klr.b wrote in post #14555711
Here's my take on it. I leave my QR plate on at all times because if I need my tripod I can set it up in seconds. Attaching the plate every time would take time. Time can be critical for some and may mean a missed shot. Personally, if I had to attach and remove the plate every time I used a tripod, I wouldn't use the tripod as often; I'd probably just grab a lens with IS.
About the flash, ever since the 580exII, it literally takes a second to mount a flash.
When I take my tripod with me, basically landscape photography, my L-plate is put onto my camera and left there. When I go out without my tripod, events or street shooting, I leave my L-plate at home. I see zero reason to take my L-plate if I will not be bringing my tripod. I see many reasons not to bring the L-plate if my tripod is at home.
Seems black and white to me. No tripod, no L-plate. If I have my tripod, then I have my L-plate.