Gorilla Pod Focus with Manfrotto RC2 plate

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Here is a few informations how you can modify Gorilla Pod Fucus to support Manfrotto RC2 plate (SKU 200LT-PL). All my tripods and Monopods are from Manfrotto and I have several RC2 plates on by DSLR bodies and lenses so I need to find a solution how to combine this with my Gorilla Pod Focus. There are a several ways to do this and here are some recommendations. I already bought the tripod with ball head and I need for modification in my case.

The first option is to buy a separate Gorilla Pod Focus without Ballhead X (only tripod) and then put on Manfrotto 494rc2 ball head or Manfrotto 496rc2 ball head. In case you can buy these two items separately (which is not my case) it will be the best option.

The second option is to add Manfrotto 323 RC2 System Quick Release Adapter to you standard Ball Head that comes with Gorilla Pod Focus. In this case, you can use RC2 plates but you will have extra weight and it will not be a solid solution, and it is not so nice.first remove x-plate from Ballhead X and then to remove plate holder using Allen key. After the plate holder is removed you can put a Manfrotto 323 RC2 Adapter instead old plate holder.

First you need to remove x-plate from Ballhead X and then to remove plate holder using Allen key. After the plate holder is removed you can put a Manfrotto 323 RC2 Adapter instead old plate holder.

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Use Allen key again to screw down Manfrotto 323 adapter. You will need to remove downsize adapter screw on Manfrotto 323 adapter. If can use this downsize adapter to attach Ballhead X plate on it. With attached Ballhead X plate you can just use old Ballhead X plate holder (previously removed).

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The third option is to replace standard ball head plate connector on Gorilla Pod Focus with Manfrotto connector. In this case, you need to buy Manfrotto R496.13 spare parts (this is a spare part for Manfrotto 496 head) which you can order from your local Manfrotto dealer.

Like in the previous option you need to remove Ballhead X plate holder first. Then use a spare part and new screw to screw it down with Allen key.

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The cost of this spare part is around 20 USD / EUR. Then you can simple use Allen key and switch the plate holders including the screws (for Manfrotto plate holder you need to use Manfrotto screw). Also, you want to save a money you can consider an option to buy a whole Manfrotto 496 ball head replica on Ali Express for less than 20 USD.
If you have any problems replacing this plate holder you send me an email and I will try to help you.

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