Insten Camera Quick Release Plate Adapter Set
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- Mount your camera on a tripod easily with this quick release plate.
- This camera quick release plate will quickly screw onto your tripod to properly and securely position your camera for the best shooting angle.
- Color: Black. Screw size: 6mm. Plate dimensions: 1.5 x 2 inches.
- Suitable for tripod with detachable 3/8" mounting screw. Quick release plate adapter is secured on the tripod by the 3/8” mounting screw as show on the pictures. 3/8” screw is not included (it normally comes with the tripod).
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Mount your camera on a tripod easily with this quick release plate. This camera quick release plate will quickly screw onto your tripod to properly and securely position your camera for the best shooting angle. Color: Black. Screw size: 6mm. Plate dimensions: 1.5 x 2 inches.
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All moving parts needed to be well lubricated, other wise it's sticky a bit.
Crape off the paint on the plates side where the lever comes in contact to make it easy opening.
many complains about the bottom of the receiver unit... a 'post' sticks out and can not be mounted on a tripod top.
It may not mount to a large flat surface, but this unit is perfect for a mono-pod mount.
This item is used with this product and you can buy the whole rig:
The other thing is that they are not threaded. You should know that before you buy them. The hole in the base is roughly 1/4" and you will have to bolt down through it with a countersunk 1/4" screw rather than up into it like you probably want to from a tripod or other accessory. I recommend buying the alternatives they cost barely a few dollars more.
...if you are capable of thinking even a little outside the box.
I bought my first one to mount it into a tabletop mini-tripod, all I did was: unscrew the knob from the bottom, and then insert a 1¼"-20 1½" flathead bolt through the top of the adapter, which matched the tripod head perfectly.
Works like champ.
While the description looks like a bad machine translation (most likely from Chinese) which is possibly misleading more due to laziness than malice (it DOES NOT say anywhere that it comes with a bolt), the images are accurate and should tell you all you need to know: the adapter is mounted not from the bottom, tapped or no, but through the top by means of a 90° countersunk flathead bolt of either ¼" or 6mm width (or smaller), with length of whatever you need to do the job, which either directly bolts into whatever you're mounting it to, or goes through a hole drilled through whatever you're mounting and is held in place by a nut.
The thing annoys me most is that; both the pivot for the retaining lever and pivot for the safety lever, when engaged, both stick out 3mm below the bottom of the adapter, or the pivot for the safety lever sticks out 5mm when disengaged, so the unit will not sit flush against a flat surface, which may, or may not, be necessary, depending on the project. Well then... howsabout I just put 5mm worth of fender washers so it will sit flush, then.
Guys, it's not that hard to make this work. In fact, I'm going to buy a few more for modding purposes.
Incidentally, the Monkey and banana problem:
"A monkey is in a room. Suspended from the ceiling is a bunch of bananas, beyond the monkey's reach. However, in the room there are also a chair and a stick. The ceiling is just the right height so that a monkey standing on a chair could knock the bananas down with the stick. The monkey knows how to move around, carry other things around, reach for the bananas, and wave a stick in the air. What is the best sequence of actions for the monkey?"
The set contains a removable plate (which does have a 1/4 x 20 bolt to mount to the bottom of your camera, and a base (with only a counter sunk mounting hole) to attach to the top plate of the tripod where one normally attaches the camera. While I can understand those who wish the base had a threaded hole (like a camera) so they could mount the assembly as they do a camera so they could repeatedly remove it, that was not my application.
This is not an expensive part. If I could have everything I would want, I would have preferred to pay $10-$15 and have double the quality as well. However, it seems to work just fine so perhaps that is not needed.