Ideesign Q Top Tripod Quick Release System. Consists Of a Base And Quick Release Plate With 1/4x20 Screw

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Q-top features a circular shoe which can be joined to its base in any rotational position. But unlike the current quick release systems utilizing circular stud-type "shoes", the Q-top shoe features discrete internal indentations which mechanically block it from twisting on its base. Qtop components can be joined by feel alone, allowing the active photographer to keep an eye on the subject.

Q-top has one of the simplest operating means known - the spring loaded pushbutton. The spring drives stainless steel pins against internal wedges in the shoe for a slip-proof and solid connection without the necessity of additional manual tightening. A push-button can be operated from either hand, and from any position. There is never a doubt as to which direction it should move, it cannot snag on anything and it is very difficult to damage. And most importantly, Qtop works.

Ideally, the attachment of the shoe to the camera base should be both secure enough to prevent slippage, while being quickly and easily removable. Q-top has an elegant solution: a one-piece shoe/screw with a hand knurl permits the Q-top shoe to be quickly spun off the camera or lens without tools or a coin. The unique concentrically-arranged high static-friction o-rings allow a surprisingly slip-resistant, yet easily removable connection to the camera underside.

Q-top is precision machined from solid, high strength aluminum alloys and stainless steel. It is not a riveted-together collection of inexpensively-formed parts.

Q-top has a unique internal shoe profile with 30° spaced indentation intervals allows the device to double as a revolving indexing platform for composite panoramic photography. No need to struggle to separately level the camera and its point of rotation, or to read off degree intervals on a pan axis - simply level the base using the integral bulls eye level then shoot off a frame on each consecutive rotational locking position for a precisely leveled composite panorama.

Q-top comes with two reducing bushings stored in its base so you can adapt to any combination of camera and tripod threads. Although the Q-top quick release is unprecedentedly versatile, it is also remarkably small and light. There is nothing on either the base or the shoe of the Qtop which can snag on clothing and equipment as there are no levers, and all clamping wedges are internal.

What's Included With This Item

  • two reducing bushings stored in its base so you can adapt to any combination of camera and tripod threads

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Attaches firmly (4) , Easy to use (4) , Stable (4) , Fits well (3) , Improves tripod function (3) , Solid/sturdy (3) , Strong clamp (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (4) , Night shots (4) , Portraits (3) , Video (3) , Wildlife (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (4) , Photo enthusiast (2) , Pro photographer (2)

Key Features

  • Qtop is Fast
  • button is better, faster than lever only goes one way, easy to find, doesn't snag on anything.
  • parts joined in any position, locked in 12 positions
  • automatically locked
  • shoe quickly removable from camera bottom no separate screw to turn
  • no tools required base quickly removable from tripod panhead without tools
  • can be easily operated without looking
  • Q-top is Safe & solid
  • cannot accidentally release
  • tight wobble-free fit
  • shoe cannot twist on base
  • o-rings make tight join with camera bottom
  • cannot fall apart machined from one solid piece of ultra high strength aluminum
  • Qtop is Convenient
  • lightest, smallest quick release on the market: together -110 gr; shoe alone -15 gr!
  • everything round nothing to cut or snag on anything
  • included adapters can handle any camera/tripod combination
  • Q-top is Fun
  • easy to make quick panoramas
  • good-looking

Technical Specs

Shoe material precision machined ultra high-tensile aircraft aluminum billet
diameter 44 mm
height 8 mm
weight 15 gr
color finish grey, PTFE hardcoat (class III) anodised
Base material precision machined ultra high-tensile aircraft aluminum billet and stainless steel
diameter 45 mm
height 20 mm
weight 95 gr
color finish blue, (class II) anodised
Load Rating The Q-top quick-release system is intended for use with equipment to 5 kg. (11lb.)
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