E~p1 warning

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by snkenai, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    The bottom plate is so smooth it hard to hold position. I tighened mine too tight and pulled a hump in the very thin plate.
     
  2. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Do you mean on a tripod mount?
     
  3. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Wow, snkenai, I've never heard of that! I'm sorry for you. Perhaps you might want to contact Olympus?
     
  4. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Yes
     
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  5. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    It is my fault. I was trying to do a macro of a small spider on the door glass in our RV. There is a deep step that made it very difficult. Too many adjustments to control. Lens was swinging. I knew the bottom plate was very thin. Just too tight. Tripod plate had a pretty wide slot and alowed camera thin aluminum cover to pull. Camera is fine except for that. It does not look too bad. But will have to be repaired before placing on tripod again. I can do it. I will put some leather or other material on it to stop the swinging aroung problem.
     
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  6. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Thanks for the warning!
     
  7. The bottom plate of the E-P1 (and E-P2) is a very thin aluminimum pressing. The tripod screw mounting is fixed to the inside of the thin metal via way of a small mounting plate. It is a very poor pieced of design. A better design would have been to extend the chassis of the camera to contact the bottom plate and have the mount attached to the chassis.

    It is easy enough to push the distored plate back into shape and the design of the tripod mount has a lot to do with the risk.

    As for swining mounts, the soft rubber plates are the best, followed by cork and then the hard rubber ones. Unfortunately you rarely get a choice with a particular make of tripod.
     
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