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Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate

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  • RC4 Quick Release System

The sturdy Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter is an RC4 type quick release assembly system that comes with 1/4-20" and 3/8"-16 capacity, both on the camera and tripod ends, and comes supplied with the 410PL (RC4) quick release plate.  The RC4 quick release base also includes a horizontal and vertical bubble level.

Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate
  • 410PL Quick Release Plate - for RC4 Quick Release System
  • 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Threaded Camera Screws
  • 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 Reducer Bushing
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3-Years after Registering Online or by Mail
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    Manfrotto394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate
     
    4.6

    (based on 97 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (67)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (65)
    • Solid/sturdy (43)
    • Fits well (40)
    • Improves tripod function (35)
    • Durable (24)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (6)
    • Heavy (5)

    Best Uses

    • Video (36)
    • Landscape/scenery (24)
    • Portraits (22)
    • Travel (21)
    • Weddings (20)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (65)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (30), Semi-pro photographer (16), Professional (14), Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-professional (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Quick Release Bracket

    I have quick release brackets on all my cameras and tripods. I can just move a camera from one tripod to my handheld flash bracket and back to another tripod with ease. I use...Read complete review

    I have quick release brackets on all my cameras and tripods. I can just move a camera from one tripod to my handheld flash bracket and back to another tripod with ease. I use a Canon 5D Mk II for stills on a tripod and for video on a Cinevate slider and a video tripod. The quick release bracket allows me to easily move from one tripod to another, even a shoulder bracket.The 394 QR adapter has a bubble level and both a 3/8" and 1/4" screw included which is great. On one of my brackets the pad comes up on the edges with a lens mount that is smaller than the plate and is also hard to release, but all of the rest are fairly easy to detach and the pads are fine. The plate snaps on easily and attaches very tight. The brackets are very well made and the price is good. [...]

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    OK for the price

    I bought this based on the low profile design to use atop a 4-way macro focusing rail. It is low profile as described, but its design is off a little in my...Read complete review

    I bought this based on the low profile design to use atop a 4-way macro focusing rail. It is low profile as described, but its design is off a little in my estimation. If the camera is mounted as per the instructions with the horizontal spirit level towards the rear of the camera and the QR lever to the left, the plate only supports 1 inch of the camera body to the right side of the center of the 1/4"-20 mount screw. To the other side of the mount screw is 2 1/4" of plate support.....huh? Am I missing something? I don't think it would be too much to ask to extend the right side of the plate another 1/4" at least to be in line with most manufacturers standard size QR plates which are 2 1/2" plates to fit 2 1/2" clamps. I doubt a camera would come lose, but the stability would be enhanced by this ever so slight modification and it just makes me wonder. BTW - I switched to another model of QR clamp/plate for this application.

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    5.0

    Finally settle for this quick release

    By rafa

    from San Diego

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio

      Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

      I've tried many different types of quick release plates in the past and by far this is the best one for dslr's. Ive made this quick release my main camera accessory as far as securing my camera to a tripod, monopod, video rig and many more.

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      5.0

      Great tool!!!

      By Oscar Perez

      from Seminole , FL.

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits
        • Studio
        • Traveling

        Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

        This is one of my favorites tools for on the go video production.
        I have these mount on my monopad, tripod, steadycam and shoulder rig.

        They work fine with any DSLR, Sony FS700R and RED.

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        5.0

        Best quick release ever

        By David

        from Provo UT

        About Me Professional

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Studio

          Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

          this thing is absolutely rock solid. I use it on a glidecam for attaching my 5d mark iii. Works like a charm!

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          5.0

          Great product, too bad it is needed

          By mr.software

          from Tennessee

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

              Wonderful product. It is just too bad it is needed. Why can't everyone agree on a standard quick release plate design. Good Heavens.

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              5.0

              Great mounting option!

              By G2P

              from Long Island

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Traveling

                Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

                I use this on the cheese plate for my Glidecam hd 4000.

                I have a manfrotto monopod that uses the same plate, so switching is such a breeze.

