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Clamping systems compatibility


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"RE: Clamping systems compatibility"

nrothschild Neil is an expert in several areas, including camera support Registered since 25th Jul 2004
Fri 31-Aug-12 07:42 PM

Both Manfrotto and Gitzo heads (and the related plates) are proprietary. Those clamps only fit plates made by that same maker, with the exception of a few 3rd party plates and clamp-type arrangements that third parties make, expressly to extend the utility of those proprietary systems.

Arca-Swiss compatible screw clamps should mate to any truly Arca-Swiss compatible plates.

Lever clamps are a different story because the levers require very tight tolerances, tighter than those used by the industry at large.

Who is or isn't compatible with what has been somewhat of a moving target over the years, especially in regards to A-S lever clamps. For that reason alone it would be difficult to provide more detailed guidance in a FAQ-like post. It is also complicated by the fact that much of what we know is based on user reports, and those are necessarily anecdotal in nature.


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