Some of you will recall that I purchased the Custom Grip from Richard Franiec and was very happy with it. I also purchased the Camera Plate from RRS for the V1 and the two did not play nicely when the grip was mounted with Richard's recommendation. I wrote to Richard after realizing this because I wanted to retain both, but knew I would have to move the grip up to accommodate the RRS plate.
Richard understood the interference problem and offered to send me replacement adhesive strips to remove and replace the grip at a "higher" position. He didn't think it would be as esthetically pleasing an installation, but understood the "sacrifice" that I wanted to make.
I removed the grip after Richard reported the adhesive strips were in the mail and installed the camera plate. I then positioned the grip "above" the edge of the camera plate so that they would not interfere when I installed the plate again. I have not yet received the adhesive, so right now both pieces are positioned but not permanently mounted (the camera plate screw is tight, but it doesn't ever really get "permanently" mounted).
You couldn't do this with the Nikon grip because it takes up base space. I think this combination is ideal for me.
The bottom line is that it all fits together, and still looks esthetically pleasing to me.
Yes you can use the FT 1 with the RRS Camera Plate. You can also mount both plates (Camera L-plate and FT 1 L-plate) at the same time. There is still about 0.5mm clearance between the RRS Camera Plate and the rear edge of the FT 1. What you can't do is clamp the Camera Plate while the FT 1 is installed (or at least not with the camera or plate centered in the clamp). However, I don't know that you would want to do that anyway because of the moment that would be applied to the V1 lens mount - of course that would depend heavily on the mass of the lens being used.
>Some of you will recall that I purchased the Custom Grip from >Richard Franiec and was very happy with it. I also purchased >the Camera Plate from RRS for the V1 and the two did not play >nicely when the grip was mounted with Richard's >recommendation. I wrote to Richard after realizing this >because I wanted to retain both, but knew I would have to move >the grip up to accommodate the RRS plate.
I ran the same way, no problems with the same plate. Me thinks you didn't place it right first place ...
>i'm talking about a piece of rubber with super glue on it, >or some kind of double sided tape so it can be removed and >replaced if needed... > >like a textural grip? or is noone keen to try a 2 dollar >solution?