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    Posted: 15 March 2012 at 03:46
I've had the RRS L plate for a while now on the a77 and I do like it, wouldn't have it any other way but due to Sony's decision to make this new generation of the DSLT's thicker in the hand there had to be a compromise made in the L plate so you can open any of the access doors on the left hand side of the camera, but as it is you can only open two at a time.


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They used the same lug design as they do with the clamps and ballheads and is very secure with no twisting possible.

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With the L attached as it should be, inline with the base plate but now the remote release port door and DC power door cannot be opened.

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Now the doors can be opened, it's an either/or situation with the a77 (and a57 and probably the a99 also)

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The Plates are nice and tight to the body and you hardly know it's attached when in your hand.

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The remote connector is just a hair too thick, it will slide in the clamp but closing the clamp pushes the connector in tighter and could possibly break the remote port loose from the body. I suppose you could shave some of the plastic off of the connector, it's only a mm or 2 too thick and the door could be removed so it will fit in the clamp also.

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The plate is clamped in tight and secure, that's not a problem but if you want to take vertical panos you'll have to go w/o a remote.

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As it should be and the whole idea behind an L plate.

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That being said, what with the Electronic Front Shutter Curtain I'm not finding any advantage (though I haven't comparo tested it yet) in using a wired remote when on a tripod. If there is shake or blur it's not from the camera but the user.
Rob Suits Jr.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Steele Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 March 2012 at 04:42
I have a RRS L plate on my a850. I don't know why I put up without it for so long. Now need their large ball mount.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Andy B Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 March 2012 at 04:49
Very interesting, Rob. Thanks for posting. Have you shared these photos with RRS? Might give them some ideas for modification.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote GrahamB Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 March 2012 at 11:03
Nice images Rob.

I have RRS L plates on my a700 and a850. When I first looked at the a77, I thought RRS would have a difficult task designing a plate that allows for the vertically hinged port covers. It appears Sony gave no consideration at all for L plate users with the a77.

I think RRS did an outstanding job with the 2 piece L plate for the a77. The problems you encountered with the port door causing an offset, and the remote cord fouling can be solved with an additional part.

Here's the a77 with the wired remote with the   RRS Nodal rail


And from the rear showing center alignment.



I did have to shave a bit of plastic from the wired remote's strain relief collar, and it is a tight fit, but it clamps down tight. The smaller integral clamp of the nodal rail allows the remote port door (pictured left of the clamp) to extend without fouling the larger head clamp.

A nodal slide is needed for anyone photographing multiframe pano's. RRS offers a shorter model for a bit less, and other companies offer similar products. The slide also allows you to compensate for moving the side camera plate off center. I have a notebook with settings for each camera/lens nodal setting. Another option is the RRS cable relief spacer, which should provide clearance for the remote cord without modifying the cord (I don't have this product).

Graham

Edited by GrahamB - 15 March 2012 at 11:12
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stiuskr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 March 2012 at 11:32
ahh, thanks for sharing that. I do have the MPRC II rail and just found space for it in the camera bag, just started packing it with me last weeekend and is now a permament addition. Problem solved!
Rob Suits Jr.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Silver Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 April 2012 at 07:13
Nice post, reminding me that I need one of these. *sigh*

This is an expensive hobby
maybe one day it could earn some bucks back..
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