Various styles present different benefits for the photographer. For example an L bracket allows for extremely quick reframing in either portrait or landscape orientation. A quick release refers to a lever release system for quick dismounting, with some preferring a screw-type knob release. This is simply down to personal preference.
Manufacturers such as Manfrotto, Gitzo and Benro provide a range of excellent options and the popular Arca-Swiss universal compatibility ensures a secure fit through grooves running along the plate itself.
Quick release plates are also known as ‘QR plates’, and are essentially small platforms, which are generally machined from metals such as aluminium.
Some tripod manufacturers have their own proprietary mechanisms and associated fixtures for their types of tripods or monopods. However, the ARCA-Swiss type of quick release plate is a universal fixing that compatible with many camera brands from several manufacturers.
3 Legged Thing are a UK brand who produce brightly coloured brackets which are becoming more popular as photographers personalise their equipment. Wimberley are another well known manufacturer with an excellent range of options available.
QR brackets are also used by photographers with telephoto lenses as they provide a fully secure, strong base under the lens barrel, which can be mounted directly onto their tripod head. Naming conventions are generally according to the tripod that they fit, which is often written as a numerical reference. Whether you are looking for a universal camera plate or a brand-specific model for your tripod or monopod, we will have one to meet your exact requirement.