The Arca-Swiss system is as close to a universal system you'll find for QR plates/clamps. Plates and clamps from Wimberely, Kirk, Really Right Stuff, Arca Swiss, Markins, AcraTech, Foba, and others are all interchangeable. I have a mix of Wimberley and RRS plates on my bodies and collared lenses, and I use them with clamps/ballheads/etc. from Wimberley, RRS, and Kirk. I've got a nice Manfrotto 468MG ballhead, came with a clamp for the Manfrotto RC2 plate, but I simply unscrewed that clamp and replaced with a Wimberley C-12 clamp, and all my plates fit.
On the Rhino slider you mentioned, there's a 3/8" stud - you'd simply attached a ballhead to that, with the appropriate clamp, and you're good to go.
Thank you for the reply!!
Ok, so on all these brands...they say Arca Swiss compatible..or is there any other terms or code words I need to look for?
I just looked on amazon.com for "wemberly plate" and "kirk plate" and RRS plates and came up with nothing really. I found one brand of plate by "Desmond"...but was plate only.
Can someone post some links to the entire system plates and receivers so I could get a better idea what I"m looking for?
Again, thanks for all the feedback so far!!!
The Arca Swiss system revolves around a plate machined from aluminum, which has a dovetail groove cut down the length of both sides. The plate attaches to your camera(s) and/or lens collar(s). The other part of the system is a clamp designed to securely hold the plate. That clamp is mounted on your ball head(s), macro rail, etc. Many different manufacturers make both, and so the price differences can be great.
Here is a cheap and solid clamp:
Here is a cheap and solid plate for a lens collar:
You can get a universal plate for your camera, but it may rotate and it may interfere with access to your battery, card, electronic connections, etc. It is better to get a plate specifically designed for your camera. Everything else is universal. One more point. Many like clamps which are activated by a lever. They are very fast and convenient. However, since manufacturing tolerances between companies exist, a lever clamp may not work well for plates from another manufacturer. For this reason, I prefer a screw clamp. Hope this clears it up a little....