VAT. Visit JP Distribution or the manufacturer’s web site for more details.

David Selby
Based in Paris, France, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a quantitative analyst.
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