I have already published solutions for the support of the EOS 7D either with or without the battery grip. However, I have been using the Desmond D7DG Arca-Swiss® compatible quick release plate lately, custom made for the BG-E7 battery grip, which proved very convenient in most cases.
Therefore, I decided to write about it, since I believe that there will be a big number of used EOS 7Ds in the market as soon as many users will rush for the new model, coming out by next month.
On top of that the price of the plate has been dramatically lowered lately making it a real bargain for a custom plate.
Packing & Contents
|The D7DG plate comes in the usual generic white box with the product label and ASIN code. Except for the plate two Allen hex keys are included. One 4mm for the mounting screw and one smaller 2,5mm for the safety stop screws respectively|
Desmond D7DG QR Plate
|Height w/ ridge:||15 mm (0.59")|
|Width:||64 mm (2.52")|
|Length:||77 mm (3.03")|
|Weight:||81 gr (2.85 oz)|
The plate is precision CNC machined from solid Aircraft grade Aluminium following a skeletal design, featuring safety stop screws at both ends, plus compatibility with all Arca style quick release clamps including RRS Lever clamps.
The D7DG QR plate is skeletal but still robust, thus a little larger and heavier than common dovetail QR plates. There is only one front convex edge to hold the plate since otherwise it would block the BG-E7 battery door which opens from the rear, but sports two strap loops at either sides.
Mounting the L Plate on the Camera
Since this is a Custom plate, mounting has no second thoughts and is straight forward.
Using the Plate
Exceptional machining, finishing and anodizing quality for the price.
Excellent strength and torsional behavior.
Safety Stop screws.
Full Arca-Swiss® and RRS® lever clamp compatibility.
Excellent value for money.
Absence of lens centering mark(s).
The D7DG Plate is a good choice for the Canon EOS 7D with battery Grip in case you use the camera mostly in landscape orientation and don't actually need an L bracket.
The Desmond quality standards, proven constant up to now, combined with a very low price tag, makes the D7DG an excellent Value for Money actually a bargain!
Note: The D7DG QR Plate presented in this article was kindly offered by Desmond Photographic Distribution, USA for evaluation and review.
I hope you found the article and ideas useful, thank you for viewing.
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Price & Availability:
The Desmond D7DG QR plate is currently available for only US$ 9.95 (Regular US$ 21.95) (+Shipping where applicable) from Amazon.com
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