un quick release tripod adaptor

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Mike, May 17, 2009.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I have a manfotto with a quck release plate, fine.
    But I now have several other hide/car window brackets, mini tripods
    etc for camera and telescope that do not. Not to mention lenses that
    mount to the tripod, so the quick release becomes a slow release pain
    in the bum.
    Does a gizmo exist that turns a quick release plate back into a
    conventional "twiddle the knob" quicker slow release?
     
    Mike, May 17, 2009
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  2. Mike

    Bruce Guest


    As an alternative, why not buy extra Manfrotto 200-PL QR plates for your
    lenses? For the hide/car window brackets, why not buy extra Manfrotto
    323 QR assemblies (base and plate)? The base just screws to the
    tripod/bracket head using the normal screw, and there's a plate
    included:

    http://tinyurl.com/opvgx8
    or:
    http://www.morrisphoto.co.uk/ProductDetails~man~Manfrotto~productID~4289~categoryid~158.html
     
    Bruce, May 17, 2009
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  3. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Thanks, I've been trying to work out what's available in that area

    the tripod is this "Manfrotto Modo Maxi 785B Compact Tripod"
    Tripod - Spare Quick Release Ref.785PL

    do you reckon the one you mention is the right one? I will need
    car window, mini, benbow, hide, that's 4 converters +
    telephoto, three camera bodies, telescope, 4 spare plates eek!
     
    Mike, May 17, 2009
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  4. Mike

    Mike Guest

    noooo, theres plates with the convertors, phew!
     
    Mike, May 17, 2009
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  5. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Mike, May 17, 2009
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  6. Mike

    Bruce Guest


    You only need to buy four converters, because you get a plate free with
    each converter.

    The one I suggested isn't compatible with your 785B tripod; the 785PL
    quick release plate is unique to the head on that tripod.

    But you really shouldn't be using such a lightweight tripod with a DSLR
    and interchangeable lenses - it is only designed for use with compact
    cameras and lightweight camcorders, and in my opinion it is borderline
    even for those.
     
    Bruce, May 17, 2009
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  7. Mike

    Rob Morley Guest

    I'd have thought it was easy enough to make one from a thick bit of ali:
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    Rob Morley, May 17, 2009
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  8. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I use a Benbow when carrying it allows, if i'm halfway up a mountain
    any tripod is better than no tripod. I seem to have run into a problem
    in replacing my broken, pretty naff, lightweight tripod in that the
    new one expects me to be "dedicated" to its use. Google has yet to
    find me a non quick release decent but modest tripod that will not
    cause me to be constantly removing or fitting the quick release plate.
    :-(
     
    Mike, May 17, 2009
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  9. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I don't fancy doing it myself, my initial reaction is to bin the
    manfrotto in favour of some cheapo basic model. not that i have found
    one yet.
     
    Mike, May 17, 2009
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  10. Mike

    Bruce Guest


    I understand your problem. I assume the Benbo is a Trekker. That's
    just stable enough for a small DSLR and lenses up to about 200mm.

    Have you considered a good monopod?
     
    Bruce, May 17, 2009
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  11. Mike

    Mike Guest

    its a "classic" IIRC, my approach to tripods is that any tripod
    increases stability, it may be imperfect, but its still better than no
    tripod.
    I will consider anything that does not assume I have one steadying
    device! But I would prefer a tripod, I reckon I will find some cheapo
    thing in a local camera shop (if such places still exist).
     
    Mike, May 17, 2009
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  12. Mike

    Bruce Guest


    OK, not very portable then. If you like the Benbo principle (I don't
    myself, and I have owned four) the Trekker may be a better choice as it
    is light and versatile.


    I disagree. A wobbly tripod is often better than no tripod. I would be
    more inclined to choose an alternative, such as a beanbag, a clamp with

    A monopod gives you a lot of options. It's less than 30% of the weight
    of a comparable tripod and can help you get some really crisp shots.
    Obviously, it's pretty useless for long exposures, but at anything down
    to half a second or so it can work really well.

    Using a monopod transformed my landscape photography because I can get
    to far more places with a monopod than I can with a tripod.
     
    Bruce, May 18, 2009
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  13. Mike

    Bruce Guest


    Oops, should have been "A wobbly tripod is often worse than no tripod".

    ;-)
     
    Bruce, May 18, 2009
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  14. Mike

    Mike Guest

    for something to throw in a suitcase or tie on my rucksack, no benbo
    is a contender
    Hmmm, dunno. I suppose it depends how you use it. I find a modest
    tripod more steady than hand held.
    I have a walking pole with a threaded end, I found I sway about a lot
    with it, doesn't seem to suit me, although on reflection I didn't
    really think about forming a two human leg, one metal leg tripod, so I
    may revisit it, in the meantime I think I will be looking for a basic
    tripod without that annoying quick release.
     
    Mike, May 18, 2009
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  15. Mike

    Mike Guest

    looks like Slik compact, and GM have the old fashioned nut fitting.
    Anyone wanna manfrotto?
     
    Mike, May 18, 2009
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  16. Mike

    Mike Guest

    GM II now have quick release, so far no medium tripod without quick
    release.
     
    Mike, May 18, 2009
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  17. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I think I have to go up market - Gitzo seems the best bet, maybe the
    traveller 1 with a low profile head wil give a light, small folded and
    no quick release, at a slightly higher price of course.
     
    Mike, May 18, 2009
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  18. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I've found that there are a couple of entry level models that do not
    have a QR (Velbron CX-300), also that Gitso do some nice non QR heads
    (as do Benbo) the Gitso leg units are horribly expensive (£500) so for
    a decent quality (but under silly money) setup it must be a gitso head
    on maybe manfrotto legs, assuming they are compatible. (the existing
    manfrotto in my ramblings does not have a removable head, so must be
    binned) Bit of a shock to find *all* the mid range tripods non
    compatible with my existing stuff.
     
    Mike, May 19, 2009
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  19. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I'm almost settled on a Gitzo low profile three way fluid head, this
    should be good for telescope too and will complement my benbo (ball
    and socket - almost uncarryable).

    I love trying to get info! I emailed the manufacturers, no reply. I
    tried online help at one shop, I'm 99.9% certain their website and
    their online answer were (differently) wrong.
    Gitzo 1570, 2270, 2271 are clearly non QR, while the 2272 clearly is
    QR. Then all I need is an answer about the thread size on the Opticrom
    carbon fibre tripod legs.........(Ok, its probably 3/8, but its nice
    to be sure)
     
    Mike, May 20, 2009
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