STUPID QUESTION ALERT - Manfrotto Quick Release

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    I have the 190DXB tripod with 390RC2 head w/ quick release.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/images/images345x345/269982.jpg

    When I have the handle of the head pointing towards me, with the camera pointing outwards, I have the quick release lever under my LCD of the camera. BUT, looking underneath my camera, the quick release has an arrow with the words "len" pointing the opposite direction of my lens. What gives with that? (I could turn it 90 degs, but then the handle would be out to the side)

    Did I over look something?
     
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    Its teh suggested direction that your lens should face. Far as I can see it should not matter which way round your setup is arranged, so having it as you do should not be a problem. just remember you can turn the quick release plate around on that head (read manual that came with it) as well as mount it on the end of the handle if you wish*
     
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    I have tried but it doesn't fit if I rotate it 180 degs. I will dig up the manual and see what it says.
     
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    I'm trusting the engineers at Manfrotto to have been studious in the principles of design and physics. The arrow is giving you the intent of their design. There is only one way to mount the QR plate onto the head. Sure, you can circumvent this by orientating your camera body otherwise, but why would you under normal circumstances? At times there may be a need to do so, but not generally the norm.
     
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    But why would you have the handle sticking out front with the lens?
     
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    wait sorry - I mean you can turn the whole quick release setup around on the head - the plate itself will only fit on one way - but the housing it goes into can detach and be turned around as well as mounted in a different position.
     
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    So you can get to the viewfinder without having the handle rib you ;) also with heavier lenses, even with a tripod collar, one prefers to have their hand under the barrle of the lens more than held back behind the camera (less force needed to move the setup)
     
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    Sorry, but I don't use a pan/tilt head. But I'm guessing that they are left hand driven. If this is correct, then the arrow should be pointing forward and the handle to your left so that you can operate the camera controls with your right hand.
     
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    I am looking at the instructions right in front of me with the tripod here also.
    I see nothing that shows how to change anything on the tripod, nothing on the tripod that looks like it can be reversed, and infact the instructions show the camera with the "lens arrow" pointing towards the lens, while being installed with the handle in the opposite direction of the lens, but with the quick release on the same side as the handle.
     
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    OK I'm going to take that as a hint to head to bed now ---- I've been reading this all wrong (missread your head type as 322 instead of 390).... :blushing::blushing:

    just ignor the suggestion arrow - yes the lever should point toward you certainly. Chances are since the plate it used in most manfrotto setups there is a general direction it faces and for some reason in this head its facing "backwards". It won't make any difference at all.

    Night night all now!
     
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    I just don't see why the instructions show the lens arrow pointing at the lens, yet they show the quick release on the handle side. The notch on the plate is only on one side.

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    I don't have any big heavy lenses, but its just always bothered me and I figured I would sort out why.
     
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    So the handle is rearward and the lens is forward. Okay, makes some sense, but is still left hand driven. Sorry, what was your question? :D

    It seems all is in order. Now you just have to drive that bad boy. :lol:
     

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