Manfrotto Adopts Arca Swiss Quick Release Standard with Q6 Top Lock System, Main Reason Not to Buy Their Heads Still Unsolved*

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I was browsing DPReview.com and this was one of the headlines. Those who have shot for long enough know that Manfrotto a) makes some great tripods, b) has a myriad selection of quick release plates that are all inferior to the Arca Swiss platform, and c) cannot make a ballhead to save their lives.  Well, they have addressed point b) with the new Q6 “Top Lock” quick release system, which comes as an adaptor on its own, or as an option on their ballheads. Not too much fanfare too – there was no news on the Manfrotto website, and the option has been available for a couple of months now. Talk about a silent launch. A quick look at B&H shows it going for US$100. Now, how about some proper ballheads?

*With apologies to a friend for stealing the long headline.

(Image Credit: Manfrotto website)

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