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Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly

You Pay: $29.95

The Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly is equipped with a camera plate that slides forward and back for macro positioning, and features a safety button that limits the amount of sliding on the quick release. Quick release plates are fitted into a compatible tripod's pan head or ball head quick release mechanism for easy removal and replacement of equipment.

The M621 has two bubble levels, and the plate comes supplied with removable 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 camera screws, as well as a spring loaded video pin. Two threaded holes on the side of the quick release allow for storing the unused camera screw directly on the assembly.

Comes supplied with a short (standard) quick release plate; dimensions 3.5 x 2.2 x 0.6". An optional 5.5" long plate is also available.

Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly
  • Allen Key
  • Removable 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 Camera Screws
  • Limited 12-Year Warranty
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    GiottosM621 Quick Release Assembly
     
    4.6

    (based on 89 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (61)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (72)
    • Stable (64)
    • Strong clamp (55)
    • Large range of motion (21)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)
    • Complicated controls (3)

    Best Uses

    • Video (59)
    • Landscape/scenery (28)
    • Weddings (27)
    • Sports/action (24)
    • Home (22)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (28), Semi-pro photographer (26), Photo enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Quality product fair pricing

    I originally acquired one of these quick release plates with some camera dollies I ordered for shooting video and first I was skeptical. I soon learned this was a rock solid mount and was...Read complete review

    I originally acquired one of these quick release plates with some camera dollies I ordered for shooting video and first I was skeptical. I soon learned this was a rock solid mount and was secure even with my heavy camera gear. I have always been a Arca Swiss quick release fan but am switching all my ball heads over to this quick release. Rock solid and reasonable cost make this quick release a winner. The only issue I have had with this is the short locking handle when shooting video and stills from a dolly or crane but I just put a spacer plate under the mounting plate and problem solved.

    A big plus is that when you release the pressure on the plate you have to push the red button on the side to release the quick release plate, something my Arca quick releases do not have. This feature could save your expensive camera should you forget to lock the system together as once the plate is inserted it is locked in to a degree even before you completely lock it down with the lever.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Reasonable, check your package

    Needed a QR for my CMR Blackbird. This did the job, it's built in spirit levels complimented the ones on the Blackbird. It also works well with existing tripods. The sliding plate works...Read complete review

    Needed a QR for my CMR Blackbird. This did the job, it's built in spirit levels complimented the ones on the Blackbird. It also works well with existing tripods. The sliding plate works with Manfrotto 357 as well. The handle on the screws is a nice touch. Unfortunately, the first one I bought had a broken pin. I had to get it replaced. The replacement has some leftover burrs but didn't affect after cleaning out. Cheapest assembly you can get with a sliding plate.

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    5.0

    A must have with a glidecam

    By David

    from Springfield, MO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Portraits
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

    I use this on my Glidecam and it's been fantastic! It's a MUST if you use the Glidecam or similar product often and need to be able to get your camera on and off quickly.

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    5.0

    Great Valve Quick Release

    By UV films

    from Cedar Rapids, IA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

      Was debating over this and the Manfrotto Quick Release. I decided on this because the price. Not because i bought 1 but because i have bought 5. These work great for my brother and I. We shoot with 2 cameras and have a slider and 2 monopods. It's nice to have something that is built well and not to worry about falling apart.

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      4.0

      Bargain

      By georgewuzheer

      from Naples, FL

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

        Not compatible with the Manfrotto 577/501PL plate, even though it looks really similar. But that's my fault for not checking before buying. Build quality is more than good enough and would be an awesome alternative if it fit my application.

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        5.0

        Very Reliable Product

        By Mark

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

        This is a solid quick-release system. There is nothing floppy about it. It is a little heavier than it looks, but the mechanism inside of it is made of metal, so it is a lot more durable than the quick release platform on my Manfrotto monopod, whose quick-release components are made of plastic. I bought two of these and have one on my tripod and one on my monopod, so I can quickly move from one to another on shoots.

        WARNING: I have read reviews online that say that the lever is positioned wrong upon arrival and you have to unscrew it to flip it around before you can mount your camera on it. This is incorrect. While the lever is facing the wrong way upon arrival, it is actually a ratcheting mechanism. You just have to pull it away from the body and you can position it any direction you want. Very professional assembly.

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        5.0

        Solid product at much better price

        By hassan

        from Sugar Land, Tx

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Travel

          Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

          I bought Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly to test as I needed 5 of the same heads to go from tripod, to slider, to jibs, etc. I am very happy with its solid construction, design and ease of operation. It should last me a long time. I am ready to order more.

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          5.0

          Great product

          By Bruce

          from Calgary, AB

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home

            Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

            I needed a quick release device for my professional copy stand. I found this model after researching the internet and B&H had the best price for it.
            I really like the chrome screw with the flip-up turning lever (so you don't need a coin or screw driver) to attach the camera to the sliding plate. Also it comes with both 1/4" and 3/8" screws.

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            5.0

            M621 is a great product!

            By Esteban

            from LA, CA.

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Just Good Design
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

            Wow not only a real good price but the quality is real good too! so versitle and adaptable!

