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Putting a clamp on the Arca-Swiss p0?

 
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Mar 08, 2015 20:32 |  #1

Looking at the p0, they have one without any clamp attached:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …ball_P0_with_Pa​nning.html (external link)

It also says:

1/4"-20 Camera Screw
1/4"-20 to 3/8"-16 Bushing

In my research I've seen people talk about length of screw and scratching the actual ball, as well as people talking about bolting on a head (???)

I find all this very confusing. Do I need to be very selective in terms of which clamp will actually fit with this?

Looking at some random clamps - do these attach to the p0 very cleanly/clearly? Is something additional needed - or needed to be done to the attachment?

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …elease_Locking_​Lever.html (external link)

And this one:
http://www.reallyright​stuff.com …-Lever-release-clamp.html (external link)

Why should you invest in a quick-release system? Because screwing your camera or lens onto a platform with standard ¼"-20 screw is tedious and insecure. Not only is it a hassle to screw your gear onto that platform, but once installed the camera or lens is free to rotate; there's nothing to prevent it from coming loose.


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Mar 09, 2015 06:53 |  #2

I understand your predicament. I was not able to determine what I would needed to order from RRS so I order the Sunwayfoto 60mm discal Arca style clamp for the P0. Its here: http://www.ebay.com …geName=STRK%3AM​EBIDX%3AIT (external link) The RRS stud looks way to long for this particular head.

My clamp and P0 should be here by Wednesday and I'll be able to get you the info on the mounting screw length provided with the clamp and the P0's stud length.


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Mar 09, 2015 18:21 |  #3

I have the p0, and it comes with a 1/4 to 3/8 bushing that can be screwed into most arca clamps. It comes with that bushing, so nothing else is needed.

Most clamps have a 3/8" threaded whole, which will fit exactly into the p0..... if not, then the clamp will have a 1/4" threaded hole, which also works.

One thing to beware with is that if your clamp DOES NOT lay flush, it has a chance of hitting the panning knob. I have that issue with my kirk clamp, however in practice it's not an issue. I will upload some photos to show what I mean.

when screwed in all the way, the clamp knob and panning knob of the p0 hit each other, however in practice, with an arca plate, it's not an issue as there's just enough clearance. So if you get a slightly longer knob, you'll be in the clear. At worse, it becomes an annoyance if it interferes, you wont be able to make full 360 degree turns, only ~340 degrees or so.

I cant say about the acratech, however the RRS clamp looks like it will work fine, since the clamping mechanism is flush and has 3/8" threads. Should be fairly easy to attach. Just use some vibratite or loctite blue.


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Mar 09, 2015 18:40 |  #4

Charlie wrote in post #17467943 (external link)
I have the p0, and it comes with a 1/4 to 3/8 bushing that can be screwed into most arca clamps. It comes with that bushing, so nothing else is needed.

Most clamps have a 3/8" threaded whole, which will fit exactly into the p0..... if not, then the clamp will have a 1/4" threaded hole, which also works.

One thing to beware with is that if your clamp DOES NOT lay flush, it has a chance of hitting the panning knob. I have that issue with my kirk clamp, however in practice it's not an issue. I will upload some photos to show what I mean.

when screwed in all the way, the clamp knob and panning knob of the p0 hit each other, however in practice, with an arca plate, it's not an issue as there's just enough clearance. So if you get a slightly longer knob, you'll be in the clear. At worse, it becomes an annoyance if it interferes, you wont be able to make full 360 degree turns, only ~340 degrees or so.

I cant say about the acratech, however the RRS clamp looks like it will work fine, since the clamping mechanism is flush and has 3/8" threads. Should be fairly easy to attach. Just use some vibratite or loctite blue.

Thank you very much for this insight! Definitely not something I would have thought of. I guess this is where a lever definitely solves the problem, or getting one with a longer post indeed.

I actually just came across this one:
http://www.sunwayfoto.​com/e_goodsDetail.aspx​?gId=1285 (external link)

IMAGE: http://www.sunwayfoto.com/upPic/130656870383906250.jpg
IMAGE: http://www.sunwayfoto.com/upPic/130656871157500000.jpg

Which was actually DESIGNED for the p0! Doesn't seem like they offer a lever version - maybe just stick with the screw... I do tend to feel a bit safer with the screw type I think...

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Mar 09, 2015 19:18 as a reply to  @ kaitlyn2004's post |  #5

personally, I would stay away from sunwayphoto clamps. Reason being is that the spirit level has been horribly inaccurate in my experience. I have a sunway panning head, and you guessed it, used for panoramas, and the level is useless.

acratech, I trust, I have a leveling base of theirs. Perfect.
kirk, I trust, but overpriced, I only use it because I have the ballhead so I took it off. Lightweight, despite the looks.
rrs clamp........ hands down the best clamp ever. Pure joy to use, accurate level, however I'm not sure how heavy it is, some clamps are are kinda heavy and defeat the purpose of having such a lightweight head.


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Mar 22, 2015 10:11 |  #6

Any reason you are going with this over the Z1? I had to make that choice a month or two ago and went with the Z1 and the RRS panning lever release. Now I can pan at the base or on the clamp.
The RRS i got doesn't thread onto the 1/4" screw, that screw comes out, and it it has a locking tab it hooks into and then screws into the ball. Zero chane of coming loose. With that panning version on the P0 it almost looks like you either have to thread the QR onto the stud, or you have to remove and lose the panning Arca Swiss provided.
I love the setup I went with.


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Mar 22, 2015 11:01 |  #7

battletone wrote in post #17486529 (external link)
Any reason you are going with this over the Z1? I had to make that choice a month or two ago and went with the Z1 and the RRS panning lever release. Now I can pan at the base or on the clamp.
The RRS i got doesn't thread onto the 1/4" screw, that screw comes out, and it it has a locking tab it hooks into and then screws into the ball. Zero chane of coming loose. With that panning version on the P0 it almost looks like you either have to thread the QR onto the stud, or you have to remove and lose the panning Arca Swiss provided.
I love the setup I went with.

The Z1 is bigger/heavier duty than I need - plus the built-in panning up top is a very nice bonus


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