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| p.1 #12 · Why do so many release plates come with allen screws? |
Lars Johnsson wrote:
Actually the last RRS L-plate that I bought, have the allen wrench inside the plate. So you don't have to bring an extra tool in your bag. And you don't have to bring a coin in your pocket either
I like that. When I upgrade bodies and plates I'll enjoy that nicety.
A flat bladed design is hardly superior, I guess you have never striped a flat bladed screw? An Allen key puts the torque on a number of surfaces and at the centre of the rotating axis, flat blades don't.
Any photog who doesn't keep all their kit together only has themselves to blame, you do remember to take batteries with you right? All kidding aside, an Allen key is hardly a burden to slip inside your camera bag, in fact RRS send them in small heavy duty zip-lock bags which stow perfectly in a zippered pouch. But I don't take my...Show more →
I have indeed stripped part of a flat bladed screw, when I used a blade that was too small and the screw was torqued in at maximum strength. But, there are almost endless options for finding something rigid and large enough for that slot, if the folding thing ever comes off. Any coin or house key, even a fingernail clipper would work.
I say any photog who hasn't ever wished he had less kit to haul around hasn't been collecting gear very long. Any number of things could be labeled as being "hardly a burden" to carry around. Pretty soon you're fishing for memory cards and batteries like a woman with a large purse holding up the line at the supermarket.
I'll admit, taking the plates and brackets off isn't something I do very often, either. But, when I do, I don't want any BS. Like last week, I needed to remove the L-bracket on my main body so it could go on a car rig. Well, luckily I had my back-up body because that L-bracket wasn't coming off. My bad for forgetting the allen wrench, yes. I'm not a certified rememberer.