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drmarkf
4th April 2017, 10:27 AM
Anyone found a good-quality Arca Swiss L-plate for the new body that costs less than the doubtless wonderful, but eye-wateringly pricey, RRS one (which seems out of stock at the moment)?

http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/Plates-for-Oly-EM1-Mark-II

steverh
4th April 2017, 04:41 PM
Try one of the generic ones on eBay or Amazon. I have one of these and it seems nicely made and works well:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00L1YK1NA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Cost - 10.99

Note that you might have trouble opening side ports depending on how you fit it.

drmarkf
4th April 2017, 06:05 PM
Thanks - I've had trouble with generic L-plates in the past, with them pressing on bodies and causing wear to the paint.

The other problem with ones like that is that (like some of the Manfrotto camera and lens plates) is they have built-in play in the system by using cork or hard rubber pads that press against the camera. It's fine for a light system, but if you're hanging a weighty lens on the body plus it's windy you can get movement.

Ross the fiddler
4th April 2017, 10:58 PM
For a moment I thought you wanted to show that you were still learning to use the camera. :rolleyes:

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/E5dkzMprvSA/hqdefault.jpg

:D *chr

Zuiko
4th April 2017, 11:59 PM
For a moment I thought you wanted to show that you were still learning to use the camera. :rolleyes:

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/E5dkzMprvSA/hqdefault.jpg

:D *chr

On that basis I still need L plates for my EM-5 :D

drmarkf
5th April 2017, 06:36 AM
Yeah, me too on the M1ii's menus, for sure!
:confused:

drmarkf
5th April 2017, 02:15 PM
I've done some digging, and there doesn't seem to be anyone yet selling a specific L plate for the mkii other than RRS (currently unavailable), not even JJC or the other quality Chinese knock-off merchants.

There are, however, some high-quality linear plates produced by Acratech that securely fit the mkii (with and without the battery grip). They are sold by the excellent Bob Rigby, who tells me they will be available for ordering on his website in a few days. They are expected to land in the UK in 7 - 10 days.

The one for just the camera is the '2198'.

https://www.bobrigby.com/acratech/list/category/camera_qr_plates

I am going to get one of these: they'll probably be around 40 quid, but the other two camera plates I've got aren't suitable for the mkii and I need something solid for my forthcoming hebridean trip.

I've got a very good Markins which, for some reason, can't be prevented from working loose and rotating on the base of the camera, and a Kirk PZ130, which does have a lip which locks to the front of the camera OK, but it's a narrow plate that's designed for light P&Ss, and I'd be worried over its strength holding the mkii, 7-14, plus a filter set in a Scottish gale...

David M
14th April 2017, 11:24 AM
Kirk are showing a regular plate and an L plate.

https://www.kirkphoto.com/camera-mounting/olympus/em-1-mark-ii.html

drmarkf
14th April 2017, 01:45 PM
Great - many thanks for that.

Wex sell Kirk and show the M1ii plate as currently out of stock, but at least it should be available some time. 112 isn't great, but it's less than the RRS is likely to work out:
http://www.wexphotographic.com/search/?q=BL-EM1II&search_type=All

However, there's a video review here that shows it fouls the rear screen, and also you can't unbolt the two parts to use it only as a base plate: Kirk L Bracket OMD EM1 M2 - YouTube

That rules it out for me.

The RRS one has a segment missing from the rear of the vertical extension, and that should allow the screen to be flipped around much further on a tripod.

Anyway, I've ordered one of the Acratech plates from Bob Rigby so at least I'll have a secure base plate for my Scottish landscape trip.

David M
14th April 2017, 01:50 PM
Actually, I use Acratech plates on my bodies. I have two universal L plates with a clamp mounted on them. I just clamp the Acratech plate to one of them if I need an L plate.

Bassman51
15th April 2017, 12:49 AM
The missing segment in the RRS plate allows you to open it all the way, although only at a 90 degree angle (plus or minus a little bit). But as the vertical section comes off, and the hex wrench is stored in the base part, it's less inconvenient to take off than if you have to go hunting for the correct wrench. So I wind up keeping the vertical piece off and bringing it out when I am using the tripod.

If you're looking at a generic plate, take note of the shape of the front bottom of the E-M1ii and the location of the tripod socket. It's quite far forward, and many plates with lips won't fit properly at all.

Gwyver
15th April 2017, 09:50 AM
I used a RRS 2 part L-plate on the E-M1 mk1. It was well made but quite bulky.
The RRS plate for the Mk2 is even bulkier & heavier - because of the increased depth to accommodate their detachable strap connector.

Thus far on my E-M1 Mk2, I'm using an RRS B06 plate - with a piece of bike inner tube superglued to it's base. This provides just enough spacing so that the lip on the plate doesn't foul the screen. This plate is very small but has the attachment slot centred (unlike the B09). It is also available directly from one or two European web stores - so you can save a small fortune by avoiding the RRS overseas shipping charges.

When I need to use the camera on-tripod in portrait mode I use David M's solution - i.e. A universal L-plate on the tripod with a clamp to connect to the camera plate. This means that the B06 plate remains permanently attached adding minimal weight to my normal carry-round setup. In spite of the small size it works very well with the 12-100 lens attached.

For bigger/longer lens I connect to the tripod using the supplied lens foot to which I have added a basic Arca-compatible square plate (Hejnarphotostore.com sell many reasonably priced varieties).

Lorienwood_Photography
1st May 2018, 10:54 AM
I have the Acratech 2198 plate on my E-M1 mk2. It is very secure with its lugs preventing any rotation when on a tripod head in landscape orientation. It also fits my E-M5 mk2. I do miss the custom L-brackets I have on my E-M1 mk1 and Nikon bodies.

Ross the fiddler
20th May 2018, 03:33 AM
I have bought the ProMaster 'L' bracket for the Mk II that is similar to the generic (iShooT) model for the E-M1 & it is much cheaper than the RRS one, although I paid a fair bit more than US sources.
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ProMaster-L-Bracket-Olympus-OMD-EM1-MKII-/232763451208
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/FC4AAOSwc95a83Ls/s-l500.jpg

My only issue now is what program to use for stitching the images together since OV3 won't stitch them unless produced using the Scene Mode Panorama on other models (like the E-M1) that isn't on the Mk II. *shrug
EDIT: I've downloaded & had a quick first test of Hugin & it seems OK using TIFF files.