Giottos MH-656 Quick Release Assembly

Giottos MH-656 Quick Release Assembly

Giottos MH-656 Quick Release Assembly

B&H # GIMH656 MFR # MH656
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The Giottos MH-656 Quick Release Assembly consists of an Arca-type quick release adapter and a matching camera plate. This system follows the industry-standard Arca Swiss design, and is compatible with quick release components from other manufacturers (e.g. Arca-Swiss, Foba, Graf / Studioball, Wimberley, etc.).

The sliding camera plate is locked down by turning the side-mounted locking knob. A safety push-button positioned on the side of the adapter adds additional security. A vertical bubble level is incorporated within the locking knob, and a horizontal bubble level is positioned on the base of the adapter. Anti-twist reversible tabs on the plate can be used to prevent slippage when using the head in a vertical position.

A finely machined set compatible with Arca-type components from other brands.
Calibrated quick release plate, with 1/4"-20 camera screw.
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Giottos MH-656 Quick Release Assembly
  • MH-646 Quick Release Plate for MH-656
  • Limited 12-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20
    Plate 2 x 2" (50 x 50 mm) W x L
    Base QR base: 3/8" thread
    Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 4.1 x 0.2"
    MH-656 Quick Release Assembly is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh, DO NOT BUY I got this new plate as I already had one with my ball head and wanted to use this with the Emotimo TB3 to make setup quick. However, I found that this plate is different than the other MH-656 that I have. The safety pin on the inside that keeps the quick release plate from sliding out is bigger, and not very quick. Before you could just slide the plate in without moving the safety pin, but now you have to move it. Even upon the plate being fully open, you have to move the safety pin in order to seat the QR plate. Now it is slower to use and I wouldn't recommend this at all. It is a really bad design choice. Had they upgraded the QR plate, it wouldn't be a issue, stay away until they redesign it, again.
    Date published: 2015-05-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Use only other Giottos or drop camera! Both the clamp and the plate are of good quality and the combination of a clamp and plate is a good value. HOWEVER, there are three design issues you should consider before buying if you ever plan to use it with other manufacturer's Arca-type clamps and plates: 1. When the Giottos clamp's safety pin is in the safety position, the pin is close to the side of the clamp. The pin hits the bottom surface of most Arca-type plates, preventing them from fully seating and clamping securely (I tried both Acratech and Hejnar plates). Instead, you can clamp just the plate's outer edge on the pin side so you think the plate is securely clamped but actually it is not. You might be able to unscrew and remove the safety pin, but then you have no safety pin. 2. The Giottos plate lacks the usual bottom ridge on the two sides. If this plate is clamped in a non-Giottos clamp with a spring-loaded, retracting flush, safety pin such as on some Acratech clamps, the Giottos plate can slide over the safety pin instead of being safely stopped by the pin. 3. The safety push-button moves the safety pin sideways, not down. Because the pin remains up, it blocks most Arca-type plates from sliding into the partially open clamp because the bottom ridges on most plates hit the pin. The supplied Giottos plate can slide in because it does not have the usual bottom ridges on the sides, allowing it to clear the pin and slide in. The Giottos plate also has a unique groove on the bottom of the clamped sides that engages the Giottos sliding safety pin. The result is that if you expect the Giottos clamp and plate to be fully compatible with other Acra-type clamps and plates, it is not. Instead you may find you can not securely clamp other plates into the Giottos clamp (but mistakenly think you did), may have the Giottos plate slide past the safety pin on other clamps, and can not slide other plates into the partially opened Giottos clamp. The first two can result in your equipment falling off the tripod head on to the ground. Fortunately, I discovered all the above the first time I tried using the Giottos clamp and plate with other clamps and plates.
    Date published: 2013-10-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from very smooth, nicely machined This QR mounts on my Giottos tripod, and the whole rig supports a Pentax 645 and tele with ease. It's a good setup, and I very much appreciate the twist type locking mechanism (which is very accessible under a large camera) and the button device on the rail that keeps a loosened camera from falling off (you have to push the small button to positively release the QR). The only design suggestion I would mention, is the need for a wider mouth on the tracks so the camera slips onto the QR a little faster, with having to look at it.
    Date published: 2009-12-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Giottos quick release camera plate's put one of these on all my tripods, steadycam's and dolly's. No more changing camera plate's in the field! very happy with quality of these units especially at this price point.
    Date published: 2012-02-01
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