Okay, we all now that tech cam adapter plates are expensive, and the saying is that what you pay for is the precision.
Then how come does the precision suck so immensely?
I just played around with a V-mount adapter from Phase One. Okay, the metal frame may be manufactured with good precision, but why on earth do they attach a sticker, 0.05 - 0.1mm thick on the high precision surface? So I removed the sticker (not easy) and washed it up, then to discover that the V-mount hooks is made from a separate metal piece screwed onto the metal frame which is *THICKER* than the metal frame itself, so the adapter does not lay flat. So by ignoring precision of one of the parts they destroy the precision of the whole adapter, and they expect us to pay several hundreds of euros for this?
But Phase One is not alone ignoring precision. I was to attach a Hasselblad ELX adapter onto the plate, and guess what - it did not fit. The reason for this turned out to be that the Hasselblad adapter was screwed together with too long screws, so the screws were sticking out 0.1mm or so meaning that the adapter could not lay flat and therefore the it could not grip the V-mount hooks. This is also a product costing several hundreds of euros.
Disassembling the adapter and shortening the screws and reassemble it again and then it fitted, so problem is solved. However, I find it rather upsetting when you charge people a lot of money, claim it is for precision, and then don't deliver. This would be totally unacceptable in an industrial setting, but I guess in the world of photography we love to pay a lot of money for sloppy manufacturing...
Some things are plain hard to get high precision, but using too long screws? Or using a too thick metal plate in a place when a little bit too thin does not matter? Those are not hard problems to solve. At these prices I'd call these type of errors an insult to the customer.
Is there any manufacturer in this business you can actually trust that they take their precision seriously? Everyone seems to do it in their marketing, but manufacturing is a different story.