What is Arca-Swiss Quick Release System?

Many of our readers frequently ask us questions about tripod heads and accessories to support heavy camera and lens combinations. Those that are especially new to super telephoto lenses quickly discover that tripod feet supplied by all manufacturers on modern lenses are simply not suitable to be mounted on regular tripod heads. Unfortunately, whether it is Nikon, Canon, Sony or a third party lens manufacturer like Sigma, they all supply non-standard tripod feet with their lenses. For new lens owners it can be a rather frustrating experience trying to figure out which tripod head would fit their large and heavy lenses, because nobody wants a lens worth thousands of dollars to end up crashing on the ground. And since most tripod plates are only equipped with a single mounting point, it can be extremely unstable and even potentially dangerous to mount anything heavier than a few pounds on them. The solution, which has become somewhat of a standard nowadays, was developed by a company called Arca-Swiss back in 1990s and since then has been popularized as “Arca-Swiss Quick Release System”. The idea behind this quick release system is quite simple, but very effective. Almost all professional photographers that use super telephoto lenses have adopted the Arca-Swiss quick release system and more photographers are converting even their regular cameras to this format for ease of use, stability and compatibility reasons.

Arca Swiss Z1 with Plate

1) Arca-Swiss Quick Release

The Arca-Swiss quick release system is based on a two piece mechanism. The first piece, generally referred to as a “plate”, is attached to a camera or a lens (or any other device). It comes in a standard, “arca-style” 35mm wide form with a 45° dovetail and can vary in length (a sample plate is illustrated above to the right of the tripod head). The second piece is the mounting base, generally referred to as a “clamp”, where the plate gets attached and secured. The clamp can be fully opened, allowing the plate to be dropped in and secured, or can be partially opened to allow the plate to be slid into the position. The biggest advantage of the Arca-Swiss quick release system is this ability to slide the plate without having to worry about mounting or dismounting anything. The 45° dovetail on the plate, as pictured below, allows equipment to be moved across the clamp and secured in a specific location using a side knob or a locking release.

Arca Swiss Plate

2) Plates for Cameras

Camera plates are typically attached using a single standard screw of 1/4-20 (per ISO 1222:2010 standard). Since plates can be made for specific camera models, they can vary in shapes and forms on the camera mounting side. The bottom quick-release side, however, must always stay the same. Some camera plates allow cameras to be mounted on the bottom, or on the side using special “L” shaped brackets, as illustrated below:

Kirk L Bracket

L-brackets allow for maximum flexibility for mounting cameras, while still allowing access to side panels.

2) Lens Feet and Collars

While such plates work quite well for cameras, they are not suited for lenses with a tripod foot. For heavy super telephoto lenses, there are special replacement arca-style feet and collars that are also specifically designed for each lens. Some of them are interchangeable (for example, a number of Nikon super telephotos like 300mm, 400mm and 500mm mount exactly the same way), but mostly, you have to purchase a different model for each super telephoto lens. It is best to buy such replacement feet for each lens though, so that you don’t need to worry about changing feet in the field with a potential of losing screws and other parts. Here is an example of a replacement foot from Kirk:

Kirk LP-46 Replacement Foot

And here is how it looks when mounted on a lens and on a clamp:

Kirk LP-46 Replacement Foot with Lens

3) Gimbal Heads

As you can see, the long foot allows for movement on the base mounting clamp and is designed to balance the camera and lens combination. This is another huge advantage of the Arca-Swiss quick release system, as it could be used with a Gimbal-type tripod head that allows for very fluid motion of the setup for photographing fast-moving subjects. Once fully balanced, one does not have to worry about securing the tripod head, which saves a lot of time and energy when shooting in the field. Wildlife photographers often choose Gimbal-type heads as their top choice for this reason alone. Here is Jobu Design’s Pro2 (a great alternative to the famous Wimberley WH-200):

Jobu Design Pro2

Once a heavy super telephoto lens is balanced and secured on the clamp through its arca-style foot, both vertical and horizontal movements are possible without the need to constantly fiddle with various adjustments and knobs. While tripod ballheads have the tendency to quickly drop the setup towards the heavy side even at a slight angle, the Gimbal head system does not do that (provided that it is balanced).

