L-Bracket need if tripod head permits angle?

9 months 2 weeks ago #638610 by Remy Hedrick
Hey gang, if you have. tripod head that has the deep notch in one side of it, allowing the camera to come down horizontal to the ground, is there a need for even having a L bracket?


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9 months 2 weeks ago #638613 by Nikon Shooter
There are two reasons I got all my 4 bodies a L bracket.

First, I don't like to switch to vertical frame and to have
to readjust the tripod position and its height. With the
bracket, I only have to set the camera and I'm done!

Second, it is a great physical protection against bumps
of any kind.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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9 months 2 weeks ago #638615 by Shadowfixer1
L brackets also let you keep the weight centered over the legs so it's more stable. It also gives you more flexibility in adjusting the camera position and is actually quicker than just flopping the head over.

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9 months 2 weeks ago #638690 by Ira Weber
If you get the right L bracket, it's going to fit snug and will protect your camera.  I like it for the extra grip, plus when you move your orientation with the ball head, it takes more time to level the camera than just having the tripod already leveled and using a L bracket.  This allows you to move back and forth from landscape to portrait in fraction of the time.  You'll really appreciate this most during night time shooting.  


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9 months 2 weeks ago #638743 by Joslyn
L Bracket was one of the best investments I made into my photography.  You don't need to fuss with your tripod ball head each time.  Once you try it, you'll see what everyone is talking about.  


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9 months 2 weeks ago #638985 by Pettigrew
 Borrow someone's L bracket for a day and you'll not want to give it up.  Option B is to buy one with Amazon or Adorama, someplace that has bullet proof return policy, buy it, try it, and know that if you don't like it, you can return it.  I'll bet you won't want to give it up. 

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9 months 2 weeks ago #639111 by Glen Martin
Remy do yourself a favor, just get a L bracket.  If you bounce between Portrait and Landscape often, you'll appreciate having one in the first weekend.  


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9 months 2 weeks ago #639117 by Nikon Shooter

Glen Martin wrote: Remy do yourself a favor, just get a L bracket.


These are good and clear words! :P

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9 months 1 week ago #639349 by MYoung
I started using a L bracket a couple years ago and will never go back to not using one.  


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9 months 1 week ago #639498 by Rob Cline
Adjust with your ballhead is so annoying and time consuming.  


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9 months 1 week ago #639708 by Mike McKinnon
Hey guys, so what's the difference between a $40 and $240 L bracket?  Honestly, they kind of look the same.  


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9 months 1 week ago #639760 by Studio Queen
 Good question, build quality And how the bracket fits.


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9 months 1 week ago #639764 by garyrhook

Mike McKinnon wrote: Hey guys, so what's the difference between a $40 and $240 L bracket?  Honestly, they kind of look the same.  


^^^ +1

Malleability of the metal, precision in machining, fit. How will it fits into a tripod head. Does it allow proper access to the panels on the camera without needing to be removed?

Is a "name" involved?

All that said, in general, I find that some of the more expensive products are clearly superior. YMMV.


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9 months 1 week ago #639795 by Overread
Cheap ones use less needed materials like rubber used to keep the bracket locked in place.  


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8 months 2 weeks ago #642510 by Todd Floyd
I plan on getting one, they are very helpful.  I have only used one for short period.  Actually it wasn't even mine, it was mine friends tripod and set up that I used for day last month.   


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