Buying into the Canon system allows me to have a lineup of lenses, bodies and flashes. Buying into the Lowepro system allows me to use their sliplock system and make my bags very modular. So, what about RRS?
While Lowepro has their sliplock system, RRS uses their L plate for pretty much everything that has to do with mounting onto the camera, or mounting the camera to the tripod.
So now I'm thinking about buying into the RRS system-- L plate, BH-40 ballhead (atop a cheap yongnuo tripod, heh, no money for good ones yet) and the Wedding Pro-Flash bracket. Need some comments from any users, past and present, about the system.
Lets talk about the L bracket first. From what I've seen online, it surely looks well made. My problem with using the manfrotto RC2 system (friend's one) was when I needed the camera unmounted and shot in vertical position with the grip. The edges of the rectangle were damn sharp and it really was uncomfortable shooting. Looks like RRS really has got it right and all the edges seem to be curved properly. I know-- I'm stupid if I buy into the system just because of this comfort, but lets get to the other point.
Mounting the camera onto the tripod in vertical orientation seems to be a totally smart idea for me- I shoot in vertical orientation a lot and every time I mount my camera to the ballhead and shoot vertical, my hand is positioned very awkwardly over / around the ballhead trying to depress the grip shutter. With the ballhead at that angle (90degrees to the left), the axis of movement is now to the right of my camera, so it gets really frustrating when tracking.
Oh, does the L plate for 400D with grip allow me to access the battery compartment?
So now my problem is that if I purchase the L plate, I'd have to go with arca swiss compatible ballheads. The BH-40 seems like a good design that isn't very expensive. Any comments on this one?
So now we come to flash brackets. Like I said, I shoot in vertical orientation a lot, and with my hotshoe mounted flash, I get side shadows a lot because I shoot indoors. I absolutely hate that. Before knowing about RRS, I initially looked at stroboframe, wimberley and Demb (flip it guy) brackets. The stroboframe looked okay, but it didn't allow my left hand to grasp the lens (for zooming or focusing). Wimberley didn't free my left hand too, and was even more expensive. Now demb is the interesting one- he totally goes against the rules of having the flash above the lens in horizontal or vertical orientation and goes for 'directional' lighting, something that probably would give side shadows. Doesn't matter though, reviews state that the bracket is mounted to the right and interferes with shooting with the battery grip.
How does the wedding bracket from RRS perform? I need my left hand free, and the bracket needs to be light, collapsible, study, and not break (china stuff, hehh).
Oh, and know any place in SG that sells RRS stuff? CP doesn't distribute it.