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JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate

B&H # JVKA551U Mfr # KA-551U
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Product Highlights
  • For JVC ProHD Camcorders
  • V-wedge

The JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate is a V-wedge tripod plate used for efficient, quick-release mounting of JVC ProHD camcorders on heavy-duty professional tripods.

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JVCKA551U Tripod Adapter Plate
 
4.5

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Improves performance (10)
  • Professional quality (10)
  • Compact (4)
  • Highly compatible (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (8)
    • In the studio (6)
    • Complex projects (4)
    • Shooting indoors (3)
    • Shooting outdoors (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (7), Professional artist (5), Film professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

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    5.0

    Nice Plate

    By Marshall Arts Media

    from Dallas

    Comments about JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate:

    Very easy to connect and remove your camera from your tripod. Works great.

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    5.0

    grat plate!

    By hayzens productions

    from greensboro, nc

    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate:

        I've used these plates for years!! they have always been great and easy to balance! the quick release is fantastic.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent, A must-have!

        By CatholicVideo

        from Bismarck, ND

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate:

          Great with my tripod and camcorder...is a MUST HAVE because the quick shoe from my tripod alone is a piece of junk. When attached to this adapter plate, it provides solid video every time! Makes shooting video SO MUCH EASIER and it is so simple to use.

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          • No

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          5.0

          vital

          By Style-City Music

          from Saint Petersburg, FL

          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • In The Studio

            Comments about JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate:

            vital for this camera to balance on a stand properly

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Tripod Adapter Plate

            By n0ne

            from denver

            About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Upgrade

              Comments about JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate:

              It is very easy to install and use.It is
              made of solid material not just cheap plastic.
              The video camera is now firmly secured to
              the tripode. Unfortunatly we droped the tripod
              and broke some of the securing knobs. We
              just couldn't stop laughing-just our luck.
              However, its is overpriced for just a mounting plate.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Solid product quality and design

              By Daniel J

              from Ontario, CAN

              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

              • Pricey / Poor Value

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects
              • Independent Films

              Comments about JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate:

              This adapter was a must for my JVC GY HM 700. That particular camera is both a shoulder mount and tripod based camera, so having the quick un-attach feature is fantastic when you want to move from tripod shots to shoulder shots quickly. Easy to use, strong, trust worthy, reliable. It is pricey but when it is the only thing attaching your camera to the tripod you are going to want quality!

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              • No

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              5.0

              You really don't need a review for this.

              By jason

              from Boca Raton, FL

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Improves Performance
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

              • Price

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate:

              I think everyone out here know how I use this product:)
              Great cause it does what it needs to do, support the camera.
              The only thing bad is the price. Very expensive considering what it does.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Just what I needed

              By Matt Smith

              from Honolulu, HI

              About Me Hobbyist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate:

                  The quality of this plate is great. Using this plate is much more secure than a normal camera plate and is quicker to take off and put on. Also allows balancing the camera on the tripod once and being able to repeat the position without adjustment.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Solid Product

                  By MSKvideo

                  from Arlington VA

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate:

                    What more can I say? A professional, well-built tripod plate. The camera locks in with a positive click, and the plate holds it tight until you move the silky-smooth release lever.

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                    4.0

                    Sturdy and Stable

                    By Tim from Laurel

                    from Laurel, MD

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate:

                      I only had the tripod plate on the bottom of the camera and it was very shaky. I bought this for the JVC-HD GY-100 camera and it is much more secure. The camera really needed the back lock but the later models added that feature. I would have given it 5 stars but it is not as good as Sony's.

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                      5.0

                      A MUST HAVE!

                      By Cameraflyer

                      from Frederick, MD

                      About Me Business Owner

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate:

                        I bought this plate to go with a used HD-100 where the previous owner had been using the original (shady) mounting holes. I have several HD-100s and it is a must for quick mounting and a better sense of security when using on my Jony Jib or Glidecam.

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                        4.0

                        Is there really another option?

                        By BlueDot

                        from Eugene, OR

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Independent Films

                          Comments about JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate:

                          Works great, allows balancing of the camera. Nice audible click for comfort when setting the camera.

                          Way, way overpriced. But what else can one do?

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                          4.0

                          Can't live without it

                          By Cameraflyer

                          from Frederick, MD

                          About Me Business Owner

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects
                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate:

                            Aside from adding a solid mounting for my 2 HD-100s, the tripod adapter plates gives you more flexibility in finding a proper balancing point for the camera. Especially good for run and gun for quick mounting/de-mounting. I understand why JVC made it an option as to allow more people to access their products by helping to lower the cost point of the camera but it really is a must for the professional.

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                            4.0

                            If you have a JVC HD100/110 you need it.

                            By alex

                            from California

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Balances out camera
                            • Less bounce and wiggle
                            • Safer on tripod

                            Cons

                            • Not secured back of camra
                            • Should come with camera

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate:

                              I had been using my JVC HD110 for over a year mounted on my tripod with a couple spare manfrotto tripod plates and receivers. I needed to do this since I had hanging off the back of the JVC a IDX battery system and a Focus enhancement's DTE drive. On the front of the camera is my ME66 shotgun mic and rode fuzzy. needless to say the camera did not balance well where the 1/3 tripod mount thread was. So I had to balance out the camera with several tripod plates bolted from one to another. It balanced but there was always a little give between each piece of metal. At full zoom it gave a little extra bounce and wiggle that I'm trying to minimize.

                              So I got the plate. It works, pretty sold. Much more solid than my former setup. There is no clear way to secure the back end of the camera to the tripod plate which is unfortunate, however a small beanbag will help to dampen any vibration coming off the back of the camera.

                              If you are planning on an JVC HD110, just order the JVC HD200 instead. It comes with the tripod plate AND an AB battery system. Either item alone will increase the cost of a HD110 up to nearly the price of a HD200, so really it's a no brainer. The 200 series cameras also lock in at the front AND the rear of the tripod plate.

                              You can live without the plate, but you will be happier if you had it. If you are planning on buying a HD110, you will be better off spending the $500 more for a HD200 and getting the included tripod plate and AB battery system.

                              Now if only IDX or AB would add something to their battery systems to lock into the back of the tripod plate!

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                              4.0

                              Does the job, but a little pricey

                              By SMK

                              from Boston, MA

                              About Me Film Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Interface With Camcorder
                              • Quality Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Shooting Indoors
                                • Shooting Outdoors
                                • Upgrade

                                Comments about JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate:

                                I just purchased a JVC HD200 w/ Anton Bauer TrimPac 14 battery. The battery makes the camera very back heavy and it was hard to balance on my Vinten tripod, so that's why I purchased the adapter plate. Overall the plate seems well made and durable and easy to use. It certainly balanced out the camera on my tripod. At [$] it seems a little steep...but in the end it does the job.

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                                4.0

                                Well Balanced Adapter

                                By Johnnyonthespot

                                from NY

                                About Me Film Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Lightweight
                                • Quality Construction

                                Cons

                                • None that I could detect

                                Best Uses

                                • Replacement
                                • Shooting Indoors
                                • Shooting Outdoors

                                Comments about JVC KA551U Tripod Adapter Plate:

                                I'm a freelance videographer. Purchased this adapter plate and has made my job that much easier. Great product.

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