I must say, I am pretty dissapointed in not being able to shoot landscapes without a tripod as I am "gripless". I called RRS today and there is no ETA as to when their new L plate design for the D700 will be released (who did they have prototype their original clunker?). Anyhow, I'm tempted to go with a kirk plate. Any experience using kirk plates on RRS ball heads? My landscape kung fu grip appears to be decent but is also annoying. Here is one of my first D700 photos.