The Manfrotto SYMPLA Variable Plate attaches onto a SYMPLA rig, takes on a camera via a lockable quick release plate, and lets the camera be adjusted along three different axes -- longitudinal, lateral and vertical.
At the heart of the SYMPLA system is the Plate, which attaches your camera to the SYMPLA rig and moves it into position.
The Variable Plate allows the camera and lens to be moved on three independent axes (longitudinal, lateral and vertical), a flexibility that's essential for aligning multiple camera and lens combinations with critical components like the Flexible Mattebox, or for positioning the camera viewfinder in front of your eye.
Adjustment controls are simple and secure: longitudinally, the Variable Plate slides along SYMPLA Rods and is unlocked and blocked with one repositionable ratchet lever. For vertical adjustment, a single geared dial on the side of the Plate gives fingertip control of movement; the Plate maintains its height when the dial is released, with a ratchet lever to lock the camera vertically in place. For lateral adjustment, again, a single geared dial - this time at the end of the Plate - adjusts the offset of the camera from the Plate's central axis, and again, a single lever locks down the movement.
Precision-cast in aluminium with durable steel components, the SYMPLA Variable Plate has no hard-to-access screws and requires no tools for fitting or adjustment: your camera is conveniently attached to the Variable Plate via Manfrotto’s most popular Quick Release video plate so swapping cameras, or moving a camera between SYMPLA and a Manfrotto video head is easy and fast. Using the sliding QR plate also means that an additional level of longitudinal camera positioning is possible, allowing long lenses, viewfinders, batteries and other bulky accessories to be taken into account. The QR plate is held in place by a secured by a secondary safety lock, so the camera can't inadvertenly slide out of the Variable Plate.
On the underside of the Variable Plate are two 3/8” threads for attaching the rig to a monopod, tripod or to a video head (such as the 504HD) via another sliding QR plate. Easy-Link fittings on the Plate sides also support Magic Arms, light modifiers, LED lighting units or external monitors.
Longitudinally, the plate slides up and down SYMPLA rods. Laterally, you would adjust a dial to offset the camera from the plate's center. And vertically, again by dial, you would align the plate higher and lower. In all three instances, a separate ratchet lever tightens to lock position. The flexibility of three independent axes allows the camera to be set up for different types of shots and allows the viewfinder to be positioned right in front of your eye.
Two 3/8" threads on the underside allow mounting onto a monopod or tripod or onto a video head via a second, optional quick release plate. Easy-Link fittings on the sides of the plate support Magic Arms, light modifiers, lighting units and external monitors.
The Plate is made of durable steel components and is precision-cast in aluminum. It has no hard-to-access screws and requires no tools for fitting or adjustment.