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Arca-Swiss Quickset FlipLock Round Quick Release Clamp

B&H # ARQR6038FL MFR # 802010
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Product Highlights

  • Built-In Bubble Level
  • 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20 Mounting Thread
  • Diameter: 60 mm

You Pay: $149.95

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The Arca-Swiss Quickset FlipLock Round Quick Release Clamp offers double safety locking features, with instant flip-lock release of the clamp. It is designed to add on to a tripod head or replace a head's current QR adapter. It has a 3/8"-16 threaded female mount with a 1/4"-20 bushing adapter, enabling it to fit on most tripod heads. A built-in bubble level helps to ensure your camera is aligned with the horizon.

Head Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 with 1/4"-20 bushing adapter
Jaw Length 2.4" (60 mm)
Diameter 2.4" (60 mm)
Arca-Swiss Quickset FlipLock Round Quick Release Clamp
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    Arca-SwissQuickset FlipLock Round Quick Release Clamp
     
    4.4

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (5)
    • Strong clamp (4)
    • Stable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (3)
      • Night shots (3)
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        • Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

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      4.0

      Clamp does a good job as designed

      By Jasper

      from Toledo Ohio

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

      • Adjustment Nob To Large

      Best Uses

      • Macro

      Comments about Arca-Swiss Quickset FlipLock Round Quick Release Clamp:

      I purchased this to use on a tripod so I would be able to quickly go from the Cotton Carrier to the tripod QR without screws and using an allen wrench in the field
      Works well with the Cotton Carrier plate, smooth and clamps good when the opposite adjustment plate is adjusted correctly

      When using an the Manfretto 454 macro rail it must be mounted all the way back at the one end
      because there is no clearance for the adjustment nob. I will be looking for a spacer to raise the clamp a few millimeters which will require a longer screw.

      The Manfrotto 454 rail is now limited to 80mm from the designed 120mm.

      Sunwayfoto needs a shim and longer screw available to work around this

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      2.0

      Non-captive Adjustmen, Poor Instructions

      By Perry, Aesthetic Photographer

      from Denver, Co

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Ingenious Lock-lever

      Cons

      • Non-captive Adjustment
      • Poor Instructions

      Best Uses

        Comments about Arca-Swiss Quickset FlipLock Round Quick Release Clamp:

        At first I was highly displeased when my Arca-Swiss flip-lock clamp accidentally fell apart during adjustment. But now I have learned to take it apart and reassemble it in a few minutes and learned its full operation on my own, no thanks to the factory-included instruction sheet that does not address important aspects of the adjustment function. Now I would admit that the clamp is a wonderful design except for one huge glaring flaw. I bought it as a spare for my own custom mods and rigs.

        This flip-lock clamp is essentially identical to the clamp installed on many Arca-Swiss Cube tripod heads. Concurrently, I bought a Cube but got the one with the alternative "Classic" screw clamp which I regard as superior to the flip. When receiving the flip-lock clamp, my first step was to experiment with the adjustment parameters, specifically to see if the clamp has a captive adjustment. Squeezing the clamp and using a toothpick to turn the cogged wheel, I expanded the clamp about 3-1/2mm, or slightly more than the thickness of the tiny cogged wheel. At this point the clamp fell apart. I was able to reassemble it. Luckily I had previously shot some magnified images showing precisely how the four washers and their concave shape are positioned on the internal threaded adjustment rod.

        I found the Arca-Swiss instruction sheet to be woefully short on clarity. It's most glaring omission is the lack of any warning that this is indeed a clamp without captive adjustment mechanism. By that I mean to say that this is a clamp that any user might innocently adjust as a means to see how it works or to see if it is at risk of coming apart. But there is no warning to warn the user that yes, it can come apart from naive innocent fiddling. I'm guessing that's probably the exception to the rule with plate clamps among most brands. If Arca-Swiss thinks it's a user error for the user to fiddle with their adjustments, then they need to put a warning that you can only adjust it to "X" width, ie the width needed for a plate to slide in. Keep in mind that the cogged wheel is indeed an adjustment mechanism and without specific proscriptions against specified adjustment levels, users will experiment as well they should, and doing so can lead to the device falling apart at no fault of their own.

        In a previous review that was never approved, I was probably incorrect in my belief that the mechanism is at risk of falling apart with a camera mounted. With a plate installed snugly, the cogged wheel appears to have enough thread grip that it's not likely to fall apart in actual use. If it falls apart, it will happen from innocent naive user fiddling caused by lack of proper instructions and non-captive adjustment design, when nothing is mounted, thankfully! My misconception may have resulted from confusion about the cogged rod partly visible along the lever. The Arca-Swiss flip lock lever has three distinct positions, which are confusingly dealt with in the instructions. Hence I know that I am not alone in being slow to grasp how it works. I found detractors on various websites who could not figure out the adjustment because they seem to have not grasped the instruction about opening the lever to its wide position. Instead of an accurate sketch, the instructions show reversed images. So if you're holding the clamp as shown in step 3 where you're told to pull the "coged axis", you see a thumb over the lever and you would not guess right away that the illustration conceals the cogged rod since the whole diagram is reversed. Therefore you might be wondering what on Earth they are talking about. The cogged rod by the way, is not really an axis anyway since nothing rotates around it and it's "cogged" not "coged" (per Merriam Webster). Arca-Swiss is based in France and may not have good interpreters for English instructions. But yes, if you go back to their top illustration you see what they mean by the so-called "coged axis". Also, you are not likely to pull this cogged rod with your thumb as the instructions would suggest. Doing so can be painful to your skin because those cog teeth are rather hard and sharp. Better to use a fingernail. The instructions regarding the cogged rod cry out for clarity because new users have been known to misunderstand it and then attempt a risky and unnecessary adjustment of the cogged adjustment wheel. That's where the instructions fall undeniably short.

