Quick Release Plate on Camera - Will this Compromise Handheld Shooting?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Peter Werner, Sep 24, 2004.

  1. Peter Werner

    Peter Werner Guest

    I'm shopping for a new tripod and head and am considering a head with a
    quick release. If I'm not mistaken, this means I need to screw a
    quick-release plate onto the bottom of my camera. My question is, if I
    have this plate on the bottom of my camera, would it be bulky or screw
    up the weighting of the camera if I'm shooting hand-held?

    Peter Werner, Sep 24, 2004
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    Doug Payne Guest

    Most good QR plates are very light-weight machined aluminum. I rarely,
    if ever, remove the plate (or even L-bracket) to shoot handheld. It
    might be a problem only if you have a very tight-fitting case for the
    Doug Payne, Sep 24, 2004
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  3. Hi,

    Mine doesn't bother me at all (the one with Bogen 3030).

    Martin Djernæs, Sep 24, 2004
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    Tony Guest

    I have had a relatively small QR plate on the bottoms of all my cameras for
    many years - no problems. Big ones might be another matter.
    If you have to install the QR plate on the camera every time you mount it
    to the tripod - it isn't quick.
    Tony, Sep 25, 2004
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    Bandicoot Guest

    Different systems use different plates: some of the Manfrotto/Bogen ones are
    a bit bulky. I use the Arca-Swiss system, with plates from various makers
    (Kirk, RRS, Novoflex) and they are very slim, no problem at all.

    Bandicoot, Sep 25, 2004
  6. No. For Manfrotto (Bogen) there are two types; the large one (hexagonal)
    actually has two variants - one screws in with a rather protruding
    double finger screw, which (ahem) screws up the camera's ability to sit
    on a horizontal surface, the other has a flat base and screws on with a
    slotted machine screw. The smaller plate is more convenient; it screws
    on with a retractable D-ring, and is easily removed if necessary.

    Some plates may interfere with the battery compartment door on some
    cameras. One of my roll film cameras can't have the film changed without
    removing the plate, but that's unlikely to be a problem with a 35mm

    David Littlewood, Sep 25, 2004
  7. Of course, it depends on the weight of your camera, but the quick release
    plate on the bottom of mine only weighs about two ounces.....In the case of
    my F5, or even my R3, that's a negligible weight. It is very handy, and you
    can have several cameras and several tripods, and attach any camera body to
    any tripod in a second or two with them. I even have a small ball head that
    clamps on the partly raised side window of my car, with a quick release
    plate holder on top of it, so I can attach any camera body to it in a few
    seconds........I can tilt the ball head of my tripod forward a little bit,
    and open the back of my camera and change film while it's still attached to
    the tripod, and that's very useful in some circumstances.....
    William Graham, Sep 25, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Plates sometimes stick out and jab you in the chest if you're carrying with a
    strap. The weight is negligible in most cases.
    Alan Browne, Sep 25, 2004
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    Paul W. Ross Guest

    I bought a Quantray (sp?) last January that came with a pair of
    plates. I have a pair of Pentax ZX-M bodies -- one for color, other
    for B&W. They aren't very bulky, but I do remove them for hand holding
    and just attach them when I'm heading out for a session that I know I
    will use the tripod.
    Paul W. Ross, Sep 25, 2004
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    Dave Guest

    No. Weight is not an issue, though the bulk may be for some. I have an RRS
    QR plate -- It is small, aluminum, unobtrusive.

    Dave, Sep 26, 2004
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    usenet Guest

    It's mostly a matter of personal preference. I shoot a 10D + vertical
    grip, with a recent model Manfrotto quick-release plate mounted most of
    the time. I find that it doesn't get in the way when shooting
    horizontally, but it can get annoying when shooting vertically. OTOH,
    the screw is easily removed by hand, so if the plate's getting the way,
    I can quickly remove it & throw it in my camera bag or pocket.
    usenet, Sep 27, 2004
  12. Just don't leave it in your pocket. D'oh!
    Brian C. Baird, Sep 27, 2004
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