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Manfrotto SYMPLA Variable Plate

B&H # MAMVA515W Mfr # MVA515W
Reg. Price: $199.00
Instant Savings: -$30.00
Limited supply at this price
You Pay: $169.00
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 SYMPLA Variable Plate
  • Quick Release Plate
  • 2-Year Warranty Against Defects in Workmanship
    (Plus 3 More Years per Product Registration)
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    Manfrotto SYMPLAVariable Plate
     
    4.4

    (based on 5 reviews)

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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?:
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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 SYMPLA 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 SYMPLA 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 SYMPLA 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 SYMPLA 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 SYMPLA 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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