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Dread Pirate Roberts
07-25-2008, 11:56 PM
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:(

Rooz
07-26-2008, 12:13 AM
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.

Dread Pirate Roberts
07-26-2008, 04:12 AM
As a picture tells a 1000 words

K1W1
07-26-2008, 04:26 AM
Put a drop (only a drop) of Loctite or Three Bond medium strength on the base plate thread before you tighten it.

Rooz
07-26-2008, 04:39 AM
hmmm, i see now.
sorry mate, cant help, mine doesnt move.

K1W1
07-26-2008, 06:58 AM
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?

Dread Pirate Roberts
07-26-2008, 08:21 AM
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.

StuartN
07-26-2008, 11:31 AM
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:

http://reallyrightstuff.com/mmRRS/Images/full/BD300.gif

Dread Pirate Roberts
07-28-2008, 01:34 AM
Thank you Stuart, thats the sort of thing I was hoping for. I'll look into RRS L plates.

theMadHatter
07-30-2008, 07:50 PM
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.

tMH

Dread Pirate Roberts
07-31-2008, 04:41 AM
Thanks mate I was just about to start google searching tonight and you've just saved me an hour.

I've also figured out a way to modify my RC2 plate now instead, I'll just need to invest some time to make it happen. I'm thinking I'll router out a block of polyethylene into the required shape to sit onto my RC2 plate between the cam and the plate. I'm happier with that than getting a welder onto my plate.

achuang
07-31-2008, 05:37 AM
Is it worth bring the head back to where you bought it and telling them the problem or maybe trying a couple of the same heads out. I've got the 486RC2 head with the same QR plate and have no problems with it twisting off. Just sounds like there might be a problem with it as the weight limit of the head is more than the weight of the D300 with 18-200 (+ flash).

theMadHatter
07-31-2008, 03:52 PM
Thanks mate I was just about to start google searching tonight and you've just saved me an hour.

I've also figured out a way to modify my RC2 plate now instead, I'll just need to invest some time to make it happen. I'm thinking I'll router out a block of polyethylene into the required shape to sit onto my RC2 plate between the cam and the plate. I'm happier with that than getting a welder onto my plate.

I'm glad I could help.