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Aug 26, 2013 04:54 |  #1

Hello, I have recently started landscape photography, I'm using a manfrotto tripod with a manfrotto 498rc2 ball head, while I love the ball head I think there is too much play in the clamp and the plate causing a very very slight camera wobble, I have been looking at arca Swiss style heads and would rather save on the expense of a new ball head if I can convert the manfrotto 498, so my questions are can this conversion be done? And if so which clamp and plate would be the best option? Possibly looking at an L plate in the future, I have seen some Giottos and Kirk clamps and plate, can these be used? The cameras to support are 5D2/3 with 16-35, 24-105 and 70-200 f4 lenses attached, Any help/advice is greatly appreciated, thanks. ;)


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Aug 26, 2013 07:16 |  #2

I use the RRS lever clamp. You will ever regret making this change, it is the first place I start with a tripod set up.
1 clamp
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That order in where I put the money


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Aug 26, 2013 07:23 |  #3

Mr.Noisy wrote in post #16240403 (external link)
Hello, I have recently started landscape photography, I'm using a manfrotto tripod with a manfrotto 498rc2 ball head, while I love the ball head I think there is too much play in the clamp and the plate causing a very very slight camera wobble, I have been looking at arca Swiss style heads and would rather save on the expense of a new ball head if I can convert the manfrotto 498, so my questions are can this conversion be done? And if so which clamp and plate would be the best option? Possibly looking at an L plate in the future, I have seen some Giottos and Kirk clamps and plate, can these be used? The cameras to support are 5D2/3 with 16-35, 24-105 and 70-200 f4 lenses attached, Any help/advice is greatly appreciated, thanks. ;)

I just posted a review on a conversion set. I have a Manfrotto 494RC2 and converted it to an Arca Swiss

http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=X8m6FpFeXgU (external link)

Link to review on my site or in YouTube video.


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Aug 26, 2013 07:36 as a reply to  @ iazybandit's post |  #4

Thanks for the replies, 1KIND I did see your video when I got home, its exactly what I want to do but sourcing the parts required in the UK is proving to be a problem, but im not giving up just yet, all else fails I guess santa will be bringing a new ball head my way...:D


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Aug 26, 2013 07:56 |  #5

windpig wrote in post #16240599 (external link)
I use the RRS lever clamp. You will ever regret making this change....

You surely mean never?


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Aug 26, 2013 08:08 |  #6

Mr.Noisy wrote in post #16240632 (external link)
Thanks for the replies, 1KIND I did see your video when I got home, its exactly what I want to do but sourcing the parts required in the UK is proving to be a problem, but im not giving up just yet, all else fails I guess santa will be bringing a new ball head my way...:D

When you say "sourcing parts" are you trying to build it yourself?

They also sell on eBay. This is the one I reviewed - http://www.ebay.com …ain_0&hash=item​35b67c9152 (external link)

This is the one without the extra base plate - http://www.ebay.com …ain_0&hash=item​4d086121ce (external link)


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Aug 26, 2013 11:04 |  #7

1KIND wrote in post #16240689 (external link)
When you say "sourcing parts" are you trying to build it yourself?

No, I was just looking for the clamp and plate (parts) but here in the UK its a real pain, trying to get arca or RRS or any decent pieces here requires overseas shipping, but I havent given up yet ....... :D


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Aug 26, 2013 11:48 |  #8

I was looking at doing the same with my 496RC2 head a while ago, but it did seem it would cost me almost as much as buying a new head here in the UK, especially as i could sell the old one as well, so i ended up getting a Feisol CB-40 Head instead.

There was some good info in this thread i started on Talkphotpgraphy.
http://www.talkphotogr​aphy.co.uk …s/showthread.ph​p?t=471713 (external link)


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Aug 26, 2013 12:21 as a reply to  @ dave_bass5's post |  #9

Yes this conversion can be done. I converted my Manfrotto 486 RC2 ball-head to Arca-Swiss-style with the Really Right Stuff B2-Pro 60mm Dual-Mounting screw clamp:

http://reallyrightstuf​f.com …with-dual-mounting&key=it (external link)

The thread on the 486 ball-steam is 3/8"-16 on, as well as the 484, 488 and many other Manfrottos. This clamp simply screws on to the manfrotto stem, but can also be used on other heads as it has a countersunk hole so it can be screwed onto a stem with a female thread (like the RRS ball-heads, and others) so it can be used even if you decide to replace the manfrotto head down the road.

I double-checked the thread size by taking the head to the hardware store and confirming with a 3/8"-16 bolt (no purchase necessary :p).


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Aug 26, 2013 13:06 |  #10

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You surely mean never?

I'm old and feeble, but yes, never:p


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Aug 26, 2013 14:55 |  #11

I heard that Kirk has distribution in the UK. I'm not sure if this is the case but you should be able to check it out.

I converted my Manfrotto 468MG to Arca Swiss with a Kirk screw clamp. The quality is excellent. I chose Kirk because they are the only company who makes a one piece L bracket for my gripped 60D.

Since then I upgraded my whole tripod kit to RRS so I can give a first hand report: Kirk and RRS clamps are both excellent.


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Aug 26, 2013 21:54 |  #12

Can I do the same conversion on a manfrotto RC3 system?


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Aug 27, 2013 00:43 |  #13

I believe that Manfrotto has recently announced a new clamp which is compatible with Arca compatible plates


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Aug 27, 2013 02:01 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #14

Getting RRS here is nigh on impossible, I have seen some Kirk stuff, and as Wilt said Manfrotto have recently released a arca compatible clamp here the MSQ6 top lock quick release system, but retails around £84-£85, for that kind of cost a new ball head may be the best option, but im still looking for a good clamp and plate at a reasonable price, I wont give up just yet :D


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Aug 27, 2013 02:02 |  #15

Wilt wrote in post #16243207 (external link)
I believe that Manfrotto has recently announced a new clamp which is compatible with Arca compatible plates

Yes but its not compatible with all the Manfrotto heads :rolleyes:


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