I found a Gold Coast 450 tripod in like new condition. However, it does not have the quick release plate. Will any plate fit or is the plate tripod-specific? Any help?
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Posted 29 December 2016 - 11:50 AM
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Posted 29 December 2016 - 01:40 PM
Do you have plates on your camera's, and if so, what type?
Most all consumer tripods will attach to the bottom of a camera via the screw connection. I did a quick scan, and you should be able to use it as is. Also, you should be able to put a plate on it. It all depends on what you have/want to use.
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Posted 29 December 2016 - 04:01 PM
Go to amazon and search under "generic quick release plate". I think there were about 100 different tripods marketed under different names but actually made by the same people. There is a generic plate on Amazon that fits a ton of different tripods like the one you picked up.
Also the plates are for the head, not the tripod. Most tripods will accept a number of different heads. Still most generic tripods have a generic head on them. I have a few generic tripod where I've added different heads than what they came with.
Edited by Arlon, 29 December 2016 - 04:04 PM.
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Posted 30 December 2016 - 04:33 PM
Is that the GT-450?
I did a quick search and saw some photos. It looks like it simply has a screw that is used to attach the camera directly to the tripod. If you have a plate with a screw hole, it should fit.
I would not buy anything specific to the tripod. It would need both a quick release and a generic plate - probably $100 or more - if you wanted to go that route. If it's the one I referenced, the tripod is readily available for under $20 on ebay and other sources. Sometimes it's helpful to use a tripod like that as a light stand or other type of accessory. You might use it to mount a target for lens testing, etc.
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