4) Clamps

Over years, manufacturers have been coming up with more creative ways to design their Arca-Swiss quick release clamps. Today, you can find everything from the most basic screw-knob clamps to more advanced panning and sliding clamps for different photography needs such as panorama and macro photography. Here is an example of an extended clamp from Kirk:

Kirk QRC-4 Clamp

And here is my favorite Really Right Stuff panning clamp that I have been using for years:

Really Right Stuff Panning Clamp

Panning clamps are great for general photography, as well as specialized needs like panoramic photography. With a panning clamp like above, you can buy a nodal slide for creating single row panoramas, or you can get a complex and expensive multi-row panorama setup with multiple panning clamps for both vertical and horizontal motion. See my article on how to create panoramas for more details about panoramic photography.

5) Versatility and Other Uses

Thanks to the versatility of the Arca-Swiss quick release system, it can be effectively used for pretty much any photography needs – from panoramic and 3D photography, to complex macro setups. Since the plates can move up and down the clamps, opportunities for different setups are practically limitless. As a result, there are many different products and solutions on the market for all kinds of camera gear. And the best part is that you can mix and match different products without having to worry about compatibility issues, because the standard for the plate is mostly the same. Personally, I use a complex custom setup that involves 6 to 8 different components from different manufacturers for testing lenses (more on this on a separate post). It allows me to move my camera side to side and front to back for fine tuning and focus bracketing, which saves me a lot of time and frustration, especially when dealing with de-centered lenses.

6) Most Popular Brands

Here is the list of the most popular brands that manufacture Arca-Swiss quick release plates, clamps, ballheads and other accessories:

  1. Arca Swiss (Buy at B&H Photo)
  2. Really Right Stuff
  3. Kirk Enterprises (Buy at B&H Photo Video)
  4. Acratech (Buy at B&H Photo Video)
  5. Giottos (Buy at B&H Photo Video)
  6. Jobu Design (Buy at B&H Photo Video)
  7. Wimberley (Buy at B&H Photo Video)
  8. Markins
  9. Novoflex (Buy at B&H Photo Video)
  10. Hejnar Photo
  11. Sirui (Buy at B&H Photo Video)
  12. Sunwayfoto (Buy at B&H Photo Video)
  13. MeFoto (Buy at B&H Photo Video)


  1. 1) John Richardson
    January 13, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Also Sunwayphoto at http://www.sunwayfoto.com/e_service.aspx.

    I have been using their ball head and arca-swiss system for three years with no complaints.

    • January 13, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      Thanks John, I’ve added Sunwayphoto to the list!

      • Profile photo of Darrell Wood 1.1.1) Darrell Wood
        May 26, 2014 at 6:55 am


        I purchase the KIRK L-Bracket ( for Nikon D700 or D300 ) BL-D300G . It does fit on a Arca swiss plate half way into grove but it does not fit snug into the recess of the grove.

        When I try an true an original Arca plate it fits perfect and snug.

        Am I doing something wrong.

        • Murray Foote
          May 26, 2014 at 7:56 am


          Nasim may or may not be available so I’ll make some comments in the meanwhile.

          You don’t say what kind of clamp you use but I suspect from what you are saying that it is an Arca-Swiss (brand) lever clamp.

          From what I can make out there are two main divisions in Arca-Swiss clamps/ plates in common use. Arca-Swiss, Chinese manufacturers (such as SunwayFoto) and I think Acratech follow the original Arca-Swiss standard. RRS, Kirk, Markins and HejnarPhoto follow a different standard and there may be some differences there from one to the other. Between these standards the angle of the bevel may be different and the width may differ.

          A screw clamp may be less convenient but will probably fit everything.

          An RRS lever clamp has no adjustment and will only fit RRS or other identical clamps and rails (probably Hejnar Photo, maybe not Kirk or Markins).

          An Arca-Swiss brand style lever clamp (and probably most others) has a small adjustment screw that you can use to adjust for different plate widths. However, this is fiddly to adjust and not so good if you have different plate sizes. Also, there is a design weakness and that adjustment screw can degenerate over time, even the Arca Swiss brand ones and potentially cause the plate to collapse and your camera to fall to the ground. (I have read of that happening with an Arca Swiss brand one and it happened to me with a Sunwayfoto one when they followed that design though my camera did not fall).

          In my opinion, if you want to use lever-action clamps and do not want to go the proprietory RRS route, the best option is probably the clamps that have a lever on one side and a screw on the other such as Sunwayfoto or Acratech.

          Whatever you do, it is always a good idea to check your camera when you mount it on a clamp to ensure it is tightly affixed.

