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Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • Manfrotto/Arca-Swiss Compatible
  • Quick Access Using C-Loop Strap System
  • Easily Shoot Portrait Format Photos
  • Made in USA

The M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black) from Custom SLR is a universal camera tripod plate system that has the world's first integrated Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-Swiss connections, plus modular attachment points for accessories. You can also quickly attach your camera to any tripod when using any of the most popular camera strap systems, such as C-Loop, BlackRapid, SunSniper, Spider Holster, Cotton Carrier, and many more. The ergonomic design relocates the tripod socket, making it easier to shoot portraits. The M-Plate is manufactured from aerospace-grade aluminum and has a hard anodized black finish. It's made in the USA.
 

Universal
Quick-attach to any tripod while using your favorite camera strap systems such as our own C-Loop. Also compatible with BlackRapid, SunSniper, Spider Holster, Cotton Carrier and others.
Built-In Manfrotto RC2 + Arca-Swiss Quick Release
World's first tripod plate to integrate both mounts on the same plane. Also compatible with other tripod plate systems.
Fast Access
When used with the C-Loop strap system the camera hangs perfectly balanced on your side for instant engagement.
Comfortable
Ergonomic design relocates the tripod socket making it easier to shoot portrait shots.
Durable
Made from aerospace-grade aluminum and hard anodized for a superior black finish.
Compatibility
For non-standard and non-supported camera plates, the M-Plate Pro offers mounting mounts to attach virtually any plate system.

Built-in Tripod Adapter works with:
Acratech (including 22159)
Benro (including B-00, B-01)
Foba (including Mini-Superball)
Induro
Kirk (including QRC-2)
Mantrotto (including 498RC2, 496RC2, 494RC2, 468MGRC2, 234RC2, 322RC2)
Novoflex (including Q=Mount)
RRS Really Right Stuff (including B2 LR Quick Release)
Wimberly

Built-in Tripod Adapter does not work with:
Manfrotto (RC2 3-way heads, 327RC2, 324RC2 460MG)
Novoflex (Panorama=Q PRO, Q=Base)
Note: To use with one of these heads the tripod plate will need to be mounted on one of the five M-Plate mounting holes. The M-Plate is not compatible with small SLR bodies and over-sized lenses where the lens sits below the base of the camera.
Weight 2.6 oz (73.7 g)

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Custom SLRM-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Durable (6)
  • Strong construction (6)
  • Fits well (5)
  • Improves tripod function (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (7)
    • Landscape/scenery (5)
    • Night shots (5)
    • Everyday (4)
    • Portraits (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very handy!

    I realized that screwing my Spider Pro pin into the body's bottom wasn't the best position, as the camera is made front heavy with heavy glass. I figured there must be a way around...Read complete review

    I realized that screwing my Spider Pro pin into the body's bottom wasn't the best position, as the camera is made front heavy with heavy glass. I figured there must be a way around this, and eventually found the M-Plate, genius product. Putting the pin that much forward balances the camera enough that I have full confidence in how it sits on my hip. I only wish there was a storage spot for the included allen wrench, so I could adjust as necessary.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Won't fit Manfrotto 054 head

    On first read it said it would fit RC-2 mounts. However the fine print says it won't fit the very common 054 head, amoung others. It did allow me to piggyback mount...Read complete review

    On first read it said it would fit RC-2 mounts. However the fine print says it won't fit the very common 054 head, amoung others. It did allow me to piggyback mount an RC-2 plate, but its an expensive spacer.

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    5.0

    The Perfect Solution!

    By Matthew

    from Providence, RI

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Traveling

      Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

      A helpful B+H representative recommended this plate to me, and I'm endlessly grateful. It's the PERFECT solution to the problem of carrying my camera on my BlackRapid strap and still wanting to be able to attach the camera to a tripod without having to unscrew the BR connector and screw in a plate.
      The position of the BlackRapid fastener hook is shifted away from the bottom of the camera and up towards under the lens. This makes my camera hang directly upside down, which it turns out makes the camera WAY less vulnerable to getting knocked around in bad ways. I didn't even realize that this was an issue until I put this plate on and I saw how much better it is like this.

      The tripod mounting portion of this plate is slightly wider than a typical arca plate, so it doesn't connect using the same motion that most arca plates use. Instead of inserting one side edge, then laying the other edge flat and tightening the clamp around it, this plate requires sliding in from one end. Also unlike other Arca plates, this plate doesn't have the same kind of safety catches under both ends to prevent it from sliding out if it's loosened. Instead, it just only fits on from one end, and the other end is blocked by a piece that's too big to accommodate the clamp. So it's basically got a safety on the one end. The result: it feels even more secure to me than my other standard arca plates.

