Random Musings

Loose Quick Release Plate Fix for Mirrorless Camera

So, this is pretty off topic for my blog here which is a fitness and recipe blog, but I just had to share this with the world in the hopes that it would help someone else with the same dilemma.

I love photography and I have a Sony Alpha a6000 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and it is great. However, these new mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras are very small bodied and the problem is, it is simply hard to get them to stay secure and tight on a tripod and they end up being loose and slipping and wobbling around on the tripod.

The reason for this is because the mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras are so small that there is simply not a lot of surface of the camera that comes in contact with the quick release plate (and the corresponding rubber grippers on them) to hold it secure. This may be because most tripod / quick release plates out there seem to be made for the bigger bodied DSLR’s, like for example a Canon Rebel T61 or EOS 7D Mark II, where there is more camera surface area on the qr plate.

For my tripod I have a MeFOTO Roadtrip Tripod (which is great by the way, highly recommended!) Here is what the quick release plate looks like:

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As you can see there is not a lot of rubber grip on it and what there is, is pretty wide out on the qr plate. But the Sony a6000 is a narrow camera and the rubber grips are too far out and not raised up enough to hold it secure and what ends up happening is the camera comes loose on the qr plate and wobbles around a bit and is definitely not secure.

One option would be to buy a QR Quick Release L Plate Bracket, such as this. However, these are not cheap and are cumbersome to carry around and who wants to leave it attached to the camera all the time? Not me.

The good news is, I have a solution that only cost s $2.19! That’s right, I said $2.19!

My solution? These super cheap adhesive Grippers that I bought in the hardware section of my local Meijer for $2.19. They have a sticky back that sticks very nicely to the qr plate. You can also buy them on Amazon, but they are a bit more there. Here they are:

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Here is what you do. Just take one and trim off the sides of it to make a rectangle. Then stick them to the QR Plate. You will use 4 of them. It will look like this:

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This puts lots of surface area of grip on the small Sony Alpha a6000 body, making it nice and tight and not wobbling around on the tripod, no matter what position you have it in. Here you can see the qr plate attached to the camera and the Sony a6000 on my tripod, nice and secure.

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The best part is these little grippers come 16 to a pack and you only need four of them. That means you have enough left to modify your tripod 3 more times if they wear off eventually. 🙂

So, if you have a Sony a6000 or other small, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and it is not staying tight on your qr plate, give this quick, cheap fix a try!

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