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Sima SVR Quick Connect for Tripod

by Sima
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  • Spring loaded quick release lever
  • Locking pin keep video camera stable
  • Can be used for all video and still cameras
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Product Description

QuicKonnect for fast secure locking and release of your camera to any tripod

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 2.5 x 2.2 inches ; 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00006JQ6C
  • Item model number: SVR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 8, 2005

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Daddy V on January 12, 2010
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I have 2, one for a Canon HF-S100 and one for a Nikon D40. On the HF-S100, mount plate is small enough not to interfere w/ the SD card loading slot & door. No such concern on the D40. I put the base mounts on an old Ambico tripod and a Canon Monopod. No issues mounting. Each one screws on firmly. For the Canon Monopod, it makes the mount section look more substantial and adds much needed quick release functionality. (Interchanging between the Monopod and tripod is quick and easy now!)

The fit & finish of the product is what you'd expect from Sima. The molded hard plastic reminds me of a hockey puck, like high-impact grade plastic. (I accidentally dropped one from the car onto the drive way, mounted on the Canon Monopod... I thought for sure it was damaged. Not the case. It survived the drop without a ding or scratch.) The puck is about 2 9/16" in diameter, with the exception of the latch sticking out about 1/4" when in its closed position.

The latch mechanism could use a bit more refined engineering. Between the 2 I have, one swings open with only a minor studder when first opening to release the mounting plate. The other one requires a bit more force to start the swing to open, like there's a more pronounce "notch". So of the two, I prefer the one that "easier" to open. (I guess your mileage may vary with which "version" you get...) I mention this only for those using it on video equipment in the instance where you find yourself mounting or unmounting your device while recording - you'll definitely shake things up!) Otherwise, the latch feels strong and secure.

The screw stud cannot be tightened by fingers - there's no way to "grip" the screw from underneath the plate.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Donald Krell on July 1, 2010
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I purchased two of these Sima Quick Connect units several weeks ago. I have used them with both a Nikon D80 and a Nikon D90 SLR and with several different lenses and on two different tripods. They are OK if you are using a small light lens like a prime 35mm or 50mm. But I'm not comfortable using the Sima with larger and heavier telephoto lenses. Why?

1. The surface area of the insert that connects to the camera is too small.
2. It's all plastic. Better (and more expensive) mounts such as Manfrotto are metal.
3. There is no additional safety lock pin to prevent accidental release.
4. It's relatively inconvenient. One must use a screw driver or thin coin (a dime works) to tighten the unit to the camera tripod mount.

Unfortunately, it is with the telephoto lenses that tripods are most necessary. So I've coughed up the significant extra money to convert to Manfrotto.
Manfrotto 323 RC2 Rapid Connect Adapter with 200PL-14 Quick Release Plate - Replaces 3299 (Black)

If you plan to use the Sima Quick Connect with a small compact camera, you will probably be very happy with the product. It's certainly a lot cheaper than most of the alternatives.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael McKee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 23, 2008
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This quick connect gadget works the way it is supposed to and is a pretty good value. It allows me to use my monopod as a walking stick and quickly attach my camera. As my camera has the battery/SD card compartment on the bottom, I have to remove the quick connect to access either. That's my main quibble with the Sima. It attaches with a slotted screw head. A dime works well as a screwdriver, but my last quick connect used a hinged key head that allowed me to attach and disconnect it without tools.

Most outings my battery and card last long enough but occasionally they don't and I would like to not have to have a tool with me to remove the quick connect from the camera, especially on really cold days.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daddy Shawn on November 25, 2010
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Sima Quick Connect is sold, well made and does exactly what it's supposed to. I've got a monopod and it's very annoying screwing my camera on and off of that. With this Quick Connect it takes seconds to put on/off the monopod.

If your monopod/tripod doesn't already have a built in quick release then this is a very inexpensive investment to save you a lot of hassle and wear on the equipment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HAH1 on April 27, 2011
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I bought two of these based on the reviews. They are exactly as described in other reviews, little hockey pucks. I use them on homemade camera rigs that I built for my Canon 7D. So far, they hold up extremely well. I use both bases and keep one of the quick release plate on my camera at all times. It is small enough that it doesn't get in the way of my battery. I'm so happy I found these. I was going to spend $40 on a different mount, but there's really no need. Both do the same job. I definitely recommend this product.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stoney TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 1, 2012
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With a very sensitive sensor and image stabilization, my Nikon Coolpix S8100 can take amazing long telephoto photos, hand-held. The problem is, it is hard to compose at such a long zoom, or even to confirm that the camera is focusing on your subject. Solution, a marvelous monopod Norazza Monopod-lightweight TD140 which weighs almost nothing and collapses to 16". I wanted the Sima QC to use with the S8100 and the monopod.

The Sima QC is less-than-ideal for my purposes, because:
> You have to remove the "camcorder pin" with a screw driver---no problem, but it will then almost certainly get lost. A better design would be to allow it to retract (on a spring), or fold away.
> You have to attach the "camera plate" to your camera with a very thin (sharp) screw-driver, even a dime is too thick. A better design would have allowed the screw to be tightened with a penny or a dime.
> The camera plate is 1 1/2" square. Attached to my camera, it will not fit in my camera case. Nikon Coolpix S Series Black Leather Horizontal Case for S6000 and S8000.
> The "tripod adapter" piece is relatively enormous, 2 1/2" across---not a huge problem with my camera, but with other small cameras, it could get in the way of looking through the view-finder.

Minor Gripes
> The lock-lever actually opens a little too far, in which case it actually gets in the way of removing/installing the camera plate.
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