Ok, first a quick background. I recently sold my my camera and tripods. My cheap Dolica worked great but the new model is much nicer (CX600B502D/S - new Series 1 traveler tripod). I know some of you wont approve, but it works well for me. The new tripod uses Arca Swiss size and style plates, so I am thinking taht now is the time to swap over completely to this style of plate.
I looked at the RRS site at the BD600 plate but they don't say what the size of the plate mount is. I am looking for a plate between 38-42mm. Is that what the BD600 is?
Also, I need a clamp for my monopod for the same. Suggestions that won't break the bank?
My RRS plates measure 38mm in width, measuring the outer dimension of the dovetail (not the width of the notches).
Seems to me that a truly Arca-Swiss compatible screw clamp should take a plate slightly smaller than 38mm. RRS is pretty much a standard in itself and it may be on the ragged edge of what that clamp can take, if 38mm is truly the minimum size plate width it can take.
If it can't take an RRS plate then it is mis-described and is not "Arca-Swiss compatible".
You will just have to try one and see, unless someone here happens to have that combination and can vouch for it.
For inexpensive clamps (or perhaps least expensive?), try Hejnar on eBay. There may be others on eBay and hte like but I stick with the major brands myself, mainly for RRS lever clamp compatibility reasons.
They describe it as taking a 38mm clamp, and that it can go wide enough to handle a 42mm clamp, and that it is Arca Swiss compatible, so I suspect that the RRS plate will work.
I just didn't know if the RRS plate is the best option for the D600, or if another would be better. I know Kirk makes one as well, but I'm not sure who else makes one that fits the D600. I am not going to be using a grip, and I don't need an L-bracket.
The standard plates are probably very similar. The main issue is lever clamp compatibility, and there I like RRS best myself, especially if you might upgrade to a lever down the road. If you were to go to a lever clamp some day down the road it helps if you don't have to replace your plates.
The 3 mentioned here (RRS/Kirk/Hejnar) look fairly similar. I have not handled any D600 plates - I don't own one. The Sunway I don't know anything about. The important thing is to get a custom plate in order to avoid plate twist. A generioc plate is poor economy if it doesn't hold he body (and most don't, over time, under difficult situations).
I received both of them today. The BD600 fits perfectly and works well with the Dolica ballhead and the discal clamp. The Dolica plate fits the foot on my 80-200 almost exactly and works perfectly in the discal clamp. The Dolica ball head isn definitely Arca Swiss compatible. The Sunwayfoto clamp fits the large Feisol mpnopod perfectly and seems like it was designed for it.
Tue 06-Aug-13 11:16 AM | edited Tue 06-Aug-13 11:17 AM by DavidN4
>David, >I'm considering this unit too, so how's it doing after a few >months of use? >Thx! Works great. No issues. I can recommend it as a solid performer for a series 1. Only problem is that Costco raised the price recently.
>>David, >>I'm considering this unit too, so how's it doing after a >few >>months of use? >>Thx! >Works great. No issues. I can recommend it as a solid >performer for a series 1. Only problem is that Costco raised >the price recently.
I think it's still a good deal even with the price increase considering Costco's warranty. Thx for the update!
>>>David, >>>I'm considering this unit too, so how's it doing after >a >>few >>>months of use? >>>Thx! >>Works great. No issues. I can recommend it as a solid >>performer for a series 1. Only problem is that Costco >raised >>the price recently. > >I think it's still a good deal even with the price increase >considering Costco's warranty. >Thx for the update!
It's back on sale til 9/22 got mine price adjusted this morning. I think it's an awesome deal specially at $60 off.
>All of my Baton Rouge photos were shot on the Dolica, and >came out great with no vibration. I shot brackets with ease >there for many hours, and didn't have even one bad shot.
Good to know! I haven't really used mine but I really like the fact that you can convert it into a monopod which I can see a bit more use for. We've had smoky conditions for weeks so maybe when the smoke clears...