Sachtler DV2 II tripod--how to release "quick release plate" to mount camera

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Deborah, Jun 4, 2004.

  1. Deborah

    Deborah Guest

    Just rented this dandy Sachtler DV2 II tripod to use with my Sony
    VX2000. The only trouble is there's no manual with it and I can't
    figure out how to mount the camera onto the tripod. There's a plate
    with two screws "the quick release plate" which will not release.

    How do I get the quick release plate off of the tripod in order to
    mount my camera?

    Time is of the essence!

    Thanks in advance!
    Deborah, Jun 4, 2004
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  2. Some of the higher-end heads have a feature which prevents
    dumping the camera accidentally. They have a couple of
    zig-zag patterns in the bottom of the plate. You must work the
    release button in a particular order to release the plate. Just
    fiddle around with it for 20 seconds or so and you will see how
    it works.
    Richard Crowley, Jun 4, 2004
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  3. Deborah

    Jack Perry Guest

    there should be a little red latch under the back of the "shoe" (underneath
    the piece that holds the heel plate with the screw sticking up) you should
    be able to rotate it towards your left (it's spring loaded) and it should
    click into place, opening the slide which will release the heel plate which
    attaches to the bottom of your camera...
    Jack Perry, Jun 4, 2004
  4. Deborah

    MitchGross Guest

    Rotate the red lever under the plate. On the end of it or next to it there may
    also be a round red knob that you can pull down on as a safety catch to allow
    you to turn the lever far enough to release the plate.

    MitchGross, Jun 4, 2004
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