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.
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.
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.
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?