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I have an L plate for the original 5D. I now have a 5DII. I see how it can fit with a bit of grinding, and read others have done it. Anyone know what is the best tools and such to use? Bench grinder with what kind of material doing the grinding? Then finish with what kind of file to get as smooth a finish and edge as possible?

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Use lots of time and finesse and no matter what tools you use it can come out good. For small work I use a Dremel tool and start with a cutoff wheel to get the dimensions close. A grinding attachement to get the surface curves close, Sanding wheel to get the surface finish close, Polishing Wheel to finish the job. –  Phil Nov 15 '12 at 23:27
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If you're using a bench grinder on aluminium, be aware that the wheel is going to clog up really fast. Have a grinding wheel dresser on hand. –  Fake Name Nov 16 '12 at 8:53

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The plates are aluminum, so as long as you use tools designed for aluminum you should be ok. That said, I've never tried to mod one.

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