Each piece of gear that you want to mount in your Really Right Stuff clamp needs its own plate. If you only have one camera and no big telephoto lenses then you will only need one plate. But if you have two cameras and three collared telephoto lenses, you will need five separate plates: two camera body plates, and three lens plates.
Why Not One Plate that Fits Everything?
We get this question daily. And our answer goes back to the very first page in this section of the library: why invest your money in a tripod and tripod head only to compromise your shots with an insecure connection between camera and head? Custom quick-release plates are why Really Right Stuff was founded 20 years ago. Only a custom plate will fit your camera like a glove, and only that type of fit keeps your camera from spinning or twisting. Really Right Stuff plates feature precisely contoured anti-twist flanges that hug your gear and deliver superior performance.
Quick-Release Plates for Camera Bodies & Battery Grips
Our customized camera body plates are all Arca- Swiss style quick-release compatible. They are highly optimized in design and are precision machined. Plates come with captive-type mounting screws that feature a special, high strength head-to-shank cross section. Our plates are smaller, lighter, and more conforming in shape than those from other sources. All corners are beautifully radiused and feature precisely contoured anti-twist flanges for dedicated mating. This non-pivoting design serves to align the plate, and effectively prevents twisting.
Fit and Clearance
Our camera body plates are model specific
. That means they only fit the camera or battery grip for which they were designed. Start here to find the plate for your camera
: choose your brand, then your camera. The downside of this custom approach is that you'll need to purchase a new camera body plate when you upgrade your camera or add a battery grip. But the upside is that our plates fit your camera perfectly. And since each plate is crafted to fit only one camera, only Really Right Stuff plates provide clearance for all battery doors, drawers, ports, and buttons. All of those clearance issues are thoughtfully incorporated into the design. That's something a generic plate can never do!
Conventional Plates versus L-Plates
Really Right Stuff makes two types of plates for your camera bodies: choose one of our conventional plates or
an L-plate. A conventional plate is pictured on the camera above: it is a rectangular shaped plate that mounts on the bottom of the camera or battery grip. Alternatively, choose one of our L-plates. An L-plate is shaped just like the letter "L" and wraps around the side of the camera; see image at right. Learn about the advantages of L-plates
Quick-Release Plates for Collared Telephoto Lenses
If your lens has its own rotating tripod collar, install a Really Right Stuff lens plate to its foot. Mounting the lens instead of the camera not only means that your gear is better balanced on the tripod, but allows you to freely rotate the lens and camera from landscape to portrait (or any angle in between). Lens plates come in a variety of lengths: short lens plates for the short foot on a small telephoto, long rails for the long foot on a big telephoto. A single lens plate can often fit a wide range of lenses, though you'll want to install a dedicated plate on each of your lenses (having to use a hex key to swap a single plate from one lens to another is a hassle). Start here to find the lens plate for your lens
: choose your brand, then your lens.
Lens Plate versus Replacement Foot
Really Right Stuff makes two types of lens mounts for your collared telephoto lenses: lens plate or replacement foot. Some larger collared telephoto lenses have a foot that can be removed. If your lens has this option, choose one of four foot replacements instead of a lens plate. A replacement foot with built-in dovetail mounting will be lighter, lower in profile, and provide the best possible stability for your lens.
This is the Nikon 70-200mm VR lens shown with our LCF-10 replacement foot.