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#1 Nicholas Davidoff

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 10:28 PM

Does anybody know who makes this mounting plate and where can I get one? It's GPI compatible.

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#2 Tom Wills

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 10:51 PM

That's a Baer-Bel. http://www.baer-bel.de/ The store is here: http://shop.strato.d...ories/Dovetails
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#3 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 11:06 PM

Does anybody know who makes this mounting plate and where can I get one? It's GPI compatible.



Why? Get a XCS plate, it's FAR stiffer
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#4 Nicholas Davidoff

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 07:49 PM

Yes Tom, that's the one. Thanks for the help guys. I'll look into them both.

FYI - As far as camera plates go, just recently had two situations where my GPI plates didn't fit. Flew a Vistavision and only my Baer-bel plate lined up. Then there's some real funky hole spacing on the bottom of these new 3d rigs. Also had to offset the plate to balance the rig side-side. Beware of the 3Ality TS-5. Neither GPI nor Bael-bel hole spacing was compatible. I had to have the channels on my plates custom machined to fit this rig (and off center). An industry standard RBQR plate doesn't even fit and needs to be custom cut. A fine rig, but somebody at 3Ality really dropped the ball when they decided their hole spacing.
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#5 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 10:52 PM

"Beware of the 3Ality TS-5. Neither GPI nor Bael-bel hole spacing was compatible. I had to have the channels on my plates custom machined to fit this rig (and off center)."


Nick,

Can't say I had the same experience. They had a plate that was Pro compatible on the bottom of their rig when I tried it. I even went as far as warning that not all "stabilization" rigs used the same design, but most did. Worked great for me and a Pro DB3 though.
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#6 Osvaldo Silvera SOC

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 11:47 PM

Nick was that my old plate? If it is, I used that thing for years with no issues. I upgraded to the XCS plates when I sold those.
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#7 Nicholas Davidoff

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 01:56 AM

"Beware of the 3Ality TS-5. Neither GPI nor Bael-bel hole spacing was compatible. I had to have the channels on my plates custom machined to fit this rig (and off center)."


Nick,

Can't say I had the same experience. They had a plate that was Pro compatible on the bottom of their rig when I tried it. I even went as far as warning that not all "stabilization" rigs used the same design, but most did. Worked great for me and a Pro DB3 though.


Alec, correct me if I'm wrong, but you probably had the rig off "Spiderman". This was likely the TS-5 LITE carbon fiber, not a regular TS-5. Difference = several pounds. Regardless, they had a custom built Pro plate with rods extending out the back with a mount for an AB batt and accessories. Was this plate silver and un-anodized? I'm currently using the same one. Yes, this custom plate is GPI compatible. As for the hole spacing on the bottom of the TS-5's, I'm not sure what that's supposed to be compatible with. I'll post some pics if I get a chance.

And yes Osvaldo, this was your old plate. Has worked great a few times when other plates didn't line up. Thinking of getting a back up.

I might be starting a heated debate here, but looks like the Baer-Bel plate would give you the most mounting options. Especially for unconventional hole patterns. I find this plate to be plenty rigid. Wouldn't work for Panavision though. Looks like the XCS is a great and rigid plate, but it's obviously higher and raises your CG. Aaarrrrr! Why can't somebody make 1 perfect plate for every camera?!?
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#8 thomas-english

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 09:09 AM

I have about 4 XCS plates kicking about but I use my Baer-Bell plate often. It is very thick and far stiffer than a lot of other plates out there. It comes in very useful on the Arri Alexa. You can even mount 19mm bars on the front using a special BaerBell bracket but it might foul your nose. I go backwards with my topstage when I need to do that.
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