      I thought this part seemed expensive until I put it on my camera and started using it. And now it seems like a bargain. Definitely WELL worth the investment. It's made of top quality materials, and feels like it'll last a lifetime.
      Very pleased.

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      5.0

      Puts it all together

      By jimmyd

      from South Carolina

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

      This makes the BlackRapid strap even better. The BlackRapid is a great new strap design and I really like it. This makes the BlackRapid even better because you do not have to take it off the coupler to put it on a tripod. The camera stays on our neck until it is firmly attached to the tripod.

      I will say you reach a new level of spending to get a mount like this for the tripod but it has a double purpose, it fits two head types and keeps the camera safe.

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      5.0

      Awesome! Modified to work with Promaster

      By Phil

      from McPherson Kansas

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits
        • Studio
        • Traveling

        Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

        I have a small xc528c Promaster tripod with a ball head. It is close to arca swiss but not listed in the compatibility. When I received it I just carefully filed about 1mm off of the front edge of the lip that fits into the tripod mount securely. It works well and is also compatible with Manfrotto mounts. Best tripod plate in the industry and price is high but worth it.

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        5.0

        What A Difference A Plate Makes

        By charlie from the island

        from N Hutchinson Island, Florida

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Quick Transition
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Landscape Photography
          • Traveling
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

          I use this plate with my Blackstrap camera strap to provide for a quick -- and I mean quick -- transition from shooting handheld to using a tripod. Anyone who photographs wildlife knows how quickly conditions change and the need for speed.

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          4.0

          Easily switch between carrier and tripod

          By Paul

          from Bethel, CT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Expensive

          Best Uses

          • Convenience

          Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

          I normally use a BlackRapid R-Strap when walking around, or a Cotton Carrier StrapShot when walking with a backpack. Either uses the camera's tripod attachment. This hasn't been a problem for me until recently when I've started traveling with a tripod to get multiple exposures for HDR shots. The first time I did this I was constantly removing and re-attaching the R-Strap connector when I wanted to use the tripod. Not a huge problem, just annoying. However I realized that when I travel with the StrapShot this would be a bigger issue because the StrapShot requires a hex key to install and remove.I rather stumbled upon the M-Plate while reading reviews of other equipment and decided to give it a try. I used it recently on a hike through the Grand Canyon - even with the StrapShot's connector on I was able to easily mount the camera to my tripod. I really love the convenience of this solution.The plate is well made and sturdy and I don't have any fear of it breaking or falling off.Really my only complaint, and only reason for going 4 stars instead of 5, is the price. $[*] is a lot of money to spend on a piece of machined metal and a screw. Yes I realize that a lot of R&D probably went into it, but I would have been far happier with a price point of $50 or less. Still - it works as advertised so that's a small complaint.

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          5.0

          Great Accessory -- among the best ever

          By Charlie from the Island

          from N. Hutchinson Island FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Ease of use
          • Easy Attachment
          • Secure
          • Sturdy
          • Sturdywell Built
          • Well Built

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Dual Function
            • Provides For Dual Use
            • Supporting Camera
            • Time Saving

            Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

            I recently purchased a Black Strap Sport strap to enable me to more securely and comfortably carry my camera and larger lenses while out photographing wildlife. While the strap met or exceeded all my expectations, I found that I had to disconnect it (i.e. unscrew it) from the camera body so that I could mount the camera on my tripod.

            The M-plate solved the problem in that the strap can be unclipped in from the plate and utilizing the same plate, mount it on the tripod. The time saved can save a great shot.

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            5.0

            Fantastic... but one drawback

            By JC

            from Jax, FL

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Pros

            • Secure
            • Strong Construction
            • Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

                Just received my M Plate Pro and I must say it's amazing!! I like the fact I can keep my strap attached AND still mount it on my tripod. There is one minor drawback... when I'm using my 70-200 with the lens collar the strap attachment is in the way. Not a huge deal to me, I just loosen the hex screw and turn the plate out of the way. If I know I'm only using my 70-200 that day I'll mount the plate on my collar instead; I tend to switch lens a lot though.

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                5.0

                Eliminates a hassel.

                By Moose

                from Kent, WA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • High Quality
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Supporting Camera

                  Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

                  I use a RapidBlack strap and was tired of fiddling with it in order to mount my camera on the tripod. Now I'm able to leave the strap on when using the tripod, hassle gone.

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic!