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            3.0

            Great for the price, nothing special

            By Zach the high school business owner

            from Brantford Ontario

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Fair price

            Cons

            • Large Knobs Intrusive
            • Small Range

            Best Uses

            • Run And Gun
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

            I bought 7 of these to put on all of my gear, tripods, sliders, cages, and being $ bucks a pop they do great however they are far from perfect. The paint or Finnish makes it hard to slide them on unlike the manfroto counterpart, however I have read this get better with time. Also the tightening knob is MASSIVE and makes for a cumbersome way of securing my camera on my cage and glide cam (anything that has a stage that exceeds the width of the plate. This all being said I prefer to work with the qwerks then spending hundreds on little plates that in the end do not make or break the production. Give them a try

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            5.0

            Perfect for the price

            By Antoine

            from Montreal

            Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

            Quality build and won't break over time. The nob on the side to tighten the quick release plate is a bit too low so if you quick release is on a flat plate you'll have to rise it up a bit. It's also a bit heavy but in my opinion it's not a problem. Would recommend.

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            5.0

            Lock level bumping into your camera?

            By cyraclered

            from VA

            Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

            Some of you may face the problem of the lock lever bumping into your camera when trying to secure the plate to the adapeter base. Luckily there is a 3mm hex screw on the lock lever. Undo that hex screw (seems to be glued down as well), reposition the level so the full swing is under the height of the plate, and put the hex screw back on. I can get more flexibility in attaching to my camera this way. I'm not sure why it wasn't done this way from the factory.

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            5.0

            Great Product

            By erc_f

            from Los Angeles, CA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

              I love this camera mount! It has several really neat features that are not so obvious, and one heck of a price to boot! It has levels built in. It has a safety mechanism so that if you have not yet locked the plate with the lock lever, at least the whole thing won't just slide off. It basically has a safety catch. I'm looking for uniformity with all my rigs so I will be buying more. Highly recommended.

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              5.0

              Really like it

              By Scooby

              from Lakewood

              Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

              Really good really sturdy piece... It's some kind of metal that feels good... Almost like a felt of some kind... It's great that it comes w the 2 bubble indicators. .. Big like...

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              5.0

              nice quick release

              By GBuz

              from Colorado Springs, CO

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                I've got this on a couple of stabilizers and they greatly reduce the amount of time to transfer my camera from one to another. The plate was a bit "sticky" getting it in/out of the mount, but it's gotten much better with use.

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                5.0

                It's light but very solid

                By Hezhou

                from SF Bay Area

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Video

                  Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                  firstly it's perfectly matching my rig support base.
                  it's light but you can feel that it's very solid.

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                  4.0

                  Straight Forward

                  By WEV

                  from Longmeadow, MA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                    I was looking to secure my jib arm to a heavy duty tripod; unfortunately, I'm note able to make it work (through no fault of the product). I'm now using the M621 on the other end of the jib arm, to attach the camera to my Cobra Crane II. Works like a champ.

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                    4.0

                    Solid and just what I needed

                    By Nate the Great

                    from Provo, UT

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                        I purchased three of these heads for a very unique application; the creation of a three-camera rig to imitate the old Cinerama process. I bolted the heads to a board at the angles needed to achieve the panoramic field of view. The assembly is pleasantly substantial. It felt solid and strong as I hefted one for the first time. The plate slides into place easily and the thumbscrew holds it securely. The thumbscrew itself is the least impressive element of the assembly, with a somewhat flimsy build. Still, it does the job just fine. I liked the included allen wrench for adjusting the underside bolt. Since I purchased three, I have spares, which is great in my case and probably unique to me, so it doesn't affect the rating at all.

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                        5.0

                        Great Quick Release!!!

                        By Mike

                        from Colorado

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                          This quick release plate provides everything needed and more. With its adjustable tightening screw, bubble levels, and flexible mount.

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                          4.0

                          Well built - good deal

                          By mattie

                          from san luis obispo, ca

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Glidecam

                            Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                            I bought this quick release to use with my HDSLR and Glidecam HD2000. It's sturdy, well-designed and built and the cost was very reasonable.

                            My tip to keeping the quick release secure on the Glidecam plate is to put a few small strips of rubber between them (hardware store, craft store?). This will keep the quick release from moving around while screwed to the plate.

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                            5.0

                            Well Built Quick Release Plate

                            By GreaterWorks Films

                            from Watkinsville, GA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Strong Clamp
                            • Well Built

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                              I purchase this quick release plate for the slider that I'm about to build in the next few weeks to come. I just order another one that will come this week. I may need to order one more, it's worth the money.

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                              5.0

                              Combine with Manfrotto 357

                              By Mathew

                              from Honolulu, HI

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                                  My colleague and I have tons of these and Manfrotto 357's on everything: tripods, monopods, sliders, a Glidecam, and even a DIY hi-hat for transportation. The plates are interchangable with each other's bases, and they both have a strength the other doesn't. The Giottos plate is shorter and easier to attach, and the Manfrotto is longer and stronger. The Giottos base has a locking tab stopper, bubble levels, is cheaper, and when combined with the Giottos plate, has an auto-centering feature. The Manfrotto base is again stronger.

                                  -The Manfrotto base is stronger, so I use it with a half-bowl base to attach to a DSLR slider that has the Manfrotto plate. It's best for strength.
                                  -All the tripod heads, monopods, and stabilizers have the Giottos base because of the auto-centering pin, and because it's cheaper.
                                  -Our DSLR's use the shorter Giottos plates, but the larger FS700 and occasionally Red Epic use the longer plates (again, because of the strength).
                                  -Sliders have the longer Manfrotto plates for more adjustability and strength.

                                  Because we have these plates and bases on everything, switching a camera from tripod to stabilizer to jib to monopod is extremely quick, and I never have to fuss with switching base plates on a camera. Ever.

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