                Its low-profile is definitely worth buying.

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                4.0

                manfrotto quick release plate

                By d

                from maine

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits
                • Studio

                Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

                works well just a little to bulky to keep it on your dslr at all times

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                4.0

                Holds tight & has low clearance

                By zijital

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Professional

                Pros

                • Durable
                • price
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

                I'm using this to mount my DSLR "video" camera to my shoulder mount.

                I really like that the bottom is flush, as opposed to the Manfrotto 323 / RC2 quick release plate. This makes it easier to mount to various accessories.

                It is easy to get the camera to lock in place, & stays solid, but the biggest negative I've noticed is it can be hard to pull back the lever to unlock (this is why I'm giving 4 stars instead of 5). But once you get the lever started, it is easy to remove.

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                4.0

                Sturdy

                By Ryan Blake

                from Scottsdale, AZ

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

                    I use this product on a glidecam 2000 pro and it works well. Made of sturdy material. Only thing I noticed is the quick release handle isn't as smooth and easy as I would like.

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                    5.0

                    Cheap Professionalism

                    By The Duke

                    from Oklahoma City, OK

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

                      These quick release plates speed up my workflow considerably. If I need to grab a handheld shot real quick and then I need to be back on the tripod in an instant it's not a problem. The quick release is so handy for these situations and many more. It makes using the sticks so much more enjoyable. Also, using it with my edelkrone pocket rig sure makes it convenient. If you have many different setups and only one camera, definitely pick up a few. Also really convenient with a slider. Enjoy! :)

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                      5.0

                      Great Product

                      By Shooter

                      from Zimmerman, MN

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Video

                      Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

                      I bought a number of these recently from B&H. So far, I am extremely pleased.

                      It takes just seconds for me to take my jib off my tripod, and replace it with a slider. Or remove my 60D from the end of the jib, and place it on my stabilizer. The QR plates lock in solid and once you get used to how to place them on properly you will be on your way. What a timesaver! Don't hesitate ... get yourself a few of these. They are well built and a good bargain!

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                      5.0

                      Very good quick release sys by Manfrotto

                      By PhotogDog

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everything I Do Wphotog
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

                        I have purchased many of these over the years, for all my gear. All my cameras, pods and lenses etc. are set up with this system and therefore I have eliminated the need for any adapters or needing to change out any of my gear in the field or in the studio, big time saver and less to carry. They are very well built and supports the heaviest of my camera and lens combos.

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                        5.0

                        "It's A Must Have"

                        By WIZARD

                        from Cocoa, Florida

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fits Well
                        • GREAT
                        • Great Must Have
                        • Improves Tripod Function
                        • Solid/Sturdy
                        • Well Made

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Must Have
                          • Night Shots
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

                          The Quick Release Adapter and Plate makes set up a breeze. It allows you to mount your camera onto a tripod in a SNAP. It's efortless. Don't miss the great shot because you're fumbling with a tiny set screw and a small hole!

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                          4.0

                          Great Product

                          By MichaelduS

                          from NSW, Australia

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fits Well
                          • Improves Tripod Function
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

                            I replaced all my 357 plates with these. Easier to access to quick release and because the QR operates horizontally it doesnt interfere with any of your gear. It also seems to lock down solid and have a fail safe system built in. There is not way your gear is going to come adrift from this plate. I imagine it will require some working in to get the QR to become a little easier to release. It's pretty stiff! I also notice that one needs to place the camera in the just right way for the mechanism to be activated - this has required a bit of practice.

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                            4.0

                            Works Great!

                            By derek

                            from nyc

                            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

                              Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

                              works great right out of the box. The plate that attaches to my 5d isnt bulky at all and doesn't interfere with the battery access. I plan on just leaving it on all the time. The two levels are a nice addition as well since my tripod doesn't have any. My only gripe is that the release is a little bit stubborn at times. Other than that its a welcome addition to the outfit.

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                              5.0

                              Easy and quick!

