Stills photographers have had the Arca-Swiss quick release systems for years. Many different companies offer their version of this proven way to mount a camera on a tripod. My favorite is Really Right Stuff. High quality and expert craftsmanship.
For use video guys we pretty much were stuck with Manfrotto quick release systems. A much less elegant way to mount your camera to a tripod. Sure they work and aren’t very expensive but I just never liked the way they worked. On a DSLR the plate was way to long and stuck out the back and front of the camera. I have at least five or more for Various systems that I want to mount my cameras to. Sliders, Jibs, and other tripods that I might need to use. They all need a quick release on them.
At NAB this year I saw the Kessler Crane Kwik Release System for the first time and new I had to get one. The system uses the same proven Arca-Swiss 2″ wide camera plates that pop into the clamp instead of sliding into the channel. I like that. You lock it in with a nice big arm on the back and your camera is secure. To take the camera off you just pull the arm to unclamp and press the red button and the camera is released. No sliding in and out. Super fast and secure. The plates have a safety pin on them so when the camera is in the channel it can’t slid out just like Manfrotto’s do to prevent the camera from crashing to the floor. Simple. Clean and works very well.
The camera plates come with two 1/4 20 screws. One has a flip out thumb lever for toolless tightening. Works pretty well. No guide type pin on the plate to prevent the plate from shifting so you have to tighten it down very tight to prevent that from happening. I left the other screw in but it wont help with keeping the plate from shifting.
- Kwik Release Receiver
- Your Choice (if selected) of Camera Plate (None, Mini Camera Plate, Short Camera Plate, Long Camera Plate, or Utility Plate) w/ Tool Kit
- Tool Kit for Receiver
- – (2) 1/4″-20 Countersunk Screw
- – (2) 8-32×1/2″ Socket Head Cap Screw
- – (1) 5/32″ Allen Key
- – (1) 9/64″ Allen Key
Kessler makes several different plates for cameras as well as utility plate that works with practically all of kesslers products from jibs to sliders making mounting to tripods a breeze.
- Kessler Kwik LONG Camera Plate – Dimensions: 2” x 6”
- Kessler Kwik SHORT Camera Plate – Dimensions: 2” x 3.5”
- Kessler Kwik Mini Plate – Ideal mounting option for both DSLR cameras and the Kessler Pocket Jib Traveler.
- Kessler Kwik UTILITY Plate – For mounting Kessler sliders, the REVOLUTION Head, High Hats or even mount accessories like monitors, microphones, lights, etc. via the many 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 thread holes.
A cheese and angled mounting plate is also available. Since the system uses the Arca-Swiss standard if you have other plates they will also work. I tried my Really Right Stuff GH2 plate that also fits the GH3 and it works perfect on the Kessler Kwik Release. Now my GH3, C100 & C300 cameras all work together with one system that can be used with so many different plate sizes. This is wonderful! The quick release system is also backed by a lifetime warranty. Can’t beat that.
Description From Kessler Crane.
The Kwik Release System is a unique, patent pending mounting system featuring solid billet aluminum and stainless steel construction. With a one hand drop-in instant latching and push button drop-gate release, this mounting system is strong, secure, fast and easy to use.
Once the mounting plate is snapped into the receiver, the plate can be adjusted but it cannot slide out of the receiver thanks to the secure safety stops. We also built in an ultra-strong cam lock that, once tightened, will secure the plate with absolutely no slip. We have designed the Kwik Release System to be as modular as possible with mounting plates available for cameras, sliders, motion control heads and more.
The only issue I have with the clamp is now I want to buy a bunch of them! I already bought two and will be buying more as needed. If your looking for a better solution to mounting your camera or other stuff the Kessler Kwik Release System is about as good as it gets.
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