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Old May 19th, 2009, 02:41 PM   #1
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EX3 and Vision 3 plate combination - I'm struggling!

I'm currently struggling with my EX3 and Vision 3 combination. The tripod plate doesn't have a locator pin (and Vinten have said there's no other plate for the head), and obviously there's only the one screw on the underside of the camera. I do use an MB-250 matte box and bars system, which makes it sturdier as I can use a locator, but still isn't so solid.

I've looked into possibly getting the DM Accessories shoulder mount ( DM-Accessories - EX3-SHOULDER Shoulder Brace For EX3 Camcorders ), which will solve the painful handheld too. If anyone has any thoughts on this bit of kit I'd be interested to hear them.

I could do with a smaller fix to the the tripod issue though, if anyone can recommend anything? Something not too expensive and UK located, so I ca order and receive quickly.

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Old May 19th, 2009, 03:55 PM   #2
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Hi Jamie..........

Not entirely sure I'm following you with the V 3 plate not having a "pin".

Are you referring to the standard "VHS" pin that sits in front of the 1/4" screw?

Seen here in the photo of the new V 10 AS (you need to scroll down to the first photo):

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(You'll notice the plate is actually the wrong way 'round, the pin should be at the front of the head!).

As far as I'm aware, the V x series plates are and always have been sold with both a VHS pin/ 1/4" screw plate assembly & 2 X 3/8" screws.

Is it the VHS pin/ 1/4" screw plate assembly you're missing?


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Old May 19th, 2009, 04:30 PM   #3
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Jeff's EX3 plate is excellent. Assuming you can get a 2 screw version of your release plate your current problem and more will be solved. All our EX3's are fitted with this plate and we've sold quite a few of them to local EX3 owners.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 05:59 PM   #4
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I couldn't remember how it came to me so I emailed Vinten recently to ask about this and the chap said:

"The vision 3 slide plate should have two screws one small and one slightly larger so that you can screw both into the camera, if your camera does not accommodate two screws then there is no option available."

There's one screw hole on the bottom of the ex3, as you know, and a hole for another 'locator', which the vieion 3 plate doesn't have, unlike the 501 plate for instance.

Looks the DM plate might be the one, then.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 06:17 PM   #5
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Ex3 plate

You might take a look at the VFgadgets design ... looks a tad more sophisticated in its execution.


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Old May 19th, 2009, 07:17 PM   #6
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Hi again...........

If the guy at Vinten said what you say, he was just plain wrong.

What you are missing is the "VHS Adapter", (Part No. 3330 - 29) which is a small plate that has a VHS pin at one end and a hole and fitted 1/4" screw at the other.

My suggestion is to ring Vinten +44 (0) 845 671 5502 and speak to Peter Harman, the Vinten Product Manager.

He's a good bloke and will sort you out.

This should solve your problem in pretty short order, or as well as it can be sorted when mounting a HD camera to anything with one poxy 1/4" screw.

I've attached a copy of the V 3 Operator Guide, check out page 8.


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Old May 20th, 2009, 02:59 AM   #7
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Thanks guys.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 02:23 PM   #8
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Vinten 1/4" screw and pin for Vision 3

Hi Jamie

Please give me your contact details and ill send you the screw and pin you need. This is always supplied with a new Vision 3 so Iím surprised you donít have it.

Who was it you spoke to in our customer services team?

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Old May 22nd, 2009, 09:05 AM   #9
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I've been using the Vinten 3 with the ex3 for quite a while--probably not as stable as with the DM, but overall acceptable. My tripod plate came with the 2-pin adapter.
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