This is one of those topics that, if you don’t need it, you won’t mind, but if you need it, you’ll be madly interested. A Quick Download Adapter is a miniscule gadget that lets you grab and hijack a camera and other filming equipment without the usual funnels and fights involved in setting up camera equipment.
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If you just press some selfies on your iPhone, you won’t be interested. But if you are trying to produce quality videos or make other films that require a lot of gear setup and removal, these adapters can be of great help.
In my case, I often shoot with two or three cameras at a time. You catch me talking. Another captures the foreground of what I’m working on, and sometimes a third is used for an alternate angle. For almost every instant, I have to move tripods, change things, and set up cameras. Sometimes I have to change my cameras if I need a different result.
Each switch and switch requires screwing the cameras (as well as lights, microphones, monitors, and other appliances) onto the tripods and mounting brackets. Often the assemblies are incompatible. I wasted a lot of time (and a lot of frustration) trying to find pieces that fit and then sticking together.
No, it’s not the worst thing in the world. But if you try to rip videos on a regular basis, eliminating something that is incredibly frustrating and wasting time can be a huge win.
In the attached video I show you how I looked at an initial set of six adapters:
Manfrotto 323 RC2: This is what I really thought would end, because it was popular enough to trigger a bunch of clones. I bought an original Manfrotto for $ 30 and a Manfrotto-clone Konsait for $ 11.
Archaic-swiss: Arca-Swiss is a brand, but it has also come to define a style for quick-release stretch adapters. I bought two different styles, one from FocusFoto and one from Neewer. As a result, I standardized the Neewer brand, but not the Ark-Swiss style adapter.
Mini Quick Release: I bought a set of Kondor Blue, but there are tons of these from different brands on Amazon. Be careful, because while they seem similar, many brands are not compatible with each other. In fact, the set I standardized, from Neewer, wasn’t even compatible with themselves. I ended up returning four because they didn’t work with others on the same product list.
Get ORA-R2: It was a late discovery and as I finally chose this style I went with the Neewer version because at $ 16.99 it was a lot less expensive than Ogen’s $ 29.95 and it was identical.
The video shows my struggles with choosing an adapter. The Manfrotto looked perfect, but it had a twist that kept the adapter from mounting in color so I couldn’t go to my big tripod. The Ark-Swiss did more than twist and screw, which he was trying to turn away. Kondor Blue’s mini quick launch seemed ideal, except for screws that were too long.
Finally, I chose two very generic name adapters from Neewer. I’m calling the first style “the great Neewer adapter”. It’s $ 16.99 each. I am calling the second style “the little nut adapter”. It’s almost identical to (but not compatible with) the Kondor Blue, and $ 10 less expensive, at $ 19.99 each.
Again, watch my video to see how it all comes together. Flexibility, even during the week that I’ve had the system up and running, has been a huge victory.
Use Quick Release Adapters? What other tricks have you come up with to optimize video shooting for YouTube or for meetings and conference calls? We let you know in the comments below!
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