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what about Arca-Swiss Z1 plates arent they better then rrs?
Arca-Swiss now also sell Slidefix plates which are narrower than the original Arca-Swiss design and also as sjms points out above their range of the original design plates is nowhere near as comprehensive as Kirk or RRS. The clamps Arca-Swiss have on the current Z1 ballhead have two jaws; the bottom jaw is for the Slidefix plates, the top jaw is for the original type of Arca-Swiss plates. The result of this "double-decker" design is that safety stop screws in the original Arca-Swiss design plates won't work.
Anyone considering buying an Arca head with the intent of replacing the factory clamp with a third party clamp (like RRS) please take note: Arca Swiss has recently decided to "permanently" fix their clamps in place, making installing third party clamps difficult if not impossible. I'm not sure what they've done, whether they've used a glue or a permanent type of Locktite.
Apparently Arca was getting a lot of customer-damaged ballheads in for repairs and decided they don't want people changing clamps anymore.
Well this isn't good for sure. Markins already uses red Loctite to seal their clamps on the ball stud, now Arca-Swiss is getting into the act. Actually all you need to do is heat the stud (with something like a soldering iron) and the clamp spins off easily. Maybe the excuse is damage but I wonder if the real reason is the Slidefix plates...