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Shooting Vertical with an L-Bracket while Tethered

Bravozulu

Los Angeles, US
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Bravozulu Registered since 04th Jun 2012
Wed 01-May-13 07:20 PM | edited Wed 01-May-13 08:22 PM by Bravozulu

I was shooting a painting sold by my wife. On the wall. So I set up remote strobes, slapped on the L Bracket, and mounted it in portrait mode.

Because I had the remote shutter release cable attached to the electrical port, the cable blocked full access to the Acra style QR clamp. So only a partial length of the L could slide onto the QR. It was enough to support the camera, but I was nervous.

My L Bracket is a Pro-Media.A cheap knock-off of Kirk and RRS hardware. So I telephoned RRS to ask them what can be done. It turns out they sell a small adaptor that slides on to the upward leg of the L. This adaptor then slides into the QR device and gives you about 1 inch of standoff between the L Bracket and the QR clamp. It has channels and cable clamps to secure the wire. Cost is $66. So, if you live in a tax state, as I do, the total cost for an RRS L Bracket+cable adapter+tax = $320.

I was looking for possible savings and looked up accessories on the Kirk website. They make the same device for $60. It has a slight advantage of the RRS adaptor in that it is a longer rectangle, thus giving more of a base on which to secure to the QR clamp.

As long as your L Bracket is built to the Acra standard, either of these adaptors will work with any brand. You may wonder why I don't just throw away my MC-DC2 cable release and bypass the wire issue with an IR shutter release. Well, when shooting product or portrait shots I much prefer to stand to the left of the camera. The IR signal won't reach either the front or back IR sensors. It's an old preference from the days when I owned a view camera.

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