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Old August 7th, 2010, 05:33 PM   #1
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where to buy after-market plates for Miller DS5, DS10 fluid head

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Does anyone know where to buy after-market plates for Miller DS5, DS10 fluid heads?

The Miller plates are really crazily expensive. Surely there must be a knockoff variety out there? But I have not been able to find one yet

Any advice on where to find this?
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Old August 7th, 2010, 11:48 PM   #2
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Sorry Ray.............

I not saying you won't ever find any, but let's do the math.

Miller have sold "how many" camera heads in the last 50 years?

How many have been sold to amateurs?

How many amateurs have required extra QR plates?

Who, in all sanity, is going to build a business knocking off Miller QR plates for the 3 amateurs a year (who can't claim it as a business expense) who bitch about the price of the real thing?

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Old August 8th, 2010, 05:26 AM   #3
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Hmm... yes. You have a point. But your "math" is likely quite incorrect.

Miller probably sells many thousands of these heads every year and there are probably thousands of people who want a second mounting plate.

Machining knock-off plates for the various tripods is not such a complex or expensive operation. For a small operation to make different plates for a wide variety of different heads is also probably not difficult.

I'm certain that I'll be able to find knock-off plates at the gigantic Wukesong camera market when I return to Beijing.

Judging from the number of readings of this post, quite a few other people, (amateur or professional) are also interested.
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Old August 23rd, 2010, 01:07 PM   #4
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how about attaching adapter on Miller plate and using Manfrotto RC2 plates?

Most of my equipment (2 photo tripods, 2 monopods) are equipped with a Manfrotto RC2 quick release plate.

Could I just attach a Manfrotto 323 Rapid Connect Adapter to the Miller plate, and then I'd be able to keep using the RC2 plates with my Miller tripod?

My question: Is the RC2 quick release plate suitable to use for attaching my Panasonic HMC 150 to the Miller head?
Or would I be better off switching to use the Manfrotto 577? I'd like to avoid that as I'd have to buy 3 or 4 Manfrotto 577 Rapid Connect adapters and 577 plates.

Suggestions are appreciated!
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