RRS L-Plate & Body Plate

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by l e o, Apr 20, 2006.

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    l e o Guest

    I am looking at the RRS site for a L-bracket for 20D without battery grip.

    The L-pate (B20D-L) is $140.

    Do I need to buy the body plate (B20D), which is $55, as well?
     
    l e o, Apr 20, 2006
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    Robert Brace Guest

    No, the B20D-L is independent of any other plates. Each plate is designed
    to be used on its own.
    By the way I use their L-Plates on both my F5 and D2 and they are an
    exceptionally useful addition.
    Bob
     
    Robert Brace, Apr 20, 2006
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    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    No, it's either-or.

    I have their body plate; I thought the L-plate would be annoying. But now
    I'm wondering if I should have gone for the L-plate instead. The body plate
    is so sleek it might as well be part of the camera; a thing of pure beauty.
    If the L-plate is anywhere near as good, my fears of it bothering me were
    probably completely unfounded.
     
    Jeremy Nixon, Apr 20, 2006
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    Robert Brace Guest

    By all means, go for the L-plate. You will find it useful beyond
    description. I don't find it at all intrusive and I have it on both the F5
    and D2. I have their body plates on my F4 and F100, but much prefer the
    L-plates for their versatility.
    I have no connection with RRS but am an admitted booster mostly because of
    their build quality and designed-for-purpose approach. I am disappointed,
    however, with their foot dragging over the release of their updated focusing
    stage (over 1 yr waiting), so I broke down & bought a Kirk unit. So far, so
    good with the Kirk -- we'll see how the long term goes.
    Bob
     
    Robert Brace, Apr 20, 2006
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    l e o Guest


    I intend to buy the L-plate for mounting the camera vertically but from
    the photos at the RRS site, I can't see how the camera can be mounted to
    the tripod without a screw hole in the side of the camera. Frankly, I
    don't know what is the body plate is used for...
     
    l e o, Apr 20, 2006
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    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    Ah. I take it you've never used a quick-release system? The idea is to
    eliminate the inconvenience of needing the screw hole to mount the camera
    to the tripod. You mount the plate to the camera using the screw hole,
    and then the plate mates to the tripod head with no screwing necessary.

    The L-plate simply makes it possible to do the same thing in a vertical
    orientation.

    Note that, for the whole thing to work, you need to have a tripod head
    with a quick-release bracket. It can be any head with an "Arca-type"
    release, including heads from RRS, Arca-Swiss, Kirk, etc., but notably
    not Bogen/Manfrotto unless you replace their bracket.
     
    Jeremy Nixon, Apr 20, 2006
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    l e o Guest


    Alright, it's now getting expensive, so I'll have to forgo it. :) Thanks.
     
    l e o, Apr 20, 2006
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    Robert Brace Guest

    The use of these mounting plates (both L-plate & normal) assumes you have an
    Arca-Swiss type connection on your tripod head. This then allows the quick
    removal and attachment of the camera (or collard lens, as there are plates
    for them also) to the tripod. If your tripod (or head) doesn't use the
    Arca-Swiss attachment method, RRS, Kirk, or others will sell you a clamp for
    your head which will enable the use of these mounting plates.
    First attach the plate to the camera using the tripod mounting hole in the
    bottom of the camera, then slip the plate into the Arca-Swiss clamp, tighten
    the clamp and your camera is solidly mounted to the tripod & also readily
    detachable. The L-plate allows you to mount the camera vertically as well,
    without "flopping" the ball head which leaves the whole camera + tripod
    somewhat unstable and requires you to re-align the camera for the vertical
    shot. Very handy.
    Bob
     
    Robert Brace, Apr 20, 2006
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