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Naturescapes Safety Plate for Gitzo GT5541LS and GT1548 Tripods

B&H # NAGSP55 Mfr # GSP-55
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Naturescapes Safety Plate is for the Gitzo GT5541LS and GT1548 tripods. It  provides additional support to the tripods top plate, in-order to safely carry the tripod over the shoulder with a camera, telephoto lens, teleconverter, and flash attached.

The plate is manufactured using aerospace industry 6061 anodized aluminum, along with two stainless steel bolts. It fits perfectly and snugly below the existing Gitzo plate, inside the "basin." Once installed, the Gitzo plate cannot move or loosen, therefore preventing the head and photo equipment from falling.

Naturescapes Safety Plate for Gitzo GT5541LS and GT1548 Tripods
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    4.8

    (based on 10 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fits well (6)
    • Improves tripod function (6)
    • Solid/sturdy (6)
    • Easy to use (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife (7)
      • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Night shots (3)
      • Sports/action (3)
      • Travel (3)
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        • Photo enthusiast (5)
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      4.0

      Naturescapes Safety Plate/Gitzo#GT5541LS

      By The Teal Guy.

      from Ocean City, New Jersey

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

      • A bit expensive

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Naturescapes Safety Plate for Gitzo GT5541LS and GT1548 Tripods:

      Well; I actually reviewed this product at length over a month ago after purchasing it at B&H Photo & reviewing it at their request: and the review has never showed up? So here we go again! I'm a believer in: "Better to be safe then sorry!" I debated on purchasing this item for over a year, because of it's cost & never having any problems with the Gitzo #GH5380SQR head being used on this tripod ever coming loose. Over time, thinking about it; I realized the head alone cost me $[$].00 & the D3s camera body was $[$] & lenses being used with it cost me $989.00 to $5,800.00! Really: What is another $[$] to guarantee the head never comes loose, and everything never falls out? So I ordered one the first time some extra money became available. I still think $[$] is A LOT of money for just an anodized piece of machined plate aluminum! But; the piece of mind it gives the beholder may not be measureable in dollars & cent's? So at that point in time, the cost becomes irrelevant. One reviewer stated that he found when installed, that there was a very small gap between the head bottom & the safety plate? Which was of concern because of the flex/bending inward of the safety plate upon tightening down fully on the affixing bolt & possibly adding undue stress on the whole system? Being a perfectionist & an equipment geek: I agreed. Especially after lightly assembling it on my own tripod, and finding this to be true! So I went to the local hardware store and found a Med.large diameter stainless steel washer of the proper thickness to fit between the safety plate and the head to fill in this gap. I also purchased an even larger diameter stainless steel washer to fit between the plate & the affixing bolt head to distribute the tightening pressure's more evenly about the whole bottom of the safety plate & assembly! I also put a very small amount of Blue Loctite on the threads of the affixing bolt. (AS I tend to do on all bolt thread assemblies that are going to be a permanent fixture.) This whole(overkill) assembly has worked out fine to date. No gaps, nothing's come loose, & no sign's of stress on any part of the complete head assembly & safety plate to date. Just a very tight, rigid (bombproof) assembly!

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      5.0

      Must have with off-center type heads

      By BAH

      from Gaithersburg, MD

      About Me Professional

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Carry wrech to remove

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Landscape Photography
      • Traveling

      Comments about Naturescapes Safety Plate for Gitzo GT5541LS and GT1548 Tripods:

      Use a king-Cobra with Nikon 500 f4 and D3. This plate gives you insurance that tripod top plate can not work loose no matter what. Very secure insurance.

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      5.0

      For piece of mind

      By photomc

      from Pasadena, Tx

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use

        Comments about Naturescapes Safety Plate for Gitzo GT5541LS and GT1548 Tripods:

        This plate fix perfect, looks good and most of all I will have piece of mind my expensive camera and 500mm lens won't hit the ground.

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        5.0

        Great Product

        By Ebe

        from Los Angeles, Ca

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Cheap Insurance

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Naturescapes Safety Plate for Gitzo GT5541LS and GT1548 Tripods:

        I think it is cheap insurance to protect your expensive gear. I've never had my Gitzo tripod come apart, but this device guarantees it won't.
        Easy to install, a little expensive.

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        5.0

        Naturescapes Safety Plate

        By rcnevada

        from Las Vegas

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fits Well
        • Improves Tripod Function

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Naturescapes Safety Plate for Gitzo GT5541LS and GT1548 Tripods:

          I've never heard of a Gitzo tripod coming apart but this simple safety device guarantees it can't happen and that makes me feel more secure when I have $8k worth of lens hanging off my shoulder.

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          5.0

          Cheap insurance

          By Gene Poole Ink

          from Anchorage, Ak

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function
          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Naturescapes Safety Plate for Gitzo GT5541LS and GT1548 Tripods:

            Once I saw the tripod in my hands, I understood the reason for this safety plate. Even though the top plate of the Gitzo is machined perfectly to fit into the tripod, some metals expand and/or contract going from +70 degrees to -20 enough to possibly cause it to loosen and dump my body and lens on the ground. With this safety plate, I can rest assured that will not happen. It seems like a lot of money for the plate but it needs to be considered as a one time only payment for insurance. I can now throw the tripod over my shoulder with camera and lens attached without a single worry.

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            5.0

            Added strength

            By Firefly

            from Australia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Fits Well
            • Improves Tripod Function
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

            • Lose hook for centre weig

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife

            Comments about Naturescapes Safety Plate for Gitzo GT5541LS and GT1548 Tripods:

            Added to the Gitzo 5541 LS legs this provides the security I need for my Canon ef800mm f5.6 lens on a Wimberley 11 head. Peace of mind is worth the money.

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            4.0

            Well Made but Expensive

            By The Owl Man

            from Nanaimo B.C. Canada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fits Well
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

            • Expensive Design

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Naturescapes Safety Plate for Gitzo GT5541LS and GT1548 Tripods:

            This product installs quickly and easily. It is made of a robust material that should last indefinetly. The fit is very well designed and it appears to be like an original part of the tripod.In my opinion the only weak point of the design is the bolt that holds it in place. The metal needs to be of a harder material than the supplied bolt is made of. One might think that over time while supporting a long lens and camera the bolt could be prown to wear and could snap.The overall cost of this item is quite high for the design and material that it is made of. [...]People need to judge for themselves it they require this product. For me it is a supplement for the existing system and not a cure for these horror stories that we hear about falling equipment etc. One should still remain dilligent in the tightening of their tripod bolts to ensure total safety.

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            5.0

            Consider this for Gitzo 5541 tripod.

            By Mr. ShutterBug

            from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fits Well
            • Improves Tripod Function
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Naturescapes Safety Plate for Gitzo GT5541LS and GT1548 Tripods:

              The Gitzo 5541 tripod system relies on one bolt to hold the head to the legs. If that ever happens, the head, camera and lens could tumble to the ground. This is a security device to prevent such an accident.

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              5.0

              Great Product Idea

              By UdoinDesert

              from Jeddah, KSA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Improves Tripod Function
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Any type of tripod work

                Comments about Naturescapes Safety Plate for Gitzo GT5541LS and GT1548 Tripods:

                It is a bit difficult (or just plain simple) to comment on this product. Once it has been attached to its hidden place and the tripod head does not fall apart it does its job very well and that's exactly what it is built for. I think it is a cheap insurance for your expensive gear attached to this dedicated tripod. I took notice of this safety plate while reading a comprehensive review of the GT5541LS and just want to say thanks for this tip.

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