Orquid "Phoenix"

Orquid "Phoenix"

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I am looking for a quick release plate to add to my existing tripod head, which is Arca Swiss compatible and has a lever.

Its important to me that the camera locks the once inserted. Tightening the lever then prevents the cam from further moving.

I am having a really hard time finding such a plate online. Most quality plates are only offered on a full head. Can you provide me with some advice?

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You're not looking for the A-S system then. There is no "locks in place" aspect to the system. Which, IMO, is a good thing because it makes the system faster and easier to use. –  Dan Wolfgang Sep 28 '12 at 12:36
    
Are you looking for an Arca-Swiss style clamp that works in a similar way to the Manfrotto RC2 clamp? –  RedGrittyBrick Sep 30 '12 at 0:14
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Really Right Stuff has been suggested; German company Novoflex also makes A-S compatible stuff. A bit more "agricultural" in appearance than the very sleek RRS products, it must be said. Other players are Kirk and Wimberley as well as Arca-Swiss themselves.

Mixing and matching across brands may not be a good idea though; I have some Novoflex lens plates that slide right through my tripod's RRS Quick-release mount... the manufacturing tolerances are just that tiny little bit off.

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From the looks of the plate the camera is fixed once the clamp is tightend. I would prefer a solution were the camera clicks into place, then is tightened further via the clamp. –  ThomasS Sep 28 '12 at 9:24
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Uhh... that's not how the A-S system works. –  Dan Wolfgang Sep 28 '12 at 12:30
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Dan W is right, Thom. Arca-Swiss is the industry standard, as good as it gets; it can hold severely heavy camera kit totally safely and rock steady. But it does not click into place like LEGO. The quick-release clamp is, well, quick... it does not take any significant time to mount and dismount the camera, although it is definitely a two-hand job. A screw-release is slower, but possibly more secure. –  Staale S Sep 28 '12 at 21:40
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I think this is what you're looking for, a QR clamp base:

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From the looks of the plate the camera is fixed once the clamp is tightend. I would prefer a solution were the camera clicks into place, then is tightened further via the clamp. –  ThomasS Sep 28 '12 at 9:23
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