Manfrotto MOVE Quick Release System review

The Manfrotto MOVE Quick Release System is an essential bit of kit for those of us with more than one head!

5 Star Rating
Manfrotto MOVE Quick Release System
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Moving home ranks as one of the most stressful things in life. Moving between heads on a set of tripod legs isn’t nearly as bad, but it’s still a pain. This clever gadget from Manfrotto makes the process as quick and easy as can be. You can swap between, say, a ball head or 3-way head and a video head in just a few seconds, with just the simple twist of a locking ring. Typical of Manfrotto gear, the MOVE is expertly engineered and immaculately turned out. Beware though, once you’ve tried it, there’s no going back.


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    Stunningly simple to use

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    A real time-saver

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    Rock-solid performance


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    Adds a bit of stowage size and weight

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I love the Manfrotto MOVE Quick Release System. It’s been a revelation to me. That said, if you only have a single tripod head, it’s pretty much useless. The MOVE is aimed at photographers and videographers who need to swap between heads on a support, or transfer a single head between multiple supports. And it accomplishes its aims in fine style.

Here’s the thing. Two heads are better than one, as the saying goes. Personally, I often use a ball head for quick and easy setup, and a geared 3-way head when I need precise positioning for the likes of architectural and macro shots. I also use an entirely different fluid pan head for shooting video. What I don’t want to do is to buy a separate set of tripod legs for each head – it’s just more expense and more to lug around.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.