New quick-release system fully compatible with Arca-style equipment

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

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

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 to find out more.