          • Profile photo of Mike Banks Mike Banks
            May 27, 2014 at 6:49 am

            Darrell, Murray is absolutely correct. If you are indeed using proprietary Arca-Swiss you will need to use there plates only. When I first ordered my two RRS ball heads I ordered them with lever release clamps because I thought they would be better for me to use but I had all Kirk L-plates. I like the way Kirk makes their L-plates more than RRS. I had to contact RRS and request switching out the lever clamps for screw type and they were very gracious in allowing me to do this. Of course they tried to sell me their L-plates but I wasn’t ready to switch since I had plates for gripped and non gripped cameras.

            Sometimes purchasing a particular branded line requires a bit more research to see if existing equipment will work. As Murray states if you try switching to screw clamps you may find the Kirk plats to be more compatible.

    • 1.2) Marco
      January 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Hi John,

      I wish to second your recommendation for Sunwayfoto products, which have initially impressed me with the high quality and superb finishing of their XB series ballheads (I own both a XB-44 and a XB-52, the latter being a perfect match for my Gitzo Systematic Series 3 tripod).

      I’ve subsequently acquired a complete focusing rail rig that can be easily customized for panoramas or macro photography, which includes a comprehensive set of nodal slides/rails, vertical rails, double clamps, panning clamps. I was once again most favorably surprised by the quality of these accessories, which perform at the highest level but at a fraction of the cost of similar offerings available from other well known brands.

      The people at Sunwayfoto are also responsive to any requests for assistance and vary capable to guide the customers towards the solution that best fit their specific requirements! So I would say that they are top notch also in this very fundamental aspect.

      On a side note, I just wish to point out their correct registered brand is “Sunwayfoto” (and not Sunwayphoto).

      • January 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm

        Thanks guys, Yeah I was in a hurry and mistakenly typed photo :-/

        I have to admit, Sunwayfoto has been nothing but nice when I have dealt with them. I ordered very early on in their process and had to order directly from the factory in China.

        One day, out of the blue, I received an e-mail suggesting I use a leveling joint. I agreed, and they sent me the prototype, at that time it was called a DYH-66, with the leveling bubble on the outside lip. This allowed me to set my tripod anywhere (even unleveled…though that of course is not safe!) and always have my ball head completely level, while using the bubble on the clamp set my camera perfectly level …. I was then able to rotate the ball head (DB52LR) base without ever having to worry that my horizon was going to be askew when rotating. Quick panos were easy and sharp without having to order the entire Pano-1 kit. I would have ordered the Pano-1 had I made it a habit of shooting panos on a regular basis, but with the DYH-66 I have never had a single alignment error anyway. I understand they have since released a set of leveling bases. I also use their custom fit L-plate for the D800, that has a nice curvature fit to the front of the camera. Totally rock solid stuff.

    • Profile photo of Darrell Wood 1.3) Darrell Wood
      May 25, 2014 at 6:35 am

      Guys. I recently purchased a Really Right Stuff L bracket for my D700 with drive. it would seem they are not exactly the same Arca Swiss plate fitting. It does fit on a Arca swiss plate but it does fit snug into the recess of the grove. I do understand now that RRS do have this problem and are a little different. Is this the case and why do they do it.. :( Thanks for any comments

      • Profile photo of Mike Banks 1.3.1) Mike Banks
        May 25, 2014 at 8:30 am

        Darrell, this is the reason I use the Kirk L-Plates and stay away from the RRS units. I do have several RRS Ball heads but never purchase the lever release clamp from them. The lever release clamp although very convenient to use work best with RRS L-Plates and not with other types. The screw type clamp does indeed work with either Kirk or RRS L-Plates. The RRS L-Plates seem to be proprietary to their equipment.

        • Profile photo of Darrell Wood Darrell Wood
          May 26, 2014 at 6:51 am


          Really stupid of me I did buy the KIRK L-Bracket ( for Nikon D700 or D300 ) BL-D300G (231082208830) and it does not really fit as I describe above. Whats your experience if you say it should

          • Profile photo of Mike Banks Mike Banks
            May 27, 2014 at 6:59 am

            Darrell, sorry for the delay in responding. I’m retired US Army and participated in several Memorial Day Celebrations this weekend.

            Murray also commented. I think is shows you were after one of the best ball heads on the market but I’m thinking if you read what Murry says you may have your answer. Some proprietary manufactures only want you to use their equipment and I’m thinking from what you write here Arca-Swiss may be one o them. Perhaps that is why Sunway Photo is compatible with many of the Arca-Swiss equipment.

