opinion on this plate?

Started Feb 14, 2013 | Questions
powerdog Regular Member • Posts: 196
opinion on this plate?

http://www.sunwayfoto.com/html/products/200908/118.html

It would be used in a RRS ballhead and mounted on a Lumix GH3.

The only functional diff I can imagine is that it looks like it would keep the LCD door from opening. But that's if RRS could add a rim that didn't block the door, which I can't see a way to do.

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tyyreaun Contributing Member • Posts: 523
Re: opinion on this plate?

I use that exact plate on my D7000.  Yes, it will block your battery door - I can't fully open the battery door on the D7000 with the L-plate in place and that's a much bigger camera.

The other thing to consider is that Sunway dovetails are actually a little bit narrower than RRS', so if you use a lever-lock ballhead, I don't think you'll be able to get a good clamp.  If you have a screw-knob head, it should work fine.

Other than that, the plate works fine.  As long as you're not looking for something you want to keep on the camera 100% of the time, and you have a screw-knob ballhead, it'll work for you.  Otherwise, you'll need to get something more specific to your camera.

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tyyreaun Contributing Member • Posts: 523
Re: opinion on this plate?

Actually just reread your question - not sure if the anti-twist lip will prevent your LCD screen from swiveling.  Most likely, yes.

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Gary Henson Junior Member • Posts: 45
Re: opinion on this plate?

A good company. You would be better off with the DPL-01 with more mounting options...

http://www.sunwayfoto.com/html/products/200908/116.html

However you still need to make sure the anti-twist lip doesn't block the LCD. Sometimes there is enough clearance.

Another option Hejnar Photo, a USA company on ebay...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-L-bracket-kirk-markins-wimberley-acratech-rrs-foba-arca-swiss-/330854889396?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d087cf7b4

It doesn't have the anti-twist lip. Plus the "L" can be detached if you need complete LCD movement. Also, you can place the "L" on the other side of the GH3. I'm sure that will block something else though.

Gary

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Gary Henson Junior Member • Posts: 45
I fixed the links... Sorry.

A good company. You would be better off with the DPL-01 with more mounting options...

http://www.sunwayfoto.com/html/products/200908/116.html

However you still need to make sure the anti-twist lip doesn't block the LCD. Sometimes there is enough clearance.

Another option Hejnar Photo, a USA company on ebay...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-L-bracket-kirk-markins-wimberley-acratech-rrs-foba-arca-swiss-/330854889396?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d087cf7b4

It doesn't have the anti-twist lip. Plus the "L" can be detached if you need complete LCD movement. Also, you can place the "L" on the other side of the GH3. I'm sure that will block something else though.

Gary

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OP powerdog Regular Member • Posts: 196
Re: I fixed the links... Sorry.

After all my comparing, I think I'm just going to go with the Wimberley P-5 plate. For me, the RRS marketing emphasis on the benefits of L-plates is a bit overhyped, although I can imagine others who would find it more important. Not going to be in a huge rush to switch orientations, and a mirrorless camera shouldn't be very unbalanced when it's flipped with the ballhead.

Gary Henson Junior Member • Posts: 45
Re: Wimberley P-5 plate

This plate  only has 1 mounting slot in the center. Make sure that it won't block your battery cover. It looks to be 3" long. I have something similar for my EM5. I just got a smaller plate so I had access to the battery. I didn't want to constantly take the release plate off.

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OP powerdog Regular Member • Posts: 196
Re: Wimberley P-5 plate

You're right. The distance is a bit over the 1.5" the plate allows. Hmmm...

So the only choices I see now, given that I still want to use my RRS ball head, are the small P&S plate made by RRS with a cork mounting surface, and this one from Kirk:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/892890-REG/kirk_pz_130_universal_camera_plate.ht

Slightly less expensive, and it looks like rubber instead of cork. On the + side, $30 is a lot less than the $100 or so that RRS will charge for its L-plate.

OP powerdog Regular Member • Posts: 196
Re: Wimberley P-5 plate

There's also this one, with the main differences from the other Kirk universal plate being cost and the stop screws.

Gary Henson Junior Member • Posts: 45
RE: No Link...

powerdog wrote:

There's also this one, with the main differences from the other Kirk universal plate being cost and the stop screws.

There's no link with this.

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Gary Henson Junior Member • Posts: 45
Re: Wimberley P-5 plate

powerdog wrote:

You're right. The distance is a bit over the 1.5" the plate allows. Hmmm...

So the only choices I see now, given that I still want to use my RRS ball head, are the small P&S plate made by RRS with a cork mounting surface, and this one from Kirk:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/892890-REG/kirk_pz_130_universal_camera_plate.ht

Slightly less expensive, and it looks like rubber instead of cork. On the + side, $30 is a lot less than the $100 or so that RRS will charge for its L-plate.

That Kirk is too small. IMHO The camera will not sit flat on a tabletop.

Here is one option... its wider for a little more stability. Has an anti-twist lip which is for the front of the camera.

Acratech 2173. Read this article to see if it applies to the GH3....

http://connect.dpreview.com/forums/post/40917745

I have the Acratech 2183 which the same size with no lip, but a cork top. I can use this on any camera without worry about the lip. It's wider too.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/329092-REG/Acratech_2128_Universal_Quick_Release_Plate.html

Acratech is good stuff.

This Photo Clam might work for you as well...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/827546-REG/Photo_Clam_PCPA_PC59UP3_PC_59_UP3_Universal_Camera_Plate.html

One other concern about your RRS clamp. If it's a quick release lever... then it's not adjustable from what I have read. Some Arca-swiss plates will not fit well. However, if you have a RRS QR clamp with a knob then you are ok because it's adjustable.

Gary

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OP powerdog Regular Member • Posts: 196
Re: Wimberley P-5 plate
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Sorry for missing link:

http://www.kirkphoto.com/UP-2_2_1_8in_Universal_fit_Camera_Plate.html

I do have the RRS lever clamp. And RRS claims most other brands of plate won't work, because their grooves aren't deep enough.

RRS says that RRS, Kirk, and Wemberley are the only brands that will work. The RRS universal plate seems really insubstantial.  I liked the larger size of the Wemberley, but not accessing the battery would be a pain. The plate linked above might be a good compromise.

Gary Henson Junior Member • Posts: 45
Re: Wimberley P-5 plate
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powerdog wrote:

Sorry for missing link:

http://www.kirkphoto.com/UP-2_2_1_8in_Universal_fit_Camera_Plate.html

I do have the RRS lever clamp. And RRS claims most other brands of plate won't work, because their grooves aren't deep enough.

RRS says that RRS, Kirk, and Wemberley are the only brands that will work. The RRS universal plate seems really insubstantial. I liked the larger size of the Wemberley, but not accessing the battery would be a pain. The plate linked above might be a good compromise.

I agree that the RRS universal plate is too small. I looked at that for my Acratech GP and GH1/EM5 cameras. I went with the Acratech and Sunwayfoto universal plates. I have one on each camera. I decided to stay away from the RRS L-plate for the EM5 camera. It's a nice L-plate, but it's $120 and only works with EM5. I rather avoid hitting the bank for a new L-plate for every new camera.

I think you found a great option that's also RRS compatible. Good luck!

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