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    What I've learned about QR plates.

    To paraphrase Gandhi on Western Civilization, I think Arca plates are a great idea! I also think slots and lips are a good, flexible solution. I mentioned I was pleased with the way the Breakthrough Photography plate worked with my Nikon ED50. My objection is the current state of implementation...
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    What I've learned about QR plates.

    Thanks Kevin, for the info. My OP wasn't my opinion so much as what I gathered the general consensus was from various sources. I'm quite convinced by both Alexis and you that RC2 is a misfire. But I think RC5 is much better designed and a very competitive alternative with bigger instruments. I...
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    What I've learned about QR plates.

    At a certain age, one starts to understand the deep meaning of "good enough". Now where's my drill... Calvin and Hobbs: [I pray for] The strength to change what I can, the inability to accept what I can't, and the incapacity to tell the difference.
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    What I've learned about QR plates.

    Well if I have an audience of at least one, it might raise my average;-) I'm looking for the Dia-Compe without the QR - I've checked all those sites and the local used bike parts collective is closed for the shut-down. It is available in Japan and Europe, so I have one in the mail, it's just...
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    What I've learned about QR plates.

    Coincidentally been updating a vintage bicycle I have. I now need a part that used to be ubiquitous. (A headset mounted cable hanger to get low enough to accommodate aero lever cabling.) What a headache! Turns out there are only 3 ready manufactures left - Japanese and US boutique operations way...
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    What I've learned about QR plates.

    Well just received an Andoer CL-50LS clamp from a US reseller. While I don't have anything to clamp it on yet, it looks to be very nicely made and thought out. It's open ended with a thumb screw for adjustability (between 38mm and 40 something). On the other side is a cam lever with a nicely...
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    What I've learned about QR plates.

    Thanks Alexis, very informative. I did pick up that RC2 wasn't burning down the house. The asymmetry and alignment issues certainly explain that. I see the detente ramps on the bottom of the Gitzo. Indeed it is the short RC5 I was looking for. But now I realize I would have a half-honking plate...
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    What I've learned about QR plates.

    Recently I added a Pentax PF-80 to my panoply, with a The Birder tripod and a Manfrotto 502 clone head. Up to now I had an old Slik travel tripod, very light and equally flexible, but suitable for my mirrorless camera and Nikon ED50. I'm very impressed with the RC5 plate for the quick release...
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