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Should I buy an L-Plate or a normal plate?

 
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Jan 17, 2012 19:39 |  #1

I can't decide if I should get an L-plate (RRS BGE2-L40 (external link))or just a normal camera plate (RRS BG-E2 (external link)). Anyone have any advice? Those who have the an L-plate on their camera, any regrets on not saving the $100 for something else? Can't really decide which way I want to go on this.

I've got some naked Gitzo legs sitting here that are begging for your advice. Thanks.


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Jan 17, 2012 19:43 |  #2

get the L plate, much more useful. I ordered the non-L, and quickly had RRS send me the L.




  
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Jan 17, 2012 19:47 |  #3

If you intend to do ANY portrait oriented shooting from your tripod, go for the L plate.


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Jan 17, 2012 19:53 |  #4

I highly recommend just spending the money now and get the L-plate. If you ever wanted to do panos, L-plates are your 1st starting point.

I'm glad I have L-plates for HDRs as well. Granted, you can do HDRs with just a regular camera plate, assuming your ball head/pano head flops 90 degrees down.

Camera stuff is so expensive, I find that I ultimately save money by just over compensating up front and not have to worry about it later. Scary road to go down, I know.


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Jan 17, 2012 21:38 |  #5

I love my L-plate. No regrets at all. So much easier than dropping sideways on the ball head, plus more stable.

My only beef is that I use a cable release that won't work when the camera is in portrait mode based on where the port is, but still easily worth it.


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Jan 17, 2012 21:47 |  #6

An L plate is absolutely the best way to go. It's the first thing I buy anytime I get a new camera body!

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Jan 17, 2012 22:11 |  #7

I've got the L on my 5DII, had an L on my 7D before I sold the 7D and have a standard plate on my 40D.

I didn't feel I could justify the extra cash for the 40D. For sure go for the L plate on any body you plan on keeping for a while.


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Jan 17, 2012 22:15 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #8

The wife and I RRS L plates on all our DSLRs. They make shooting in the field so much more convenient. Couple the L plate with a QR clamp....great combo.




  
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Jan 17, 2012 22:21 |  #9

MCAsan wrote in post #13723199 (external link)
The wife and I RRS L plates on all our DSLRs. They make shooting in the field so much more convenient. Couple the L plate with a QR clamp....great combo.

It's unbelievable how nice and smooth working with this gear is.

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#1 Arca-Swiss QR (RRS is awesome)
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Jan 17, 2012 22:24 |  #10

I'll add my vote for L plate.

With one caveat. For my 1Ds mkII, which is mainly a studio camera, I prefer using a standard plate combined with Kirk's 'universal' L-bracket. http://www.kirkphoto.c​om/Universal-L-Brackets.html (external link)
Since I'm not carrying it in the field I am not bothered by the extra bulk and I like being able to mount the camera with the grip facing down because it make it so much easier to access the plugs on the side.


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Jan 17, 2012 22:38 |  #11

Okay, sounds good I'm going with the L-plate.

Anyone know if a 50D L-plate will work with the 40D? I know the bodies are the same size, but is the cable release port in the same spot?


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Jan 17, 2012 22:39 |  #12

HuskyKMA wrote in post #13723350 (external link)
Okay, sounds good I'm going with the L-plate.

Anyone know if a 50D L-plate will work with the 40D? I know the bodies are the same size, but is the cable release port in the same spot?

Send RRS a note or call them.


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Jan 17, 2012 22:45 |  #13

HuskyKMA wrote in post #13723350 (external link)
Okay, sounds good I'm going with the L-plate.

Anyone know if a 50D L-plate will work with the 40D? I know the bodies are the same size, but is the cable release port in the same spot?

the pictures on the RRS site look like they're a bit different in shape so I'd lean toward no, but maybe it'd work


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Jan 17, 2012 22:57 |  #14

Yeah I kinda like the shape of the one for the 50D better, that's why I asked. Just send RRS and email, hopefully they'll get back to me tomorrow on it.


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Jan 17, 2012 23:22 |  #15

M635_Guy wrote in post #13722985 (external link)
My only beef is that I use a cable release that won't work when the camera is in portrait mode based on where the port is, but still easily worth it.

Some of the RRS L-Plates have a slotted screw hole and are designed to be loosened and the plate pulled out away from the camera slightly (then re-tightened) to allow easy access to the ports and clearance for the connectors and cables. When done shooting, you just push it back flush with the camera for normal use. :cool:


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