Yes, I’m annoyed that the QR plate on my Cartoni Focus head [B&H | Amazon] doesn’t fit my Manfrotto 502HD fluid head [B&H | Amazon] (and vice versa); that my Manfrotto 323 RC2 [B&H | Amazon] won’t accept the QR plate from the Manfrotto 502HD; and that none of them are compatible with my ArcaSwiss monoball [B&H | Amazon] or my ReallyRightStuff (RRS) L bracket for my Sony a6000 [B&H | Amazon]. Is edelkrone’s $139 QuickReleaseONE the answer?
When I bought into the Arca Swiss system years ago, I did so in part because I thought it was going to be a universal solution.
Quick release (QR) systems make a big difference in high-pressure workflow situations (e.g., changing a battery or memory card in a bottom compartment during a shoot with tripod, gimbal or quadcopter – or simply moving from one device to another).
But when you have to keep track of which QR plate you’re using where, it tends to defeat your purpose – while simultaneously serving the purpose of the vendor, who wants literally and figuratively to lock you into their system.
The QuickReleaseONE is interesting not only because of its premise – “the worlds’ first and only universal quick release solution compatible with all camera gear” – but because of its novel approach: pivoting the unit once it is attached to the camera engages three screws within the unit itself to lock onto a standard _” x 20 threaded screw found on just about any plate or tripod.
And if it delivers as advertised, $139 seems a reasonable price to pay – although if you’re using more than one camera, that’s per unit.
We haven’t seen the unit in the metal yet, so we have a number of questions:
1) Unlike a custom-fit RRS QR plate (designed very specifically to prevent swiveling), I don’t see – nor see how – the QuickReleaseONE replicates that function. Will the QuickReleaseONEwork as well?
2) We can’t tell if the unit covers the SD card/battery compartment of cameras like the Sony a6000 [B&H | Amazon] my personal favorite these days – if it does, it tends to defeat much of the value of a QR system. Does the QuickReleaseONE handle all bottom-opening compartments for the cameras we’re likely to use?
3) We can’t tell if the QuickReleaseONE restricts the movement of rear LCDs like those found not only on the Sony a6000, but their bigger a7 variant brothers [B&H | Amazon]. Will we have full use of our rear-facing articulated screens?
4) It’s not clear if the decision to design this around _” screw only causes any challenges when using an adapter to mount to 3/8” threads. Will using an adapter still allow for a rock solid connection?
These aren’t criticisms so much as buy signals. We need to get one of these puppies in to test ourselves. We’ll keep you posted – but if you have one already, please share your experiences below!
Learn more on edelkrone’s site.
EDELKRONE : QUICKRELEASEONE, WORLD'S FIRST UNIVERSAL QUICK RELEASE SOLUTION
Via edelkrone Press:
ORLANDO, FL, Aug 26, 2015 – edelkrone® QuickReleaseONE, World's first Universal Quick Release Solution
edelkrone, a company well-known for it's inventive filmmaking solutions, has announced QuickReleaseONE, a product that could end the need for quickrelease plates altogether, saving alot of time and money for the videographers and photographers.
Users have been using quickrelease plates to attach their cameras on all sorts of equipment such as tripods, jibs, ministands, etc. Each company designing their unique plate has been tackling the users for decades. Changing inbetween these plates has always taken a lot of time and effort from the end-users.
edelkrone's newly announced universal quick release system solves the problem very differently. The design takes advantage of the only common piece that is available on all quick release plates, which is the 1/4″ -20 screw. The patented design contains a unique trigrip technology which makes it possible to lock on the screw fast and securely.
The product is optimized for DSLRs and similar lightweight cameras and the product is fast and safe to use.
“When you think about how many quickrelease plates gets lost and cost of time and money caused by these losses, we believe that our new system is going to be a time and money saving investment for all videographers and photographers” adds Kadir Koymen, CEO.
More info is available at the company's website: www.edelkrone.com
(cover photo credit: snap from edelkrone)