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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 85 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (58)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (68)
    • Stable (60)
    • Strong clamp (51)
    • Large range of motion (19)

    Cons

    • Complicated controls (3)
    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Video (55)
    • Landscape/scenery (26)
    • Weddings (24)
    • Sports/action (23)
    • Home (21)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (27), Semi-pro photographer (25), Photo enthusiast (12), Casual photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (62)

    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

    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

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            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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                              5.0

                              Yes I will buy this product again

                              By Ron

                              from Pensacola Fl

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Video

                                Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                                The Giottos quick release assembly works great. I have one on my rails and one on my shoulder mount. I can switch from tripod to shoulder mount in seconds. It is solid and works like it should. I will probably get the long plate so it is easier to balance with longer lenses.

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                                5.0

                                Better than the others

                                By ssavery

                                from Brockport, NY

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                                  Unfortunately I found this one after purchasing the manfrotto one... This one is much better. For starters, the universal plate works with all my tripods. The manfrotto did not... Should have read the fine print.

                                  This one is cheaper, sturdier, bigger, has a level, etc... Great buy!

                                  Bought it for my Glidecam. Works great. I put a few washers under it to give it some lift.

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect for the 5DMII

                                  By DiToPix

                                  from Seattle, WA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Firmly
                                  • Strong Clamp

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                                    Using this on a glidecam for my canon 5D MII and it works perfectly. It is perfectly balanced as well which is a must for the glidecam.

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                                    5.0

                                    good light little rig

                                    By 00707

                                    from NYC

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Firmly
                                    • Good Stability

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Run And Gun Video
                                      • Video

                                      Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                                      Great for the little run & gun video camera.
                                      Makes it fast and painless to go from tripod, to monopod, to handheld or the jib arm.

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