                  By tethomas99

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

                        This is a VERY solid plate. I use it with my Black Rapid RS-7, and it works great. No more removing my strap to use the tripod. Plus, with smaller lenses, my camera actually hangs in a better position.

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                        5.0

                        Very cool - Multi function - strap moun

                        By jmd

                        from Orlando, FL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

                            Elimates the need to remove the swivel neck/wrist strap to attach either the Manfrotto RC2 or Arca-Swiss connection tripod mounting plate.

                            Arrived in NYC with my Manfrotto tripod, but the mounting plate went missing at some point. one-stop subway ride from 44th St. to 34th & 8th. then one block to B&H.

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                            5.0

                            As good as it says.

                            By Bori

                            from Sydney, Australia

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

                                Superbly built an ensures camera is always ready to fit to tripod. The plate system firmly affixed to the camera cannot get lost.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent and looks great

                                By Jorge

                                from Veracruz, Mexico

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Pros

                                • Looks Very Nice
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Comfort
                                  • Stabilizing
                                  • Supporting Camera

                                  Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

                                  I bought one to use with the Manfrotto 322 RC2 Grip Action Ballhead and fits perfect. Now my Black Rapid Sport will be attached to my D7100 all the time.
                                  Very happy.

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                                  5.0

                                  Well made plate with great way to tether

                                  By Technical Imaging

                                  from Mount Laurel, NJ

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Convenient

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Supporting Camera

                                    Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

                                    I use both the BlackRapid strap, as well as the Spider Black Widow belt clip, and this plate lets me change between the two systems very quickly.

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                                    3.0

                                    Not prefect...

                                    By Chi

                                    from Montreal, QC

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                      • Difficult to Attach

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

                                        Use mine with BR system and mainly to use on Manfrotto RC2 QR but doesn't fit on my tripod head as is claim...work on some, but not all of them...

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                                        5.0

                                        Excellent product

                                        By Massimo

                                        from Southbury, CT

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Fits Well

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Night Shots

                                          Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

                                          Works perfectly with my Really Right Stuff ballhead and allows me the freedom of using both hands while carrying my camera around much more comfortably than with the standard camera strap.Only issue I found is with the C-link and some lenses' rotating gear, which might end up being right in the C-Loop's path. One has to get used to that.

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                                          4.0

                                          Swiss Arca Z1 compatible

                                          By Joe the Runner

                                          from NYC

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Improves Balance
                                          • Solid/Sturdy

                                          Cons

                                          • Pricey

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

                                            I'm please with this. I've used the Black Rapid straps for some time, and this solves the vexing problem of having to decide between a strap and a tripod (or taking several minutes to switch back and forth). It's solidly designed, improves the balance of the camera + lens when on the strap, and it fits easily into the QR system on my Swiss Arca Z1.

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                                            2.0

                                            Won't fit Manfrotto 054 head

                                            By K.R.

                                            from Maryland

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

                                                  On first read it said it would fit RC-2 mounts. However the fine print says it won't fit the very common 054 head, amoung others. It did allow me to piggyback mount an RC-2 plate, but its an expensive spacer.

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                                                  • No

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                                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                                   
                                                  5.0

                                                  Couldn't live w/o this....

                                                  By Dan'l B

                                                  from Maine, Switzerland

                                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

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

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                                    • Night Shots
                                                    • Travel

                                                    Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

                                                    Lets me use my Black Rapid strap and Arca quick-release w/o have to change mounts.

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                                                    4.0

                                                    Mostly good

                                                    By Mrjd9999

                                                    from Toronto Ontario

                                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Improves Tripod Function

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

                                                        I ordered two plates. They do the job advertised, but with some uses the odd shape is a problem, for example in a gimbal head or a head with protrusions.
                                                        One was without problems but one had a C hole that was so tight it would not fully accept the standard thread. The manufacturer says they will replace the plate for me.

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                                                        4.0

                                                        Very handy!

                                                        By Gobens

                                                        from Winnipeg MB, Canada

                                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

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

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                                          • Night Shots
                                                          • Portraits
                                                          • Sports/Action
                                                          • Weddings/Events

                                                          Comments about Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Universal Tripod Plate System (Black):

                                                          I realized that screwing my Spider Pro pin into the body's bottom wasn't the best position, as the camera is made front heavy with heavy glass. I figured there must be a way around this, and eventually found the M-Plate, genius product. Putting the pin that much forward balances the camera enough that I have full confidence in how it sits on my hip. I only wish there was a storage spot for the included allen wrench, so I could adjust as necessary.

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