ARRI has announced new successor products to its current range of Bottom Dovetail Plates and Studio Bridge Plates (SBP) with enhanced features. These newPro Camera Accessories will improve the professional usability of ARRI and third-party cameras.
The new ARRI Bottom Dovetail Plates come in four different sizes (150 mm/6”, 300 mm/12”, 450 mm/18”, and 600 mm/24”) to accommodate a variety of configurations. Made of aluminum alloy, all plates are weight-optimised to be both lightweight and robust. One release button at each end of the plate now allows for the camera to be easily slid onto or released from the plate at both its front and back end. A thread on each side offers additional security when needed and both stopper screws are stored safely in their parking position when not required. Each plate includes multiple ¼-20″ and 3/8-16″ mounting holes and attaches natively to O’Connor 2060, O’Connor 2575, O’Connor 120EX, and Sachtler Cine 30 fluid heads.
The shortest ARRI Bottom Dovetail Plate, 150 mm/6”, is best suited for camera carts, car mounts, Steadicam, or any applications for which balancing is not necessary. The standard plate for all prime lenses where minimal balancing is required is the 300 mm/12”. The 450 mm/18” plate fits perfectly with smaller and medium zoom lenses where a bit more balancing is required. Finally, the perfect solution when working with large and heavy zoom lenses where maximum balancing is required is the 600 mm/24” size plate. An additional rod support for stabilising the rods in the front is available for either the 15 mm Studio or 19 mm Studio.
With the help of the Studio Bridge Plates, cameras can be adjusted on the Bottom Dovetail Plates for perfect balancing. The new SBP-1 comes in two sizes (SBP-1 15 mm and SBP-1 19 mm) to accommodate different rod sizes. Unlike other bridge plates, the SBP-1 can be attached from above at every position eliminating the need to slide it from the back or from the front; the SBP-1 automatically locks into the sliding position. Pushing the lever to the front locks the plate securely and an extra safety locking lever prevents the SBP-1’s unintended release from the bottom plate. The ARRI 3/8-16” interface on the right side with holes for anti-twist pins offers the possibility to affix additional accessories. Attachment screws at the bottom of the SBP-1 are able to be adjusted by four different tools (HEX 4, HEX 5, HEX 5/32”, and a flat-head screwdriver) provides flexibility. As with the previous models of ARRI’s Studio Bridge Plates, the new SBP-1 is both lightweight and robust.
The Bottom Dovetail Plates and the SBP-1 will start shipping by end of May.