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Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate

You Pay: $29.99
Product Highlights
  • Quick-Release Plate with Cork
  • Three Bubble Levels

The Giottos MH-652 Quick Release Assembly is a compact quick release system that uses a base plate that features three bubble levels to easily and accurately level the camera in any position. The camera plate is released from the base via the 1.75" double action safety lever.

The camera plate is the same as used with the MH5000/5001 3-way pan head, is cork covered, and has a slot that permits the camera to be adjusted 0.75" to ensure the best balance for the camera. The plate also features a centering pin (video pin) for easy use with video and many digital cameras.

Base Dimensions 2.50 x 3.75 x 0.75" (63.5 x 95.0 x 19.0 mm)
Camera Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 6.4 oz (180 g)
Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Limited 12-Year Warranty
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    GiottosMH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate
     
    4.5

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (17)
    • Attaches firmly (15)
    • Strong clamp (13)
    • Large range of motion (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (11)
      • Portraits (10)
      • Landscape/scenery (8)
      • Night shots (8)
      • Home (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (10), Photo enthusiast (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (16)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      I standardized on these, I have six!

      First, it comes with a 3/8" tread like others have said, which was a surprise when I got the first couple as I couldn't use them right away. B&H...Read complete review

      First, it comes with a 3/8" tread like others have said, which was a surprise when I got the first couple as I couldn't use them right away. B&H sells several 3/8" to 1/4"-20 "tripod reducer bushing" models from [$]. They're the same. Get the [$] one, MFR #ST651 B&H #GBRB (another reviewer reversed the letters) or search for "reducer bushing".I standardized on these as they're well made and make switching cameras (still and video) quick and easy. I have three tripods, a Steadicam JR, a monopod and a home made Fig Rig, all with have these as soon as my order arrives.Minor warning, check the model number if you plan to standardize like I did as Giottos makes several models that "look" similar. I bought a small Giottos tripod and monopod thinking that the quick releases were the same, they weren't. So now I have two quick releases attached on top of quick releases to keep things the same. Annoying but livable.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      It works, for what it is.

      I recently purchased this quick release as a test to see if it might work with my Sony EX3. I was able to get it fitted to the camera and my tripod, but it...Read complete review

      I recently purchased this quick release as a test to see if it might work with my Sony EX3. I was able to get it fitted to the camera and my tripod, but it took a little engineering. The bubble levels worked great...almost too great because I would spend so long getting it EXACT. The release locked okay, but not as securely as I had hoped. With the weight of my camera and because it is a small plate, it was a bit wobblie. Instead of returning it, I gave it to a friend who is using it with a small consumer cam and she says it is working well for her. Bottom line, if your cam weighs over 3lbs. this plate might not be for you...but at such a low price, it might be worth trying out. If it doesn't work, then you've only lost a few bucks.

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      5.0

      Useful accessory

      By lilu

      from NY, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Portraits
        • Video

        Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

        Bit fan of Giottos tripods, now own now that uses this quick release system. Bot additional copy to attach to my second camera.

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        • No

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        5.0

        great quick release

        By Joe

        from Charlotte NC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

          works great

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Tricky but works

          By Croc1969

          from Indiana

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

            It took a few minutes to understand the quick release but now that I have used it several times I am quite pleased. I also feel as if my camera is safer using this assembly over the others I have purchased elsewhere.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Best money I have ever spent

            By Wandering Shutterbug

            from Ontario, Canada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Quick Camera Changes

              Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

              I bought three of these, one each for my two SLRs, and one for my spotting scope. They work beautifully, and I am completely happy with them.

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              • No

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              4.0

              About time!

              By Steve

              from SW Colorado

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Use On More Than One Rig

              Cons

              • Can Rotate In Portrait

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Most Secure In Landscape
              • Night Shots
              • On Smaller Rigs
              • Portraits

              Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

              Several years ago, I purchased a Giottos carbon fiber tripod and a large giottos ballhead to support DSLR, battery grip, and 70 - 200 mm lens. The Arca Swiss-type mounting plate is extremely capable, and expensive. Sometime later I purchased a Giottos panhead so that I could better do functions that required the camera to remain aligned vertically. This one had the MH-653 type mounting plate. Now I had two different arrangements, one of which was overkill for my Canon G10. Since I use a Giottos monopod a lot of the time, I began searching fo a way to use all of my cameras on the same mounting plate without having to dismount hardware from the camera. I finally did find this mounting plate and was able to very simply transfer it to the Giottos ballhead, which now remains mounted on the monopod. For the rare occasions on which I need the additional strength of the Arca Swiss-type of plate, I can make the switch back easily enough. With larger camera-lens combinations in portrait orientation, it is difficult for this rig MH-652 to prevent downward rotation of the lens.

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              5.0

              works well for GH2

              By arvid

              from Providence, RI

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

                using this with a Panasonic GH2 on a tripod and a shoulder mount - works very well. The plate does not get in the way the GH2's battery door like larger quick release systems do so i can change batteries or switch to wall power without removing the plate from the camera. Buying another. Like the levels for leveling panning shots.

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                4.0

                Great

                By Nick

                from Colorado

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Video

                  Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

                  Neede a solid Quick Release Assembly for a homemade shoulder mount. This guy works great and is decently sturdy for a relatively low price

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Strong and quick to use.

