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A question that has bugged me for years


Lytham, UK
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Airborne1 Basic Member
Sat 04-Mar-06 12:06 PM

Can anyone answer this question:
For years I have bought or looked at tripods. On all the Quick Release (QR) plates I have seen has been the screw for connectinmg the plate to the camera.
Also on the plate had been a spring loaded pin. What the heck is this pin for. I suspect that it goes back to the Box Brownie camera era when it was an anti-twist pin. But in all the times I have connected my camera(s)/lens to the plate I have never used it. In fact, in a way, its been more of an hinderance than an aid.

Also while I am posting, can anyone tell me, objectively, which is quicker and easier to use: The Manfroto/Velbron QR plate or the Arca Swiss/Kirk QR dovetail plate. This question also involves putting the lens in bags/backpacks etc with the plate permanently fixed to the lens/camera etc. Cost to convert to these plates/QR shoes are another factor. I have 3 Tripods, camera & Tele lens so would have to convert all of them.
Please, I am not looking to start WW3 over still lol