Why? RRS has an aggravating policy of requiring mail payment by check only. Kirk offers convenient online ordering via credit card.
RRS also resorts to downgrading their competition (or any ballhead but the Arca B1) in their catalog copy. I don't mind a company that's convinced they have the best product on the planet, but that doesn't excuse bashing a competitor needlessly.
Kirk products are also world-class. You'd be happy with products from either company.
All my plates for my Arca-Swiss B1 are from RRS. I can honestly say that I love the construction and feel of all their products. But, as mentioned earlier, you do have to send payment via snail mail, and it does take a little longer than ordering from some one else. I have just gotten used to the wait, and I have yet to be disappointed.
i just received the RRS clamp & a plate for my 80-200 f 2.8. i went with the linhof profi II ballhead. RRS makes it very easy to combine the ballhead & clamp by removing the platform & stud on the profi II & attachig the clamp with an exact fit stud you purchase from them. order went very smoothly, in fact the owner went the extra mile for me. i sent payment with order for clamp on a friday but forgot to include order & $ for plate. i called them up the following monday, explaining my omission.he said to send money order just for plate & he would try to include it in the same shipment. last friday ( 1 week later) i received both. my husband is a machinist who said the quality of the work is flawless. i would recommend them based on his assessment & my experience. judy from sunny northwest
I've been using the Really Right Stuff products for 3 years now and find them worth the price. Snail mail is slower than other methods, but I admire Bryan's desire for simplicity. As for his criticizing other's products, once you've tried RRS's products, you'll agree that the others are pathetic by comparison.How the Bogen designers sleep at night is beyond me. Their plates are the worst excuse for a one size fits all I've ever seen. I've never seen a camera bottom shaped like a stop sign!
Kirk plates are comparable in quality, design and finish the RRS plates - and Bryan's implication that Kirk produces an inferior product diminishes his credibility in my book. Bryan also overplays the positive qualities of the Arca B1 while minimizing the lock up problem that is inherent to the design. Some people may find sending a money order or cashier's check quaint (or wait longer for a personal check to clear). I find the hassles needlessly customer unfriendly and do business with Kirk, who have both credit card payment and online ordering.
The Bogen (Manfrotto) designers sleep fine because their products hit a pricepoint and functionality that is far more realistic for most tripod users than the Arca-type system that you and I both enjoy. Many complete Manfroto heads sell for less than a single custom RRS or Kirk camera plate. Buy a plate for each camera and lens bracket, plus a high end ballhead and you can easily invest a $1000 in a tripod and Arca system. And guess where most Arca-system ballheads end up? Atop a Manfrotto or Gitzo (owned by Manfrotto) tripod.
Kirk plates will do the job, as long as they have the set screw to prevent the plate (and your camera) from slipping out of the quick-release.
I have bought both and prefer the RRS plates. The finish is finer to the touch, corners rounded, not pointed, and the RRS plates seem to have better milling. The set screw in the plate edge, to prevent the plate from slipping out of the quick-release, has save my camera an lens on more than one occassion.
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Although I agree with what BJ Nicholls said about RRS sales (no credit card or on line sales, bashing competition), I have found the RRS owner (Bryan Geyer)extremely knowledgeable (even if opinionated)and helpful on the telephone with puzzling problems, and (to me)worth the snail mail delay, I have both Kirk and RRS plates and quick releases and prefer RRS because they are smoother and the end screwhead on the plate is helpful, as above described.All of the AS plates work in both QR's. You can't go wrong with either system.
>Although I agree with what BJ >Nicholls said about RRS sales >(no credit card or on >line sales, bashing competition), I >have found the RRS owner >(Bryan Geyer)extremely knowledgeable (even if >opinionated)and helpful on the telephone >with puzzling problems, and >(to me)worth the snail mail >delay, I have both Kirk >and RRS plates and quick >releases and prefer RRS because >they are smoother and the >end screwhead on the plate >is helpful, as above described.
BJ...doesn't your Markins have a single directional set screw on the edge of the Quick Release mechanism to prevent bail out? Mine does! I assume when you have a quality ballhead, like the Markins, that set screw issue on the plate is not even a remote consideration.
All >of the AS plates work >in both QR's. You >can't go wrong with either >system. > >Styan