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Interchangeability of quick-release plates?

Started Apr 5, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Chris J Newman
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Re: Arca Swiss
In reply to cosmicnode, Apr 6, 2012

cosmicnode wrote:

Buy a Arca Swiss quick release adapter for each of your tripods and a lens or camera plates as required. There are plenty on eBay such as this one


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Thanks for the links, Mike.

The FotoPanda 50mm Quick Release Adapter / Clamp - Arca Swiss Fit is described as “1/4" or 3/8" ”. Would I need to specify whether I want 1/4" or 3/8", or does that mean it fits both?

The 85mm Quick Release (QR) Lens Plate - Arca Swiss Fit has a slot for the tripod screw, similar to the one in my Giotto’s quick release plate, but even longer. I am looking for one that has a simple round hole, so that it will be easier to mount a lens or camera precisely along the optical axis. Do you know if there are equivalent plates available with a round hole for the tripod screw? Also, would I need to match the length of the lens plate to the adapter/clamp, or are they made to a standard width that accommodates all lengths? If the adapter plate can hold variable lengths, is there anything to centre it automatically, or will I have the same issue of trying to centralize the lens plate on the adapter as I currently have trying to centralize the tripod screw on the quick release plate?

Thanks, Chris

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