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Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly

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Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly

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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.

Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.5 x 6.0 x 1.5"
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 106 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (73)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (87)
    • Stable (79)
    • Strong clamp (68)
    • Large range of motion (26)
    • Price (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (5)
    • Small range (5)
    • Complicated controls (3)

    Best Uses

    • Video (71)
    • Weddings (34)
    • Landscape/scenery (32)
    • Portraits (28)
    • Sports/action (28)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (33), Semi-pro photographer (32), Photo enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (81)

    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

    Essential for Fast Paced Video

    By BCO Films

    from Massachussetts

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

      I use it to quickly switch between tripod and slider and glide cam and it works great. It is all metal and easy to tighten and to release.

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      4.0

      The most nifty QR to standardize your different camera setup

      By Vic the Ninja

      from Chicago, IL

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

      • Small Range

      Best Uses

      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

      I typically use it to keep all the switching back and forth between camera setups to one size QR plate. For example, I even attach one to two of my Benro S series fluid heads because the Benro tripod plates are not even standardized amongst themselves. I have one on my Glidecam, one on my Steadicam, etc.
      For me, these things are pretty durable. I do have friends who tend to break the tightening knob when they overcrank it but if you use it for the right application you won't run into this issue.
      Some things you might notice is if you attach the QR system to a surface where there is limited room for you to turn tightening knob, it does get irritating to try and tighten the plate. That's why the knob has a racheted function to adjust its position so you can tighten better.

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      4.0

      Useful, but a little frustrating

      By Ed Griffen

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability

      Cons

      • Not Cross Compatible
      • Small Range

      Best Uses

        Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

        This is a solid piece of equipment that is sturdy yet lightweight. This product was listed as an accessory for the Magnus VT-4000 tripod, claiming that it would fit the VT-4000 tripod plate. I purchased this in addition to the Magnus VT 4000 tripod for two reasons. 1) I wanted to put this system on a Glidecam 4000 for quick transition from tripod to Glidecam and back. But most importantly, 2) I wanted to be able to interchange two cameras on the VT-4000 tripod without have to take the attachment plate off of the cameras. I assumed that since the VT-4000 plate was compatible, the black plate that comes in this package would fit on the tripod. Wrong. While the plate that comes with the VT-4000 tripod is able to fit in the Giottos M621 quick release system, the black plate that comes with this Giottos product will not fit in the VT-4000 tripod. It doesn't work both ways. So now I will still have to buy an addition attachment plate in order to interchange two cameras on the same tripod and I am left with just a base. It will still work on the Glidecam as I was hoping. But even still, the tightening knob on the right side of the plate will rub against the Glidecam surface. Essentially, it cannot be attached to a flat surface. Or you have to at least put something in between the flat surface and the quick release assembly so that you can easily turn the knob to tighten and loosen it. A little bit of misinformation in the questions section of this product. The camera plate that comes with the VT-4000 will fit on this system, but the plate that comes with this system WILL NOT fit on the tripod. You will still have to purchase another camera plate

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        5.0

        Great Little Release Assembly

        By Unawakenedmind

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

          Purchased this for a DIY shoulder rig for a web series I'm working on and I didn't really want to drop $[$]for a nicer quick release. Needless to say, this guy did the trick just fine. Nice sturdy build and after some bolts were attached, the unit isn't going anywhere.

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          5.0

          Great Product

          By Brendan

          from Albany, NY

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

            It works well with my Ravelli AVTP tripod.

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            5.0

            dag

            By dag

            from nyc

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Portraits

              Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

              very handy device

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              4.0

              Compatible with FM18

              By Mike V

              from Baton Rouge

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                I bought the M621 because I was looking for a quick release system that would be interchangeable with my FM18 fluid head. The M621 works great, is well designed and manufactured with lots of options on configurations. They are fully interchangeable with the FM18. If I have, for instance, my slider on my FM18. The slider is attached to the FM18 using the plates that came with the fluid head. Then I have my camera attached to the slider using the M621. I can pop the slider off the FM18, pop my camera off of the M621, then attach the camera directly to the fluid head, all within a moment. No issues. I bought 4 of these, so that I could have the same quick release system on my slider, jib, gimbal and fluid head. I suggest this because they are just so affordable. Why not?

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                4.0

                Nice & easy

                By Jason French

                from Fort Lee, NJ

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                Everything is perfect except one thing, slide is not soo smooth.

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                5.0

                Good quality and inexpensive

                By rujan65

                from Beverly Hills, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                • Small Range

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits

                Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                I love this little gadget for my smaller tripods

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                5.0

                Awsome

                By Daniel Miranda

                from Chiapas, México.

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                  El producto es una maravilla, bien hecho, resistente, la atención de la tienda es fenomenal, el producto llegó a mis manos rápidamente. Lo recomiendo.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent quality product, great price!

                  By sirwin

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

                    Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                    If you're looking for a good quality quick-release, the Giottos is cheaper than the manfrotto rapid connect system. This is important when you decide what route to go since the plates are different. I also think having the extra level bubbles makes it that much more usefull. I have nothing negative to say from my use of this. Will probably buy more, and get another tripod for a slider.

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                    5.0

                    Well engineered; excellent value

                    By JAS Technical Media

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                      The Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly provides rapid and secure camera attachment. I use it for product photography indoors and landscape photography outdoors. I had been concerned that, at low temperature, the QR assembly might suffer a degree of binding but operation has been surprising smooth even at temperatures as low as -10° C (14°F).

                      On outdoor shoots, which are often on uneven terrain, I appreciate the pair of orthogonal level bulbs on the base plate, which allow me to set up accurately to a horizon line even before I've unpacked the camera.

                      Safety stops require a positive button push to fully release the camera. Between the stops, an unlocked top plate can slide fore and aft over a 1 1/4" range (±5/8" relative to the center detent position). I imagine this might be a useful feature for macro shoots although not likely a replacement for a rail or pinion and rail system.

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                      5.0

                      awesome product

                      By J Manuel

                      from Delaware

                      Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                      I liked the first one so much, i bought 3 more. it has a good grip and sits tight on the base. it may not have enough hight to turn the lock on some cameras , just do what i did, get one and try it. Looks solid, a bit on the heavy side but i dont mind that at all. It has all the bells and whistles that other brand name release plates have but just a 1/2 the price.

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                      4.0

                      Good quick plate

                      By bman

                      from Maryland

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Video

                        Comments about Giottos M621 Quick Release Assembly:

                        I do video and photography with a DSLR. I now own 5 of these to swap between tripod heads & camera rigs. Things get a little 'thick' with all of the conversions, but it saves so much time when moving between configurations.The Giottos locks down well and does the job.

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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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