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

B&H # CUMLTPL8 Mfr # MLTPL8
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You Pay: $69.95
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)
 
4.5

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • Durable (10)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Reliable (6)
  • Strong construction (6)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (12)
  • Everyday (8)
  • Landscape photography (6)
  • Landscape/scenery (5)
  • Night shots (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-professional (5), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very cool - Multi function - strap moun

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Idea works well after modification

I had to get this because I like to leave my camera strap on my camera when dealing with my tripods. This works well but did not fit with all my lenses, I had...Read complete review

I had to get this because I like to leave my camera strap on my camera when dealing with my tripods. This works well but did not fit with all my lenses, I had to modifiy the strap mount to fit two lenses I use on a regular bases.(See photo)I have access to a mill so the mod was not a big deal for me.Also the plate has to be slid all the way to one side of the adjustment slot or you can not open the battery door.Great Idea but just not executed as well as it could of been.

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5.0

Useful Product

By Taptheclerk

from Staten Island NY

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Landscape Photography
    • Traveling

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

    Best when used with Black Rapid Sling strap of other brand. Never have to worry about tripod mount. A little pricey, but when needed well worth the price

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    4.0

    Never take it off

    By Bennymiata

    from Sydney Australia

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I like using tripods and monopods and I also like to carry my 5D3 on a Rapid Strap.This fitting allows me to do both at the same time.I expected the metal to be quite thin and I was a little suspicious of it, but as soon as I had it in my hot little hands, I could see it was machined out of a substantial piece of aluminium and is very strong.I only gave it 4 stars as I can only slide it into my Acratech heads rather than placing it in and then tightening as the base is a little wider than the Acratech plates.

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      3.0

      Good plate, pricey for its function

      By Dave Heff

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Shoulder Strap Friendly
      • Traveling

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

      I use this with my D7100. I dropped the $ on this plate because I couldn't find anything that looked any better, or got better reviews.After using this for more than a month, I have a few takeaways:•this plate mounts well to a D7100, still allows access to the battery•attached a BlackRapid RS-Sport without issue, love the combo•the plate works with a Manfrotto Befree, but can become dislodged easily (almost dropped my camera lens first!)•the camera has a better resting position with heavier lenses (works well with Nikon 17-55 2.8 DX, seemed a bit off with a 50mm 1.4 attached)I'm 50/50 on recommending this. If it was $, it'd be a no brainer. At $, it might take a bit of convincing, or, like in my case, searching for another plate but finding nothing else better.

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      5.0

      No Problem Using Blackrapid and Tripod

      By WhoMe

      from So. Florida

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

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

        Does what it is designed to do. Easy to use tripod without removing the BR fastener. I use on Oly OMD EM-1 body. When I attached it to the body without the battery grip, I did not pay attention to the placement and m-plate and partially covered the battery compartment. Of course I only realized this when my battery died and needed replacing. It was a simple matter of sliding the m-plate over so I had access to the battery compartment. Just be aware of this. If you have the battery grip, this is not an issue at all.

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        3.0

        Great Idea works well after modification

        By Dave

        from Fort Collins, Co

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Traveling

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

        I had to get this because I like to leave my camera strap on my camera when dealing with my tripods. This works well but did not fit with all my lenses, I had to modifiy the strap mount to fit two lenses I use on a regular bases.(See photo)I have access to a mill so the mod was not a big deal for me.Also the plate has to be slid all the way to one side of the adjustment slot or you can not open the battery door.Great Idea but just not executed as well as it could of been.

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        • No

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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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