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Bridge Plate - 19mm - Element Technica
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Arri style bridge plate for 19mm rods.
Element Technica's Arri-style bridge plates let you seamlessly integrate the new RED One digital camera with your existing on-set workflow by making the RED One instantly compatible with most Arriflex based accessories throughout the world.

We currently make two different bridge plates for the RED One. A 15mm rod version and a 19mm AKS (mattebox, follow focus, lens support, etc) to line up just like they do on the 435/535/35III/BL systems. The idea was to let all the Arri owners get a fully outfitted RED with as much recycling as possible of their existing kit. Arriflex has two different accessory standards depending on your location: 15mm in the Western US and 19mm on the East Coast and Europe. The rest of the world can be either. For new RED owners with an existing Arri camera package the choice is pretty simple; pick the bridge plate that matches your current system. Here in LA it is 15mm only. Either way, by using the Arri standard you can integrate your package with gear from other users and rental houses.

Once you have the right bridge plate you'll find that any Arri accessory of the same rod system will line up on the RED just like it was made by Arri. The bridge plate also interfaces with many Arri-style dovetails. Ours is handy for the OConnor users since the bottom is machined to go directly into the top of the fluid head without the Ronford-Baker adapter. This gives you all the fore-aft adjustment with a minimum of interconnects and a low stack height. Our dovetail can be used with other systems as well thanks to the 3/8-16 threaded inserts along the center.

Our bridge plates function exactly like the Arriflex units. The dovetail brake is controlled with a single lever on the left side of the bridgeplate. Forward is locked, to the rear is unlocked. The bridge plate is compatible with the safety on all the existing dovetails.

The Arri style bridgeplates (ours as well as those from Arriflex) have only front mounting holes and are strong enough to support a 30 lbs zoom, 3 Preston DM-1 motors and a 6x6 studio matte box. The rods can still pass under the RED and extend beyond the rear of the camera but the support is only at the front.