QuickRelease One Wants To Rid You Off The Chaos Of Competing Quick Release Plates Standards

Aug 26, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

QuickRelease One Wants To Rid You Off The Chaos Of Competing Quick Release Plates Standards

Aug 26, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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If you use any gear that connects to a camera via a plate in your workflow (Tripod, Jib, Gimbal, SteadyCam, Slider, …) you will recognize this pain right away. Your Tripod may work with a Manfrotto square plate while your Jib works with an ArcaSwiss plate and your video head takes that weird Manfrotto Penta-plate. Getting the right plate for the right gear is a mess, and it means that you need to change plates on your camera every so-often.

There has been some good attempts at fixing this (The C-SLR M-Plate is one of the better ones that we have had the pleasure of testing), we have yet to see an accessory that is compatible with ALL plate systems.

Enter QuickRelease One from Edelkrone.

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The idea is quite simple and totally got me banging on my head for not thinking about it myself:

All the plates has a 1/4-20 that fixes them to a camera -> Let’s attach to that 1/4-20.

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This means that you keep your plate on the accessory, while hooking the QuickRelease One to the camera, so it kinda acts as a man-in-the-middle. The camera connects to the QuickRelease One and the QuickRelease One connects to the gear. Once attached, you can pull a lever on the QuickRelease One to lock on any plate 1/4-20.

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There are some drawbacks though. Ridding yourself of the plate mess will not be a cheap thrill (pun totally intended), the QuickRelease One will set you back $139.99 per unit.

It will also add some height to the base of your camera. 2.1 cm to be exact, this may bug you or not, but it’s worth noting.

So, will you shell out those $140 for this piece of innovation?

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10 responses to “QuickRelease One Wants To Rid You Off The Chaos Of Competing Quick Release Plates Standards”

  1. Joshua Post Avatar
    Joshua Post

    Relevant link: http://xkcd.com/927/

    1. TURNERO Avatar
      TURNERO

      Beat me to it :)

  2. Exit138 n Avatar
    Exit138 n

    Interesting. It definitely looks like it has the potential to become a universal solution BUT at the $140 US price tag I think I’ll wait for some hands on real world reviews (not a promo video) before prying the coin from my wallet.

    Thanks for sharing. I’ll put this on my watch list.

  3. aleroe Avatar
    aleroe

    My Manfrotto hex plate adds 2.7 cm to my camera’s height, so the QuickRelease One has it beat.

    Of course, the plate only subtracts $19 from my wallet.

  4. Curtis Sparks Avatar
    Curtis Sparks

    Take my money, pronto.

  5. BD Poirier Avatar
    BD Poirier

    Nice concept but looks like it’ll add some instability to any setup. The touch base is so small.

  6. TheInconvenientRuth Avatar
    TheInconvenientRuth

    Looks like it might be unstable with bigger/heavier lens/camera combinations…

  7. Craig Harris Avatar
    Craig Harris

    Most things seem to use Arca Swiss style mounts now, and changing your existing kit to Arca Swiss is a much better solution … I’ve already changed everything I own and have spare base plates and QR plates just-in-case I need to use someone else’s kit :)

    At a lower price tag this would work as an economical solution, but at $140, I’d say people are better off investing in the correct gear instead of extra adapters to fudge things together.

  8. Adrián Mateos Avatar
    Adrián Mateos

    Too expensive…

  9. Mike King Avatar
    Mike King

    You can get custom Arca Swiss plates for about the same money that fit your equipment perfectly, most plates also have a 1/4-20 hole so that you can tripod mount the camera without removing the plate. Used plates for older kit can go for cheap, new are reasonable, too. I prefer screw clamps to QR’s and done is done. I am modifying my tripod heads with clamps as I go, and currently have clamps on everything from a little Manfrotto ball head, to a pair of Leitz Tilt-All’s. a Gitzo ball head and a big Majestic head. I leave a el-cheapo generic plate clamped onto each of my tripod heads in case I come across a piece of gear I haven’t put a custom plate on yet, the el-cheapos have flip out thumb screws mounts, the better plates use hex head screws, I have the correct Allen wrench attached to every tripod, another one in every bag and one on my key ring. My whole “solution” cost about the same as a pair of these adapters, and with these universal adapters in the article, you still need clamps and fittings for each tripod. When I buy new kit it will already have an Arca, Kirk, RRS, or Markins plate ordered with it, and new tripods down the road will come with compatible heads or will not be even considered for purchase. There’s even a guy out there, Wayne Yung, making a custom Arca Swiss plate for the venerable Nikon F2 that is Arca Swiss compatible and includes a really nice grip.