Another case of the E-M5iii tripod mount failing

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rogerstpierre Veteran Member • Posts: 4,133
Re: Another case of the E-M5iii tripod mount failing

Hopefully this is only the bottom plate failing. Peak Design T-Plate seems the common thread however. How is the EM5III plastic bottom plate any different than the EM10 bottom plate? Why have we not heard of similar failures before? Surely disappointing. Good to know I would never have thought of this happening. What isn't clear is what caused the failure. Overtightening (it was obviously very tight) or transporting the camera from an attached tripod plate? The imprint on the mount suggests that the ridges around the mounting screw seem to be protruding higher than the rest of the camera's bottom plate, hence the tendency to over tighten in order to get a good contact between the T-plate surface and the camera bottom plate outside the ridges, also missing 1/4 of its surface because of the placement of the electronic contacts, which does not help getting a good grip.

Flattening the ridges in a redesigned bottom plate might actually help avoiding this from happening. Alternatively a hard rubber shim could be added to the T-plate, fitting the shape around the ridges on the camera's bottom plate to fill the gap, and avoid overtightening in order to get a good grip. I guess Oly Engineers ought to rethink that bottom plate design.

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