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Re: Help me finalize my tripod & ballhead choice
« Reply #30 on: April 18, 2013, 10:39:55 AM »

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Re: Help me finalize my tripod & ballhead choice
« Reply #33 on: April 18, 2013, 11:02:46 AM »
You are most welcome, funnily enough I was looking at the Promediagear YouTube video for their flash brackets recently. They seem to make a very high quality product and the 5D MkIII L-plate looks to be one of their best fitting designs.
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Re: Help me finalize my tripod & ballhead choice
« Reply #34 on: April 18, 2013, 12:26:37 PM »
Hmm, interesting ... did not know I could replace it with the Wimberley clamp ... will have to get me one. Regarding the release plates ... I see that they are not "universal" like the RC-2 QR plates, am I missing something?
coz if I replace the clamp I need 8 release plates for 5DMK III, D7000, 70-200 f/2.8 L II, 100 L, 150-500 OS, Macro Rail and 1 or 2 spare for future lenses ... so what release plate should I be getting?

No, they're not universal.  Kirk and RRS have a variety of plates for specific bodies and lenses, Wimberley has a set of lens plates (different lengths) and a universal body plate.  All three have a selection tool / compatibility list on their website.
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Re: Help me finalize my tripod & ballhead choice
« Reply #35 on: April 18, 2013, 12:28:44 PM »
You can often get "job lots" of old plates on eBay very cheaply. Many plates are specified for one camera but might work on others, my RRS 1Ds MkIII camera plate works backwards on 1D/S MkI/II's for instance and many are flat so could work on many bodies, lens plates often fit a variety of lenses.

Indeed I have used a RRS 192MPR as an emergency everything plate, using various Canon 5D MkI/II and Nikon bodies as well as several lenses with it. The custom plates do have shaped surfaces to stop rotation, but you can attach a short flat plate to almost anything.
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Re: Help me finalize my tripod & ballhead choice
« Reply #36 on: April 19, 2013, 07:38:40 PM »
I was looking at those on RRS's website, I do see myself adding one later if needed.  I'm ok spending extra to own both because I'm sure there will be times I won't want the bulk of an L bracket.  Besides I see myself leaving the plate attached the majority of the time.

I really hope they release more like the L-bracket for the 1D X - it actually converts from an L-bracket to just the base plate, and the hex wrench for the conversion is stored right in the plate.  It's an awesome design, IMO.
The RRS 60D L-bracket has this design too.  Much better than the 1-piece 5D2 L-bracket IMO.
FYI, called RRS yesterday, they have no plans to design and build a 2 piece modular L bracket for the 5D3.

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Re: Help me finalize my tripod & ballhead choice
« Reply #36 on: April 19, 2013, 07:38:40 PM »

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Re: Help me finalize my tripod & ballhead choice
« Reply #37 on: April 20, 2013, 08:29:48 AM »
Thanks again everyone for all the excellent suggestions and tips.  I really got some great advice and I’m sure it will be very helpful for lots of other folks too.  I looked into every single person’s suggestion and came up with the two following options:

Option 1:
Gitzo - GT-2531 (3 section, 26.46 load, CF)
RRS – BH-40 LR (mid-size 18 lb load)
RRS – B5D3A plate (AS plate for 5D3 body)

Total cost with current rebates $992


Option 2:
Manfrotto - 055CXPRO4 (4 section, 17.64 load, CF)
Manfrotto - 468MGRC2 (Magnesium Hydrostatic Ballhead, 22 lb load)

Total cost with current rebates $540


I’m going with option 1.   Is it an overkill for my needs/uses?  Probably, but I hoping this will last my lifetime.  Although option 2 is very nice gear and nothing to snarl at, I will always wish I had gone with option 1.  Later I will pick up a Wimberley P-20 plate for my 70-200 ring and a plate for my 7D.

Now the one piece of advice I’ll give back (and what so many others have already given):  Don’t buy a mediocre tripod and head.  You will become frustrated like I did and end up spending more money in the long run.  I broke my own rule and did not buy a quality item in the first place. 


A great tripod/ballhead setup is one that you can keep for a lifetime (as a matter of speaking). The added cost doesn't really matter then. A good or mediocre one is one that you'll upgrade sooner or later and in the end it will cost as much or more....

Sounds like a good, future proof plan. Also, given the fact that you have an expensive camera (5D3), I wouldn't go cheap on a tripod/ballhead setup.
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Re: Help me finalize my tripod & ballhead choice
« Reply #38 on: April 20, 2013, 10:16:17 AM »
I also do woodworking, and I have lived by the "Always buy your second tool first...." rule.  It has saved me "a bunch" of cash in the long term, and I don't have that "settled for" tool or lens sitting around that I can't sell for "what it is worth", and I have been generally happier in the hobby.....

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Re: Help me finalize my tripod & ballhead choice
« Reply #39 on: May 10, 2013, 10:07:29 AM »
Feedback on my purchase

Well I got the last of my stuff delivered yesterday and all I can say is the Really Right Stuff is awesome stuff.  I'm an extremely impressed with precision, the machining, engraving, and the finish of every little detail.   I love how you can adjust and set the drag to increase the fluidity of the ball.   I got the quick release style clamp and their Arca Swiss custom plates (body, lens, grip).  Now that I've had my hands on the AS system I could never go back. 

As a bonus benefit, I ordered one of these clamps http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=B2-FAB-F&type=0&eq=&desc=B2-FAB-F-38mm-clamp-with-flat-back&key=it so I could attach my Black Rapid fastener to it.  With the fastener loctited on, I can quickly switch between bodies without disrupting the secured fastener.

Yes RRS is a little pricy but IMO, it is not over-priced.  You really do get a lot for your money.

So if you are reading this and researching heads:

Is RRS worth the cost? - yes
Arca Swiss? – a big yes


The Gitzo tripod, what can I say, rock solid, precise, and light weight.

I even unloaded my old tripods via Craigslist and recouped a fair amount.

Thanks all again for your help!


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Re: Help me finalize my tripod & ballhead choice
« Reply #40 on: May 10, 2013, 10:52:13 AM »
RRS stuff is simply awesome!

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Re: Help me finalize my tripod & ballhead choice
« Reply #41 on: May 10, 2013, 10:52:39 AM »
The Gitzo tripod, what can I say, rock solid, precise, and light weight.

+ 1

I got the same tripod last year and I've really been enjoying it. Huge step up my the Manfrotto 055MF3 I was using before that.

After reading tons of reviews and some technical studies on vibration damping I decided on the Markins Q10 ballhead plus TB-21 base (essentially the Magica tripod without the ugly Nikon swag), but RRS makes great stuff so you can't go wrong there.

Congrats and enjoy!
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Re: Help me finalize my tripod & ballhead choice
« Reply #41 on: May 10, 2013, 10:52:39 AM »