A quick release system is designed to make it quick and easy to attach a camera to a tripod, or remove a camera from a tripod. Instead of having to screw the camera onto the tripod, you fit the camera with a quick release plate that slips into a quick release clamp on the tripod.
This can be quite a time saver, and many photographers make use of a quick release system. Many of the different heads available for tripods (or tripods that come with a head included) also make use of a quick release system. There are a few different quick release systems you may come across, and there are also a couple of issues with using a quick release system that you should be aware of.Read the rest of this entry »