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    Kirk vs Acratech plates for Mamiya 7 and Hasselblad

    Has anyone used both the Kirk and Acratech plates for the Mamiya 7 or Hasselblad?

    I'm leaning towards the Kirk as they appear a bit better made and thought out (based solely on web-based info and photos), but the Acratech plates would be about $35 cheaper if I'm buying one of each.

    I'd be using these, at least at first, on a Feisol BH-50d head, if that matters at all.

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    I have used the Kirk L-plate only. It fits the M7 perfectly. It is very stable. I would highly recommend it.

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    Terence: I have never used Acratech, but I have a Kirk plate on my Hassy, and it works great. I also have the Kirk ballhead which I am very happy with as well.


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    Did you get the 3/8" or 1/4" Hassie plate? I like the 3/8" as it is more centered, but seems quite a bit thicker/heavier than the 1/4". Maybe needlessly so. I know the overall weight is still prerry small, but it's all relative, especially when hiking.

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    I use RRS plates on both my Mamiya 7ii and my Hassy. They are extremely well made plates and fit perfectly.
    The Feisol QP-144750 QR Plate that came with my Feisol CB-30C Ballhead does not clear the film spool buttons that pop out on the Mamiya 7ii.
    However, my Really Right Stuff B53C QR Plate does clear both of the film spool buttons that pop out on the Mamiya 7ii.
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    I looked at the RRS plates as well. They seem comparable to the Kirk quality and price-wise, but the Kirk plate for the Mamiya seemed a tad lighter than the RRS ones, as they have more cut away.

    Prior to ordering the Feisol head (decided why not get it when I get the tripod), I was looking at getting the Kirk head and plates, as the Kirk head was closer to my price range than the RRS head.

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    I use Acratech on everything and think they are very well made. If the competition is 35 dollars more I am pleased with my buy.
    "There are a great many things I am in doubt about at the moment, and I should consider myself favoured if you would kindly enlighten me. Signed, Doubtful, off to Canada." (BJP 1914).

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    They're about $15 more per plate, plus a couple dollars in shipping.

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    I have a Kirk Ball Head as well. Well made and finished. I like it!
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    Once I work the bank account back up from the recent purchases, I'll probably be getting the Kirk head and keep the Feisol one at the office.

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