                  By NathanBenjamin

                  from sedona, az

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Night Shots
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

                    I use these for my monopod and skydiving helmet and belly mounted DSLR cameras for quick and extremely secure mounting of my cameras. I have not found another Quick Release as strong, quick to use and as secure as these. I have over a dozen in all and they work wonderfully. I would recommend for anyone that has very little time to get setup and needs a solid platform with extreme security.

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                    5.0

                    Good product

                    By markdavini

                    from Minnesota

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

                      I own other Giottos products and they all perform nicely. This is great for me, since it's flat, and has levels to balance. The plate is nice and large, so I feel like it will fit my DSLR rod support system with follow focus quite well. I even feel that I could use this with my larger EF100-400 f/4-5.6L IS! (Big, heavy lens.) The price is quite reasonable, and of course, you get B & H's outstanding service. Fast, free shipping. Amazing! The only bad thing I can say about it is that it does not hold the smaller 1"x1" Giottos plates that are quite popular for photo use. But since the rod system is much larger, I have a hard time even calling that a "con".

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Fits All Giottos Ball-Heads...

                      By BobP

                      from Chicago

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

                        I have this quick-release on small to large Giottos heads. Attaches simply with a hex bolt (Allen wrench is supplied). The release lever locks positively, and lock release is simple to operate. The camera plate can be used on still and video cameras.

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                        4.0

                        good

                        By Raf

                        from New York

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                        • Does not lock all the way

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

                          they are made very well but sometimes they don't lock all the way so you have to manually push on the lever, other times its perfectly fine. very sturdy once locked. nice safety mechanism. i think the lever should actually be on the opposite side, it's awkward to hold you camera and release it at the same time because the grip on the cam is on the same side as the lever - you could always rotate it but i don't think they intended it that way...

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                          4.0

                          Sturdy & easy to use

                          By CK Chan

                          from Singapore

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel
                            • Video

                            Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

                            I was looking for a smaller quick release device that I can use across all my platforms like the DSLR rig, tripod, slider, steadi-cam. Previously I was using a manfrotto quick release & they were too big & heavy. The Giottos are lighter & smaller. Its a nice change esp on long hand held shots

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Works well

                            By Jayhawk

                            from Aurora, Colorado

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

                              Bought as a spare and have used it for a week and am very satisfied. Excellent buy for the money.

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                              5.0

                              Great release

                              By Cottton

                              from Young Harris, Ga.

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Strong Clamp

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Portraits
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

                                Best I have owned and resonable price. Bought to replace broken plate on original giottos ball head. Much better. Rock solid with no play in attachment. Using with Nikon D300 with optional battery grip attached and Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 AF ED.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Works well for me

                                By TallGuy in Calif

                                from Sacramento area, California

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability
                                • Strong Clamp

                                Cons

                                • Mounting hardware issues

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

                                Works well with my 1970s vintage Gitzo tripod and my Nikon DSLR.

                                Only TWO issues, and both were minor; With wife's Nikon S4, the positioning of the plate on the camera is CRITICAL so that the lens assembly can be rotated into position.

                                Second issue was, as another reviewer mentioned, the 1/4" vs 3/8" mounting thread. Fortunately, I've done similar work before, so I purchased a 3/8" x 16 threaded bolt, and ground it down to slide back and forth in my tripod head, and secure the fixed plate from underneath the tripod plate, rather than from above with the supplied hardware.

                                If it wasn't for these two MINOR issues, I'd give it 5 stars. But 5 stars, to me, is for "perfect", and this is just 2 issues less than perfect.

                                Otherwise, it's working well for me.

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                                4.0

                                On The Go !

                                By Just Right Impression

                                from Manchester, PA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

                                  Works Well

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Stable Quick Release Assembly

                                  By driftequipped

                                  from Kaneohe, HI

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Firmly
                                  • Good clearance
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Strong Clamp

                                  Cons

                                  • Bolts using 1 hole only

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

                                  Great for use with Glidecam rigs and tripod heads. Most quick release assemblies have clearance and mounting issues with the clamp lever when used on a Glidecam, but not this one. One thing that could make this product better is having more mounting holes for bolts. This quick release assembly only comes with 1 mounting hole.

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                                  4.0

                                  Some changes from the previous version

                                  By Walrus

                                  from Memphis, TN

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Firmly
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Strong Clamp

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

                                    I already have 2 MH-652 QR assemblies, and recently purchased another as I have standardized on this plate for use with my GL2. The locking mechanism remains the same. The plate is no longer cork-covered as shown in the B&H photo and description, but rubber. The assembly fits a 3/8" screw (which would be an improvement over the earlier 1/4" screw if they'd included a reducer bushing). The new version also no longer has the 4 additional mounting holes on the base plate which were convenient for secure (non-slipping) mounting on non-tripod devices like glide-cams, booms or car mounts.
                                    Still, a great little clamp (even if slightly dis-improved).

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                                    5.0

                                    I WOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN

                                    By Danny Nguyen

                                    from Newark,Newjersey

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Strong Clamp

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

                                        I buy two of these to use,one I put it on hand free shoulder pad ,an other one I tie it on the top of my Sony tripod ,for quick snap,it very convinient ,[...]

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                                        4.0

                                        excellent locking mechanism

                                        By mark

                                        from richmond, ca

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Inexpensive
                                        • Secure locking

                                        Cons

                                        • Requires bushing to mount

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Giottos MH-652 Quick-Release Adapter and Plate:

                                          This is a great quick release. I wanted an inexpensive QR for my DSLR, and this fits the bill. Holds securely.

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