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Dec 12, 2014 22:22 |  #31

I bought some cheap clamps off eBay for my Tiltalls, which live outside, unmanned. The only issue I had was a slight variance in tolerances on some of the clamps that prevented me from locking down some cheap eBay Arca plates. By moving up to Smith-Victor plates (A whopping $8 each), all the clamps lock fine.

The locking knob is really the only thing that can go wrong here. I tried removing one, but couldn't with any reasonable means.

That said, my personal preferences for daily use are the stock Arca-Swiss clamp on my B1 or the Sunwayfoto DDC-42i, simply because they're smoother and more comfortable to use.


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Dec 12, 2014 22:39 |  #32

For years and years I purchased RRS equipment.... top quality all the way.

Then I needed an L-plate for the Fuji X-T1 and RRS did not carry that plate, so i bought one from iShoot. Outstanding quality. So good that I bought several other items, nodal slides, etc.

The finish on the RRS plates is very slightly better, but the iShoot is well machined and nicely finished. I plan to buy more iShoot.


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Jan 22, 2015 15:30 |  #33

A couple weeks ago I received a Chinese monopod head made by Sirui (model L-10). It includes Arca-Swiss-compatible plate TY-60. Gorgeous item, beautifully made, works great.

This is my introduction to the Arca-Swiss system. I'm using it to support my 100-400II and 7DII. It is working very well for me.


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Jan 22, 2015 17:20 |  #34

I have a Sunwayfoto lever clamp attached to a top of an inexpensive ballhead/tripod combination. It's really quite well machined, and feels about as solid as the clamp on my Sirui K-20x ballhead.


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Jan 22, 2015 17:55 |  #35

I have a bunch of RRS plates for my long lenses, an L bracket for my 1DX and two RRS ballheads. I recently picked up a 6D and was hunting around for an L bracket. First port of call was RRS, the problem is the shipping cost to Australia. They have two options. Around $80 and you'll get it in a week or pay around $40 and it's 6-8 weeks.

This just isn't worth it IMO, I've informed their customer service dept before that their international shipping options would cause them to miss a lot of oppurtunity to increase their sales.

I ended up going with a Sunwayfoto item on eBay from the UK. It will cost less than half the RRS plate and is supposed to work fine with the RRS lever clamps. If it works out I can't see myself ordering RRS plates again. There's no moving parts or any intricate design so why waste the money?




  
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Jan 22, 2015 19:24 |  #36

El Pedro wrote in post #17395293 (external link)
I ended up going with a Sunwayfoto item on eBay from the UK. It will cost less than half the RRS plate and is supposed to work fine with the RRS lever clamps.

I have a little Sunwayfoto DP-39 plate on my Rolleiflex and it works well on my RRS lever clamps, no issues at all. The dovetail angle is identical to the RRS angle so you should have no worries.


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Feb 22, 2015 22:40 |  #37

I've collected a few cheap arca-swiss compatibles over the years.

I have one in particular where the locking pins fell out. Yes, I could have checked it more carefully but i missed it.

I have ones without a d-ring, so checking the tightness of the screw is something that requires testing every once in a while instead of giving it a quick tug.

I don't like to overtighten the plate, so it's always a bit of a balancing act to make sure it's not too loose either.

None of them are unusable. I still keep them around. But I've also grown used to not trusting them either.




  
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Mar 18, 2015 13:47 |  #38

Do any of the L plates allow battery access?




  
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Mar 18, 2015 14:02 |  #39

The Sirui gear is excellent, and I have a Sunway photo lever clamp that I lie a lot.

By the way, Sunway and Desmond are available on Amazon and Sunway is on B&H as well.


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Mar 18, 2015 15:40 as a reply to  @ post 17311948 |  #40

I'm willing to spend a bit more for American made, but I'm not willing to empty my wallet for it. Americans still have to be competitive.

I switched to Kirk several years ago and could not be happier. Lately, however, I'm finding myself just not willing to pay their prices anymore unless I can know a significant upgrade in quality from the off-brands. I have bought an off-brand L-bracket for my 6D for 1/3 the price and it seems to be working fine. I just bought an off-brand clamp, though it arrived a couple days ago and I haven't had a chance to check it out, yet.


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Mar 18, 2015 19:38 |  #41

KatManDEW wrote in post #17480773 (external link)
Do any of the L plates allow battery access?

I don't know of any that don't. RRS for one goes to great lengths to ensure you have access to every port and door on the camera they design the (base or L) plate for. Now, if you buy a generic "one size fits all" plate, all bets are off, since not all cameras have doors/ports the same place.


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Mar 19, 2015 07:16 |  #42

Jon wrote in post #17481252 (external link)
I don't know of any that don't. RRS for one goes to great lengths to ensure you have access to every port and door on the camera they design the (base or L) plate for. Now, if you buy a generic "one size fits all" plate, all bets are off, since not all cameras have doors/ports the same place.

Great! Thanks for the info.




  
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Mar 19, 2015 10:27 |  #43

Jon wrote in post #17481252 (external link)
I don't know of any that don't. RRS for one goes to great lengths to ensure you have access to every port and door on the camera they design the (base or L) plate for. Now, if you buy a generic "one size fits all" plate, all bets are off, since not all cameras have doors/ports the same place.

Leica M240 one doesn't - sort of.

It replaces the stock baseplate, and like the baseplate it has to be removed every time to access the battery or card (still a quicker process than removing a QR plate then the baseplate - and one less thing to drop and lose too)


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Mar 19, 2015 19:37 as a reply to  @ Echo63's post |  #44

Well, that's the camera's fault, wouldn't you agree? The camera design requires you to remove the baseplate to change the battery; there's not a lot short of a hinged and locking A-S plate that could alleviate that situation. And the price for that would give even a Leicanatic pause.


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Mar 19, 2015 20:38 |  #45

Jon wrote in post #17482812 (external link)
Well, that's the camera's fault, wouldn't you agree? The camera design requires you to remove the baseplate to change the battery; there's not a lot short of a hinged and locking A-S plate that could alleviate that situation. And the price for that would give even a Leicanatic pause.

You are correct - its the camera designs fault, not RRS
Was just pointing out one that doesnt allow battery access.

Its on my list of things to buy - when the aussie dollar improves a bit


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