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Chad Johnson
EX1 / EX3 Tripod Plate VERY prone to Crack or Break
on Jun 27, 2011 at 11:58:33 pm

Hello fellow EX1/3 users!

I just wanted to share a story in order to potentially save you a lot of money and headaches.

Broke one of my EX1s recently. After shooting a show in a movie theater, some joker kicked over my tripod and it fell, hitting the back of a theater seat. The base plate (part that you screw in the tripod plate to) broke and the camera hit the cement floor hard. The screws that held the plate in, stripped the holes in the frame, so I couldn't just replace the plate. I have a protection plan at B&H that was sold as "No questions asked" that covers everything luckily.

Well 2 months later I got my camera back. It turns out that the lens, front frame, and mic assembly needed to be replaced as a cost of 2,700.00. I didn't have to pay because of the PP, but man I was without my camera for 2 months, and you just don't want to deal with any of this. These plates break easily, and when they do you are screwed.

Anyway I found a solution: Juiced Designs EX1 base plate replacements. They are much more solid than the stock plate and even allow for an optional accessory arm to attach whatever to your camera.

http://juicedesigns.com/

Here's a little video I made about the experience, in hopes that you may find this and save yourselves some major headaches.

EX1/EX1R Base Plate - Juice Designs on Vimeo


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Bob Tompkins
Re: EX1 / EX3 Tripod Plate VERY prone to Crack or Break
on Jun 28, 2011 at 5:40:23 pm

Shouldn't your post be entitled "Don't leave your camera unattended where someone might kick it over and have it hit the back of a theater seat"?



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Chad Johnson
Re: EX1 / EX3 Tripod Plate VERY prone to Crack or Break
on Jun 28, 2011 at 5:53:26 pm

I don't know dude, should it?

The weak plates are a known issue. Just trying to share a solution here. I admit that I could have been more careful too.

Sony EX1(Pair) :: Tascam DR-680 :: Sony D-50 :: Senn G3 Wireless
AT4053b Hyper, AT4050, Rode NT1, NTG-2, NT2000(pair) NTG-3, NT3, NT4, NT55(Pair) M-Audio Sputnik,

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Brent Dunn
Re: EX1 / EX3 Tripod Plate VERY prone to Crack or Break
on Jun 29, 2011 at 4:29:08 am

Sony fixed this issue with the EX1r. and yeah, you should never leave a camera unattended...ouch.

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Bob Tompkins
Re: EX1 / EX3 Tripod Plate VERY prone to Crack or Break
on Jun 29, 2011 at 2:00:46 pm

Which may explain why none of my six EX1r's have had a broken tripod plate.



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Tim Allison
Re: EX1 / EX3 Tripod Plate VERY prone to Crack or Break
on Jul 4, 2011 at 8:46:37 pm

You're being just a touch arrogant there. We just bought an EX3, but before we bought it, Sony sent us a demo unit. Guess what....the demo unit had a cracked plate. It happens.

Because of that cracked plate on the demo unit, we ordered a base plate adapter from DM Accessories. I have no way of knowing if we would have ever cracked the mounting plate on our camera, but I am very certain now that we won't have any such problems. The DM Accessories adapter plate is rock solid.



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Chad Johnson
Re: EX1 / EX3 Tripod Plate VERY prone to Crack or Break
on Jul 4, 2011 at 10:42:05 pm

"You're being just a touch arrogant there."

Exactly. That arrogance dissolves quickly with a multi-thousand dollar estimate staring you in the face. Better to be safe.

Sony EX1(Pair) :: Tascam DR-680 :: Sony D-50 :: Senn G3 Wireless
AT4053b Hyper, AT4050, Rode NT1, NTG-2, NT2000(pair) NTG-3, NT3, NT4, NT55(Pair) M-Audio Sputnik,

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ChadWork1
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/chadfish


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Bob Tompkins
Re: EX1 / EX3 Tripod Plate VERY prone to Crack or Break
on Jul 4, 2011 at 11:50:56 pm

I'm being arrogant? I was just acknowledging that Sony fixed the problem on the EX1r's. I take NO credit for that.



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Chad Johnson
Re: EX1 / EX3 Tripod Plate VERY prone to Crack or Break
on Jul 5, 2011 at 5:07:04 pm

If you have to ask...

Sony EX1(Pair) :: Tascam DR-680 :: Sony D-50 :: Senn G3 Wireless
AT4053b Hyper, AT4050, Rode NT1, NTG-2, NT2000(pair) NTG-3, NT3, NT4, NT55(Pair) M-Audio Sputnik,

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ChadWork1
Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/chadfish


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