I have a Gitzo systematic 3 series tripod. Im looking forward to get a second baseplate (they name it GS3321SP). I would like to know if other manufactures produce similar baseplates that are compatible with the Gitzo system since they currently run other 100 pounds.

  • Why do you need a 2nd baseplate? – scottbb Dec 5 '20 at 17:51
  • To swap different heads more quickly. – Arjihad Dec 5 '20 at 20:33

I'm looking forward to get a second baseplate ... To swap different heads more quickly.

In that case, rather than swap Gitzo baseplates on the tripod, the better (faster, cheaper) option is to mount a quick-release (QR) clamp on the existing baseplate on your tripod, then mount compatible QR dovetail plates on the heads you want to swap out on your tripod.

Probably the most common platform to this is with the Arca-Swiss–style QR clamp and plate system. There are other styles (such as the Manfrotto system, etc.), but the Arca-Swiss–style is probably the most universal.

Pick a large clamp to mount on your tripod's baseplate, such a 70mm or 80mm clamp. The clamp can be lever-action release, which is very quick to change, or screw-type, which is more universal amongst minor variations in plate dimensions and can always provide the desired clamping force.

A long time ago, I went with a Really Right Stuff Series 3 tripod (roughly equivalent to your Gitzo Series 3) with the appropriate lever base clamp, and all my heads have the necessary matching dovetail plate. Supposedly, RRS lever clamps might not be compatible with certain plates (notably, Novoflex). I have not used Novoflex plates with my clamps, but over the years I have acquired several different clamps and plates. I can attest that my RRS clamps (both lever and screw type), as well as Acratech, Hejnar Photo, and various Chinese-branded clamps like Sunway Foto, all work with my RRS, Acratech, Sunway Foto, and other plates I use.

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  • One of my head is a big video head. I cant imagine that a clamp would fit under it such that it would be easy to access. – Arjihad Dec 6 '20 at 14:17
  • @Arjihad ah, then in that case you need to replace the base plate with a 75mm video bowl. For photography, you can get a leveling base that is built on a 75mm video bowl. That way, the bowl is always part of the tripod, and you only need to unscrew the convex leveling base to drop in your video head. – scottbb Dec 6 '20 at 14:23
  • Also, don't be too sure you wouldn't be able to access a clamp under your video head. If the head doesn't have a leveling bowl mating piece, it will sit fine on top of a large Arca clamp. – scottbb Dec 6 '20 at 14:25
  • The exchangeable base plate from gitzo would be a fantastic solution to my problem. I just would like to know if other manufatures produce similar products that are compatible with the gitzo system since the gitzo ones are a little bit pricey. – Arjihad Dec 6 '20 at 14:26
  • @Arjihad sorry, I don't mean to be argumentative, but after a while, I think you'll be looking for a different solution. I'm pretty sure the exchangeable plate is not tool-less. You need to crank down on one or more hex set screws to secure it to the tripod. It's certainly modular, but it's not really quick change, as compared to QR plates. And the beauty of QR plates is that there countless makers of them. – scottbb Dec 6 '20 at 14:32

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