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Aug 13, 2023 13:23:16   #
SuperflyTNT Loc: Manassas VA
 
photoman43 wrote:
I also like the protection feature. And the L bracket may allow for both vertical and horizontal images where the center of interest remains in the same place on the sensor. For some photo applications, this is a major benefit. Without a L bracket, if you shit to vertical using a ball head the orientation changes.

Some L brackets offer ports for mounting camera straps, like those with QD attachment points. Here is a link to the L bracket plate kit for the Nikon Z9. The QD port is on the camera base plate.

https://reallyrightstuff.com/nikon-z9-modular-plates/
I also like the protection feature. And the L brac... (show quote)


Looks pretty nice but I’m having a hard time seeing why it’s worth $200 more than the Smallrig I bought.

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Aug 13, 2023 13:25:34   #
SuperflyTNT Loc: Manassas VA
 
sippyjug104 wrote:
I believe the difference between rotating the tripod head vs using an "L" bracket is when the head is rotated (or flipped) it places the camera on the tripod as an overhung load which may cause the tripod to be less stable.

When using an "L" bracket, the camera stays over the center of the tripod making the load more stable and evenly distributed. I'm just a mechanical-minded guy and I have no dog in this fight for I seldom use a tripod and I do not own an "L" bracket.
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I use a Platypod fairly often and hanging a camera off the side is a hard no. An L bracket is a necessity.

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Aug 13, 2023 13:30:43   #
SuperflyTNT Loc: Manassas VA
 
imagemeister wrote:
Just flipping the head changes the perspective slightly and throws the center of gravity OFF - which puts a strain on the head. This is of little consequence with small/light weight camera/lenses. But as weight increases, this becomes a serious problem.
Shooting in vertical orientation/composition can enable a more dynamic 3-dimensional near/far relationship - IF - done properly !
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That brings out another good point. If you have to drop the ball head completely to the side to change orientation it limits other adjustments you can make.

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Aug 13, 2023 13:32:04   #
imagemeister Loc: mid east Florida coast
 
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.


You can make an adapter - or maybe buy one - but hard to find I think ......I have made them.

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Aug 13, 2023 13:32:36   #
TomHackett Loc: Kingston, New York
 
I started using L brackets a few years ago after some bad experiences with (cheap) tripods that didn't hold the camera level in portrait mode. I was also frustrated that each tripod manufacturer seemed to have their own idea of what plates were needed to have QR capability. ("That's why I like standards--there are so many to choose from.")

It seemed that the most "standard" clamp was ARCA. So now, each of my cameras has an L bracket with an ARCA groove, and each tripod has an ARCA type clamp. Attaching the camera in either portrait or landscape mode is a cinch. The L brackets also allow easy access to the battery and memory card(s) and they slide out for access to the HDMI, USB, etc. connections.

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Aug 13, 2023 14:51:01   #
Effate Loc: El Dorado Hills, Ca.
 
Deecee wrote:
I own the ball head made by Really Right Stuff paired with their L bracket. Pretty expensive set up but worth every penny.


I agree, great fit and access to every camera function. I have used them on my last five cameras and I like and use the QD port for shoulder and hand straps. RRS👌

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Aug 13, 2023 18:29:41   #
Sinewsworn Loc: Port Orchard, WA
 
DaveO wrote:
I like the protection it offers and the way it feels when shooting.



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Aug 13, 2023 19:00:56   #
mwsilvers Loc: Central New Jersey
 
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.


Which L bracket are you referring to from SmallRig, for which camera?

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Aug 14, 2023 07:50:56   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
MJPerini wrote:
L- brackets are a personal choice, and their utility depends on the kind of photography you do and personal preference. They only work in Arca Swiss compatible clamps ,and good L-brackets are expensive and add weight.
So if you are using a manfrotto system and are happy with it, and don't see any particular advantage in using one, it really makes no sense to buy or use one.
I use a RRS L bracket on every camera, and absolutely love them. But they are not all created equal. The RRS brackets (and possibly some others) never block a battery door, or any of the ports on the camera, mine also have cable management for shooting tethered as well s on bracket allen key storage. The best ones are able to keep the camera centered on the optical axis in both vertical & horizontal. They increase the stability of your tripod by always keeping the load centered over the Apex of the tripod. I shoot panos often and they integrate with nodal slides, and multi-row panorama clamps. Arca Swiss spec plates and clamps had two innovations that often do not get mentioned, they are anti rotation by design,( because plates and brackets are contoured to a specific body) and Arca did away with any rubber padding on the plates & clamps which offers zero play when locked in.
But, setting up all my cameras, tripods, nodal slides, & multi row bracket was quite expensive, and adds some bulk/weight. I mostly do not use a camera shoulder/neck strap, but a tight leather hand strap, and use a tripod 50-60% of the time. If I shot mostly hand held, the L-Brackets would be less important to me.
I am not one to recommend them to everyone, because unless you see it and immediately think about the benefits they bring, you are probably not going to be happy replacing a bunch of stuff just to use an L bracket.
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True, but still, it's a nice gimmicky thing to own. I'm afraid I would never use one, though.