        Having learned to overcome the befuddling instructions, you've got it whipped. Now you see the beauty of a three position lever. It's either locked with a plate, unlocked for sliding a plate, or (wide) open for placing/removing a plate top-wise. This lever design is a good system because plates with pins cannot fall out if you have minor slack in the adjustment.

        I believe that Arca-Swiss has claimed the flip-lock clamp to be a "fifty year standard". I love the design of the three position locking arm. And I do believe Arca-Swiss is a great brand or I would not have bought hundreds of dollars worth of their plates and my Arca-Swiss Cube Classic in the past month. However, I find it rare that any photo hardware company would manufacture a clamp that is so easily prone to sudden disassembly during normal innocent experimental adjustment caused by the instructions failing to specify non-captive adjustment limits or any real adjustment advice other than squeezing the clamp when you adjust it. Verily, no clamp on Earth should have anything but a fully idiot-proof captive adjustment. Non-captive adjustments should be a thing of the past. On this clamp, it only takes about 2 or 3mm of mis-adjustment for the device to fly apart with springs and washers getting easily lost if you happen to be near an open drain. That's because the cogged adjustment wheel is only about 2.5 or 2.8mm thick and when properly adjusted, rests maybe a half millimeter from the end of the internal rod thread. Thus 2 or 3mm of user adjustment error and you have a pile of parts to reassemble. But once you learn what the instructions fail to reveal, you will probably never have any problem with the clamp as long as you don't ever readjust it more than a hair or perhaps 1.5mm maximum, based on my own measurements and personal testing.

        I give this clamp a low rating because I feel that a non-captive adjustment mechanism is prone to innocent uninformed mistakes and does not meet reasonably high consumer standards. Non-captive adjustment does not live up to the high priced and highly esteemed Arca-Swiss brand. Notwithstanding that huge shortcoming, it would otherwise be a truly great clamp for the integrity of it's fine 3-position locking mechanism. I have found other users across the Internet who have blogged and created previous controversy regarding the accidental mis-adjustment and disassembly issues that this clamp can pose until you understand the proper clamp adjustment procedure well beyond the inadequate instructions provided in the package. It's a perfect example of a potentially superior product blemished by a very real and compromising flaw. If not for this flaw, I would highly recommend the clamp and plan to keep it even though the less expensive screw version is superior to the flip-lock version. I own both.

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        5.0

        Perfect

        By Hydra

        from Florida

        Comments about Arca-Swiss Quickset FlipLock Round Quick Release Clamp:

        Converting all my kit over to arca. Simple, solid, reliable, and extremely quick. Don't waist your time with other designs. Using this with my GH4

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        5.0

        Simple, high quality design and build

        By Photo Hiker

        from Rockwall, TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits

          Comments about Arca-Swiss Quickset FlipLock Round Quick Release Clamp:

          I used this to replace an RC2 type mount on an older Manfrotto ball head. The original Manfrotto mount had not only the center mounting screw; but another offset screw that would prevent the plate from rotating, in case the center screw loosened. This plate only has the center mounting screw hole; but the screw from the old tripod fit perfectly. Tightening this screw firmly is probably sufficient; but just to be sure I found a 1cm metric screw at a local hardware store that was jus the right length to install into the old screw hole in the ball head mount without sticking out the bottom very far. (A long screw might interfere with rotation of the head). I filed the head of the screw to about 5mm wide, so that the head would fit into the slot across the bottom of the Arca-Swiss plate. This screw will prevent the plate from rotating, in case the center mount screw loosens. This is not as safe and secure as the original Manfrotto mount; but it should be fine and at least will make the system temporarily useable, until one can take time to re-tighten the center mounting screw.
          I had to loosen the thumb screw adjustment on the Arca-Swiss mount a bit to make it easier to slide in the camera adaptor plate. It is still a bit tight and could possibly be loosened a bit more. This system is definitely not as fast a quick change camera mounting system as the Manfrotto RC2 system; but it does feel like a more secure mount. I have to say that I have used the Manfrotto RC2 system for years without any problems, so maybe changing to this system was not a necessity; however, this might make it easier to upgrade to other camera mounting accessories, such as an L plate. I also like the secure locking system that requires the little button to be pulled back to release the lever and this button is located such that an accidental unlock is very unlikely, whereas the Manfrotto system might be easier to accidentally be unlocked.

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          5.0

          beautifully machined piece

          By andrea brizzi

          from honolulu

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots

            Comments about Arca-Swiss Quickset FlipLock Round Quick Release Clamp:

            Good design, well built

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            5.0

            Brilliant...

            By Richard

            from Australia

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel

              Comments about Arca-Swiss Quickset FlipLock Round Quick Release Clamp:

              I ordered this for my monopod and leveller. It does the job. The flip lock does the job well. I got this particular one so I can use either the std QR plate and the Quickslide (smaller dove tail) - which I mainly have attached to all my cameras and lenses. NOTE: best to get the actual Arca-swiss plate. I ordered a spare "compatible" one and it just does not fit that well ie the dove tail angle is NOT exact. Arca-swiss QR plates - perfect fit!

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              5.0

              This i a solid shoe.

              By TDI Pete

              from Niagara Falls, ON

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Clean design
              • Did I say SOLID
              • Elegant
              • Solid

              Cons

              • Overpriced
              • Simpler safety welcome

              Best Uses

                Comments about Arca-Swiss Quickset FlipLock Round Quick Release Clamp:

                This i a solid shoe.
                I had the Manfrotto style and it has a play to it but not Arca Swiss!
                The second release is a bit awkward by design so you don't accidentally unlock your camera. Still i wish there was another way just as safe.
                But SOLID it is.

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