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    Re: Alpa tripod mounting plate

    I found that with the Alpa reversing adapter (which seems to be the same dimensions as the SWA base) that the B22 is a good fit. I use that on my Alpa FPS on the SW/SWA reversing foot.

    Not too big, not too small, and still keeping square and twist resistant with the lip of the plate against the Alpa foot.

    Hey, what do you know ... RRS thought so too

    RRS recommendation for Alpa 12-SWH

    This is on the reversing foot:

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    Re: Alpa tripod mounting plate

    I defer to Graham. I'd forgotten that the SW cams had that round protrusion on the bottom.

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    Re: Alpa tripod mounting plate

    Fantastic -- thanks, Graham. Done!

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    Re: Alpa tripod mounting plate

    anyone tried the Base plate of the fantastic L shape plate by Arca swiss ?


    http://www.arca-shop.de/en/camera-pl...der-/-L-holder

    otherwise, have a square plate on my RM3D is really cool... i can use my camera in two positions, depending on the head !

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    Re: Alpa tripod mounting plate

    Is anyone using the plates Alpa now shows on their website? They may not have been out around the last time this thread was active. I need something for my TC and the small mount looks really sleek but the very minimal surface area in contact with the clamp scares me. The square mount seems more suitable for supporting a setup that might include a DB and delicate lens. Both look really well integrated with the system in the promo photos.
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    Re: Alpa tripod mounting plate

    I can recommend the square plate. I had both and the thin one was too thin to feel comfortable with a MFDB & Alpa on top.

    With the STC, the stitch (taller) bracket is better too.
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    Re: Alpa tripod mounting plate

    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    With the STC, the stitch (taller) bracket is better too.
    That’s interesting Graham. What keeps me from trying that plate on th “bottom” of the camera is the desire to use a flat plate on the hand grip for rise/fall. Easier to hold a flat plate on the grip.

    I still use the RRS BP-CS plate on the grip, and prefer to keep the brands the same so I don’t have to worry about setting head tension between two similar, but not exactly the same, dove tail designs.

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    Re: Alpa tripod mounting plate

    Quote Originally Posted by tylerallenmohr View Post
    Is anyone using the plates Alpa now shows on their website? They may not have been out around the last time this thread was active. I need something for my TC and the small mount looks really sleek but the very minimal surface area in contact with the clamp scares me. The square mount seems more suitable for supporting a setup that might include a DB and delicate lens. Both look really well integrated with the system in the promo photos.
    Yes, the RRS B22 (I think) on the side with the handle, unobtrusive, and the small Alpa dovetail one on the bottom. It has sharp corners, but is thin and doesn't get hung up on things. And yes, it surprisingly holds the camera quite steady in RRS clamps, no issues. Thanks to Paula for the recommendation - right again!

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    Re: Alpa tripod mounting plate

    Quote Originally Posted by tylerallenmohr View Post
    Is anyone using the plates Alpa now shows on their website? They may not have been out around the last time this thread was active. I need something for my TC and the small mount looks really sleek but the very minimal surface area in contact with the clamp scares me. The square mount seems more suitable for supporting a setup that might include a DB and delicate lens. Both look really well integrated with the system in the promo photos.

    No issues at all with the tiny plate (the one shown on the right hand side TC on your image). I've used it with the 32mm and 90mm Rodenstock lenses, with the Phase One IQ backs and roll film backs, all works fine.

    It may look funny when clamped down, but trying to get it to budge feels impossible without actually breaking something.

    So I'd say, if your setup needs the smaller plate then go for it by all means.

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    Re: Alpa tripod mounting plate

    I have used all of the Alpa mounts and agree that they're definitely strong enough, even the narrow adapter. For me it was always a case of rather having an over engineered part vs minimal part just because of having $50k+ of gear sitting on top. The narrow base plate was a little too easy to put in crooked into the mouth of my Cube QR clamp, albeit admittedly it would square up when the clamp was closed. Once clamped everything is absolutely rigid.
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