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Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws

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Product Highlights
  • For 501, 503 & NG Heads
  • RC5 Quick Release System
  • Replaces #3433PL

The Manfrotto 501PL Quick Release Plate is a 3.38" long sliding quick release plate compatible with heads that use the RC5 quick release system. It comes supplied with one 1/4"-20 and one 3/8" camera screw each, and features a location (video) pin.

Replaces old part #3433PL.

Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws
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    Manfrotto501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws
     
    4.8

    (based on 205 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (170)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fits well (131)
    • Easy to use (123)
    • Solid/sturdy (114)
    • Improves tripod function (88)
    • Attaches firmly (34)

    Cons

    • Poor design (7)

    Best Uses

    • Video (123)
    • Landscape/scenery (70)
    • Weddings (61)
    • Wildlife (57)
    • Sports/action (55)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (87), Semi-pro photographer (43), Photo enthusiast (33), Casual photographer (8), Professional (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (146)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Bought a spare!

    Our Bogen 503 fluid head came with one of these and we bought another as a spare in case of emergency. Using these we get a few extra inches to balance various camera rigs...Read complete review

    Our Bogen 503 fluid head came with one of these and we bought another as a spare in case of emergency. Using these we get a few extra inches to balance various camera rigs properly on the tripod head - they also allow us to swap out cameras easily. We just leave these plates attached to the cameras.

    The only thing I'd change is that Bogen use better glue to keep the rubber bumpers attached to the plate - they tend to fall off or bunch up. Thankfully, a little superglue makes it right.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Different than old plate

    The metal plate and screws are the same manfrotto solid build quality but the security pin is now an easily lost plastic bob. As a dslr filmmaker this is better for me since the...Read complete review

    The metal plate and screws are the same manfrotto solid build quality but the security pin is now an easily lost plastic bob. As a dslr filmmaker this is better for me since the old metal pin gave me more problems with my focus ring than security for my camera but you need to know what you're getting!

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    5.0

    Great Baseplate

    By Bill Booth Outdoors

    from Bradenton, Fl

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fits Well
    • Improves Tripod Function
    • Solid/Sturdy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

      Very good product

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      • No

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      3.0

      Good but not great.

      By Surf photog

      from Playa Del Rey, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well

      Cons

      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portraits

      Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

      I needed the plate for a surf shoot. It worked well even with a large 400mm telephone on it. The only criticism I would have is that the pin on this was plastic instead of the usual brass so it seemed a bit cheap and I can tell I'll need to replace in the near future.

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      5.0

      Fast Delivery Again

      By Blackfoot 1

      from Maryland

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

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            Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

            B & H does it again. Knowledge Sales Staff - Fast Delivery

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            4.0

            A Great Replacement

            By Tim

            from Wisconsin

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fits Well
            • Improves Tripod Function

            Cons

            • Screw Height Is Small

            Best Uses

            • Replacement Versatility

            Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

            Purchased this product as a replacement for a Manfrotto 501 tripod head.This plate works great. It fits right into my Manfrotto 501 tripod head with no problems. It is a snug fit and works with the quick release function. It comes with a 1/4" and 3/8" screw. The only minor issue I have with this is the screws are small heightwise. I wish there were more threads to secure your camera to the plate. However the screws do still perform fine.

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            5.0

            It comes with two screws!

            By Mr Charles

            from Baltimore

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fits Well
            • Improves Tripod Function
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

              Much more than I bargained for. The release... it's almost too quick!

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              5.0

              One for every camera

              By Richard Bartram

              from Huntington, WV

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Improves Tripod Function

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

                My go-to tripod depends upon the easy-to-use 501P Quick Release Plate. After a near disastrous shoot resulted from my misplacement of the plate, I decided to invest in buying a 501P for each of my cameras and rig. The low cost made it one of the smartest equipment investments I've made in years.

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                5.0

                Great fix for an inconvenience

                By Donnie Garrison

                from Little Rock AR

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fits Well
                • Improves Tripod Function
                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

                  So I get my new 500mm lens. Love it. I can get photos from mountaintops that I never could before. I then switch to my 24mm lens. Then back to my 500mm. Ok, this is getting old. Taking the plate off and on. If I keep this up, I know I will drop my screw down the canyon wall. I think, "I wonder if B&H can offer a solution?". Next day I call and they have the solution. And cheap.
                  Thanks guys. I love this plate. It comes with adapters too. It came almost immediately.

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                  5.0

                  Exactly what I needed!

                  By Steven K

                  from Tallahassee, FL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits Well
                  • Improves Tripod Function
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

                      Bought this for a Manfrotto monopod I got off @. Wasn't 100% sure it was the right one but when it came in the mail, it fit perfect. Was actually cheaper than going through @!

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                      5.0

                      A must.

                      By Michael

                      from Orange, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Improves Tripod Function
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

                        I have about 6 of these on all of my setups - shoulder rigs, tripods, the base of a minijib, etc. Like many others, I use Manfrotto heads and the 577 Rapid Connect Adapter in junction with these to make switching between setups a joke. Everything is incredibly fast and convenient.

