Felix asked me this question a while back, and i've been looking around during my spare time to see if there's some alternatives. Today i'm posting to get some feedback on what you guys might know about Quick Release adapters for accessories. The basic idea is to use a very small quick release adapter on items like a Zoom H4n, LED Video Light, Microphone, or other small accessory. Instead of having to screw the item into a cage or rig, you just mount and go. Setting up and breaking down should be quick and easy.
There's some high end ones from Cinelock that run about $80 dollars (below). The Cine Lock cinematic quick release mounting bracket for fast non-thread mounting and removal speeds up set-up and break-down with simple two-piece design. I wanted to see what you guys might already know (or be using). I have a fairly inexpensive one (not Cine Lock) that i'm testing out today, and it looks like a winner which i'll be sharing in a video review in a few hours. Leave your comments.
not sure this is as good as Cinelocks one. But can be an option.
Has anyone tried cycle-pedal QR - Look, Shimano SPD etc ?
Guys they are very expensive, but, at the end of the day your gear is mounted in top of one of those adapter, i am ussing the cinelock in 2 rigs.
My fave. Super solid, all metal CNC construction. I have a few sets for flash stuff and other random coupling needs.
A. David Shaw
I have been looking for an accessory to connect a H4N to a belt clip similar to the ones for DSLRs. The black widow is like $50. That seems crazy expensive. I want to connect a lav to the H4N and the recorder to a belt so it can function like a wireless mic. Have you seen anything like this?
I have used the Cinelock on a professional Sony XD Cam for quickly attaching a Zylight LED camera light, which is a little hefty for its size. It's sturdy and works well. It should be able to handle a Zoom H4N, LED Light or anything else around the same weight and size.
@Simon - The Frio is pretty cool, you can find a review here https://oliviatech.com/frio-universal-hotshoe-mount
I have a bunch of these on my LED lights and other gadgets. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pro-Type-1-4-20-Tripod-Screw-Flash-Hot-Shoe-Adapter-/220910651808?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item336f4d09a0
Because of the double screw tightener - they stay put even in run and gun mode. The nicer version have rubber o-rings to provide friction on the mating surfaces.
You will also need some of these:
this seems interesting too: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Frio-Coldshoe-Universal-Hotshoe-Tripod-Adapter-NEW-USA-/140653187053?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20bf954fed
https://www.amazon.com/Sima-Quick-Connect-for-Tripod/dp/B00006JQ6C is cheap and cheerful for lightweight items.
@Pablo - I use a quick release on my slider. If you're using one tripod, you should get a strong fluid head in the middle. If you're using two tripods, you could use heavy duty Ball Heads on each side (the ball heads have QR plates with them).
The prices that most American "cine" companies charge are just insulting. 80 DOLLARS FOR THAT? No wonder everybody is buying stuff from China on Amazon and eBay.
Emm, do you think I could use one of these quick release things on my Konova Slider? This way when I need to shoot from the ground I wouldn't have to unscrew the whole slider... would this be hard enough to support it? thanks!
it's a good idea, i been looking for something like that for a while, but it's all come down to the price.
Screw $3 cold shoe mounts into my cage. Add a neoprene washer so it doesn't rotate. Lights and mics and zoom and monitor and magic arms all have hot shoe mounts (and if they don't, I use those cheap ballheads from ebay).