We’ve seen a fair few baseplates over the years, from Peak Design’s Capture clip to 3LT L-brackets. All serve a function and help to improve your photographic experience. However, PGYTECH has done something so simple that you can’t believe it hasn’t been done before, I’m pretty sure it has been but I can’t recall it now.
The PGYTECH SnapLock is essentially a two-part base plate. One part screws into the camera base, and the other clamps into the Arca Swiss compatible clamp on your tripods head.
Then part one clips into part two, and it’s all held firmly in place as if it was one solid standard baseplate.
The trick comes when you want to release the camera to move it to another support, device or simply to carry the camera support free.
Rather than undo the Arca clamp, you have a small button on the side of the plate that can be pushed to release. The quick-release is one thing but then the small base plate that’s left on the camera is also Arca Swiss compatible, which means that even without its other half, it can still be used as a standard base plate. It’s inspired, easy to use and quite difficult to fault.