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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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
|Here, the lens plate is attached securely on the tripod collar foot of a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM telephoto lens.|
|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.|
|Side view showing the length difference between the lens foot and the lens plate.|
|Looking closer, we can see that there is enough headroom in front of the lens foot for attaching extra equipment like a flash bracket.|
|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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