Ball Head + Quick Release Help - Arca P0 - Advice needed.

Started Jul 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
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beepers New Member • Posts: 12
Ball Head + Quick Release Help - Arca P0 - Advice needed.

Hi everyone

I'm pretty new to ballheads but decided to take the plunge and invest in some quality ballhead / plate systems to go with a new carbon tripod etc.

My longest lenses is the Nikon 70-200 with the TC20e - so I decided to go with the Arca Swiss P0. I decided that I didn't like the new Slidefix system since it was incompatible with most Arca Swiss plate products, so I purchased one without that system ( http://www.adorama.com/AWMBP0.html )

Now I've already decided to go with an L-Plate for my D800 - It was really between Kirk and RRS, but ended up choosing RRS because of the cleaner look.

Here's where my trouble starts

1) All the RRS (even Kirk) quick release clamps are square. The RRS comes in 40mm or 60mm versions while the diameter of the P0 is 60mm - hence the square edges stick out. Novoflex and Sunway makes a round QR.

2) Interestingly, the Arca German website has a version of the P0 with a rounded version (not completely rounded, but rounded edges) of their classic fliplock which I have not seen on any of the US retailers ( http://www.arca-shop.de/en/Monoball/Monoball-p0-Series/ARCA-SWISS-Monoball-p0-with-quick-set-device-Flip-lock )

Do I return the P0 I purchased and get the one from Europe? Not sure how the Arca clamp fits with the RRS L-plate. Or should I stick with a RRS, Novoflex or Sunway clamp - strongly prefer a rounded clamp but the fit with the L-plate is still most important.

Does anyone have a RRS L plate on a P0 that can provide some guidance? Thanks!

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