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| p.1 #3 · Remember all the love for the AS P0? whatever happened to it? |
I've still got my P0, and it's great. The head is fantastic -- an excellent design, and very intuitive. You have to use an L-bracket with it if you want to shoot in portrait, since it is very clunky to use flopped over. That, to me, is a pretty minor limitation.
The Slidefix mini clamp system hasn't been developed further, which is little surprise given how slowly Arca-Swiss seems to move. It's still got potential, though.
It's worth remembering that the original Arca system was first adopted by medium and large format shooters, and then by 35mm wildlife photographers who needed to support heavy, bulky gear. It's now worked its way much farther down to become the standard for advanced consumer use, which is great -- but it's an overbuilt spec for a lot of what it currently gets used for. A lower profile system with smaller plates and L-brackets would be a real benefit for the latest generation of mirrorless cameras.
I would probably get a Slidefix clamp for the P0 if there was an excellent dedicated L-bracket for my NEX-7. The lower profile of the slidefix system is a natural for it. I keep wondering if RRS or one of the new import lines might release a few slidefix plates/brackets, though I know it means making a major commitment to a new system that might not take off.