I'm now considering the RRS BH-55 or the Arca z1 and have a question re: plates.
I have a d600 and would want the plate that fits it with the grip attached (not an l-plate, just the standard). With that in mind:
- Do rrs and kirk plates both fit the AS z1?
- assuming that they do, is there a preference between RRS and Kirk for the plates?
- Do either the Kirk plate or the RRS version mean that the LCD protector must be removed?
Thanks (again) in advance.
#1. "RE: Plates?" | In response to Reply # 0mgd7 Registered since 06th Mar 2012Wed 27-Mar-13 05:57 PM
I've used both Kirk and RRS plates with my A-S B1 for years, no problems. The B1 uses a knob lock, not a flip-lock, to tighten the clamp (I believe the Z1 comes in both knob and flip-lock varieties, so no guarantees the plates will work with the flip-lock version).
I think the quality of Kirk and RRS is pretty comparable. Sometimes I prefer RRS's designs and sometimes I prefer Kirk's, but I've been very pleased with both over the years.
I have used RRS L-plates on my DSLRs going back to the D200, and they have always accommodated the LCD protector. I see no reason to think the standard plate would be different in this regard.
#2. "RE: Plates?" | In response to Reply # 0nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Wed 27-Mar-13 06:00 PM
If you get a screw clamp on the Z1 then those plates should not be an issue.
If you get an Arca-Swiss lever clamp, as I recall it is adjustable. In that case either Kirk or RRS should fit and you would tweak the lever clamp to accommodate the plate line you pick. You should not try to mix and match Arca-Swiss plates with Kirk/RRS because AS plates are reported to be a different width.
If you get an RRS lever then for simplicity you should use RRS or Wimberly plates. Kirk plates work 95% of the time, as I mentioned, but it is not 100%.
However, it is best to stick with a single vendor's plate line. I would give a slight edge to RRS because I know they make very consistent plate widths. Kirk is about 95-97% consistent, and consistent with RRS, but not 100%. If you are starting with only one or two plates you will not know if the plate(s) are "consistent to standard".
Any Arca-Swiss owners should chime in on this. I don't own any Arca-Swiss heads and we do not get regular discussions about that line here.
I am not sure of the LCD protector. There have been several recent comments suggesting it may be a problem. If it is, then the path of least resistance may be an aftermarket film protector or adhesive backed thin protector. I've used aftermarket protectors on my bodies, usually after I lost the stock protector.
If you are going to use a grip then I would not think the plate could be a problem since it will sit an inch or two below the protector???. The issue with protectors comes up when no grip is used.
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#5. "RE: Plates?" | In response to Reply # 2liamtoh1ps Registered since 17th Apr 2012Thu 28-Mar-13 01:50 AM
I have AS Z1 with screw knob. I used to use the RRS BD800 plate before I purchased a 3rd party grip and I went with ProMedia Gear L-bracket.
Both the plates worked on AS Z1 without any issues.
#3. "RE: Plates?" | In response to Reply # 0
Regarding the LCD protector - have you considered trying the Schott glass by Giottos? It is wafer thin, does a great good protecting the LCD, and on goes easily.
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#4. "RE: Plates?" | In response to Reply # 3