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The design of a basic tripod head made it time-consuming and troublesome for photographers. Therefore, companies thought of an innovative idea and introduced quick release plates and L-brackets.
Quick release plates are just like conventional plates but with a twist. They are attached to the base of the camera with a screw and then latch on to the camera tripod with a quick locking system.
Owing to this, you have to attach the plate to the camera only once, and then you can use a clip or a lever to remove the camera from the tripod with ease. These plates are safe for your camera and don’t come off on their own. You can leave them on the tripod for the entire day and then remove it when needed.
When it comes to shooting landscape photos, even the best landscape tripod relies on the L-Plate bracket. It is a piece of metal fixated to the body of the camera. This metal structure works as a substitute for the quick release plates.
The L-Plate as the name suggests is L-shaped and bends at a 90-degree angle moving the camera on the side. This peculiar design makes it easier for photographers to switch between horizontal and vertical angles.
As we all know that there are different camera equipment manufacturers who have their own design philosophy when it comes to product design. This difference also led to the emergence of different types of quick release plates that were once sold in the market openly. Here are some of the popular ones.
This is the most popular form of quick release plates that are used worldwide. It has a flat and rectangular top that is attached to the camera. The coin-slot screw and butterfly nut are the most common forms of screws that are used to fasten the plate to the camera.
It can be fair to say that Acra Swiss is the universal tripod plate design as it adopted by many brands.
Manfrotto is among the prominent tripod manufacturers and to have a competitive edge in the market the company released its own quick release plates. The Manfrotto quick release plates can be fitted quickly using a spring-loaded lever that ‘snaps’ back to keep the camera secure on the tripod. Most of the Manfrotto camera tripods for sale in the market have these quick release plates.
Unlike quick release plates, L-brackets have a universal design that is used by all the brands around the world.