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Custom SLR creates Manfrotto and Arca-Swiss compatible tripod plate

By dpreview staff on Mar 27, 2012 at 18:32 GMT

Crowd-funded accessory maker Custom SLR has created a universal tripod plate that can be used with both Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-Swiss tripod heads. The M-Plate includes an off-axis mount for adding a strap that would usually use the tripod socket, so you can quickly use the camera both on and off the tripod. This makes it compatible with Custom SLR's C-Loop and Split Strap or other third-party tripod-socket strap systems.

Press Release:

Custom SLR Launches M-Plate Universal Quick-Release Camera Tripod Plate 

Custom SLR's M-Plate universal tripod and strap mount. Shown here with optional wrist-strap mount.

SAN JOSE, C.A., MARCH 27, 2012 -- Custom SLR, a design company creating products that improve the shooting experience for photographers, has announced the immediate availability of the M-Plate universal camera tripod plate. The M-Plate is the world’s first universal tripod plate to offer built-in Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-Swiss connections as well as attachment points for accessories. Produced with appreciation from the support of more than 400 Kickstarter backers and designed by a team of seasoned photographers, the M-Plate enables quick release from any tripod head and can attach multiple camera accessories into a single plate.

Crafted in the USA from aerospace grade aluminum, the M-Plate is sturdy, steady and lightweight, and works with any camera strap system including the Custom SLR C-Loop strap mount, BlackRapid,  Spider Holster, Sun Sniper, Cotton Carrier and virtually any system that would typically occupy the camera tripod socket. When using the M-Plate in conjunction with the C-Loop camera strap mount, photographers will find the additional benefit of a perfectly balanced camera for increased comfort and quick access. The ergonomic design of M-Plate relocates the tripod socket making it easier to shoot portrait shots. Designed as a part of a modular system, the built-in M-Link Port™ will connect with future photo and video attachments, including flash brackets and video rigs that are currently in development. A Kickstarter first, the M-Plate is the Custom SLR team’s third project funded successfully through the crowd-funding website.

“While connecting with real photographers that use the C-Loop, we heard over and over that they also wanted something to connect with their tripod. That was the inspiration for the M-Plate but what grew from that inspiration is a system that will work with any strap system and any tripod – improving the shooting experience for all photographers,” said Ivan Wong, Chief Operations Officer, Custom SLR. “We started Custom SLR as a means to solve our own problems and it’s amazing to be able to help so many of our fellow photographers as well. Thank you to all of our Kickstarter backers for help bringing the M-Plate to life.”

The M-Plate comes in a black anodized finish for durability and a sleek, seamless profile when attached to the camera’s tripod socket. An impact absorbent and textured layer between the aluminum and camera ensures a snug fit and eliminates scratching. Additionally, the M-Plate features an optional hand strap attachment accessory.

The M-Plate is available starting today, March 27 for a MSRP of $74.95. Photographers can purchase the M-Plate through or through many authorized dealers worldwide.


Total comments: 16
By micahmedia (Mar 28, 2012)

Looks interesting except: how's that blob on the front interfere with a vertical grip?

This looks nice and thin! Any measurements anywhere? And where can we see one in person?

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By CameraLabTester (Mar 28, 2012)

Custom SLR

That's a great name. Very generic.


By mactheweb (Mar 28, 2012)

I just got mine last week. (I'd made a Kick Starter donation) The strange looking round extension actually makes the plate sit flat on a table, unlike a standard Arca Swiss plate, which causes the camera to tip over onto the lens. The little loop on the end allows me to attach it to my Black Rapid strap. All in all, a useful plate.

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By love_them_all (Mar 28, 2012)

The safest way to hang a camera with long lenses is DOWN, not sideways, or sticking it out backwards.

By THX723 (Mar 27, 2012)

C-loop in itself is wonderful. This M-plate looks interesting. Two things to note:

1. Does the short extension for the C-loop mount interfere w. holding/cupping the lens (from below) during operation?

2. Really wish they'd make the hand strap loop integrated as a mono piece, rather than an add-on.

By tastop07 (Mar 27, 2012)

If you want look here:

I got my Manfrotto adapter last year with the hand strap & shoulder strap and i love them !!!

By IEBA1 (Mar 27, 2012)

Make it a wee bit bigger and put some extra "cheeseplate" holes on it for accessories.

By marike6 (Mar 27, 2012)

That's actually pretty cool since I happen to use Arca Swiss plates for stills, and Manfrotto RC2 for video. It can be a drag to always switch. I don't see any anti-twist ridge, but then again, my Manfrotto plates don't have any anti-twist notches anyway. For AS plates, RRS are the best because they are custom for each camera so they fit snug and don't twist.

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By pannumon (Mar 27, 2012)

Sorry if I'm stupid, but what does it do? How does it differ from normal tripod plate? What does 'universal' mean in this case?

By canonpro (Mar 27, 2012)

Its Universal since it has the RC2 mount from Manfrotto, and the industry standard Arca-Swiss plate mount.

By kiet (Mar 27, 2012)

I look through their website but could not find a way to order a Nikon D800 with the plate.

By kb2zuz (Mar 27, 2012)

Does it keep the tripod thread centered on either mount? I'm trying to visualize how it would work, but if I'm picturing it right it would be off center when mounted on a Manfrotto. Am I wrong?

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By micahmedia (Mar 28, 2012)

...looks to my like it stays centered if you line the arrow in the picture up with the hex/tripod thread.

By grant837 (Mar 28, 2012)

Need to put a video on youtube ... then I might understand...

Kenneth Tom
By Kenneth Tom (Mar 30, 2012)

Is is on youtube. Have to just click on the "camera tripod plate" link in the paragraph.

Ze Carrapichano
By Ze Carrapichano (Apr 27, 2012)

Does this now allow us to connected a Wimberley gimbal head to a Manfrotto tripod ?

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