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  1. #1
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    Quick release plate for D300 and Manfrotto RC2

    Does anyone have a clue for a camera quick release plate to suit both the D300 and the Manfrotto RC2 system.

    I'm disapointed with how the 055XPROB+322RC2 quick release plate holds my camera in a portrait orientation. Short of tightening that screw into my camera with a wrench (which just isn't ever going to happen) the camera always rotates about the axis. I see the D300 has a hole that a properly designed baseplate could use to stop rotation. Do I look for a machinist or is there a mass market solution.

    Damn should've listened to EricLund's advice and bought a more expensive tripod and head system
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    not sure i understand what your asking...i have the same head and i dont have that issue. are you saying the plate doesnt screw into the camera properly ? are you doing it up tight enuf ? or is the actual head itself rotating, adjust the friction. when you say it has a hole for a properly desgined basplate, that hole is just a standard tripod mounting hole so the rc2 plate should fit firmly in there.

    the tripod itself isnt really relevant here either. its the head thats most important.
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    Put a drop (only a drop) of Loctite or Three Bond medium strength on the base plate thread before you tighten it.

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    hmmm, i see now.
    sorry mate, cant help, mine doesnt move.
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    Mine doesn't move either but my camera and lenses aren't as heavy as DPR's.

    Another suggestion. What about a layer of 1mm neoprene between the base plate and the base of the camera to provide grip between the two surfaces?

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    Yeah I'd thought about rubbering it up but I think I'll find a machinist who can make a longer baseplate that can take advantage of that hole. I hadn't thought about locktite, it's a good idea but not for me.

    I think my problem comes about by always using the 18-200. On the rare occasions I use the 50/1.8 I can feel there's a lot less torque and it never moves.
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    You may also want to look at an "L" plate as that would eliminate the twisting, not sure if they have one for your head. Really Right Stuff makes some nice "L" plates and regular quick release plates that may be compatible.

    The difference in their quick release plates is they extend a bit further to the front or back of the body and provide grip to prevent any twisting of the plate once attached.

    Here's their D300 plate:

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    Thank you Stuart, thats the sort of thing I was hoping for. I'll look into RRS L plates.
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    DPR

    The above RRS plate, as well as their L-plate, will only work on the Arca-style quick-release system. They won't work on your Manfrotto head, unless you change out the head. I had the same problem, and decided to splurge and go with Gitzo legs & a Markins ball-head (w/ a Kirk L-bracket). It works great, but might be more than you want to spend (I know I had to get over the initial sticker shock!) ;-)

    I hope this helps, as I didn't want you to get your hopes up on getting a L-bracket and finding out it won't work on your 'frotto.

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