How to Use the 200PL Quick Release Plate


While there is nothing particularly complicated about the 200PL plate, there are a few things you should know.


This plate the most commonly sold and used Manfrotto quick release plate. This is good, because it gives you more choices of heads, monopods and tripods to use, without removing the quick release plate from your camera.

This plate shown to the right is the 1/4 inch screw that universally fits most small film and digital cameras ( Click here for size info) while the 3/8 size ( Click here for size info) will fit some medium format film cameras, view cameras and larger telephoto lenses that use the 3/8 screw.  The 200PL is the standard 1/4 screw and includes a 3/8 thread adapter to make it a 3/8 screw.  You can still buy a 3/8 plate if you want the strength and piece of mind of not using an adapter screw. Either way, get a plate for each camera and large lens that will fit a tripod. This way you can use the tripod without having to continuously change plates every time you use a different camera.   The screw is centered on the plate, there is also an anti-rotation pin that can be removed if not needed.  The anti-rotation pin is for video cameras that have a guide hole next to the tripod screw pin the base of the camera.

On the bottom of the plate, embossed into the plate is the word “Lens >” the arrow should be pointing toward the lens on the camera.  This makes sure that the lens is oriented correctly on the head.  This will ensure that the handles and knobs are all within reach for easy use.


While this may seem a small thing, if you are purchasing and using the Architectural plate with 1/4 inch screw ( See left, or Click here for more) this is important. Because the correct orientation when making panoramic shots, or verticals will ensure that the handles on some heads will NOT be in the way.  Some heads cannot be operated because the camera will be in the way if the camera is on the plate wrong. The Architectural plate is also available in a 3/8 inch screw as well.

As you can see to the left the architectural plate has a floating plate with a lip that snugs against the camera so it will not rotate when in the vertical position.

There are replacement screws for the 1/4 Plate (Click here for more) or for the  3/8 screw (click here for more) or you can buy the 3/8 adapter ( Click here for more) which can be used on this plate as well.  The 3/8 adapter we sell has more threads than may lesser adapters we’ve seen.  This should make the fit stronger and more secure, so the threads in your camera re not stripped or damaged.

As always, we recommend that you zip tie or stow a spare plate inside your camera bag some where, just in case you loose one.  Because your tripod is useless without one.

We have a wide selection of quick releases, adapters and parts and pieces on this accessory webpage.

Get $40 to $100 off Manfrotto Video Tripods with Mail In Rebates.


64865 MasterCardSave between $40 and $100 on select Manfrotto Video tripods and head combinations.  These kits range from light weight and portable to some of the tallest and stoutest video tripods available.  You can download the for here, or you will receive one with your purchase.  Hurry while supplies are still high and shipping times are fast.  We are expecting massive delivery slowdowns this year as we get closer to Christmas!

Buy BeFree Video Tripod
Buy MVK190X3Kit
Buy MVK502055XPRO3 Kit
Buy 504HD,535K Tripod Kit
Buy 504HS, 546BK Tripod Kit

Need the rebate form?  Click Here To Download it.

These rebates are good on purchases from November 25th to December 31st, 2016.  Forms must be postmarked by January 31st, 2017

NEW MXPRO Video Monopods


XPROMONOPOD+ Sales presentation_Final US.pptx (Read-Only)New from Manfrotto…

MXPRO Video Monopods!

The latest and greatest from the stability experts in Italy!

The MXPRO Video Monopods are an update of the line that has been around, seemingly, forever.  So, how do you improve upon a straight stick?  There are Xteen different ways.

  1. XPROMONOPOD+ Sales presentation_Final US.pptx (Read-Only)Start by making the tube a little bit taller.
    I’m a 6′ tall guy.  For me taller is always better, but if you are 5’8″ and your monopod is 54 inches, just how useful is it when you are on uneven ground?  Or worse; you have to cover a game in the gym and you are standing on bleachers.  Now your little monopod is a foot shorter, more or less.  These, they’ve added a bit more length to make them taller.
  2. XPROMONOPOD+ Sales presentation_Final US.pptx (Read-Only)Then make them shorter!
    After extolling the increased height they are now made shorter too.  Previously monopods had 3 or 4 tube sections.  This new series has 4 and 5 sections, allowing each tube section to be shorter overall.  Shorter tube sections = more compactness.  The more compactness makes them smaller overall and more portable, much easier to carry.
  3. XPROMONOPOD+ Sales presentation_Final US.pptx (Read-Only)New “D” shaped tubes are more rigid, but lighter weight.
    So now aluminum, while still heavier than carbon fiber, is lighter weight than previous monopods.  I’ve found the weight difference to be a third lighter in weight than previous monopods.  The leg also has a stylish integral rubber grip that make the tube easier to grip and more comfortable, especially if you are using the monopod in colder weather.
  4. XPROMONOPOD+ Sales presentation_Final US.pptx (Read-Only) Fluid cartridge is incorporated into the foot.
    If you are panning, you are not struggling to hold the monopod and move the head separately.  The wide base of the foot gives you a stable platform, and there is a fluid cartridge built into the foot to provide the smooth, fluid movements.   Just twist the monopod.
  5. Twist, turn and move.
    XPROMONOPOD+ Sales presentation_Final US.pptx (Read-Only)The foot is a point of movement for panning, tilting and tracking.  Not like a slider because the range of movement is less, but similar in a very short range. And, not like a zoom, because the perspective and background don’t change either.  It is it’s own technique.  You can use the single point of movement as its own effect. Try it to see what you can get, especially when you use the MVH500 head built onto certain models.  It is an unbeatable combination.
  6.  Foot Lock
    XPROMONOPOD+ Sales presentation_Final US.pptx (Read-Only)The foot also has a lock, so you can lock the foot to prevent movement and still have a wide, stable base.  It is fast and easy to engage and disengage, so there is little fumbling when you are trying to set up a shot while running to get there!XPROMONOPOD+ Sales presentation_Final US.pptx (Read-Only)This is still a monopod.  This will NEVER replace a tripod for stability and functionality.  But, it will provide you with a quick, small and easy to carry platform with unique movements that a tripod does not have.  This is another tool in your tool chest that can give you the advantage when it is necessary.
    Click Here for More Information

