Last Quick Release You’ll Ever Need? Edelkrone QuickReleaseONE

by Hugh Brownstone3 Comments

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.

Wrong.

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.

Feh.

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.

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Neat, right? And completely in keeping with edelkrone’s proven ability to reconceptualize photographic tools (see, for example, their SliderPLUS).

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.

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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.

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Introducing: QuickReleaseONE

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)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
Hugh Brownstone

Comments

  1. Whithin my constructive opinion.. I suspect I will not like this product, it  seems a not safety product. It really do not locks, it seems to only round a screw or like it. Also any movement by a hand or body or so can left the cameta down. If you take a look at the promo video, it only goes for 50 seconds, it really does not show in detail how the lock mechanism goes… I think some hands-on test video must be posted by someone before adventure to believe my cameras to this little thing..

  2. Hi, TonyHernandez1 We do respect your thoughts and there would be videos that shows how the QuickReleaseONE works and explain the capabilities of it, which we believe they will fulfil all your expectations regarding your questions. Feel free to contact us anytime via contact.edelkrone.com for your further questions. – İnanç

  3. Seems like a clever idea at first, but after thinking about where it can be used, I don’t see the point.
    It’s certainly not “universal, compatible with all camera gear” as the video claims. Where is the 3/8-16 thread, for instance? I don’t see it anywhere.
    I don’t believe it will be compatible in a pro environment. It can’t
    meet the dimensions required to center the camera’s lens on a rail
    system with matte boxes and follow focus units, etc., both in height and
    aligning the lens axis with the rail gear’s axis horizontally.

    What advantage does it have over other quick release systems, other than not having to buy extra dovetail plates?
    For $140, I can buy enough industry standard plates to fit every one of my cameras with a few spares left over and have the camera(s) aligned the way I need them with accuracy and repeatability.
    Not a very economical or practical solution, especially to a non-existent problem.

    I might be alright for some, but I think it’s just another expensive gimmick that will be abandoned for conventional methods after a few tries by most users.
    I’ll stick with my Manfrotto QR standard, thank you.

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