                              By Inkster

                              from Sydney, NSW, Australia

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fits Well
                              • Solid/Sturdy

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

                                I find that this release plate has saved me countless times while in the middle of a shoot and having to switch the equipment over. All of our team use it and being able to pull a lever to get your camera off, and then simply placing your camera over the plate to connect it again makes our job that much better.
                                Occasionally the lever gets a little stuck, but a quick jiggle and it's free again!

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                                5.0

                                Easy and quick!

                                By Inkster

                                from Sydney, NSW, Australia

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Solid/Sturdy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

                                  Effectively I find that this particular plate is the quickest and easiest to use in its class. When I'm filming a wedding I don't have time to fiddle around with these things, so when it's a flick of a lever to pop my camera off a tripod and onto a Glidecam, I find that this plate has saved me valuable time!Occasionally the lever will catch but a quick jiggle and it's free again.

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                                  2.0

                                  Great idea but doesn't fit

                                  By iamjohnsname

                                  from Melbourne, Australia

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Pros

                                  • Improves Tripod Function

                                  Cons

                                  • Does Not Fit
                                  • Requires Modification

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Fast Paced Shoots
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

                                  I purchased four of these to use with our three cameras across two tripods, a monopod and a stabilizer. Attaching the mounting plates to those devices and the quick release plates to the cameras meant we didn't have to worry about which camera had which adapter on it.

                                  But each of our tripods, the stabilizer and the monopod all have the standard tripod screw, which I believe is the 1/4" screw, plus the little one that isn't a screw, but sits in front of it to keep the video camera pointed straight.

                                  The mounting plate (what I'm calling the bottom component of this device) needs to screw onto those other devices in order to be the new connection between support and camera. So the primary screw fits just fine into the main hole of the mounting plate, and the mounting plate has an additional hole for that little extra guiding knob in front of it... but it's totally in the wrong spot. I had to drill out the hole significantly in order to use these devices, even on tripods made by Manfrotto! This was the case with all four of the 394s that I purchased.

                                  So ultimately, now that I've modified them, they all work, so I can recommend them. But the fact that they didn't fit and required significant customization in order to function as they ought to keeps me from writing anything more positive in this review.

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                                  5.0

                                  Does what it supposed to do. :)

                                  By NBMZ

                                  from Brampton, Ontario

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

                                      I normally use the product with a Stroboframe T-bracket to quickly install and remove my D700 from the bracket. It works so well, that I got my friend one for his D3/D4 combo, and so far, no complaints!I love it because it makes it so much faster to dismount the camera from the bracket and allows me to just mount the camera into the tripod. Uses the 410PL system plates, so it works great with my geared head system.I do wish there were more mounting holes on the base, but I'm not picky...I can just drill a few in place. :) Worth the $$$!

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                                      5.0

                                      I would buy more of these if I needed to

                                      By J

                                      from NS Canada

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

                                            I use this for my Canon 60D to switch from tripod to steady cam. If I had a slider or mini jib I'd put the same quick releases on them as well.

                                            Pros:
                                            - great construction, solid
                                            - love the dual bubble levels
                                            - low profile plate makes it not bulky

                                            Cons:
                                            - the plate could be smoother to get in and out of the quick release but when it's in there you know it's not going anywhere.

                                            I would definitely buy this quick release plate again. In fact as soon as I get another device to mount it to I probably will.

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                                            4.0

                                            functional but hard to use for some

                                            By Jim

                                            from Portland, Oregon

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Fits Well
                                            • Improves Tripod Function
                                            • Solid/Sturdy

                                            Cons

                                            • Poor Design

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate:

                                            I have used these for years on all of my cameras, camcorders, and stabilization devices. Every camea can instantly be changed to another my Steadi Cam, mono pods, and tri pods. They work well, except for two problems: the quick release can be hard to engage. My wife sometimes does not have the strength to press the release button to make the things work. Also, it is tricky to see how to seat the camera in the quick release shoe. Since I have so many of them, I will be ordering more, but if I had to do it over again, I would try to find something that is easier to use.

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