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                        2.0

                        1/4"-20 Screw Not LONG Enough

                        By WGPhotog

                        from Worcester, MA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Screw Doesn't Fit

                          Best Uses

                          • Video

                          Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

                          I was so excited to use this product. I just inherited a Manfrotto 501 Video Head along with Tripod. The only thing missing was the 3.38" Quick Release Plate so I ordered one from B&H. Everything about this plate seems to work very well. Once past the red release button it won't slide forwards or backwards out of the head. It slides right on and locks right into place when the Lock Down Lever is actuated. The only problem… the 1/4"-20 screw is not LONG Enough to fit into my Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip. If I take the screw out of the plate, I can get it to screw into the Grip, but once inserted into the plate, it won't come close to threading in. It will only fit if I take the Grip off and use the threads on the Camera itself. Having this Battery Grip is essential to the way I shoot and having to keep taking it off and putting it back on in between shooting Stills and Video just seems a bit much. If anyone out there has any suggestions, they would be GREATLY appreciated.

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                          5.0

                          The perfect replacement.

                          By Moe

                          from Weehawken, New Jersey

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fits Well
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video

                            Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

                            I lost my previous quick lelease plate and replaced it with this one.

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                            5.0

                            Greatly improved

                            By Cardinal

                            from close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fits Well
                            • Improves Tripod Function
                            • Solid/Sturdy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

                              A while ago I wrote a bitter evaluation of Manfrotto's L Bracket, concerned as I was that no screw caps were provided, hence allowing the screws to freely escape when no camera or lens was attached to the plates.
                              Much to may surprise and obvious delight when I received my 4 recently ordered quick release plates, they not only had 2 screws (1/4-20 and 3/8) but they also had plastic stoppers preventing the screws to explore the outside world.
                              Needless to say, I am delighted by this improvement for which I do not seek credit, but eventually, since I brought this to their attention, B&H may have had something to do with it, and if so, thanks a lot!

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                              5.0

                              Is there another?

                              By Blake

                              from Tulsa, OK

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fits Well
                              • Improves Tripod Function
                              • Solid/Sturdy

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Travel
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

                                I bought one of these for each camera and lens (that has a 1/4 20 mount) that I have so I can switch things out quickly and effectively. It is so much better and easier to go with a trusted brand like Manfrotto than to go with some piece of junk like Promaster or something.

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                                5.0

                                Works great

                                By cnj3000

                                from Princeton, NJ

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fits Well
                                • Improves Tripod Function
                                • Solid/Sturdy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

                                  This Quick Release Plates function perfectly with both photo and video cameras. Whether you are using them with a monopod or tripod or rigging up your own home-made holder, these plates are a must.

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                                  3.0

                                  Different than old plate

                                  By MK

                                  from Seattle, WA

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Solid/Sturdy

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

                                      The metal plate and screws are the same manfrotto solid build quality but the security pin is now an easily lost plastic bob. As a dslr filmmaker this is better for me since the old metal pin gave me more problems with my focus ring than security for my camera but you need to know what you're getting!

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                                      5.0

                                      "I would buy this product again

                                      By cleareye

                                      from ROANOKE ,VA

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Fits Well

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Video

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

                                        I am using the 501pl sliding quick release for my jib on my manfrotto tripod it's fit's great

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                                        5.0

                                        Dont panic anymore !!

                                        By 510arts

                                        from san pablo-ca

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Fits Well
                                        • Solid/Sturdy

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

                                          I brougth this as a spare for my tripod dont panic anymore when you cannot find you original plate have always one extra in hands

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                                          5.0

                                          Nothing Compares 2U -Prince

                                          By 5D$

                                          from West Chester, PA

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Improves Tripod Function

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

                                              When it comes to attaching your camera to your Manfrotto tripod head, Nothing Compares to the actual sliding quick-release plate that comes with the head. And when one of your jerk friends forgets to put it back on the head after he's done borrowing it, then finds it on the bottom of his camera, removes it and promptly loses it, well… here we are.

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                                              3.0

                                              Rubber strips come off

                                              By Joe the Director

                                              from Boise, ID

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Fits Well

                                              Cons

                                              • Loose Rubber Strips

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

                                                Good plates in terms of easily working with various Manfrotto heads. Having extra is a must if you have multiple bodies and multiple heads. We've noticed that the rubber strips have come off on several of our plates. I'm not sure what is causing it but once the rubber strips are off the plates are not very useful. Had to cut strips of gaff tape and place in the area where the rubber strips were in the field to get the plate working again. Another big reason to have extra plates...

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                                                4.0

                                                ...Its Shorter than I expected

                                                By the best reviewer

                                                from New York City

                                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Use
                                                • Fits Well
                                                • Improves Tripod Function
                                                • Solid/Sturdy

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Video

                                                  Comments about Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screws:

                                                  When I purchased this sliding quick release plate, I didn't expect it to be so... short. I mean, I am not a size queen or anything, but I was just hoping for somehting a bit... girthier. If you want the truth, It works well enough, but if you're looking for a quick release plate with a little more umph, I would try the Manfroto 357 Pro. It really stretches the limits of quickness, sliding, and releasing. A much more suitible companion for all of your mounting needs.

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