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Archive 2018 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?

  
 
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


Is there an excellent cost/performance L-plate (~$25) for the A7R3 or do I have to pony up the RRS ($200) bucks?

Priorities:

1. solid/reliable fit

2. easy access to side connections (wired release, etc)

3. left over money after purchase lol

What do you guys/gals use?



Oct 09, 2018 at 05:12 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


Ive been happy with my sunwayfoto L bracket. Id previously only used RRS, but was taken aback by the price. The RRS is for sure nicer, but not 4x so.


Oct 09, 2018 at 05:25 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


kroyston wrote:
Ive been happy with my sunwayfoto L bracket. Id previously only used RRS, but was taken aback by the price. The RRS is for sure nicer, but not 4x so.


+!

Many of us are using the Sunwaryfoto L bracket and are happy with it. It is not $25, but basically $60.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1393446-REG/sunwayfoto_psl_a7riii_dedicated_l_plate_for.html

Rich



Oct 09, 2018 at 05:32 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


The SmallRig L-Bracket is getting great reviews and it's only $59

https://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-l-bracket-for-sony-a7iii-a7m3-a7riii-a9-2122.html







Oct 09, 2018 at 05:37 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


I have a Gabale and very happy with it. I dont remember what I paid for it but was reasonable.

Mike



Oct 09, 2018 at 05:39 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


Thanks for the suggestions! The Sunway looks nice...but the 2cm grip extension on the Smallrig, hmm!


Oct 09, 2018 at 05:46 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


I believe the Gabale is the direct knock-off of the RRS.


Oct 09, 2018 at 05:52 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
The SmallRig L-Bracket is getting great reviews and it's only $59

https://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-l-bracket-for-sony-a7iii-a7m3-a7riii-a9-2122.html


The Smallrig brackets reportedly don't fit properly in the RRS lever clamps.

The cost of the RRS products is getting ridiculous, though, so I'm in the process of converting all of my tripod heads over to screw-type clamps so I can use the less expensive Chinese plates and L-brackets.



Oct 09, 2018 at 06:32 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


Gabale inbound, thanks for the help! 🙂


Oct 09, 2018 at 06:59 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


Why not this?
https://www.ebay.it/itm/323411973174



Oct 10, 2018 at 01:07 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


Guess he halready ordered the Gabale, which by the way seems a very sensible choice to me, I've just opted for another very similar Chinese knock-off that did not require to relocate the battery door like the Gabale.

I agree that RRS plates are priced ridicously for what they are, I just cannot justify that money for a simple L-bracket, no matter how good the materials are (unless it's made of plated gold.. )

The SmallRig is a nice product for the price but it's not compatible with the TechArt (which for me was essential).



Oct 10, 2018 at 01:25 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


I have both an RRS (A7R3) and a Gabale (A73)

They're comparable in design, but the materials on the RRS are clearly of a higher quality. Is that worth paying a premium for? Maybe, but I wouldn't buy another RRS plate.



Oct 10, 2018 at 05:55 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


I got to use one, and not a fan. It's really big and heavy. The clamping sit on the bottom is not big, seems like it might have issues with bigger clamps.

Fred Miranda wrote:
The SmallRig L-Bracket is getting great reviews and it's only $59

https://www.smallrig.com/smallrig-l-bracket-for-sony-a7iii-a7m3-a7riii-a9-2122.html




Oct 10, 2018 at 06:08 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


It can work but the fit is off, too tight.

molson wrote:
The Smallrig brackets reportedly don't fit properly in the RRS lever clamps.

The cost of the RRS products is getting ridiculous, though, so I'm in the process of converting all of my tripod heads over to screw-type clamps so I can use the less expensive Chinese plates and L-brackets.




Oct 10, 2018 at 06:10 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


The Sunway is very good I think, and you can fix it at different distances so you do have room for USB cables to put in.
I tried the RRS, but apart from the high price I do not like the batterie door that has to be changed place. I do not use a L plate all the time, so that construction is not my favorite!



Oct 10, 2018 at 06:22 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


I'm using sonwayfoto a7rii on my riii.
It blocks the port doors so I bought the Sony wireless release, other than that its all good



Oct 10, 2018 at 06:45 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


Chaliel wrote:
The Sunway is very good I think, and you can fix it at different distances so you do have room for USB cables to put in.
I tried the RRS, but apart from the high price I do not like the batterie door that has to be changed place. I do not use a L plate all the time, so that construction is not my favorite!


I agree with the design of the battery door on the RRS is a pain in the butt for me as I only use the plate when shooting off a tripod and going through contortions to change a battery in the field is just stupid.



Oct 10, 2018 at 09:45 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


I've loved my Kirk. Not cheapest, not most expensive, but it's been rock solid.


Oct 10, 2018 at 10:53 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


One more vote for the Smallrig L plate here.


Oct 10, 2018 at 12:29 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · A7R III L-plate...cheap/solid or buy/cry?


I had an RRS L-plate for my A7. I found that I don't like the extra weight and bulk an L-plate adds though, and I would only carry it when doing tripod work. For that reason, when I picked up the A7rII, I opted to just buy the simpler & cheaper Sunwayfoto L-bracket (sans grip). It's generic enough to fit my other cameras as well so I may not have to get something new next upgrade.


Oct 10, 2018 at 04:09 PM
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