One other quick note on Acratech. After getting the cool demo on their spiffy ball heads that can do gimbal and pano, the owner showed me something they are bringing out soon:
Apologies for the terrible phone picture. In my tech-industry-day-job that is called a “Mr. BlurryCam” shot – usually a poor backroom photo of an unannounced product.
In this case, the product is pretty obvious – a small hex-key for your Arca plate to make removal/swapping easy. I have three L-shaped keys in my bag, and I hate them. They take up too much space and they are awkwardly shaped. I told him I’d buy a set tomorrow if he’d make them in three sizes: my camera/lens plates, the set-screw for my ball head and the legs of my tripod. I’d order immediately and just have them hooked to my bag by that handy strap.
What do you think?