Mount cameras quickly – the Arca Swiss Quick Release System

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Your life gets much easier if you are able to mount your cameras to and remove it from a tripod quickly. I am using plates and clamps of the Arca-Swiss standard. There is also the Manfrotto system, but I did not want to be locked into one single manufacturer. Please read on to see what I recommend.

Where I mount my camera

I use the clamps to quickly mount my cameras on tripods, backpacks, gimbals and L brackets.

The ballhead on this tripod is the one from a Sirui tripod set:

It is very important for me when I want to make pictures in the dark or when I want to shoot stable video. On the picture I have mounted the tripod head on a Mini-Tripod from Cullmann (Magnesit Copter).

On the backpack I use a Peak Design capture camera clip:

I put it there when I want to have my hands free to change the lens etc.

On the gimbal I have a quick release plate as well:

So I can quickly remove it when I want to snap a picture.

This is my L bracket:

I use it if I want to mount things like audio recorders and the hot shoe mount on the camera is already occupied. It also makes it more easy to hold the camera still.

Arca Swiss quick release plates

The mount consits of a clamp, which is mounted on the tripod and a plate, that is screwed onto the camera. Here is a picture of my plates:

The plate to the left is the one of the Peak Design Capture Camera Clip. It has a square shape so I can slide it into the clamp from both sides, very nice! It is also very slim and lightweight. Actually the other plates do not work with the Peak Design device because they are not slim enough and scratch its surface. Unfortunately I need an allen key to put it on the camera. I have it on my camera all the time anyways.

The second one is from the Sirui tripod. It is also very nice because it is very lightweight. I changed the screw to some kind of a winged nut so I can fasten it with my hands and don’t need a coin.

The third one is a simple plate. The fourth one is a more longer version. It is convenient if I want to change the position of the camera by sliding it forward and backward.

Arca Swiss clamps

The clamp on the tripod head has a safety button. If I open the knob I cannot slide the plate out without pressing the button.

The Peak Design Capture Camera Clip has a release button. It can be turned to prevent the button from being pressed.

On the gimbal I have a more advanced quick release clamp from Mengs:

It has a knob to tighten it and a lever that is used to open the clamp more quickly. There is a small slider on the lever that has to be pulled to open the lever for safety. This clamp is fast to open. I like that both the lever and the knob are level with the clamp, so I can mount it on flat surfaces. One drawback is that to balance the gimbal I have to open the lever. This changes the weight distribution because the lever has some weight on it’s own. But once I have balanced everything I can quickly take out the camera.

On my L bracket I have a more simple clamp:

It has a bubble level. The knob is higher than the clamp so it is more difficult to mount on flat surfaces (like on a gimbal).


I am happy with the setup I have right now. I can put my camera everywhere I have mounted a clamp and also remove it very quickly. Before I had different systems, for example I had a Gorillapod and I had to screw it on everytime because it uses it’s own system. I can highly recommend to settle on one system and use it consistently.

Product Links (
Zhyiun Crane M gimbal
Cullmann Magnesit Copter Mini-Tripod
Sirui T-004BX Tripod set with Ballhead C-10S
Peak Design Capture Camera Clip
Mengs CL-50LS clamp with lever
L Bracket

Product Links (
Zhyiun Crane M gimbal
Cullmann Magnesit Copter Mini-Tripod
Sirui T-004BX Tripod set with Ballhead C-10S
Peak Design Capture Camera Clip
Mengs CL-50LS clamp with lever
L Bracket

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Recommended camera equipment for photo, video & travelling (AMAZON):
Sony a6600 Sony a6400 (cheaper) Sony a6100 (Budget-Option for 4K) Sigma 16mm 1.4 Sony 35mm 1.8 Samyang 12mm 2.0 Feelworld Master MA7 Smaller monitor Rode VideoMicro Rode Wiress Go II Mini Tripod Travel Tripod Small LED-Light Light #1 (powerful) Light #2 (Bi-Color) Softbox for this light Light tent/box DJI Osmo Action GoPro 9 GoPro MAX Invisible Selfie Stick Mavic Mini 2 drone Mavic Air 2
for photo and video:
Fuji XT-4 Fuji Telezoom Entry level camera (Canon)


2 responses to “Mount cameras quickly – the Arca Swiss Quick Release System”

  1. Norman Avatar

    I swapped to Arca Swiss a few years ago. My only complaint is that with a 3 axis tripod head it makes some plates less effective (ball head is no problem except I don’t like them).
    For example. Arca Swiss 3 axis tripod heads have the clamp front to back while the L-plate runs across the camera. This means without an additional 90 degree plate/clamp assembly you loose the tripod tilt. Similar problem if you use a gimble.

    What I do find good is full interchangeability with virtually all makes of Arca Swiss items. I had 2 shoulder slings with a plate and ‘dog clip’. The plate got in the way of the quick relese so I replaced them with a small Arca Swiss clamp and a ‘loop’ tripod screw in the bottom permanently connected to the sling. Easy jod to unclamp and fasten to tripod etc.

    1. schwimmlehrer Avatar

      Hi thanks Norman for your experience. I have no gripes with Arca Swiss the only one maybe that there are less quick release options available.

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