January 10, 2011

Kiwi Fotos LP-169 Lens Plate Review

Kiwi Fotos LP-169 Lens Plate overview
A long Arca-Swiss® compatible lens plate on a telephoto or macro lens collar foot, is a must in the following situations.

a. When someone wants to balance a long and heavy lens like a 500 mm tele on a ball/gimbal head with different camera bodies or
b. When using a macro lens with collar like a 100mm or 180mm and want micro focus moving the lens back and forth or want to attach a macro flash bracket.

Therefore there are some prerequisites for such a long lens plate.
a. It must be at least 15cm (6") long,
b. Must be of a double dovetail design and
c. 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 very reasonably priced Kiwi Fotos LP-169 lens plate.

The Plate

Kiwi Fotos LP-169 box contents
Kiwi Fotos 169mm Lens Plate originally intended for very long telephoto lenses, comes boxed with attachment/compatibility instructions 2 x 1/4"-20 captive screws, 2 x M3 screws and 2 x Allen hex keys for 1/4 and M3 screws respectively.
Kiwi Fotos LP-169 box top view
Top view showing clearly the anti-slide ridge on one side, two captive slots and one groove and 3 holes on the other side for the attachment of Accessories like a flash bracket.
Kiwi Fotos LP-169 M3 safety stop screws
2 x M3 screws are supplied to be used as safety stop screws in order to avoid the plate slipping off a ball head clamp, in case the clamp is not tightened well.
Kiwi Fotos LP-169 bottom view
Bottom view showing the M3 stop screws fixed in place, the captive slots as the plate must be secured with 2 x 1/4"-20 captive screws on a long lens collar foot like the Canon EF 500 f/4 L IS USM and two extra M3 tapped holes which function for securing accessories.

In the article Create an Economy Nodal / Macro Rail you can see how this lens plate can also be converted into a nodal rail.
Further, I shall describe in detail how a telephoto and/or a macro 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: © 2010-2011 S.C.Vlachos

LP-169 Lens Plate is available from Amazon or from eBay worldwide.

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Referenced Articles:
Create an Economy Nodal / Macro Rail

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