How do I add a quick release to an old tripod

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Graffee71 Forum Member • Posts: 75
How do I add a quick release to an old tripod

I have this old tripod and I would like some sort of quick release. I'm confused as to exactly what to buy

Fyi I have a Mephoro travel sized that fits in my backpack.

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Mark B.
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Graffee71 wrote:

I have this old tripod and I would like some sort of quick release. I'm confused as to exactly what to buy

Fyi I have a Mephoro travel sized that fits in my backpack.

Are you sure you want to?  Why not look for a newer, but used tripod that you can easily change the head.

Ken Gosden Senior Member • Posts: 2,938
Re: How do I add a quick release to an old tripod

Mark B. wrote:

Graffee71 wrote:

I have this old tripod and I would like some sort of quick release. I'm confused as to exactly what to buy

Fyi I have a Mephoro travel sized that fits in my backpack.

Are you sure you want to? Why not look for a newer, but used tripod that you can easily change the head.

Easy enough, but to the point above it will cost you $40 or more. Just depends on the system you wish to use. For Manfrotto RC2 QR system buy the 323 adapter.  This fairly thin plate has a tripod socket on the bottom.  You just screw it to the old tripod head and you are done.  I used one for my Peak Design tripod since I am a Manfrotto system user.  I imagine someone makes something similar for Arca Swiss plates.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/554141-REG/Manfrotto_323_323_RC2_System_Quick.html/?ap=y&ap=y&smp=y&smp=y&lsft=BI%3A514&gclid=CjwKCAjwz_WGBhA1EiwAUAxIcZeJpIxbJGGC87bIaItpORrhY_bnPZ47QacyIEP_9arUYQKQPsKxyBoC110QAvD_BwE

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Graffee71 wrote:

I have this old tripod and I would like some sort of quick release. I'm confused as to exactly what to buy

Fyi I have a Mephoro travel sized that fits in my backpack.

You could get something like this You attach it to the screw on your tripod and then get an arca swiss plate for the camera.

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Ellis Vener
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If you are using an ARCA-Swiss type QR system you can buy a clamp for m several different manufacturers and a variety of price points for m the ridiculously cheap to the hilariously expensive. I go in the middle and use clamps from ProMediaGear

https://www.promediagear.com/C60-Arca-Swiss-Compatible-Quick-Release-Clamp-with-14-Hardened-Thread-Insert-with-Bubble-Level_p_11.html

or if you want a narrower one, https://www.promediagear.com/C40-Arca-Swiss-Compatible-Quick-Release-Clamp-with-14-Hardened-Thread-Insert_p_1.html

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pajarrett Contributing Member • Posts: 539
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Don't waste your money. If you plan on making photography your hobby go ahead and take the plunge now and get a good tripod and ball head (or any other type of head you like). They last pretty much for the life of the photographer, so buy a good one now and you will never have to replace it. Take a look at Thom's article on tripods: http://cschu.redirectme.net/mirrored/bythom/www.bythom.com/support.htm

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