Manfrotto 501PL Rapid Connect Sliding Plate with 1/4'' and 3/8'' Camera Fixing Screws,Black
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||5.51 x 1.73 x 0.24 inches|
|Item Weight||90 Grams|
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- supplied with both 1/4- Inch- and 3/8- Inch screws
- Fits NGE2 Ball head and Manfrotto video fluid heads 501 and 503
- Rubber pad to protect your camera
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This Manfrotto 501PL Rapid Connect Sliding Plate is the replacement quick release plate for your National Geographic NGE2 ball head, Manfrotto 501, or Manfrotto 503 video fluid head. This long version of the standard plate allows perfect balance for camcorders. Rapid Connect Sliding Plate w/1/4- Inch- & 3/8- InchFixing Screws. this plate replaces the Manfrotto 3433PL.
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This is what you get: the plate will not fit a 3/8in screw - the rubber plug is gone, you can only fit a 1/4in screw through that hole. They give you a 3/8in threaded sleeve to screw into your camera then you have to thread the 1/4in into that 3/8in sleeve. The brass set point is not supplied, rather you have to use their plastic piece and press it into the plate from the top. This means that if you have equipment you wish to mount that does not have the alignment set point you either cannot mount it or you have to struggle to press that plastic piece out, in which case it flies across the room and you lose it for good.
This is simply a inferior design because it you have heavy equipment (which is one reason why someone buys a 501 or 503 tripod head), that 1/4in screw which you have to use here may not be strong or reliable enough to secure a super expensive camera. The only thing I'd trust a 1/4in screw for is a DSLR or mounting some lens, optic, etc.
The plate has 3 attachment and allignment methods
#1 - a spring loaded pin ensures the lens is pointed down the tripod the proper way
#2 - a normal 10/24 tripod screw (removable and re-installable)
#3 - a 3/8" standard used on audio and heavy video equipment screw, again removable and storable.
The system is designed to allow you to use your one fluid head and one tripod with multiple cameras without undoing screws - it's a 2 step process
step 1 - rotate the big lock lever on the tripod head 180 degrees to unlock the camera. It will now slide, but won't come out.
step 2 - press the red button - its red to warn you after this the camera is comming out so be prepared to catch it.
You can put a second slide on another camera (ex: still and video). When you slide it in, it will click once it gets past the red button part, but still
slide so you can adjust the blance on the fluid head. When you have the camera where you want it, rotate that lock lever back into the lock position and the camera wont move.
This allows you to use your 501 and 503 heads to hold:
video (most likely)
heavy still cameras (pro slr)
audio equipment (uses the 3/8" screw)
misc other items (even the marantz 661pmd Marantz PMD661 Portable SD Recorder ) has a tripod stud receptical and can attach a plate.
what I like about this system the most is that if you don't have a screwdriver to properly set up the plate, you can break off the tab from a soda can and use it to tighten down the desired screw. A rubber plug allows you to remove the unused screw, and there is storage for it on the side of the 503 head so you don't loose it.
These plates make a great head even more flexible by allowing you to shoot some high definition (4096 pixel+) stills after shooting HD Video. The ability to slide the camera front to back to balance it without fear of it falling once you hear the red button click is nice too - it temporarily keeps your camera in the head until you achieve balance. BTW - most camera or slr mfgrs put the tripod mount near the center of gravity to assist you here. If using a long telephoto lens Opteka 500mm f/8 Telephoto Mirror Lens for Olympus EVOLT E-520, E-510, E-500, E-420, E-410, E-330, E-300, E-3 & E-1 Digital SLR Camera they will often have their own tripod point since they are heavy enough to move the CG forward of the camera body.
If you do video, still, and audio, order 2 of these slides (1 comes with the head) and your favorite attachment will be "hooked up" in seconds. Otherwise 1 is enough.
2. The photo shows 1 1/4 twenty screw and 1 3/8 screw and has a rubber plug to allow exchanging them. What we received was 2 1/4 in screws
and a 3/8 bushing adaptor which I do not like.
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Well made as you find with manfrotto.