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Manfrotto Variable Plate

B&H # MAMVA515W Mfr # MVA515W
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Reg. Price: $199.00
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Product Highlights
  • Mounts Rigs / Monopods / Tripods / Heads
  • Adjusts Along Three Axes
  • Two 3/8" Threads
  • Requires No Tools
  • Can Position Viewfinder Before Your Eye

The Manfrotto SYMPLA Variable Plate attaches onto a SYMPLA rig, takes on a camera via a lockable quick release plate, and lets the camera be adjusted along three different axes -- longitudinal, lateral and vertical.

Longitudinally, the plate slides up and down SYMPLA rods. Laterally, you would adjust a dial to offset the camera from the plate's center. And vertically, again by dial, you would align the plate higher and lower. In all three instances, a separate ratchet lever tightens to lock position. The flexibility of three independent axes allows the camera to be set up for different types of shots and allows the viewfinder to be positioned right in front of your eye.

Two 3/8" threads on the underside allow mounting onto a monopod or tripod or onto a video head via a second, optional quick release plate. Easy-Link fittings on the sides of the plate support Magic Arms, light modifiers, lighting units and external monitors.

The Plate is made of durable steel components and is precision-cast in aluminum. It has no hard-to-access screws and requires no tools for fitting or adjustment.

  • Attaches onto SYMPLA rigs, monopods, tripods, and video heads
  • Takes on a camera by quick release plate / adjusts the camera along 3 axes
Load Capacity 11 lbs (5 kg)
Mount Type Two 3/8" screw-holes on the underside
Material Precision-cast in aluminum with durable steel components
Weight 2.55 lbs (1.16 kg)
Manfrotto Variable Plate
  • Quick Release Plate
  • 2-Year Warranty Against Defects in Workmanship
    (Plus 3 More Years per Product Registration)
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    ManfrottoVariable Plate
     
    3.8

    (based on 6 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Highly compatible (4)
    • Professional quality (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Business owner (4), Professional artist (3)
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No (5)

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        1.0

        Gets jammed easily.. returning

        By AprilM

        from New York City

        Pros

          Cons

          • Lacks Functionality
          • Poor Design
          • Poor Performance

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto Variable Plate:

            We were using this baseplate with rails on a studio jib, so that we could have 2 mechanical gears for focus and zoom. So we screwed the bottom of the baseplate to the jib, but using the screwholes at the bottom kept messing up the rail tightening area. Once both rails were finally in (after much fidgeting), the baseplate wouldn't hold them tight enough and it resulted in the gears pushing themselves away rather than turning. Used both steel and fiber rods. Had to go back to our old redrock baseplate after wasting 2 hours trying to get this baseplate to function correctly. I also hate the knobs on this, there are no hard stops they just keep turning forever and get jammed.

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            5.0

            Heavy But who cares

            By CleanSweep

            from Syracuse,NY

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto Variable Plate:

                The thing is solid, hence how heavy it is. The adjustments on it are amazing to dial in every camera. Most plates that I've worked with needed some sort of shim or they weren't aligned in the center, or they'd need some other accessories to make it work properly. This is amazing for the price. To add or move the rails is so simple and quick. Glad Manfrotto finally put out their own rig.

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                3.0

                heavy but handy

                By gruyere

                from Zürich, Switzerland

                About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Manfrotto Variable Plate:

                  I use it as a base for a video rig. I like the fact that you can adjust the hight of your camera to the rails. It gives you more opportunities to vary when you often change lenses. You can easily move the top plate to either sides of the center if nescessary. The long sliding QR plate is quite nice, too. You got two 3/8" threads on the underside of it, to mount it on another plate. But there is no thread in the center for mounting it directly on a tripod. I like the opportunities it gives you but the weight is a little high.

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                  4.0

                  Great Base Plate but heavy

                  By Dmart Films

                  from Southern New Jersey

                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto Variable Plate:

                      As I started to put together my studio rig for our Canon C100 setup I was excited to see the Manfrotto SYMPLA system. We already use Manfrotto 500 series tripod heads and quick release hardware so it was nice to see that this system was completely compatible with our existing hardware.

                      This thing is rock solid and can be adjusted in many ways and it is easy to attached and detach either one set of long rods, or two sets of smaller rods, one in front and one in back. My only complaint is that it is VERY heavy. This is not a problem in the studio but this thing might be a bear out in the field.

                      I will be giving it a try though as I am going to purchase the entire SYMPLA rig and give it a try.

                      I almost forgot to mention the price is great too, compared to it's Zacuto or Red Rock counter parts

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                      5.0

                      Works Great!

                      By Long Hair Don't Care

                      from Grand Rapids, MI

                      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Manfrotto Variable Plate:

                        I really like the Manfrotto Sympla stuff. I don't think you can beat it for the money. There are other rigs that are better, but they are several times the price. This thing really has a ton of uses. I love the 3/8" holes on the bottom. I put it on a quick release plate and can throw it on anything in a moments notice.

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                        5.0

                        Great Plate

                        By Rommel D.

                        from California

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Manfrotto Variable Plate:

                            I use this product with F&V's R300 ringlight and Carryspeed's VF4. I choose this plate because of its tool-less adjust ability. This thing is built like a tank, pretty expensive though. If you are looking to buy this item take a second and check out Ikan's EV2 Adjustable DSLR Baseplate; its cheaper, lighter, and comes with rods.

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