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#1 nwcs

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 03:55 PM

I just got the RRS BD500 bottom plate for my D500. Every camera plate I've ever used was snug to the body but this one has a little bit of play to it. Is this normal? Since it's part of a modular system it may be OK (I don't have the L part) but it seems odd. Any thoughts?



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Posted 30 August 2017 - 04:16 PM

I would ask RRS.


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Posted 30 August 2017 - 04:56 PM

I did. They asked for a video and I sent it. I've not used a modular plate before so I wasn't sure if any play is expected.

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 05:20 PM

I have 1old RRS plate, and the rest is Kirk. But, I would expect the modular to be tight. I have one on my 300.

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 05:45 PM

Well, heard back from them. They're sending me another screw and a special screw that is 3/4 mm shorter so I bet that will work. I'm impressed by their customer service. :)

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 05:46 PM

Yeah, they are pretty good.

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 05:48 PM

Well, heard back from them. They're sending me another screw and a special screw that is 3/4 mm shorter so I bet that will work. I'm impressed by their customer service. :)

My Kirk, Markins and RRS AS plates are tight it could be that the one you got is just a bit off. Hopefully the new screw will fix the issue if not I am sure RRS will make it right.

 

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 06:51 PM

Thanks! I was hoping it was a fluke. But since I've not had a RRS camera plate I wasn't sure.

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 08:35 AM

I typically buy plates from RRS.  The D500 two piece plate fits nice and snug - like others.  The design of the D500 plate has the screw going into a recessed area.  It fits just like any other plate.  

 

I assume the 2 piece plate is cheaper to manufacture than a one piece plate.  It also provides a bit more flexibility if someone buys a flat plate and wants to convert it to an L.  What I don't like is the expectation the small hex wrench will stay in place in teh bottom of the base plate.  I find it either needs gaffer tape to hold it in place or just remove it and keep it in my camera bag.


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Posted 31 August 2017 - 11:15 AM

It's such a standard Allen wrench sized that I don't expect I'll ever leave the wrench attached. I'm hoping the new screws take care of the problem. I like the basic design better than the Kirk alternative. I didn't want to go with a knockoff. At this point I'm willing to put support to the companies who create rather than clone.

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 07:01 AM

Well, the new screws haven't worked so I'm thinking the plate itself is the problem or the camera tripod socket is out of spec. I'm curious what will happen now. Waiting for them to reply.

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 10:02 AM

Wow, that's pretty strange. Do you have a flat lens plate? I would try that on the D500, just to see if it can get snug.

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 10:27 AM

I just tried the only other small plate I have, a little Kirk plate and it's also loose. So it's probably the D500 is out of spec somehow. Not sure how since it was purchased direct from Nikon. Hmm. Odd.



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Posted 03 September 2017 - 10:35 AM

OK, I had a brilliant idea. I put some gaffer tape on the plate itself to increase its thickness. Worked perfectly. So it's very snug now. What would we do without gaffer tape? It's like duct tape's little brother.



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Posted 03 September 2017 - 10:43 AM

So it seems the screw is a bit too long. The D500 has a different depth ??

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Posted 03 September 2017 - 10:44 AM

Maybe. I wouldn't think so. They sent me a screw that as .75mm shorter and it didn't work either. Probably needed to be 2mm shorter by my guesstimate.



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 08:12 AM

I wonder how secure the tripod socket is?  It sounds like the socket is blocked - probably by a small piece of metal or plastic.  While gaffer tape is a workaround, I don't think it is a solution on a new camera.


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