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11-26-2017, 04:29 AM   #1
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Tripod plate, help!!

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Travelled to the other side of the world to Auckland and was ready to set up my gear when I realised that for some bizarre reason I'd forgotten the plate to attach my Velbon tripod. This is a major disaster as I want to do some night shots, longer exposures. Any idea whether I can buy such a plate? Are there generic ones? The head is a PHD-42Q. Any help much, much appreciated

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The Velbon QB-62 is the quick release plate or shoe that you'll need. There are many camera stores in Auckland and I believe most are open on Sundays. I'd suggest calling around. Velbons are decent beginner tripods, but if no one has just the plate, maybe it's a sign that one of the souvenirs you'll bring home from NZ is a new and better tripod.
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I believe that Velbon used the universal 42mm square dovetail plate that was a superior design to the Arca-Swiss so-called quick release system*. 42mm square plates were once available from multiple manufacturers including Bilora, Kaiser, Cullmann, Sunpak, Vanguard and others. If you find a small square plate under any of these brands, its worth a try. The plate is likely to have a video pin in front of the 1/4 X 20 screw (the video pin is always spring mounted). However, neither Slik nor Manfrotto/Bogen ever used a 42mm square dovetail so don't bother with those even if they look as if they'd fit..

*The non-patented system that uses 42mm square dovetail plates is really QUICK for mounting/removing, but the manufacturers were never inventive in developing anti-twist plates, and that killed the system relative to the much slower, clumsier Arca-Swiss system.

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Is the head removable? If so it may be easier to grab a head and a matching plate.

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