YouTube content creator Peter McKinnon has shown off a new camera tool which he says addresses many of the shortcomings that other camera tools leave content creators uninspired.
The patent pending PM Camera Tool not only includes standard Phillips and flathead drivers, but a pair of custom hex bit driver tools for eight custom 1/4 inch tool bits.
McKinnon decided to spend the last 18 months designing his own camera tool because he grew tired of carrying around the other camera tools he never actually used.
Instead, he would just grab a standard Phillips screwdriver out of his toolbox. Frustrating, but McKinnon says it was better than many of the camera tools out there.
Of his new PM Camera Tool, McKinnon proudly declares that “no matter what kind of camera you have, or what sort of rigging or any job you’re doing, this tool will adapt to you.” McKinnon’s design is a Swiss Army knife-style multi-tool with a host of cool features with sturdy steel construction.
The multi-tool offers a pair of concentric bit drivers that have been slotted to magnetically house four additional interchangeable driver bits that can be attached to the magnetic top slot.
The bit drivers can be opened from either side through a lever design that kicks out a driver from the left or the right. This eliminates having to pry open the cool with a fingernail in order to access the tools.
The bit drivers are slotted to hold one of eight different hex bits, which can be used for camera screws of various sizes. The tool is made with scratch-resistant aluminum sides, hardened 17-4 stainless steel internals, and S2-grade steel hex bits.
The PM Camera Tool also has a secret SD card slot for a content creator to house a backup SD media card. The Tool is also thin enough to comfortably fit in a front pants pocket and has a steel belt clip to keep the tool secure until needed.
McKinnon also wanted to keep his product green with unnecessary product packaging, printing the tool use instructions on the inside of his minimalist designed storage box. The tool comes with a zippered pouch, eight separate bits, and a lifetime warranty.
The PM Camera Tool isn’t available yet, but users can preorder it for $95 at PetesPiratesLife.com. There is no word on when it will ship, but he has made a limited number available for field testing. It is currently listed as being “sold out.”
[source: Peter McKinnon]
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