When the camera is in landscape orientation I can put the cable release wire through the bracket and plug it into the camera. When I position the camera vertically in portrait orientation on the tripod there doesn't seem to be any access to plug the cable release into the camera body. I believe I have the bracket extended to the left, as far away from the body as it can get which leaves the maximum amount of clearance. Does anyone else have the same problem? It seems as some kind of elbow adapter for the cable release is required.
I should mention that I have the L-Bracket for use with the battery pack and the cable release is MC-D2
RRS was able to resolve the problem over the phone. They have very good customer service. The key is to attach the connector without running the cable through the bracket. The connector has just enough clearance to then allow the bracket to be attached to the tripod.
Yes, as you found out, RRS makes a standoff adapter for the L-Bracket allowing wiggle room for a cable to connect between the ball head into the electric ports on the left side of the camera. And all for $58.
Kirk makes the same item for $10 less. And is interchangeable. I looked at both, got angry, and then paid $12 for the genuine Nikon ML-L3 remote. And get the same effect. It can be an expensive hobby!
I was able to attach the cable release in portrait mode without any adapter. See attached first photo.
However I called RRS to discuss best way to attach my Black Rapid strap to the L-Bracket and they suggested a screw knob clamp- see second photo- which was about $50 or $60. It is very solid and does a good job but not inexpensive. They said it was not advisable to attach the strap directly to the bracket plate.