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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2009
Please note: This review is for the Manfrotto 200PL-14 RC2 Rapid Connect Mounting Plate with 1/4-Inch 20 Screw ONLY.
I've been using these mounting plates almost exclusively with my lighter weighted Manfrotto tripod heads. I have nothing but good things to say. After years of use, occasional (and, mostly accidental) abuse, dropping, extreme heat and moisture exposure - they all work great. I even even over-tourqued one to the point where it snapped off the mounting stud at the base of the camera! The mounting plate and threads are still fine but camera needed a little extra attention at the Canon service center. Not a single mounting plate I own has broken or failed - ever.
Though these little guys are small, if you're doing any tripod work - weather macro, indoor product, portraiture or just doing a star sweep shot in the middle of the woods on some chilly evening, they're ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. There's nothing worse than showing up to a shot having lugged your camera, lenses, tripod and kitchen sink just to find out that your mounting plate is somewhere else - like on another camera that's sitting on your gear rack back in your studio.
So after a few of these frustrating experiences (I often learn by braille), I purchased a few more to keep with me so I've got one where ever I go. Practically every 35mm kit has at least one, and for good measure I keep one in my Jeep - just in case.