Instant Rebates for November!!!


Just in time for the coming Holiday Season.  Instant Rebates!  Save $20 to $50 off on the Manfrotto 2016banner290november290 series tripods, just by buying one.  Instant rebates will be credited back to your card after your purchase.  Nothing for you to do!  No paperwork, no forms to mail – nothing.  We do all the work for you.  Click on these links to see and buy these tripods.

Click to Buy MT290DUA3 Tripod only
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Need a new shoulder bag or backpack?  Now is the time to buy one with 20% off now until November 30th.  Again, these are instant rebates that will be credited back to your account after your purchase.

Click on the links below to see our most popular models.

Click to Buy MBMA-BP-R Backpack Bag
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Click to Buy MBMA-SB-4 Shoulder Bag
Click to Buy MBMA-SB-A3 Shoulder Bag

Questions?  Call Bas at 864-583-6835 for more info.

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October Surprise


img-6200I led the local photography club outing last week on the skill and techniques of capturing ghosts.

I was showing how, and the little screen on the Canon 7D just wasn’t going to cut it with a larger group of people, so I borrowed a Manfrotto Digital Director.  Need less to say, I was impressed.

Impressed because I like the big screen.  Impressed because I like the big button.  Impressed because it made using the camera much easier in “heads up” mode, so I felt more secure in my surroundings.  A parking deck, downtown – 9pm at night.  Not that our little town is a dangerous place at night, far from it.  It was nice that I always had my peripheral vision and wasn’t straining through the viewfinder.

Digital Director RigThe large firing button and screen made it easier to watch the “subject” and time when I should fire the camera.  The larger button made is easy to just tap and shoot. Exposure was easily changed with the larger controls in the upper right hand side.

When I had to move the tripod, I just grabbed the center column and moved.  The head was on its own ball and the Digital Director has its own arm with a locking joint so both move independantly.

The Digital Director comes in several sizes and shapes. And I found it ver easy to transport and use.

Change your Center Column Change your Life


055lc center columnUpgrade your Manfrotto tripod from still camera use to video camera use by simply changing the center column.

This is easily accomplished on the newest Manfrotto MT190 series and previous 190X series tripods using the 190LC Leveling Center Column; and on the newest Manfrotto MT055 series or 055X series tripods using the 055LC Leveling Center Column.

If your Manfrotto tripod is for sure not MT or X series, but an 055PRO or 055N or any  755B, 755CXPRO3, 755XB tripods then use the 555B Center Column.

If you have a 190PRO series or 756B, 756CX3, 756MF, 756XB tripods then use the 556B Center Column.

So, great headline, but not much info on how these center columns are going to change my life!  So how will one of these center columns change my life?

The leveler column operates like a standard center column.  Your head attaches normally, it goes up and down.  But the real value is the speed and ease of  leveling the head in just a few seconds.  The knob on the bottom of the column releases the ball on the top of the column.   This knob allows you to quickly loosen, tight lock the top ball or apply a little bit of tension so the ball can move easily with caring amount s of tension.  The bubble level on the top plate will let you level the head in seconds.  This is great for videos, panoramic photos or just quick set ups for portraits, fashion and other still photography.

It’s Back, FREE Quick Release with Head Purchase!

Free Quick Release

Free Quick Release

It is back again, the FREE Quick Release with head purchase!

All you have to do is buy a Manfrotto tripod head that uses a quick release system and we will give you a 2nd plate FREE!   No other is purchase necessary.  No gimmicks.

We are all about having a spare quick release plate, because those things are easy to loose and easy to forget.  If you lend your gear, then you are guaranteed to loose at least one or two.  Click on this link to add it to your shopping cart. 

This is good for the month of November, 2016!


Manfrotto Premiere Award


We have been awarded a Manfrotto Premier Dealer.

Manfrotto Premier Dealer

Manfrotto Premier Dealer

While this is not as precious as a Grammy, as prestigious as an Oscar, or as universal as a JD Powers award…We are indeed honored and humbled to be a Manfrotto Premier dear.  This is a simple distinction that says that in our industry we are one of a small group of dealers that Manfrotto feels is the top of their clientele.  We work hard everyday to represent Manfrotto as a brand that we respect and hold in high esteem.  It is nice to be recognized in a similar fashion.

So we say thank you.  I’d also like to thank my Wife, Mom and Dad, Bas our repair technician, all my sales staff, Bill our extraordinary rep….