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Aug 12, 2023 06:48:12   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
I've never had much of an interest in L brackets. If I want to go from landscape to portrait when the camera is on a tripod, I flip the head.

I watched a couple of reviews of the new SmallRig L bracket, and the reviewers liked it. One thing that surprised me is that it must be paired with a Arca Swiss QR Plate. I've been using the Manfrotto type plate for years, and I like it. If I decided to buy an L bracket - just to have one - I'd have to buy all new QR plates.

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Aug 12, 2023 07:03:03   #
Don, the 2nd son Loc: Crowded Florida
 
? how often would I use it? versus cost. Since my computer screen is "landscape" I prefer to shoot almost exclusively with that orientation. When I did weddings that was a different matter as we often needed "portrait" orientation since the subjects at that moment were often vertical.

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Aug 12, 2023 07:08:05   #
DaveO Loc: Northeast CT
 
I like the protection it offers and the way it feels when shooting.

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Aug 12, 2023 07:15:07   #
ejrmaine Loc: South Carolina
 
I have one also, not SmallRig's, but it works fine.

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Aug 12, 2023 07:16:19   #
Manglesphoto Loc: 70 miles south of St.Louis
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I've never had much of an interest in L brackets. If I want to go from landscape to portrait when the camera is on a tripod, I flip the head.

I watched a couple of reviews of the new SmallRig L bracket, and the reviewers liked it. One thing that surprised me is that it must be paired with a Arca Swiss QR Plate. I've been using the Manfrotto type plate for years, and I like it. If I decided to buy an L bracket - just to have one - I'd have to buy all new QR plates.


I think just for the hell of it I might just make an L bracket,Or maybe Not they look like a PITA to me.
I have making my own QR plates for a few years now, I just finished a 6"X 5/8" plate for a cost of $8.75 for materials and a little over an hours labor.
I was gonna Cera-Coat it but just don't feel like heating up the oven, so Flat black Krylon it will be.

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Aug 12, 2023 08:53:24   #
uhaas2009
 
I wouldn’t get a l- bracket because most l-bracket you can attach only one QR plate.

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Aug 12, 2023 09:06:38   #
pahtspix
 
Most good L-Brackets DO in fact have a dovetail ARCA type "groove" as part of thier design and each side of the "L" can easily be mounted to an ARCA type clamp. Another advantage to a L-bracket, is that your "view" stays in " center" when you are shooting in BOTH portrait and landscape mode..You do not have to re-compose due to flopping the camera to the side!!

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Aug 12, 2023 09:07:06   #
pahtspix
 
Most good L-Brackets DO in fact have a dovetail ARCA type "groove" as part of thier design and each side of the "L" can easily be mounted to an ARCA type clamp. Another advantage to a L-bracket, is that your "view" stays in " center" when you are shooting in BOTH portrait and landscape mode..You do not have to re-compose due to flopping the camera to the side!!

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Aug 12, 2023 09:15:23   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Like everything else, prices vary wildly, from $15 to $250. I like this orange one. I saw a photographer on YouTube using an orange bracket. Still, if I'm not going to use it or need it, why buy it? Give me a minute, and I'll think of a reason. 😋

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1774790-REG/3_legged_thing_zooey_c_zooey_l_bracket_for_nikon.html

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Aug 12, 2023 09:35:26   #
wapiti Loc: round rock, texas
 
DaveO wrote:
I like the protection it offers and the way it feels when shooting.



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Aug 12, 2023 09:38:03   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
DaveO wrote:
I like the protection it offers and the way it feels when shooting.


Yes, I like the idea of protection, and the SmallRig allows for battery replacement.

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Aug 12, 2023 09:54:51   #
Warhorse Loc: SE Michigan
 
I use a Kirk L bracket on my D500 that I like a lot. It too allows for battery changes on my grip.

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Aug 12, 2023 10:11:00   #
Bill_de Loc: US
 
pahtspix wrote:
You do not have to re-compose due to flopping the camera to the side!!







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Aug 12, 2023 10:13:23   #
pjeffers51 Loc: Richmond texas
 

For L bracket

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Aug 12, 2023 10:24:42   #
moonhawk Loc: Land of Enchantment
 
I used to automatically buyan L bracket every time I got new camera. Now that I shoot Oly mirrorless exclusively, I almost never use a tripod anymore, even shooting birds at a 100 mm equivalent. The IS is that good.

That said, once in a while I think a tripod would come in handy, and If I'm going to shoot with one, I would definitely want an L bracket.

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