A camera tripod plate system with modular attachment points and integrated Manfrotto RC2 / Arca-Swiss connections. Read more
This project was successfully funded on December 9, 2011.
About this project
What is the M-Plate™?
The M-Plate is a camera tripod plate system with universal mounting compatibility, integrated Manfrotto RC2 / Arca-Swiss connections, and modular attachment points.
Note: The M-Plate shown in the video is a prototype unit and does not reflect the production version which will have a better form factor, fit and finish. Design considerations are being made to make it more compact.
- World's first tripod plate to integrate both Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-Swiss mounts. Also compatible with other tripod plate systems.
- Quick-attach to any tripod while using your favorite camera strap systems such as our own C-Loop. Also compatible with BlackRapid, SunSniper, Spider Holster, Cotton Carrier and others.
- Hand Grip Friendly. Adds hand grip function to cameras that lack the mounting point.
- The built-in M-Link Port™ will connect with future photo and video attachments, including flash brackets and video rigs that are currently in development.
The M-Plate securely fastens to the base of the camera using a threaded hex head bolt, while a protective neoprene base layer prevents the M-Plate from moving once in position. A hex key will be included to attach your M-Plate.
When will I receive my M-Plate?
The Kickstarter project ends on our chief designer's birthday: December 8th, 2011. At that time we will gather shipping information from backers and process pre-orders as quickly as possible.
Why the funding?
The $15,000.00 funding goal is to help offset the time spent on research and development. The funding will also help produce the initial batch of M-Plates which will be made here in the USA.
Who designed the M-Plate?
Patents have been filed.
Where do I learn more about Custom SLR?
You can learn more about Custom SLR and our other products at our main website, http://www.customslr.com.
You can read more about the C-Loop HD on our http://customslr.tumblr.com/post/9333554722/colors-for-the-cloop. The color for the Limited Edition Kickstarter package will be matched to Kickstarter green logo as best possible.
The prototype M-Plate shown in the video is silver. Black is a second possibility. Let us know what you prefer: http://micropoll.com/t/KEwRMZCidt
The M-Plate will be made of Aerospace grade 6061 Aluminum. Which means it is a stiff, durable, and lightweight platform.
The M-Plate is still in prototype phase so we are unable to provide a final weight or dimension. As stated in the description it will be more compact and we are working to make it fit better underneath the camera with less overhang.
While the M-Plate has built-in attachment points for other non-standard tripod mounts, here are two guides to show you examples of Arca-Swiss and Manfrotto RC2 tripod heads both of which are compatible with the M-Plate. There are other heads and systems that the M-Plate may work with but we have not tested them yet.
If the mount you’re using looks like this, it’s an Arca-Swiss:http://bit.ly/arca-swiss
If the mount you’re using looks like this, it’s an Manfrotto RC2:http://bit.ly/manfrotto-rc2
Absolutely! We believe in giving photographers options and therefor the M-Plate is designed in such a fashion that it can be used solely by itself as a tripod plate or a hand grip mount. The M-Plate also works with our C-Loop or with other systems such as BlackRapid, SunSniper, and Spider Holster.
The M-Plate is made here in the San Francisco Bay Area.
No way! The top of the M-Plate has an embedded neoprene layer to hold tight to the bottom of your camera and protect the two pieces from touching each other. If anything it will protect your camera.
Pledge $50 or more
You will be shipped a M-Plate as soon as they are ready. Consider this a sweet pre-order price for all your support (retail price will be $74.95 + tax and shipping). You will also gain contributor status and be listed on customslr.com. Add $15 for shipping outside the US. Select this reward and order in multiples of $50 if you want multiple units. Thank you for backing Custom SLR!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $125 or more
Get the M-Plate + C-Loop + Glide Strap combo as seen in the video. Save a bundle off the retail price. You will also gain contributor status and be listed on customslr.com. Add $15 for shipping outside the US. Select this reward and order in multiples of $125 if you want multiple combos. Thank you for backing Custom SLR!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $250 or more
10 backers Limited (90 left of 100)
Limited Edition Kickstarter Combo: Kickstarter Green M-Plate + Kickstarter (engraved) Green C-Loop HD (new product) + Glide Strap combo. You will be listed as an Pro contributor on customslr.com and receive a signed thank you letter from the team. Add $15 for shipping outside the US. Thank you for backing Custom SLR!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
A Baker's Dozen: Pre-order a box of 13 M-Plates. Great for photography meetups and stores. You will be listed as an Executive contributor on customslr.com and receive a signed thank you letter from the team. Add $500 to your pledge for each additional box you'd like to order. Add $50 for shipping outside the US. Thank you for backing Custom SLR!Estimated delivery:
- (58 days)