#2. "RE: Kirk L bracket for D700 -photos available" In response to Reply # 0
Debra, FWIW, the picture of the RRS D700 L-Bracket that has been on their site lately has generated a fair amount of customer (negative) feedback due to the thickness of the bracket (side). I spoke RRS today and they have decided to redesign the bracket to, I guess, resemble the decidedly more svelte D300 bracket. They expect a couple weeks to get the prototype. In the meantime, I am using my D300 bracket and cushioning it by placing a piece of terrycloth material between the camera and bracket. Works great for now and no marks on my D700. Somewhat Rube Goldberg (or MacGuyer, I guess) but what the heck.
My understanding is that they are coming out with ANOTHER design for people who don't need to access the ports while shooting. NOT A REDESIGN.
>A Note About Plate Design & Port Access
"In designing any product, we place equal priority on ergonomics and beauty versus functionality. In the case of this plate, however, functionality has over-ridden our ergonomic goals. Nikon (and other camera manufacturers) have increasingly designed more and larger apparatus/ports on the left side of the camera, and this is particularly the case with the D700. In order to achieve accessibility to those ports as well as allow tethering the camera to a computer while shooting, our L-plate design is admittedly on the bulky, inelegant side. We are aware that many are more interested in a trim design than having accessibility to the ports on the left of the camera. We will introduce such a plate by mid-late August. Those customers will also be glad to know that the current L-plate for the MB-D10 battery grip looks and works beautifully with the D700 (although blocks access to the HDMI, video-out and USB ports)."<
I will admit that at first glance I was a little surprised at the design, but I'm one of the group that looks don't mean as much as functionality.
The RRS attention to detail is second to none. I can't tell you how many times I have cursed Kirk stuff with their lack of etched tick marks as guides to show me exactly where the center of their bracket mount points are in relation to the exact center of the lens/sensor/clamp. I feel that this is important for setting up precise panoramas quickly.
Forty percent of my shots are with the camera tethered to a computer and/or an HD monitor, and quite often with the AC adapter plugged in - so I am very excited to be able to use cords when in portrait mode without having to resort to flopping the camera as I have done for too many years now.
When I don't use it with the door open in portrait orientation I can keep the vertical portion of the bracket snugged up close to the camera. The slot for the door also allows me to stow the door someplace where it doesn't move, get in the way, or lean against the cords. This door is larger than the one on the D300.
It is no big deal if you don't do much studio or location work that requires such use, or anything else that requires precision placement and no guess work.
#6. "RE: Food for thought" In response to Reply # 3
Sorry for the delay in replying - travel and meetings eat up sooo much time. Point well taken about the RRS redesign at the expense of the port access. I have several RRS L-brackets and have come to appreciate their nice, smooth, slim lines; I usually just keep the brackets on the bodies. BTW, I'm a fan of your beautiful architectural work. Any plans for the new 24 TS?
#7. "RE: Food for thought" In response to Reply # 6
Miami (Coconut Grove), US
Yes the 24 is in my near future. It depends on what happens at Photokina. I have an old 35 2.8 PC that I really like but haven't been able to use that often with the DX sensors. One very cool thing about the shift is that by shifting to the limit in portrait - you get two shots that are perfectly lapped for stitching without any nodal point distortion. Bingo! a near 24 mp and near 4X5 ratio image. A painless and elegant way to extend the format. I can't wait to see the IQ with that many of those gorgeous pixels involved with the same image.
I have the 14-24 2.8 and I'm really excited about it as well. It has been stellar on the D2X.
My L brackets stay on 90% of the time. I take them off if I don't carry a mono or tripod and plan to shoot from a bean bag or the top of my wife's purse (can be a great support in a pinch BTW).
#5. "RE: Kirk L bracket for D700 -photos available" In response to Reply # 4
Miami (Coconut Grove), US
I ordered mine with the MB-10 and bought a Markings MB-10 plate to use during the interim. I found that when I used the D100 I used my L bracket(RRS) on the body and when I had the battery grip on I usually had a long lens mounted directly to the head. I'm going to give it a while and see if I really do need another L bracket.