Overview

This one little piece of gear is a lifesaver! Originally I thought it was way overpriced to begin with, but it is well thought out and well worth the money. The initial reason I ended up purchasing this sleek well-machined laptop stand, I was halfway through a cross country photo shoot traveling from ski resorts to beachside resorts and I needed the laptop to be safe, secure and be able to move fast on location. When I received it at the hotel it took me about 15 minutes to assemble it and have it working on my carbon fiber tripod.

Shooting in the studio I always captured tethered, but now it makes working on location far easier tethered, especially when there’s no budget for a tech. This allows me to be more critical of what I’m capturing, resulting in better images and happier clients!

Accessories

There is a bunch of accessories for such a simple system. When I purchased this I bought the kit that included the digibase to attach the digiplate to a standard light stand – C-stand, Lightstand or Laptop. (You don’t need it to attach to a tripod – the workstation has the standard 3/8 threads to mount it how you would like)

Additionally, I purchased the digihangar which keeps the tether cord in the computer and helps protect the USB-C ports from getting damaged. The $34 can save a ton of money in the long run compared to computer repairs!

Inovativ makes a digishade which I can’t work without to help keep the glare off the screen when working in the midday sun or having a light in the studio that I can’t move. One word of caution, when the rubber on the corners wears out, it can easily scratch the Macbook Pro – I learned this the hard way and now use some black gaff to prevent future damage.

One item I wish I picked up was the Lacie Drive Mount to keep time machine backup running while shooting tethered. The next purchase I get will be this item to complete my digitech station.

Pros

  • Keeps the computer secure on a light stand, tripod, super clamp with a spud
  • Simple design
  • Super easy to build
  • Fits in my Casecruzer digital tech case with Tekpak like a glove to create a great workstation
  • Looks sleek – impresses the client + myself

Cons

  • Scratches easy, but I love the color scheme
  • Hard to transport with additional accessories (the digihanger + digibase) I use a canvas bag to protect it during transport
  • A little pricey, but that goes with everything in the photo industry

Bottom Line

I wish I bought this one piece of gear sooner, especially with all the rugged locations I end up working in. It’s a big weight of my shoulders being able to tether as a one man band in the studio, on location, or on the side of mountain and know my computer is less likely to fall on the ground than me.

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Footnotes

  • It would be great to hear any feedback you have please comment or message me directly. I will also plan on updating this as time goes on and will post additional notes.

** I am no way affiliated with Inovativ, I’m a really happy customer and will continue to buy their products!