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A useful feature found on many tripods that allows the camera to be attached or removed with speed and easy. The platform is often small enough to be left attached to the camera's baseplate so when you want to use the tripod you just clip it into place. You can buy spare platforms to change the camera body or format that you have attached to your tripod. Make sure there's a sturdy locking device, so your camera is held securely in place. Also check to see how rigid the platform is when attached to the tripod. Some have a small amount of movement even when everything is tightly locked into place. If you intend using long telephoto lenses make sure the system looks strong enough to support the overhanging weight of the lens.