Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/04/30

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Subject: Re: [Leica] RRS plates arrive
From: SP <>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 09:36:44 -0700

Jeff: What tripod (manufacturer and model) are you using with your B1?

Jeff S wrote:
> I just took delivery of my Really Right Stuff tripod quick-release plates
> #B22 and #B30. Beautiful works of machinist's art, with what seems like an
> obsessive attention to the smoothness of the finish (the Arca B1 itself is
> not so pretty!). The B30 is designed for Leica M, and it's a perfect fit,
> spanning most of the baseplate, and allowing the camera to be centered in
> the clamp. In addition, a 1/4" tripod socket is tapped into this plate,
> perfectly centered under the lens.
> This, in combination with the Arca B1, works great! I do think this is a lot
> of ballhead for such a small camera, and I'll probably not leave the camera
> plate installed unless I plan on carrying the tripod, because, though a
> custom fit, it's also kind of large (did we really need to have a clamping
> area so large as to allow the camera to be centered over the ballhead?), and
> though the edges are smoothed-down, it's not especially comfy to hold an M
> with B30 installed.
> For occasional tripod use (as the M must surely be best suited), there may
> be something to be said about the plain ole tripod screw mounting, though
> I'd be inclined to equip mine with the Leica handgrip, which seems a handy
> source of sacrificial tripod sockets :-)