Keep Manfrotto QR RC4 system or modify to RC2 or Arca-Swiss (for slingstrap)

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Keep Manfrotto QR RC4 system or modify to RC2 or Arca-Swiss (for slingstrap)
Apr 22, 2013

I purchased a Manfrotto 808RC4 head which I chose because of its solid design. I found out later that it's designed for medium format cameras (unlike my Canon DSLRs) making the RC4 quick release rather bulky for hand-holding.

However, the biggest problem is that I'm about to buy a sling-strap of some sort (most likely a Luma Labs Cinch 2). Unfortunately there's no means of attaching a strap to an RC4 so the way I see it is I either have to modify the head to accomodate a Manfrotto RC2 QR (they're smaller, hence more comfortable for hand-holding and can have a strap attached) or modify to another system (according to the Luma Labs link above they will supply an Arca-Swiss quick release for US$ 15 which the strap attaches to). Alternatively I assume I could attach an Arca-Swiss, Manfrotto RC2 or an entirely different quick release plate to the camera, then attach the other end into the RC4 quick release on the head. But I suspect that would cause some instability. I've found online instructions on how to modify the head for Arca Swiss plates, and I suppose then that getting an RC2 mount or some other system isn't too far fetched either.

I've tried to find out why Arca Swiss mounting solutions are so popular (and expensive) but really haven't understood why. My Manfrotto head/quick release system seems very solid, stable and well built to me, and additional quick release plates don't cost an arm and a leg, but I'd like to hear your advice on what I should do to solve the above problem.

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