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Aug 14, 2023 08:07:57   #
billnikon Loc: Pennsylvania/Ohio/Florida/Maui/Oregon/Vermont
 
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.


Don't like them, don't use them, gets in the way of my "FEEL" for the camera in my hands.

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Aug 14, 2023 08:32:59   #
Baysitter11 Loc: Cincinnati
 
My L-bracket lives on my camera. Like the way it feels and I have the versatility on the tripod.

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Aug 16, 2023 12:15:46   #
flyboy61 Loc: The Great American Desert
 
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.



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Aug 24, 2023 15:37:08   #
amfoto1 Loc: San Jose, Calif. USA
 
On the whole, I don't care for and don't use L-brackets.

However, a couple years ago when I bought up a mirrorless camera for, among other things, street photogrpahy... it felt uncomfortably small in my hands. Not that my hands are large. It's just that I was accustomed to full size DSLRs with battery grips.

At any rate, I use the Arca-Swiss quick release system on everything. It is SOOOOO much more versatile and simple than the two different Manfrotto/Bogen types I'd been using (the small plates on my 35mm film cameras, the larger hexagonal plates on medium format and large format film cameras).

By their very nature, L-brackets lend themselves to using the Arca style system. It's just a matter of making them the right width and then machining the dovetail grooves on either side. Neither of the legacy Manfrotto/Bogen systems work well on an L-bracket (With the Manfrotto/Bogen plates I used both homemade L-brackets and "spacers" on some cameras, lenses and other gear.)

I knew I'd want one, so started looking for an Arca plate for my new mirrorless. Not many companies make them for this specific camera. I only found two... one was out of stock, both were rather pricey for a simple fitted plate. Then I found a Chinese-made L-bracket (eBay!) and thought it worth a try. At 1/3 the cost of the few Arca plates, I really wasn't expecting very much... but what the heck. In under a week it arrived and was FAR better made than expected, fits perfectly. It also is a modular design.... the "leg" can be removed for it to serve as a fitted Arca plate, rather than an L-bracket. It doesn't obstruct any of the ports or controls of the camera, allows access to battery and memory card, and has anti-twist features. Even has 1/4 threads to mount to a standard tripod, if needed.

However, after using it a short while I found, in this particular case, that the L-bracket making the camera a little larger and slightly heavier actually made it more comfortable for me. Not that I'll be adding one to larger cameras with battery grips. But if I find myself shooting with another small camera, I might consider one. (By the way, some L-brackets accommodate a lefthand grip, if wanted.)

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Aug 24, 2023 18:24:01   #
jcboy3
 
jerryc41 wrote:
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


I put custom Arca baseplates on all of my cameras, and keep them on. They add a little extra height so all my fingers are on the camera, and they are ready for mounting on tripods or attachment to my camera slings. On occasion, I will add the vertical part. The vertical part can be useful for panoramas, but I prefer to use my pano adapter which allows me to tilt the camera. The vertical part is also a pain when plugging cables into the camera.

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Aug 24, 2023 18:27:18   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
jcboy3 wrote:
I put custom Arca baseplates on all of my cameras, and keep them on. They add a little extra height so all my fingers are on the camera, and they are ready for mounting on tripods or attachment to my camera slings. On occasion, I will add the vertical part. The vertical part can be useful for panoramas, but I prefer to use my pano adapter which allows me to tilt the camera. The vertical part is also a pain when plugging cables into the camera.


Where I could get a custom-designed L-bracket, I have those. Regardless of design, I have L-brackets on all my interchangeable lens cameras, as well as lens-plates on all my lens collars. No fuss, no thought, no planning. Every camera and lens is immediately prepared for mounting to my quick-release clamps on my tripods and monopods. All the equipment is Arca-Swiss design, mostly RRS and also Kirk.

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