Arca-Swiss FlipLock Quickset Device

Arca-Swiss FlipLock Quickset Device

Arca-Swiss FlipLock Quickset Device

B&H # ARQR6038FL MFR # 802010
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  • Quick Release Clamp
  • Bubble Level
  • Safety Stop Pins

Model: FlipLock

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The FlipLock Quickset Device from Arca-Swiss is a quick release clamp that allows you to quickly and conveniently mount and dismount your camera from the tripod via a small lever on the side of the device. The 2.4" diameter Quickset features a bubble level for correctly aligning your camera, as well as an industry-standard 3/8"-16 mounting socket with a 1/4"-20 adapter that permits using it on virtually any tripod head. As an added security feature, the quick release has safety stop pins to insure that the optional camera plate doesn't inadvertently slide off of it. The FlipLock Quickset Device accepts separately purchased standard Arca-type plates. If using another brand's Arca-type compatible camera plates it is recommended that all of the plates be of the same brand due to width inconsistencies among manufacturers.

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Arca-Swiss FlipLock Quickset Device
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    • 1Description
    Head Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16 with 1/4"-20 Bushing adapter
    Diameter 2.4" (60 mm)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.803 x 3.15 x 0.866"
    FlipLock Quickset Device is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clamp does a good job as designed 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
    Date published: 2015-02-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant... 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!
    Date published: 2011-05-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from I guess I'm spoiled I bought this clamp to use on my Velbon Macro Slider. I picked the Arca Swiss because it could be threaded onto either a 1/4-20 or 3/8-16 stud, and because I have been using a B1 ballhead for over 20 years with no issues. I was disappointed that the clamp arrived with no instructions. You have to figure out how to unlock the lever (you have to slide the button on the end rather than push it), and how to adjust the width of the clamp for your plate (there is a thumbwheel to adjust for width, but be careful. I over adjusted, and the assembly is spring loaded. It came apart, and it took an hour getting it back together correctly. Now that it's working, it does do what I'd wanted it to do. But having used Really Right Stuff lever clamps, which are self adjusting and self locking (toggle over center), the Arca Swiss lever clamp looks and operates as though it were day late and a dollar short.
    Date published: 2016-08-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect 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
    Date published: 2014-12-28
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Non-captive Adjustmen, Poor Instructions 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.
    Date published: 2015-01-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This i a solid shoe. 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.
    Date published: 2010-07-29
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from The WORST Fliplock Quickset Device Ever Invented DO NOT BUY THIS.� I bought this FlipLock on the Arca-Swiss Z2+ Ballhead.� First, it has a ridiculus mechanism for opening the plate all of the way. You would think that the "premiere" ballhead company could design something more functional.� To open this, you must first pull back that little button, something that is difficult when you have big fingers and when it is cold.� Then, to fully release the plate you have to pull on a little screw-like piece on the inside of the clamp.� Worse, it is inconsistent and there is no lock.� Someone bumped my tripod and the camera slid right out onto the ground.� Luckily the lens hood saved the lens and the camera (yes - I know, I should secure it some other way).� BUT, IT GETS worse.� So I am out in the Montana wilderness on the side of mountain getting ready to photograph the total solar eclipse in August 2017.� I decide to adjust the clamp to make sure that it is tight so that the camera does not come out again.� The only problem is that I adjusted it the wrong way - all of a suddent the ENTIRE side of the clamp mechanism goes flying out into the Montana mountainside.� There was no "stop" mechanism to prevent the me from losening too much and the thing blew apart.� Luckily I had a Manfrotto head from my tripod. DO NOT BUY THIS Fliplock Quickset!
    Date published: 2017-11-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautifully machined piece Good design, well built
    Date published: 2014-09-02
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