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Desmond P-25 25mm QR Lens / Camera Body Plate Arca Compatible & D-Ring P25 DP-25
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- Arca-Swiss compatible QR plate.
- 39mm wide.
- 25mm (1") in Length.
- 1/4"-20 black D-Ring screw.
- Desmond Brand
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Desmond Brand DP-25 QR Plate25mm Arca Swiss compatible Quick Release Lens Plate All Metal Construction.Ideal for compact cameras 1/4"-20 D ring screw Measures: 1" (25mm) x 1.5 (39mm) x 0.39".Weight: 0.97oz (20g)
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The down side to virtually any camera plate that doesn't have an anti-rotation measure such as a permanent stud or lip that braces the back of the camera or lens plate is that it will usually give some once locked on a tripod head unless it's very securely tightened to the item before mounting. Since the plate is going to be locked in the tripod head the camera/lens may be rotated loose or tighter if tension is applied. This is nothing to worry about really unless you have heavy gear attached. I'd honestly recommend anyone with very expensive or heavy gear to look at a version that provides anti-rotation protection AND an arca-style locking screw that will snag on the tripod head should the clamp become a little loose in operation. I use Really Right Stuff 35 and 55 heads with the lever clamp lock and this plate works perfectly well all things considered.
It's a very tiny plate and therefore both convenient and perhaps easy to misplace. I've provided photos of it attached to a Yashica D medium format camera, Panasonic GM1, Sony a6000, Nikon F100, Canon AE1 and an Olympus OMD to give you an idea of it's size. For the Yashica, GM1, a6000 and F100 I show it mounted on the smaller RRS 35 head with lever clamp. The F100 is to illustrate it holding at an odd angle without sliding or falling. If your camera has a rubber pad on the bottom like, say the F100, D800, D4, the rubber-on-rubber contact does seem to provide a more secure fit than on slicker bases. For the larger cameras or those who tend to rotate the tripod head 90* for vertical shots quite often, a plate with more surface area, or better yet, a locking lip, would be recommended. I've used this with my hefty F100 film camera with 50 1.8 and 24 2.8 primes with zero issues, but going heavier than that would likely push me to something a tad more secure.
Overall it's an excellent universal plate that I highly recommend for small to medium digital/film cameras and camcorders. I favor plates with an anti-rotation knob for video cameras and plates with anti-rotation lips that brace the camera body for still cameras, but they aren't a one-size-fits-all solution. If you are looking for an inexpensive one-size-fits-MANY mounting plate for arca style heads, this is a great little option. Check your camera size and look for the Desmond plate that you think will best suit your needs. If, however, like me, you find yourself needing something occasionally for several different cameras and don't want to by item-specific plates for all of them, look no further.
I wouldn't recommend this for lens collar mounting, however. This doesn't mean that it won't work, but the lack of anti-rotation lip/knob makes it somewhat of a gamble IMO. I've got no doubts that the plate would remain locked on the tripod, however, the weight and, often, offset center of gravity with some lens/camera combos would easily cause this plate to loosen at the thread as mentioned before.
- inexpensive: at the time of this review it's approximately $9
- universal design means it works on virtually any camera (though very heavy/large cameras should really have a larger plate as this will likely provide more peace of mind for the operator)
- well machined
- locks perfectly in the RRS system
- no anti-rotation lip/knob
- may be too small for larger cameras (just find a larger size)
- not recommended for lens collar mounting due to the lack of an anti-rotation lip
The only reasons I didn't give it 5 stars are the following two nits:
1. The slot on the d-ring is too small to insert a quarter (or penny). Sometimes the extra torque you get from pocket change helps to tighten or loosen the plate.
2. It's really small which makes it a bit more fidgety to get it on an arca style clamp, and it also means that you may need to mount it at right angles to what you'd normally do in order to get the most surface contact with the camera.
The only negative is that the small size of the 25mm plate doesn't allow for the safety screws on the bottom of the plate, so if your clamp screw on the tripod head comes loose, the camera/plate could slide forward or back, right off the tripod. A 45mm or 50mm plate sticks out, but would be safer. But I do like the sleekness and the compact size.
If you are a pro - you may want to spend twice to four times the cost of these plates - but for me, as a serious amateur - they work just fine.
The only drawback is the D-ring on the thumbscrew. The screw is in a slot so you can adjust the plate fore and aft when attaching it to the camera, but the D-ring requires more clearance to turn than does the screw by itself, so I had to remove the D-ring to position the plate all the way back where it would not interfere with the tilting LCD. This works fine because the screw can be tightened using a quarter. (Apparently the screw slot in earlier versions was too narrow for a quarter.)
The screw is painted black (very easy to scratch through). A stainless screw with no D-ring would be preferable.