Do you leave your L-brackets on all of the time or do you remove when not in use? I used Loctite to secure mine and haven't taken it off since I got it. I've actually used the bracket for support against flat surfaces. I know the bottom of the camera would suffice for that but I kind of like the added mass. It also protects the two sides of the camera/grip. The only time I remove it is when I go light and take the vertical grip off completely.
I haven't found that it gets in the way when not being used for its intended purposes.
>Loctite Orange for larger Diesel Engines? >Loctite Black for Massive Steam Turbines? >Loctite Red for really bad day removing it? > >I have a generic Kirk that's been on 3 bodies and seldom is >removed. No loktite....not even green.
I've been in aircraft repair and overhaul for over twenty years and have come to two conclusion about loctite. 1. Too much loctite is worse then none at all 2. 98% of people use too much loctite.
To answer your question the only time I remove my L-braket (RSS) is when I remove my MB-D10, that and no loctite needed.
I leave mine on all the time and don't use Loctite. If you used Loctite Red you will likely never get it removed. If you used Loctite Blue then you will test the engineered stress built into the 1/4-20 thread on body
In the past I've left L brackets on my bodies for two years or more without ever tightening them. I usually remove them now for cleaning every couple of months but have never had one get loose on it's own. _________________________________ Neil Nikonians Team My Gallery
Another vote for leaving my RRS L bracket on all the time. the one time you take it off is when you will need it. The weight is a small price to pay for remembering to always take that vertical view after you shot the horizonal. PhotoJim
This post has me wondering "How would I attempt to break Loctite free if used in this manner." Here's what I came up with. A high wattage Soldering Iron. A lot of pinpoint heat applied to the screw head....and pray because that L bracket is going to act like a heat sink.
Frightening thought - I'd worry more about the camera chassis acting like a heat sink! The Kirk brackets that I use are attached with an allen screw, and it's no trouble to carry the key in the bag or a pocket. The bolts are never loose when I check them
I leave mine on all the time, and I did use locktite blue...but now I'm worried that if I ever need to remove it I might have a problem. I'm going to cross my fingers. The only reason I may need to remove it is to send it for service, or if I get the MB-D10.
I leave the RRS L-Bracket on 99.9% of the time... learned my lesson last year for the mother-in-law's 89th birthday group photo... D200 (armed & ready), 17-55, SB-800 (new batteries), Lightsphere, BH-55, & Gitzo tripod and no L-Bracket. Nothing like putting aside a $1,000 tripod rig and using the back of a chair!
As long as you are using quality hardware, as I'm certain RSS and Kirk do, Loctite is not offering you any advantage at all. Loctite is effective in high vibration environments such as engines, landing gear, etc. but unless you are doing alot of shooting form a helicopter or a motorcycle I wouldn't recommend it on your camera gear. Even in high vibration environments such as aircraft loctite is used less often the you might think. If used properly its great for what it was intended to do but generally speaking if the hardware is that loose replace the hardware.
Add one more for leaving the bracket on all of the time with no loctite. I have removed the bracket from my D300 when traveling without a tripod; the bracket on my D80 has not been off since the day I bought it and has never come loose.
On all the time here too! That's the reason why I have bought it, I didn't want to be in the same place again as when I arrived at a spot for a nice landscape, got the tripod up, then found no plate in the bag (old manfrotto system, big hex plates).
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I also leave it on all the time. Ditto on the cost...if I paid as much as I did for the RRS L bracket for my D700...well then it is staying put...I never needed to remove it and it was never loose...I did take it off last week just to see what my D700 really weighs...it came right off...I then replaced it and have left it there since...
Sounds like the consensus is it's comfortable enough to leave on 100% of the time, which is a good thing. I'm close to hitting the 'buy' button on the RRS simply because I already have some Kirk products and want to compare build quality.
Thanks for all the replies to this thread. It's comforting!