Cheap L-bracket (a.k.a. L-plate)


UncleFai

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I am using the Manfrotto RC4 system and a D90. Any recommendation for a cheap L-bracket that will allow me to take portrait mode on my tripod?

Thanks!

(Pls don't suggest DIY... I super lame at it.)
 

catchlights

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Manfrotto do have a L bracket, but it is not for RC-4.
http://www.manfrotto.com/product_list/8374.56.17834.0.0/Plates

you can get a Arca-Swiss clamp to fix on your RC-4 plate and get a Arca-Swiss type of L bracket or
get a RC-2 QR clamp to fix on your RC-4 plate and get a manfotto L bracket.

hope this help.
 

daredevil123

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I am using the Manfrotto RC4 system and a D90. Any recommendation for a cheap L-bracket that will allow me to take portrait mode on my tripod?

Thanks!

(Pls don't suggest DIY... I super lame at it.)
I know there are tons of L plates for Arca Swiss compatible QR clamps, and there is a couple of manufacturers that makes L plate for Manfrotto RC2. But for RC4, you have to go with universal plates, and attach 2 QR plates. It will be heavy.

I had the Camdapter RC2 L pate previously (bought the first batch from Jim @ camdapter). I sold it to a friend who is using RC4. What he did, was to buy the Manfrotto 323 plate adapter from Cathay photo ($50), screw the clamp onto the RC4 plate.so the quick release becomes RC2 system. Or you can buy the pan head from Benro ($130+), and mount that onto your RC4 plate.

If you want to go Arca swiss route, the only way, is to either replace the RC4 clamp on your head (quite a bit of work), or you can get a Arca swiss style clamp with 1/4 inch thread and mount onto the RC4 QR plate. I recommend the Kirk clamp, that sells for $90, but it is hard to get, because it is always out of stock.
 

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UncleFai

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mod101 said:
Manfrotto RC4 L plate is available @ Cathay Photo... Less than SGD200... L BRACKET RC4 MS050M4-RC4 - Plates | Manfrotto
Thanks. But I am giving up on RC4. Bought a cheap arca swiss adapter plate on eBay to convert my Manfrotto ball head (which I like) to arca swiss. Hopefully it will work out.
 

mod101

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No probs :) Agree - better to convert Manfrotto to AS type of clamp or change to AS ready ballhead... more choices. I have also moved away from both RC2 & RC4 to AS. There is this company that I stumbled upon that makes clamps customized for Manfrotto https://www.hejnarphotostore.com/ FYI
 

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shierwin

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Someone just post wts a manfrotto L plate with rc2 mount. Check it out in BnS others
 

UncleFai

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shierwin said:
Someone just post wts a manfrotto L plate with rc2 mount. Check it out in BnS others
And that's the problem with their RC system - RC2 cannot use on RC4.
 

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