Wimberly body plate compatibility
Is the P5 Wimberly camera body plate for my D800 compatible with the RRS BH-55, or do I have to buy an RRS plate. And if I want to turn the camera vertical do I need an L-bracket?
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#1. "RE: Wimberly body plate compatibility" | In response to Reply # 0JonK Nikonian since 03rd Jul 2004Wed 25-Jul-12 11:22 PM
Plates from Kirk, Really Right Stuff, and WImberly generally work with the clamps on bullheads from all of the bullhead manufacturers. The question might be whether you would be happier with a custom place, one specifically designed for the bottom of the D800.
The L-bracket is for convenience. With the plate, to shoot vertically you have to tilt the camera so that the stem of the ball drops into the slot and then reorient the view. And with the stem in the slot, you can no longer level the camera by ball adjustment. Also, you moved the lens a few inches to the side, which changes its perspective to the subject, and for close subject may you to reposition the tripod.
With the L-bracket, al you do is loosen the clam, spin the camera 90º so the other side of the L is in the clamp, and relock. You still have full bullhead control and the lens is essentially in the same position ti was when shooting horizontally.
Bottom line: for my D3s I have both; for my D800 I have the L and may or may not buy the plate — for horizontal-only shoots I prefer not to have the extra L section.
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#3. "RE: Wimberly body plate compatibility" | In response to Reply # 0Sat 04-Aug-12 11:48 AM
I have, for many years, used a number of Wimberly and RRS plates in my RRS lever clamp. In all cases the Wimberly performs identically. That is not always the case with Kirk. Wimberly also officially guarantees RRS lever compatibility. For this reason I use Wimberly without any concerns at all.
I've never used a P5; I use L brackets for the same reasons Jon mentioned.
I think a P5 is a good tool to have in the box because it will fit any camera. It would be useful, for example, if you were early adopting a new camera prior to the availability of a custom plate. Or you just have a need to put a plate on a camera you don't own, or some other device. I've long thought about buying one just for the "tool box".
The biggest issue with the P5 would be any tendency for the camera to twist, which is the reason for all the custom bottom plates that are engineered to grip the edges of the camera. If not for that there would be no compelling reason to buy custom straight plate camera brackets.
I've seen very little feedback on the P5 so any comments about plate twist from either of you would be appreciated.
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#4. "RE: Wimberly body plate compatibility" | In response to Reply # 3Thu 16-Aug-12 05:24 PM
>The biggest issue with the P5 would be any tendency for the
>camera to twist, which is the reason for all the custom bottom
>plates that are engineered to grip the edges of the camera.
>If not for that there would be no compelling reason to buy
>custom straight plate camera brackets.
>I've seen very little feedback on the P5 so any comments about
>plate twist from either of you would be appreciated.
The P5 has a neoprene-like rough textured material to minimize twisting. I've used it with both my Nikons (rubber camera base) and my Leica M8.2 (smooth metal camera base). The P5 grips well, particularly with the Nikons. I have not experienced any twisting with the P5, but have not used it in situations where it was exposed to a significant amount of twisting torque.
#5. "RE: Wimberly body plate compatibility" | In response to Reply # 4Thu 16-Aug-12 05:53 PM
Thanks for the input Luke. Where I think you would most see a problem, if it exists, is with long nose heavy lenses like collarless macro lenses or something like a 24-70/2.8 or 14-24/2.8. Flipping to portrait mode then adds salt to the wound, in a big way, and is when the twist happens.
I know it has neoprene, and knowing Wimberly I'm sure they put some thought into the material and adhesion, but it's one of those things that tend to get varying anecdotal reports.
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#6. "RE: Wimberly body plate compatibility" | In response to Reply # 5Fri 17-Aug-12 09:28 AM
I would not recommend the P5 for the scenario you described. Obviously dedicated plates are the way to go in that case. I've not found a "one size fits all" solution. It is, however, a great "tool box" plate for less demanding usage and mine resides in my Leica M8.2 bag. With that body it works perfectly for any orientation.