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Anti-rotation spacer for ballhead clamp ?

 
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Feb 12, 2013 16:36 |  #1

I just bought a Desmond DBA-1 Clamp for my 498RC2 that accepts both standard Manfrotto RC2 plates and Swiss-Arca type plates: http://www.scvphotoide​as.com …manfrotto-arca-clamp.html (external link)

I like the idea of being able to use two different style plates on one clamp and it only costs about $30 on ebay: http://www.ebay.ca ….l2736&_nkw=Des​mond+DBA-1 (external link)

The clamp is well made and both the RC2 and Swiss Arca plates fit very securely.

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Bottom of Desmond DBA-1 with "Normal" anti-rotation cutouts that fit most ballhead stems
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The only minor problem is that Manfrotto has reversed orientation the anti-rotation "bosses" on the stem of the 498RC2. The Desmond clamp will still mount securely on the 498RC2 stem, but it would be nice to also have more contact area with the bottom of the clamp and also engage the anti-rotation cut-outs.

Has anyone ever seen some kind of a spacer or adapter that could restore the anti-rotation properties of the ballhead stem or QR clamp?

I would need something like this to fit between the clamp and the stem.
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Manfrotto 498RC2 with "reversed" anti-rotation cutouts
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Feb 13, 2013 00:13 |  #2

Something like the Sunwayfoto MPP-01 Mini Mate Plate Adapter?
You can find it from here: http://www.ebay.com …ain_0&hash=item​2eb86fcd28 (external link)
Review: http://www.scvphotoide​as.com …p-01-mini-mate-plate.html (external link)


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Feb 13, 2013 00:20 |  #3

Hey, thanks! That looks like it will do job perfectly.


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Apr 07, 2013 15:41 |  #4

So did the Sunwayfoto adapter work for the 496? I ran into the same problem and ended up buying a Hejnar 496RC Arca clamp for my Manfrotto 054. It was the only clamp I could find that fit the strange reversed stem boss of the MAnfrotto 494. 496, 498 & 054. Luckily it's a really good clamp and reasonably priced for USA product.

http://www.hejnarphoto​store.com …duct_info&produ​cts_id=170 (external link)

I still have the Desmond and would love to mount it on a 494 ball head if a small adapter can solve the stem boss problem. Hejnar also has a Manfrotto adapter plate but it's pricy and only fits double hole clamps.


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Apr 08, 2013 18:33 |  #5

Yes, the Sunwayfoto MPP-01 Mini Mate Plate Adapter does work on my Manfroto 498. The original Manfroto screw is an M6 thread and is 18mm long. A longer screw of about 25mm screw would be ideal.


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Apr 08, 2013 20:09 |  #6

Thanks Mike, I just ordered the Sunwayfoto adapter. The 494 is my last remaining Manfrotto head without an Arca clamp. I use this head on a beefy table top tripod for ground level shooting. I couldn't see spending $70 on a Hejnar clamp to convert a $60 head. At $9.95 the price is right.


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Apr 09, 2013 14:47 as a reply to  @ Gochugogi's post |  #7

Glad this came up, I also had seen that Hejnar adapter but spending that much for the Manfrotto head was at odds. This Sunway will be nice for the Manfrotto 496 that is on the monopod. :)




  
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Apr 11, 2013 22:32 |  #8

I got the Sunwayfoto MPP-01 Mini Mate Plate Adapter today. Basically it's two plates placed back to back: a tiny one nested into the larger one and each plate has a boss of the size used on RRS, Sunwayfoto, Desmond and others. But not the same same as the Manfrotto 494, 496, 498 or 054 heads! The plate boss is .5mm short and 3mm too narrow for the Manfrotto.

Nevertheless I installed the plates and Desmond clamp on my Manfrotto 494. The upper boss fits the Desmond perfectly. As detailed above, the lower boss is too small but better than nothing: the plate yields a more solid contact area and a wee slim/spacer can be used if you're paranoid about it twisting a couple millimeters in the worse case scenario. I think it's a well spent $10. Now I have a table top tripod on steroids for ground level shots.


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