            I stated before that when I first purchased my L-plates they were all Kirk. I like the way they are made better than RRS. I have several Kirk ball heads and then purchase two RRS ball heads with lever quick release clamps. The Kirk L-plate did not fit well with the RRS Lever clamps but RRS was very gracious to allow me to return the Lever clamps and provided the screw clamps for the B-40 and B-50 ball heads. The screw clamps, may be a little more involved to use and not as fast but the Kirk L-plates fit well and snuggly.

            You may be looking at replacing the lever clamps with screw clamps or replacing the L-plates for one that fit better into the Arca-Swiss line.

  2. 2) Gerald
    January 13, 2014 at 5:01 am

    also Sirui, a popular company here in Europe, does support the acra-swiss standard: http://www.sirui.de/en/home/

    • 2.1) Mike Banks
      January 13, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Gerald, using the Sirui line here among other professional photographers gets you laughed at. However, some of my friends have had failures at the worst possible times. Last year on a trip to northern Montana to photograph wildlife for the US Department of the Interior, one of the other hired photographers using Gitzo tripod had a catastrophic failure of the leg crown and lost the front element of his 600mm Nikkor. I loaned him my other Sirui tripod that I brought along and he never looked back. This guy has been using Sirui ever since.

      I’m a Nikon shooter but I don’t hesitate to purchase quality 3rd party lenses. I’ve found over the years that not every big named brand is the best even with reputation behind it. Some products take time to get noticed and I think Sirui is one of these.

      • 2.1.1) Gerald
        January 13, 2014 at 8:39 am


        thanks for your comment! I’m using a T-025 Carbon for travelling (which holds my D800 with wide-angle primes and with my 24-120 zoom and the 16-35 zoom surprisingly!) , and a M-3205 Carbon together with a K-30X head – and I’m completely satisfied with both of them…

        • Mike Banks
          January 13, 2014 at 10:15 am

          Gerald, here is my Sirui line up:
          P324 Monopod w/RRS MHO2 Pro Best monopod head made.
          N1204x w/G20x
          N2204x w/K40x
          M3204x (two of these) both w/Kirk BH-3 heads
          R4203L w/Kirk BH-3 Head
          R4203 w/Sirui Gimbal

          I also use L-plates but I like the Kirk line. I know the RRS is a one piece but I like the fact that I can detach the angle piece from the Kirk L-plate if I want to in order to access the accessory plugs on the side of either my D7100’s or D800e’s

      • 2.1.2) Gerald
        January 13, 2014 at 8:51 am

        what I forgot to mention: I’m also using a L-bracket from RRS for my D800, and a lens collar from Kirk for my AF-S 80-400, and all this things match perfectly together with my Sirui stuff ;-)

    • January 13, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      Thanks Gerald, added Sirui to the list!

  3. January 13, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Though there are no compatibility issues with screw clamps such as those illustrated, it’s a bit trickier with the more convenient lever clamps because some manufacturers have deviated from the original Arca-Swiss specification.

    Most American manufacturers follow what I think of as an RRS standard (except I think Acratech); most of the Chinese follow the original Arca-Swiss standard. The lever clamps for most manufacturers (apart from RRS) have a small adjustment screw so you can adjust the width. This rapidly becomes a nuisance where you have rails and plates from different manufacturers and can even disintegrate with potential danger to your equipment. I have taken to using SunwayFoto clamps that have a lever on one side and a screw on the other. (In other words, a large screw as shown above, not a small adjustment screw). This gives you the convenience of a lever and you can quickly adjust for different rails and plates.

    • 3.1) Marco
      January 16, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Hi Murray,

      fully agree with your comments! Deviations of manufacturers from the pure Arca-Swiss standard are too often disregarded by end users, which may impact considerably on how the various equipment integrate together with potential serious implications that could even result in severe damages!

      As you noticed, RRS seems to be one of those manufacturers who firmly decided to depart from the original Arca-Swiss standard, a decision that is probably related more to internal/marketing considerations but that – in essence – put a serious limit to the ability of the users to effectively mix and match different pieces of equipment together!

      As an owner of many Sunwayfoto products I can testify, as you already did, that their Arca-Swiss clamps are absolutely compliant with the original design while also offering a series of specific quick release clamps that provide the convenience of an additional screw that complement the lever mechanism on the opposite side, so as to be able to easily and securely adjust their width for compatibility with plates/rails from different manufacturers.

