The new Top Lock Quick Release system from Manfrotto, announced yesterday, is designed to provide secure shooting stability while maintaining the ability for quick changeovers for users of Arca-style plates and systems.
The Top Lock features a clamp element that allows the camera to be dropped in from above rather than worked in from the side as with most current systems. Manfrotto says this should be a much easier system and greatly streamline the process of changeover.
Image: The plate drops into the clamp from the top, as shown here
The system features a safety pin designed to stop plate and camera slipping out of the head even when the QR lock is left open.
Image: Three bubble levels, one for each axis of rotation, should help keep your shots on the straight and narrow
The Manfrotto Top Lock Quick Release System is available solely as an adapter or in complete ball head systems with Arca-style QR plates. Prices start at £84.95, visit www.manfrotto.co.uk to find out more.