Some overlooked detail in photography are quick release systems. I found it tough to get good information about them, and since they tend to be rather expensive I'd like to hear pros and cons of different quick release systems and brands.
If you have any interest in extra tripod head gear, whether it be panoramic heads, macro focus rails, L-brackets or anything else in that space then your first concern is going to be interoperability and standardization.
Unfortunately the quick release market is horribly fragmented with each major tripod brand having several unique systems.
To the degree that there is any interoperability and standardization at all, the Arca-Swiss style brackets are clearly the leader.
- The plate is quite large and therefore supports large/heavy cameras perfectly.
- The quick release has a secondary safety hatch so you cannot release it accidentally when you bump the normal hatch into something.
- The plate attaches very easily to the base. You only need one hand (that is holding the camera) and snap the camera/plate right into position.
- Since the plate is quite large it is not comfortable shooting handheld in portrait orientation with a battery grip attached.