Universal L-Bracket Advantages

February 6th, 2012 by Mike Moats

An L-bracket allows photographers with short focal length lenses without collars, to easily change your camera from a horizontal position to a vertical position.Here is my D7000 with a matching specific L-Bracket attached set in the horizontal position.

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Because the L-Bracket is designed to wrap around the side of the camera, I can now reset the camera to a vertical position.

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The problem with L-Brackets is they are all designed to fit each individual camera. So if you change to a new camera you have to buy a new L-Bracket for that camera.  Not that it would be a big deal if the L-bracket was cheap, but my last one cost me $130.

Acratech makes a Universal L-Bracket that will fit most all DSLRs and other camera formats as well.  This bracket runs about $225 which is pricey, but it will fit all your cameras and will prevent you from having to spend way more in the long run buying L-Brackets every time to buy a new camera.

Another nice feature is you can mount it on your tripod and switch out different cameras on the same L-Bracket, so you don’t have to buy L-Brackets for each camera body you own.

Here is a look at the Acratech Universal L-Bracket. You can see a mounting system that can be adjusted side to side for each different camera and it will accept an Arca-Swiss mounting plate, mounted on the bottom of the camera.

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Here it is mounted onto my tripod.

You will need a tripod head that has a Arca-Swiss mounting system for this to connect to, like Acratec, and Induro. Unfortunately  these L-Brackets will not work on the Manfrotto ballheads unless you do so conversions to the head.

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Now I’ve added my Panasonic GH2 in Horizontal position.

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And now the vertical position with the GH2

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Now I’ve changed to my D7000 in horizontal position.

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And my D7000 in vertical position.

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So in the long run you will have a more versatile system and save lots of money.

Check out the L-Bracket in the OPG Store Here

You can visit Mike’s blog and learn about his workshops here: Tiny Landscapes

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