Action Sports Inc.
The fPlate is an amazing product, quick and easy to mount and set up. It is a great product for rigging a stable and secure remote camera. This is a solid and sturdy platform with cutouts for your Pocketwizard transceivers, which makes the overall appearance sleek and flush. My plate has provided great stability, and I have used it all over the sport of NASCAR. Not to be dismissed is, the customer service that you will get. Recently, I wore down the padding on the bottom of the plate, I simply called and stated my problem and with no hassle or argument I received a replacement pad, almost immediately. This product is a must have for putting down remotes when you can't find a mounting location or simply just need your remote lower to the ground, or simply don't want to use a magic arm.
The above shot was the cover photo for Sports Illustrated’s March 3, 2014 issue. Both images were taken simultaneously after Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 2014 Daytona 500. The following image was taken triggered with Pocketwizards with a Canon 1D MkIII and a 16-35 f/2.8 mounted on an fPlate in victory lane and, was triggered with his handheld camera via Pocketwizard transceivers.
This image above was a 2 page spread in the same issue of Sports Illustrated.
All images are used with the permission of Stephen Acre.
Action Sports Inc.
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Had the opportunity to use the fPlate tonight for the first time and absolutely love it. Easy access to my pocket wizard battery compartment without removing it from the plate makes replacing batteries simple and fast.... Great product.
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Tripods are not allowed at Top of the rock and I knew I wanted to do some HDR (high dynamic range) images from up above, so I had to improvise. I had recently purchased an fPlate in order to be able to place a camera or flash unit and pocket wizard in a strategic position and be able to fire the camera remotely while photographing events. Little did I know that I would be using it for anything else and I honestly have to say it worked like a charm.
Luc Percival Photography
Simple, Solid and Stable
I'm using the FPlate to put my camera in places I can't or shouldn't be when shooting sports.... Summer and Winter.
It married up perfectly with my PocketWizard Plus III and Manfrotto Ballhead. Fitting everything together was a breeze. Allen Keys and fixing hardware were provided and so it was just a question of bolting it all together. Simple.
I've tried it with a myriad of different body and lens combinations and the FPlate just sits there doing its job; solid and stable. I like the fact that it has 4 decent sized holes at each corner as it means I will be able to anchor it down when I need to. Not had to do this yet but I can envisage some situations when it will be necessary.
The finish appears to be very durable. Indeed it is very well finished with no burs or sharp edges to spoil your day. The foam rubber back helps protect shiny floors and keeps everything quiet and vibration free.
What more can one expect from a slab of aluminum! It is a great bit of kit; nothing can go wrong with it and it does exactly what it is supposed to do.
Not much to say that hasn't already been said; I had my eye on getting an fPlate for a while and finally purchased one in February for the end of College Hoops season. I've used it for Basketball and just recently for Opening Day Player Introductions for the local MLB team. I was able to just put it down, set it and remotely fire my camera when the players came out of the dugout. I highly recommend this for any sports shooter. I did have one small issue but it was solved with a trip to [*]; the screw that came with the plate was too fat for my ballhead so I just had to pick up a different screw and a washer but it's all good now.
Great for travel!
I was traveling with a mini tri-pod for remote placement at college gymnastics meets, would occasionally be bumped, and knocked over, not with this design! The fPlate is as low as you can go! I have even put it under a judge's table for Beam etc. I use Pocket wizards, and there is a mounting spot for that as well, keeping the profile low. Takes my 1DX with 70-200 without a problem.
Lehigh Valley, PA
The fPlate is a great addition to any camera bag. Having met Dave the developer/designer some years ago and purchasing one directly from him, I am thrilled to see B&H stocking this item. I have used the fPlate in a wide variety of applications, it is sturdy enough to support a D700 with a 70-200 mounted on in.
My best 2nd shooter!
I have been using the fPlate for years now and its perfect for a floor remote. The fPlate is sturdy and strong but still fits easily in your camera bag. I have used it at multiple sporting events and plays/performances. It's an awesome brother to your magic arm when you cannot post your remote at an elevated station. Love the position of the stationed pocket-wizard, makes it easy to check and adjust if needed.
Designed by one of us for us!
The fPlate was designed by a photographer for photographers. They've designed great product for rigging a stable remote camera. Just add your favorite ball head and you are ready to go. This is solid and sturdy with cutouts for your pocket wizard. My plate has provided great stability when covering basketball and on turf shooting soccer. Just love this thing.
Not to be dismissed is the customer service that you will get. Recently I lost the mounting screw that came with the fPlate for my ball head. I figured it would be easy to find a replacement screw at Home Depot... No luck at any of the retailers around. When I reached out to the folks at fPlate they had one in the mail to me the next day at no charge.
A must have for putting down remotes when you can't or don't want to use a magic arm.
I have been using this produce for about 6 months. Works great for those dramatic angles. And in places where a tripod will take up too much room.
Edward Diller Photography Inc.
Had the chance to setup a remote floor camera for the SUNY New Paltz Womens Basketball game. Camera was setup on the baseline about 6 feet back and triggered with a pocket wizard. Love using this plate.
Great product to expand your creativity
Wonderfully designed product - everything has been thought of. The ability to attached a pocket wizard to the base makes it stand out from other floor plates. It's lightweight yet extremely strong. I'd recommend it to any professional sports or nature photographer.
I just picked up an fPlate. I put an RRS BH20 ball head on it. I bought it for shooting sports and weddings but last night I tried it for some time lapse footage. Even with a ball head this fPlate is very light. I can see it going into my back pack and being used to hold one end of the rail up as well as a number of other uses.
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