Save valuable time in the field by attaching the Manfrotto 200PL-14 to equipment that provides standard 1/4" threading. With this quick release plate attached to your spotting scope, camera, or tripod adaptable binocular, you can quickly switch and securely connect your equipment to the tripod head. The 200 PL-14 fits all of the Manfrotto quick release tripod heads sold by Eagle Optics.
Simple Effective Adapter
Jim from Elmira, NY
This simple device attaches to a camera or scope via a threaded screw, so that the optical device can be quickly attached to the tripod. So far, I have had no trouble with the camera or scope coming loose once attached. Releasing the device from the tripod is easy.
Dave from Midland, Michigan
I usually carry my spotting scope and tripod in their cases. With this plate mounted on the scope, it is then a simple matter to mount the scope when needed.
For what I use it for, it can't be beat.
Extra mounting plate vs monopod.
Russ from Lake City, Florida
I purchased this extra mounting plate to use on my camera. I have a manfrotto tripod with 128RC swivel head that I use with my spotting scope. This mounting plate makes it so simple to remove the scope and put the camera on the tripod for those shots that always show themselves. I had considered a monopod, but since I am birding first and will always have the scope/tripod, this arrangement serves me well.
charles hendricks from phoenix az
Quick-release plate necessary but not ideal
Ronald from Dripping Springs, Texas
The need for a quick-release plate to attach a camera or spotting scope to a tripod head adds a mechanical weakness that often leads to loosening, and often at inappropriate times. The plate design is intended to attach a variety of different cameras, telephoto lens and spotting scopes to the tripod head, and some combinations are more successful. My particular combination of a Manfrotto tripod head, quick-release plate and Zeiss spotting scope is not ideal. The plastic pin supplied with the plate is too small for the second opening in the Zeiss mount and allows play when the plate loosens slightly. My solution was to "thread" the second hole and add an Allen set screw that better secures the plate to the scope.
Eventually manufacturers of tripods and spotting scopes will collaborate on universal designs for quick-release features and even design without the need for the plate, as at least one spotting scope manufacturer has done with its line of tripods.
use of tripods
Thom from mid coast Maine
Very well designed...simple to use and fit optical equipment
nicely.What more can I say ...reasonably priced and does what it's suppose to.