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A Good Alternative to Really Right Stuff (RRS) L-PLates
on April 26, 2013
Most users may not notice much of a difference between SUNWAYFOTO & RRS. They appear much the same as well as function the same. Both are Arca QR compatible. Both are made from strong, but light weight, aluminum.
The substantial advantage in price goes to SUNWAYFOTO.
There are distinctions in favor of RRS: The RRS L-plate comes with 5 year guarantee and is black anodized whereas this one appears to be painted--although I have not noticed any scratches yet. I respect RRS for its quality and have many of its products including one L-plate for another model.
Overall, I recommend SUNWAYFOTO, with one reservation, although you may draw a different conclusion. I reduced my rating by one star because of an apparent design oversight. RRS L-plates include centering index marks for both portrait and landscape orientation. These marks precisely indicate the center of the lens. For some odd reason SUNWAYFOTO omitted the portrait centering mark. If you are doing panoramic photos this is significant to restrict ghosting and other problems associated with making multiple shots that will later be stitched together. For anything else, it is not necessarily critical.
PS On two occasions, the merchant selling these on Amazon was most helpful and responsive--as good as Amazon--and that is a very high compliment to give it.