Manfrotto creates Arca-Swiss compatible 'Top Lock' quick release
Manfrotto UK has announced a 'Top Lock' quick release system for its tripod heads that's compatible with standard Arca Swiss-type plates. It uses a clamp design that allows the camera to dropped in from above, rather than slid in from the side, along with a safety pin to stop the camera slipping out of the clamp if it's inadvertently left loose. The setup is rounded off with three bubble levels to help keep the camera straight. The Top Lock release is available as an add-on adapter for £84.95, or pre-installed on the company's top-end 054, 055, 056 and 468MG ball heads (£209.95, £229.95, £264.95 and £259.95 respectively).
MANFROTTO LAUNCHES TOP LOCK QUICK RELEASE SYSTEM
London, 25 July 2013 – Manfrotto, world leader in the equipment and accessories industry for photography and imaging, is pleased to announce the launch of its new Top Lock Quick Release System. Compatible with Arca-style quick release plates and systems, Top Lock sets a new standard for ease of use, leveling capability, and portability with unique and practical features. The innovative design of the Top Lock System means that the ball head, the quick release adapter and the quick release plate work together to allow for fast and reliable changeovers in any environment. It gives professional photographers the assurance that their camera is supported at all times, letting them focus on the business at hand: capturing outstanding images.
Top Lock is compatible with the reliable and highly-regarded Arca-Swiss quick release plate system. Arca-style plates have become an open standard for photographic equipment – Top Lock further builds on this system by enchancing insertion and stability functions.
Easier to use; a failsafe support
Top Lock’s clamp element allows the camera to be dropped in from above, which is easier than trying to align and slide it in from the side. It has a safety pin that stops the plate and camera from slipping out of the head, even if the QR lock is inadvertently left open.
Helps achieve straighter images and more accurate framing in-camera
Three independent bubbles help level the camera against all axes of rotation, ensuring the full frame is usable and also reducing time spent in post-production.
Lightweight and easy to carry
The System is made from light aluminium and stainless steel offering weight savings without any performance sacrifices.
Manfrotto’s new Top Lock Quick Release System is available as an adaptor or in complete pro ball heads for professional photographers with Arca-style QR plates and systems Prices start at £84.95. Please visit www.manfrotto.co.uk for more information.
Adapter / Plate only:
- MSQ6 - Top Lock quick release adapter with plate (£84.95)
- MSQ6PL - Top Lock quick release plate only (£20.95)
Heads featuring the Q6 Top Lock Quick Release System:
- MH054M0-Q6 - 054 Magnesium Ball Head with Top Lock Quick Release (£209.95)
- MH055M0-Q6 - 055 Magnesium Ball Head with Top Lock Quick Release (£229.95)
- MH057M0-Q6 - 057 Magnesium Ball Head with Top Lock Quick Release (264.95)
- 468MGQ6 - Hydrostatic Ball Head with Top Lock Quick Release (£259.95)
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