Manfrotto Rapid Connect Adapter with 357PLV Camera Plate

Manfrotto Rapid Connect Adapter with 357PLV Camera Plate

Manfrotto Rapid Connect Adapter with 357PLV Camera Plate

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Product Highlights

  • Attaches to Most Heads / Other Gear
  • Adds Quick Release Capability
  • 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Threads on the Bottom
  • 357PLV Compatible with 357/516/526 Heads
  • 3" Travel Distance
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The Manfrotto Rapid Connect Adapter, featuring 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 mounting threads on the bottom and a quick release 357PLV Camera Plate, can be attached to virtually any video head as well as various other gear to add quick release capability. The 357PLV plate is compatible with the Manfrotto 357, 516, and 526 video heads and can be used to conveniently move your camera between these heads and other tripods/heads/gear. Overall, the Rapid Connect Adapter provides the flexibility to integrate into various workflows.

The adapter comes with two 1/4"-20 and two 3/8" camera screws and allows 3" of travel distance for the camera plate.

UPC: 719821288497
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Manfrotto Rapid Connect Adapter with 357PLV Camera Plate
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 5 Years with Product Registration
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    Manfrotto 357 specs

    Camera Travel Distance 3" / 8 cm
    Material of Construction Aluminum
    Weight 11.6 oz / 329 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.84 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.6 x 4.9 x 1.1"

    Manfrotto 357 reviews

    Rapid Connect Adapter with 357PLV Camera Plate is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 117.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So you can't tighten the lever enough? I've used this plate for years with an HD camcorder, which needs balancing depending on battery size and lens mountings. Some comments here complain about not being able to turn the tightening lever enough because it interferes with something. Manfrotto should have advertised their clever little feature more--just pull the lever AWAY from the body (it's spring-loaded) and turn the lever to a more suitable angle, then snap it back in. No more issue.
    Date published: 2011-07-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product with a minor flaw This plate is awesome. It's super sturdy at locks the camera in nice and tight. The only problem with it, is that the screw that you use to tighten it in, goes down lower than the actual base. In turn, it you put this in anything such as a spider dolly, stedicam, fig rig etc, its going to get in the way. I put it on a home made fig rig and I had to put a riser underneath it for clearance. Was this that big of a deal? Not really, but I did have to paint the riser and drill through it to match. Other than that, super solid, locks in tight and the safety feature works like a charm. It's actually saved my camera from hitting the floor once already.
    Date published: 2011-07-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as it seems Generally I like my Manfrotto products, and this is a tripod plate and quick release adapter, seems very standard. But, B&H describes that you would get comes supplied with two 1/4-20 and two 3/8 camera screws. This is not the case. You may say, DUH, look at the picture. Well, I did look at the picture, the picture for the same plate without the quick release adapter, shows the plate with a rubber stop and the ability to place the 1/4 and 3/8 inch screws through the slot, which is vital when attaching my bigger cameras. This plate only allows for the 1/4 screw and provides one of these. It also provides a cheap threaded adapter, which I have used before and they get stripped and stuck easily. Not sure why Manfrotto went away from their typical design in this one, but so be it.
    Date published: 2016-05-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good.... but with Flaws I really wanted to give this plate 5 stars and be done with it, because after all, it is a quick release plate, so it should do its job and be fine. Well, I wish it were that simple. I actually purchased this for my glidecam 2000 pro and mounted it on top to allow quick camera dismounts and changes. The only problem with that is that the plate has to be mounted on the FAR right hand side of the glidecam because the thumb screw is so long that it won't complete a turn because the thumb screw is so close to the glidecam. Now.. THIS problem I could overlook, because after all, this wasn't make JUST for the Glidecam, so I will give them a pass on this, but I did want to let glidecam users know of this problem in the event you are purchasing it for that. The other problem and the one that I really think reflects a design problem is another issue with the thumb screw. When I mount my Z1U on ANYTHING with this mount, the thumb screw scrapes up against the underside of the camera on EVERY turn. And when I say scrapes, I mean in order to compelete a full rotation of the thumb screw it has to gauge into the plastic on the underside of the camera. To me this was just inexcusable because I like to keep my gear looking nice. So I ended up having to take a Dremel tool and sawing down the thumbscrew to a round nub. It makes it a LITTLE more difficult to turn, but it solved both issues I had with the plate and was VERY MUCH worth doing. Now, the good thing about this mount is that it is sturdy and probably one of the best built quick release plates I have ever used. The longer mounting plate gives a nice sturdy connection and I have yet to have any issues with bounce on my glidecam. It is solid for sure and holds up very well. It is also a must have for glidecam users and despite the one big flaw I listed above, it is still the best choice out there.
    Date published: 2009-10-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great addition to Steadicam Pilot I'd spent a long time trying to find the right dovetail plate for the Pilot, to make centering the camera on the stage a less trial-and-error process if you have a lot of different lenses you're flying. This is a good, long plate with a broad clamp base, and the clamping lever ratchets it you pull the lever out, so it being mounted on a large flat plate is not an issue, like some others. My one problem with it is that the locking knob can interfere with the camera body in certain positions, but that's less a flaw with the adapter and more an issue with my unusual setup.
    Date published: 2013-04-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not great I got this product to go on my steadicam system. The two problems that I have with it are that 1. the plate doesn't fit on my other manfrotto heads because it is too wide. I assumed that when I purchased it that I would be able to use it with all my manfrotto products but I was wrong and had no way of telling via the picture or description. Also the tightening handle is large and cumbersome when trying to attach to the steadicam rig and I can't use it properly where the camera would be mounted centrally on the base plate. I have to put it to the very back or front which makes me feel like it has less stability. As far as the durability and practicality it is great but for my purposes I wish it was more versatile.
    Date published: 2013-10-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great solution for DLSR use for Video ! I have added a diopter correcting eye loop and shoulder bracket to my Canon 7D for use taking HD video. The alignment of the eye piece of the loop was off when camera was mounted to the brace which was designed for video cameras and I found that the 357 adapter and 357 plate when mounted to the brace and camera to be adjusted to the left or right provided perfect position of the eye for video focus. This setup allows quick release of the camera and both hands to remain on the camera for focus and video start - stop without any weight on the hands and arms,
    Date published: 2010-01-05
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Significant flaw in good design I would like to have given this product 4 or 5 stars, but it failed me so seriously and so unnecessarily that I have to give it only two. Setting up for an important assignment, I tightened the thumb screw which locks the dovetail slider in the desired location. The screw broke off in my hand, leaving one end stuck inside the housing and an impossibly loose attachment to the tripod head. I used gaffers tape (in 4 locations) to keep the cam from flopping around and made it through the assignment. There is no excuse for this - even though I've used this QR adapter for several years. This would never happen if Manfrotteo hadn't cut costs on that machine screw. This would never happen if a screw with appropriate strength rating was utilized. Shame on them!
    Date published: 2010-05-20
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