Manfrotto 394 (RC4) Quick Release system review

Video review of the Manfrotto 394 quick release plate system.

The Manfrotto 394 quick release plate system uses Low Profile 410PL plates which I’ve found to be more reliable and easier to use than the smaller 323/200PL RC2 system that comes as standard with smaller Manfrotto tripods and heads.

For use on my Glidetrack Shooter I modified the ball head seen in the video by removing a 323 plate that came fitted to it and attaching one of the 394 plates in it’s place.

The price for the 394 adapter and the 410 plate in the US is $46.95 at B&H. I was slightly out with the price in the video. Click here to buy them at B&H

In the UK you can buy them from for around £35.

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    • Ollie
    • March 16th, 2010 6:27pm

    Hi Paul,

    Sorry to trouble you again. What kind of lavalier did you use? I’m looking into buying one but with the abundance of choice I’d rather buy one on recommendation.


    • Hi Ollie.

      I’m using Sony ECM-77 mics through a Sony UWP-V1 wireless system. The mics that come with the V1 system are actually quite good although not quite as nice as the 77’s.

        • Ollie
        • March 19th, 2010 1:45pm

        Great thanks.

  1. Good tips. I mistakenly bought a photo head a while back. Now I’ll save up a bit more and include the plate and adapter as well. Thanks again!

    • Robert Shaw
    • March 18th, 2010 10:43am

    Hi Paul, I have the 394 for my tripod but wasn’t sure how you mount stuff to a slider or rods. To see gear like the Zacuto and Slider handled up up close is very useful to see. Thanks.

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