#1. "RE: Markins L plate and tethered shooting" In response to Reply # 0
Hi Bernard, I don't have a Markins, but the RRS L bracket has a one inch long slot, through which the screw that fastens the bracket to the camera is located. This allows the vertical part of the bracket to be positioned at various distances from the left edge of the camera, giving you up to about an inch of clearance, which should be enough. I would not want to leave the bracket that far off permanently, but you could fasten it there temporarily for the shoot then back to its normal position when you're done.
I would think a Markins would do something similar, but I can't say for sure.
#6. "RE: Markins L plate and tethered shooting" In response to Reply # 5
Bernard, I checked out the RRS website, and the slot in their L plate is intended for the very purpose of allowing tethered shooting in portrait mode. That's exactly why it is a slot and not a hole. (FWIW They do call it an L "plate," not bracket as I first called it.)
I keep my RRS on my camera all the time - it never comes off. It is very well made, extremely light, and very unobtrusive - I forget it's even there. It feels like part of the camera now. It also serves as a connection point for my Nikonians Pro Sling Strap on the bottom right of the camera. This allows the camera to hang vertically, grip side up which I really like. Also, it protects the camera to some degree from impact on two sides.
I thought it was an awful lot of money for a little piece of metal, but I am very glad that I got it. I don't know how well a generic L plate would work, I never tried one. But you should be able to attach another camera to the RRS plate - the slot gives you adjustable width. It won't be a custom fit, but it might work fine for a temporary use.
Do you have other Markins plates, and want to stay with them? If not, I can highly recommend the RRS.
#7. "RE: Markins L plate and tethered shooting" In response to Reply # 6
Thanks for your detailed opinion.
I don't have a Markins plate but it was my initial candidate since it is the brand carried by my local camera shop. Given the likely limitation of the design concerning vertical tethered shooting, I have ruled out this option.
I am now still hesitating between a generic model or the custom fit rrs one.
BTW, do you have the gripped or non-gripped version?
#8. "RE: Markins L plate and tethered shooting" In response to Reply # 7
You are very welcome, I am glad to help.
I have the standard version, not the battery grip one. I looked at this as an integral element of the camera's support system which includes a Gitzo tripod and Markins Q20 head with a quick release clamp. Most of my shooting is outdoors, in all kinds of weather, and I use the tripod a lot. The quality and reliability of the support system were very important, and am I glad I invested in the best.
I would recommend the RRS that is custom designed specifically for the D800. I would guess most people with a custom fit L plate leave them on because they do blend in so well, and you forget they are even there.
#9. "RE: Markins L plate and tethered shooting" In response to Reply # 8
I'll most likely order the RRS version for use with the grip. You have convinced me to opt for a well designed and high quality l bracket. Furthermore, as I will use it most for portrait shooting, availability of the extra shutter on the grip will add more comfort.