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iFootage Seastars Q1 quick release review

The quick-release system is designed to transfer a fluid head or other kit that is used on several different platforms. For example, if you have a flat base fluid head it can be quickly removed and fastened to a slider cart within seconds. This can save some time and potential frustration.

It can accommodate a payload of up to 9kg, offers 1/4 and 3/8 inch mounting options and is compatible with the majority of camera support equipment and accessories including camera heads, sliders, jibs, tripods, monopods, gimbals, lights and mics.

iFootage Seastar Prototype
iFootage Seastar Prototype

At IBC 2019 iFootage showed me the Seastars Q1 prototype and it looked very promising.

iFootage Seastar side by side

The design has changed a little and improved a lot. The Seastars Q1 is lighter with an improved releasing design. The prototype was a little hard to release the plate.

iFootage Seastar o ring

The Seastars Q1 plate design changed. It no longer uses set screws to secure on the device. It now has a small rubber o-ring in the middle. This ring adds resistance to the plate and grips the device it’s attached to. I personally prefer the set screw design however the quick release plate does stay securely attached on a fluid head and won’t scratch up the device it’s mounted to as set screws dig into the base it’s attached to. The key is you have to tighten it down a lot on the hardware.

The Seastars Q1 receiving plate does have two set screws for securing it to the platform of choice. It uses an included Allen wrench that is attached with a quick-release leash.

It’s Fast

iFootage Seastar Q1 mounted on flat base head

I found the Seastars Q1 to be stable with no noticeable wobble. iFootage states the wobble is minimized due to the low profile design. When the Seastars Q1 is placed into the receiver it gives a reassuring locking click. To dismount a simple twist of the base plate releases the Seastars Q1.

The system works very well and I never had issues with an accidental release due to a bump. While it looks like it would be easy to disconnect it actually is not. You have to get a solid grip on the release wings and twist. It’s tight but also not overly tight to make it difficult to use.

Specifications

Seastars Q1-BASE Quick Release Base Plate
Mounting Threads1/4″-20, 3/8″-16
Mounting Threads1/4″-20, 3/8″-16
Dimensions (Ø x H) 2.7 x 1″ / 69.4 x 24.3 mm
Material Stainless Steel/Magnesium Alloy
Seastars Q1-TP Quick Release Top Plate
Weight8.7 oz / 248 g
iFootage Seastar Q1

The Seastar Q1 includes an Allen wrench attached to a leash that is removable. It’s a nice touch but I removed it and stuck it in my bag. The center mounting screws are dual purpose with a 1/4 2-” in the center and a larger spring loaded 3/8 16″ that slides down when using the small screw. It’s a pretty cool design.

Seastars Q1 Key features

  • Wiggle-free, low-profile quick release system
  • Both 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 mounting options
  • Spring-loaded ball bearings in the center provide a secure fit
  • Durable stainless steel and magnesium alloy

If you are using several different pieces of hardware and want to make it all work together quickly the iFootage Seastars Q1 is an excellent option. It’s stable and solid at a price that won’t break the bank.

Available Now

The iFootage Seastars Q1 retails for $69.00 US, and extra Seastars Q1-TP Quick Release Top Plate are $23.50.

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