ARRI Bottom Dovetail Plates & Studio Bridge Plate SBP-1

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ARRI has announced new Bottom Dovetail Plates as well as the Studio Bridge Plate SBP-1.

Key features

  • Improved features to help speed up on-set configurations
  • Sturdy but lightweight with a variety of mounting and affixing options
  • Bottom Dovetail Plates come in four different sizes for optimal fit
  • SBP-1, in two sizes, offers flexible attachment and adjustment

Bottom Dovetail Plates

ARRI Bottom Dovetail Plates & Studio Bridge Plate SBP-1

The new ARRI Bottom Dovetail Plates come in four different sizes:

  • 150 mm/6”
  • 300 mm/12”
  • 450 mm/18”
  • 600 mm/24”)

Made of aluminum alloy, ARRI says that all plates are weight-optimized to be both lightweight and robust. There is now one release button at each end of the plate that allows for the camera to be 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.

ARRI Bottom Dovetail Plates & Studio Bridge Plate SBP-1

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 well with smaller and medium zoom lenses where a bit more balancing is required. Finally, the best solution when working with large and heavy zoom lenses where maximum balancing is required is the 600 mm/24” size plate. Additional rod support for stabilizing the rods in the front is available for either the 15 mm Studio or 19 mm Studio.

Studio Bridge Plate SBP-1

ARRI Bottom Dovetail Plates & Studio Bridge Plate SBP-1

By using a Studio Bridge Plate, cameras can be adjusted on the Bottom Dovetail Plates to obtain optimal balancing. The new SBP-1 comes in two sizes:

  • SBP-1 15 mm
  • SBP-1 19 mm

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.

This is very similar to how the Bright Tangerine Left Field 19mm Studio Bridge Plate ($549 USD) works. The bridge plate from Bright Tangerine is also interchangeable with RED & ARRI standards.

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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. As with the previous models of ARRI’s Studio Bridge Plates, the new SBP-1 is both lightweight and robust.

Price & Availability

ARRI Bottom Dovetail Plates & Studio Bridge Plate SBP-1

The Bottom Dovetail Plates and the SBP-1 will start shipping end of May, 2019. The pricing is as follows:

  • ARRI STUDIO BRIDGE PLATE SBP-1 19MM $970 USD
  • ARRI STUDIO BRIDGE PLATE SBP-1 15MM $970 USD
  • ARRI BOTTOM DOVETAIL PLATE 150MM $340 USD
  • ARRI BOTTOM DOVETAIL PLATE 450MM €580.41
  • ARRI BOTTOM DOVETAIL PLATE 300MM $480 USD
  • ARRI BOTTOM DOVETAIL PLATE 600MM $740 USD

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