Sat 17-Mar-12 02:06 AM | edited Sat 17-Mar-12 02:19 AM by PAStime
I have a Markins PG-80 camera plate which I no longer need. I suspect I can't get much interest if I try selling it or money for it as it fits only the D90 and D80. I see a few that have been put up for sale and haven't moved.
I now have a D7000 and this plate doesn't fit this camera body. But it would if I removed two tabs of metal. This would make it look (and perhaps function) similarly to the PG-34N, the Markins plate intended for the D7000. The tab on the other side of the plate would prevent it from twisting when mounted on the camera body.
I am debating grinding away those two tabs. Anyone ever tried that with a Markins plate? It is made of duralumin, some kind of aluminium alloy. I have a wheel grinder at home, with a coarse and finer stones on it.
Of course I could just give a try... but wondering if anyone's tried this and how it turned out.
Hi. I have had excellent success modifying my PG-80 to fit my D7000. See images below (they are poor as they are from a point and shoot). I used an inexpensive bench top stone wheel grinder and carefully worked away the tabs. Indeed it was quite straightforward Jim. It took about 20 minutes as I was being careful to not cause any cosmetic damage to the edges and sides which are visible when the plate is mounted. Cheers, Peter
Great update Peter! It is always interesting to see these types of DIY mods
At $50+ a plate I'm a big believer in recycling .
Edit: the main theoretical objection to your mod is as follows:
The original plate has a lip on both sides, and in theory at least a lip on both sides should better hold the camera in place and the whole point of spending $50+ a plate for custom Arca-Swiss plates is to replace plate twist.
On the other hand, there are a number of camera plates that have lips on only one side.
The above can only be resolved after much use, so I hope you report back a few months from now and comment on all this .
My guess is that it will hold well, simply because a lot of plates have only one lip and we do not hear complaints about those plates twisting. But that is just a guess. This is a great test of this plate twisting theory.
>My guess is that it will hold well, simply because a lot of >plates have only one lip and we do not hear complaints about >those plates twisting.
Hi Neil. Thanks for the comments.
In fact the Markins PG-34N plate made for the Nikon D7000 only has one lip so I'd be no further ahead if I ordered a new plate from Markins. The PG-34N is also about the same size. So I think my modified PG-80 pretty much represents the same functionality.
Also, the one lip on my modified plate is snug against the rounded contours of my D7000 (see last photo). So I agree with you - I doubt it will budge.