      I own a Sunwayfoto XB-52DL ballhead that comes with a Screw/Lever Combo Clamp (DLC-60). The construction, finish and overall quality of the XB-52 are absolutely excellent and the DLC-60 clamp provide the desired flexibility and security for use with a wide range of equipment and accessories!

      Since I started to use the Sunwayfoto products I never had to look around for anything else to fit my needs. Fully recommended!

      • 3.1.1) Murray Foote
        January 16, 2014 at 6:19 pm

        Thanks for the comment, Marco.

        Before getting my first DSLR (which was a Nikon D3) I stayed with film because digital was too much of a moving target. My main camera in those last few years was a Gaoersi 6×17, a perfectly functional well-machined Chinese large format panorama camera. The Chinese may not be so good at software or making lenses but they can be just as good at metal machining technology as developed countries, at much lower prices.

  4. January 13, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Several years ago I switched over to Arca-Swiss plates, rails, clamps, etc. (mostly RRS) and haven’t looked back. It’s like Legos for adults! :-)

  5. 5) Mike Banks
    January 13, 2014 at 8:21 am

    For years after college I used Bogen/Manfrotto tripods with their dedicated camera plates. Only several years ago did I discover Arca-Swiss style plates and attachments. I use Kirk personally and love everything they make. I then discovered L-plates and use them on all my cameras. I have them for gripped and non gripped cameras. I believe Manfrotto just came out with a new quick release plate in Arca-Swiss style in order to keep up with the times.

    Several years ago I also started switching to Sirui tripods and some of their ball heads because they were all Arca style, reasonably priced and excellent pieces of equipment. I take plenty of heat from fellow photographers here at home for not using either Gitzo or RRS but I’ve never had a failure with the Sirui Line. I now have six Sirui tripods and am about to switch my studio tripod from Manfrotto to Sirui.

    Personally, I do not use quick release levers on any of my ball heads or gimbals. I’m old school and prefer screw knobs; but that’s just me. For my professional work I don’t need the speed the lever release offers and I feel more comfortable with the screw type releases.

  6. 6) Steve sanders
    January 13, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I also like Markins in Canada. Great product!

    • January 13, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      Thanks Steve! Forgot to add Markins to the list – they are definitely very popular.

  7. 7) Ravi R
    January 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

    People are grumbling about the price of a MB-D series battery grip and here is a piece of machined metal selling at almost the price of a camera!

    Call me naive, but there is no reason this should be that expensive.

    • January 13, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Ravi, the reason why these plates and clamps are so expensive, is because each product has to be custom produced / machined from aluminum. So the production costs are pretty high…

      • 7.1.1) Ravi R
        January 15, 2014 at 1:12 pm

        I understand that there is not a lot of automation as the volume is low and a lot of man hours are involved.. but still .. I can wish right? :)

        But, your other article on the Hejnar seems like a good value for the money. I might end up getting a few items from them.

        Thanks for the article!

  8. 8) Sandy L
    January 13, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Good article Nasim,

    I find great flexibility using the ARCA system. All of mine are RRS with mounts for multiple bodies of different manufacture. Mostly used for indoor/ outdoor close up work and travel photography. One plus is being able to share a single tripod with my wife when we travel.


  9. 9) Glenn
    January 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I agree with Steve S. Markins is another fine product and their customer service is second to none!

  10. 10) Carlos
    January 13, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I recently bought a MeFoto tripod for travel and short outings. It comes with its ballhead and Arca-Swiss Quick Release system. Very portable and convenient system.

  11. January 13, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Nasim,
    Just to support Steve S, and Glenn, I too have the Markins Q20 and one of their plates. They are excellent products, and customer service is very responsive.

    • January 13, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Thanks David! I added Markins to the list :)

  12. 12) Stephan
    January 16, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I have an important comment about the Arca-Suisse compatibility, in particular, when the Monoball is equipped with the Flip-lock release plate. Indeed, this setup works with plates from different manufacturers because the release plate can be fine adjusted with a screw. But mixing the plates does not work. For example, a Wimberley lens foot and a Novoflex L-bracket have slightly different lateral dimensions. In order to avoid the fine adjustement, I had to exchange the L-bracket against Wimberly quick release plates for the camera. Therefore, the standard clamp (as shown in your image) might be better for the use with plate systems from different manufacturers.

