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DA*300 Arca-Manfrotto 200pl plate
Posted By: LaurenOE, 12-23-2012, 06:54 PM

I recently bought a DA*300 and I wasn't happy with how the Manfrotto 200pl plate attached to the lens foot. It seemed like not enough of the 200pl supported the lens foot. Sure, it would probably be enough, but I just didn't *like* it. I also have a Gimbal that uses an Arca style plate, and I didn't want to keep changing plates out.

So I made my own plate that fixes everything.

Like I always say - have Metal Mill and Lathe - will travel!



















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Well executed. H2
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Nice work..
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Thanks!

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Nice Lauren.
How far will you travel?
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That's an amazingly well made plate, better than anything I've seen that's available commercially. Great work!!
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Nice Lauren.
How far will you travel?
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Too funny!!

QuoteOriginally posted by excanonfd Quote
That's an amazingly well made plate, better than anything I've seen that's available commercially. Great work!!
Thanks! After I took that picture, I put it in the polisher and made it all nice and shiny!!!

The plate sits on my DA*300 all the time now!
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My latest plate. This time, I made an Arca-Manfrotto adapter plate.

To allow for 360 degree use of the Manfrotto adapter (Manfrotto 323 RC2), I milled a circular "rise" so that the locking lever on the bottom of the Manfrotto adapter can be used, since it won't work flush with generic Arca plates.







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All beautiful work - I can appreciate well engineered and crafted equipment.

A question comes to mind however - why are you going through all this just to adapt to the Manfrotto quick release system? I changed all my equipment over to arca-swiss a year or so ago and very happy that everything is universal now.

Just curious......
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All beautiful work - I can appreciate well engineered and crafted equipment.

A question comes to mind however - why are you going through all this just to adapt to the Manfrotto quick release system? I changed all my equipment over to arca-swiss a year or so ago and very happy that everything is universal now.

Just curious......
My monopods and my video heads are Manfrotto.

I have an awesome video head that I use with my slider. It's a Manfrotto 128RC.
When out in the field, I always have it with me for my video shots.



If there is an Arca compatible small video-head, I might be able to convert over.

My monopods have the simple Manfrotto heads to them.

I wish I could switch over, but no system seems to fit all situations.

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QuoteOriginally posted by LaurenOE Quote

I wish I could switch over, but no system seems to fit all situations.

OK - I understand now. When I wanted to switch over, the only Manfrotto head I had was the 468MG - I was lucky to find this guy who makes a conversion plate to arca-swiss - changed that one head and the rest have been arca-swiss ever since.

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OK - I understand now. When I wanted to switch over, the only Manfrotto head I had was the 468MG - I was lucky to find this guy who makes a conversion plate to arca-swiss - changed that one head and the rest have been arca-swiss ever since.

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Nice!!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by LaurenOE Quote
My latest plate. This time, I made an Arca-Manfrotto adapter plate.

To allow for 360 degree use of the Manfrotto adapter (Manfrotto 323 RC2), I milled a circular "rise" so that the locking lever on the bottom of the Manfrotto adapter can be used, since it won't work flush with generic Arca plates.





Lauren--
Very nice. See that nick in your left index finger? Were it a photo of my left index finger after making what you have made, the whole last 3/4" would be gone. Nice work.
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Lauren--
Very nice. See that nick in your left index finger? Were it a photo of my left index finger after making what you have made, the whole last 3/4" would be gone. Nice work.
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Too funny!!
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