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Nikon Coolpix A Camera Plate (that does not block battery/card door)

Nikon Coolpix A

See my review of the Nikon Coolpix A.

Readers know how grumpy I get when a camera is designed so that attaching a camera plate blocks access to the battery and storage card door.

It turns out that there is one plate that because of its offset screw slot design clears both the lens and the battery/card door: the Really Right Stuff B9 plate (attached so that the flange is at the rear of the camera).

The B9 plate is shown here; observe the offset screw slot which makes it work.

I’m told that Really Right Stuff will have a custom plate for the Coolpix A by mid-May.

Nikon Coolpix A

If the Coolpix A weren’t so darn expensive at abut $1100 (before extras like the UR-E24/HN-CP18 filter/hood nuisance), or at least it had a built-in EVF, then I’d be sorely tempted: the lens and sensor are sensational together.

I expect that Nikon has overpriced it given the evolution of the market right now, and new entrants like the about $796 Ricoh GR V will provide competition to bring the price down. Neither camera offers an EVF (electronic viewfinder) and both offer very expensive optical viewfinders, which is an affront to anyone with advancing presbyopia.

It does make me wonder about the viability of Micro Four Thirds when APS-C compacts are sprouting like mushrooms.

Nikon Coolpix A @ f/8

Cliff L writes:

In addition to the RRS B9 plate, the Kirk "Universal Point & Shoot" plate also works well on a lot of these smaller cameras, and has multiple slots so the user can choose the best fit for the particular application. I'm not normally a fan of Kirk products, but I do have one of these.

DIGLLYD: I have not tried this my plate myself. I’m told that Really Right Stuff will have a custom plate for the Coolpix A by mid-May; a custom plate is always the best fit.

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