#1. "RE: Loose plate" | In response to Reply # 0jacsr Registered since 08th Apr 2006Tue 26-Jun-12 10:14 PM
All of the new version 2 systematic tripods have a release button that must be depressed to release the plate. The release button works in concert with the bolt (black handle). Make sure the bolt is tight and you will be fine.
I have the 5542LS and find the new top plate system quite secure.