January 4, 2011

Kiwi Fotos LP-100 Lens Plate Review

Kiwi Fotos LP-100 Lens Plate overview
The reason for using a longer Arca-Swiss® compatible lens plate on a telephoto collar foot, becomes apparent when someone wants to utilize extra equipment like a tele and/or macro flash bracket.

Even more, a heavy long telephoto lens when attached to a lighter camera  may be balanced more accurately on a head, with the help of a longer lens plate.
Therefore there are some prerequisites for such a longer lens plate.

a. It must be at least 2,5cm (1") longer than the lens foot,
b. Must be of a double dovetail design.
b. Have extra holes in order that different manufacturer flash brackets can be attached.

So after a little search in eBay, I came up with the very reasonably priced Kiwi Fotos LP-100 lens plate.

The Plate

Kiwi Fotos LP-100 box contents
Kiwi Fotos LP-100 lens plate comes boxed with an attachment/compatibility instructions leaflet, a warranty card, One 1/4"-20 captive screw, Two M3 stop screws and the relevant Allen Hex keys for the 1/4" and the M3 screws.
Kiwi Fotos LP-100 top view
Top view showing clearly the anti-twist ridge on one side and one groove and 3 holes on the other side for the attachment of Accessories.
Kiwi Fotos LP-100 bottom view
Bottom view showing the M3 stop screws at both ends, the captive slot and two extra M3 tapped holes which function for securing accessories.

Attaching on a Lens

Kiwi Fotos LP-100 on Canon EF 70-200 L IS USM
Here, the lens plate is attached securely on the tripod collar foot of a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM telephoto lens.
Kiwi Fotos LP-100 on Canon EF 70-200 L IS USM closeup
The lens plate is attached by an 1/4"-20 captive screw on the lens collar foot with the anti-twist ridge placed flash to the back side of the foot.
Kiwi Fotos LP-100 on Canon EF 70-200 L IAS USM sideview
Side view showing the length difference between the lens foot and the lens plate.
Kiwi Fotos LP-100 on Canon EF 70-200 L IS USM sideview closeup
Looking closer, we can see that there is enough headroom in front of the lens foot for attaching extra equipment like a flash bracket.
Kiwi Fotos LP-100 on ball head clamp
Finally the lens attached via the lens plate on an Arca-Swiss® compatible Quick release Clamp, thus permitting fast mounting/dismounting but also adequate space for camera/lens balancing.

In the last photo we can see that, not only there is plenty of room to mount a flash bracket on the top dovetail in front of the collar foot, but also enough  lens plate length to balance accurately the camera/lens combination by moving the plate back-forth in the quick release clamp.
For example a Gripped Canon 50D, 7D, 5DII or a Canon 1D Series camera (all around 1,3kg) when combined with an 70-200 f2.8 L IS USM, an 100-400 L IS USM or even a 400 f5.6 L USM balances perfectly on the lens collar foot. Otherwise with a lower weight camera the camera/lens combination has to be pulled backwards in order to balance on a head.

In the referenced articles bellow you may find detailed information how a Telephoto flash bracket can be attached on the lens plate with minimum effort.

I hope you found this review useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos: © 2011 S.C.Vlachos

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Referenced Articles:
Create an Economy Telephoto Flash Bracket

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