I have a question about AS plates. So, according to RRS they recommend using their own QR plates or Wimberley ones with their BH clamps. I noticed a couple of folk mention they were using universal AS plates. Did you have any issues? Is it best to stick to their advice and get the RRS custom plates? I'm just wondering because down the line I might want to upgrade my 5D2 and a universal plate makes more sense.
FWIW, the Wimberley P-5 is a 'universal' camera plate that works fine in RRS clamps, and mine didn't twist. Can come in handy for early adopters (if you buy a new model of camera before dedicated plates are available). There's no good universal L-bracket.
Also, note that RRS' recommendation to use RRS/Wimberley plates applies only to their lever clamps, not their screw knob clamps.
I have just received the RRS TVC-34L and the PG-02 gimbal head. I really didn´t need it, but Neuro and Elm58 talked me into it
I'm not going to apologize.
The RRS looks more exclusive and it packs a bit more compact (not much). I actually thought the RRS would have been smaller.
Yes, the PG-02 LLR was bigger than I expected, too. When I got it, I also got the LensCoat PG Pouch for transport. Protects the head very well...and the loaded pouch turns out to be the size of a 300/2.8!! I found that a Lowepro Lens Exchange 200 AW makes a very effective case for the PG-02 LLR (pics in this linked thread
), and it easily attaches to my Lowepro bags.
Besides a slightly smaller transport size (and a more convenient shape), the RRS gimbal has a couple other advantages. If you have an L-bracket, you can lock the upright portion into the LLR clamp, and shoot with a standard (non-collared) lens. With the Wimberley II, you need to change heads. Also, it's a pano
-gimbal head - if you add an MPR-CL or -CL II rail, you have a complete multi-row pano head.