Our previous CapturePRO quick-release plates had a D-ring on them. The new PROplate does not have a D-ring. We're phasing out the D-ring because even though it was good in some ways, it was problematic in others.
The upside of a D-ring: it lets you hand-tighten and hand-loosen your quick-release plate, no tool needed. It also gives you a connection point for Anchors or other sling straps like those that Black Rapid makes.
1. Because the D-ring can be hand tightened, many folks tend to not use the hex tool. If you don't put enough elbow grease into it, you'll have a loose plate. While hand tightening and loosening is convenient, it's just not the safest.
2. Very rarely the D-ring pops out when it shouldn't. Like when your camera is locked into Capture. The result is that you have to jiggle your camera around to get it out of Capture.
So here's what we did:
- We got rid of the D-ring in PROplate. Now you have to use a tool to tighten/loosen your plate.
- The screw on PROplate has a hex and coin drive. If you don't have a wrench, you'll probably have a coin laying around.
- We added a keyring on the hex wrench that comes with CapturePRO. Now it'll be more likely that you'll have a hex wrench with you.
If you absolutely must have the D-ring screw, it's for sale separately. It's called the PROdrive screw, and you can use it by itself or with any of our quick-release plates.