    • January 16, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Stephan, good point! That’s why I always use screw-knobs instead of flip-lock. Sometimes the differences are small, but those could be enough to result in a loose setup…

    • January 16, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      That is a strong reason to choose the company you deal with carefully and stick with their system. Mix and match on a machined item (system) that has only a name and not an international standard will always result in errors. For myself, I stuck with Sunwayfoto for all foot attachments and L-plates even though their flip release plates has a fine tune adjustment.

  13. 13) David White
    January 26, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Could anyone help me please?
    I’m from the UK & do quite a lot of Hide photography for wildlife.
    Ideally I like to use two cameras, one with say a 500 lens, & one with say a 70-200 or perhaps a 300 lens. Any ideas how I can mount both of these on one tripod? I use a Manfrotto tripod with 501 plates.

    • January 26, 2014 at 5:02 am

      David, you will have to do a custom rail rig to achieve that. Buy a good tripod head that can handle all that load, then get a long enough Arca-Swiss rail that can fit both cameras. Then you need two conversion clamps that will mount your lenses. Should be pretty simple to do!

      • 13.1.1) unclemikey
        January 27, 2014 at 2:26 pm

        Benro actually makes such a rig but I don’t know what the load rate is for two camera set up with that size equipment.

  14. 14) Jaime
    January 26, 2014 at 5:23 am


    I wrote an entry in DPreview five years ago (http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/2509908) foreseeing the move to Arca-Swiss and asking why did not all (long) lens manufacturers include an A/S-compatible foot, since it could also be backwards compatible to the ubiquitous 1/4-20 thread.

    A heated discussion ensued and another famous blogger intervened to defend my position.

    I am more than happy now to see that even Manfrotto and Gitzo are beginning to sell A/C-compatible gear and nobody laughs at this idea any more.



    • January 26, 2014 at 5:25 am

      So true! Everything should be Arca-Swiss compatible nowadays. So many companies making plates, clamps, accessories that it just makes sense to move to that format! Looks like you were right 5 years ago, would have supported you back then as well…

      • 14.1.1) Jaime
        January 28, 2014 at 11:19 pm


        There is a full list of Arca-Swiss compatible brands in the thread I mention, if I remember well. It is much bigger than yours.

        Best regards,


  15. 15) Ernesto Quintero
    February 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Some Arca-Swiss compatible items are as pricy as fine Swiss watches. Which is why I didn’t buy into it. Sure the quality looks beautiful but boy that beauty comes at a steep price.

  16. 16) FR
    February 24, 2014 at 6:24 am

    I have the Arca-Swiss system (Monoball Z1) and would like to attach a 300 mm 2.8 to it.
    Which plate should I use? I have an Arca-Swiss Classic Plate for my D700 and was wondering if I could use the same for the lens.
    Many thanks!

  17. 17) Donna
    April 11, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Have you tried any of ProMediaGear’s products? http://www.promediagear.com

    • Profile photo of Mike Banks 17.1) Mike Banks
      April 11, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Donna, I use a variety of the ProMedia Gear’s products. I’m not aware if they make ball heads but all their camera plates and lens plates are compatible with Arca-Swiss gear. I use the Boomerang Flash brackets for gripped and non gripped cameras and I have the Tomahawk Gimbal. I also have several long lens plates that are very good. They do make quality gear and the customer service is friendly and helpful.

    • April 11, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Donna, I use ProMediaGear plates – they are excellent and are fully compatible. Actually, I met both owners (brothers) at the NYC Photo Plus event. They were really cool guys and seemed to be doing a great job with creating products and running the company. I would certainly trust their tools, very high quality.

  18. 18) Kyle Brightman
    August 20, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    What about adding MeFoto to the list? All of their tripods are Arca-Swiss compatible and they even have a phone holder (SideKick) with integrated ballhead for Arca-Swiss.

    • August 21, 2014 at 3:04 am

      Thank you for your suggestion – I added MeFoto to the list.

  19. 19) Boonse Loren
    October 28, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I am a active reader of Photography Life. Informative and helpful. Thank you…

  20. 20) Jeff Allen
    April 17, 2015 at 9:10 am

    The Sunwayfoto plates should be avoided I bought two one for the Canon 7D and one for the Canon 6D neither fitted the Arca-Swiss Z1 they were too small and didnt lock. Buy Arc-Swiss much safer.

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