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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 92 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (64)

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (75)
    • Stable (67)
    • Strong clamp (58)
    • Large range of motion (22)
    • Price (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (5)
    • Complicated controls (3)

    Best Uses

    • Video (62)
    • Landscape/scenery (29)
    • Weddings (29)
    • Sports/action (25)
    • Home (23)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (30), Semi-pro photographer (26), Photo enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (6)
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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

    Nearly what I needed

    By Bill

    from Northern California

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

      I read on another post that the M621 Quick Release assembly would fit nicely on my Steadycam Merlin 2 mounting plate and the included plate would fit my Davis & Sanford FM18 head.As it turns out, the Giottos plates seem to work better in the FM18 head than the plates included with the tripod - so very happy about that. The FM18 plates need some "field adjustments" (shave down the safety lock part on the underside of the plate), so we'll use a light hand with that just to have lots of spare plates around.The M621 assembly and plate work well together and are a nice, smooth fit. Sliding the plate into the quick release assembly is nice and smooth. Tightening it down when mounted to the Merlin2 plate can be a bit of a challenge, but is possible to do. I am going to make a thin cork or rubber spacer to make this easier. This "spacer" needs to be pretty thin so the security locking can still work.I used a spare 1/4"x20 flathead mounting screw from the FM18 to affix the M61 to the Merlin2 plate. It is not flush with the Merlin 2 plate, but there are some holes that allow this to still work. With any luck, the spacer will fix this minor issue, too.I can now easily move between tripod and Steadycam with a minimum of downtime. I got an extra plate to use on another camcorder... I use a Sony NEX-EA50UH and HDR-FX1 (among others - but these will be the only ones needing the Steadycam).

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      5.0

      THE BEST Quick Release EVER?

      By John From Behind Truth Art Film

      from New York, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Price
      • Professional In Everyway
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

        I own like 6 of these. I use them on every camera and all my tripods (INDURO, MANFROTTO etc) and mono pods (VariZoom ChickenFoot) and even on top of my hand rig as well as my 5' Jib Crane. To be able to have one plate and one universal landing pad for the plate is ideal when changing positions on mounts or quick changes like batteries or lenses or even set up time. When I visited Gerald Celente at TrendsJournal, he even commented on the plate in his studio. He bought three right after seeing the ez set up. Also Richard Grove from Tragedy And Hope bought one plate for each of his tripods and cameras... its a standard now even for him. How else can I explain it, the thing is built like a tank, locks as intended (it also has a lift on lock screw so very short precise lock action is achieved no matter the position), the plate comes with extra screws for different needs, a spare is stored on the side for ez access. The level bubbles work in fore and aft as well as side to side leveling. Buy this and save time and will help you achieve a professional work flow.

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        5.0

        Superior quality

        By Filmmaker

        from San Diego ca

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

        I bought a couple and the built quality is superior and pro grade. Very sturdy compared to my other quick release plates.

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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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