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Equipment & Techniques => Cameras, Lenses and Shooting gear => Topic started by: the_luminous_french on November 02, 2017, 10:53:25 am

Title: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: the_luminous_french on November 02, 2017, 10:53:25 am
Usually i'm buying RRS with great success... but for the D850 i'm not sure !

I'm using my camera on tripod with arca heads ( B2, D4... ), and 50% of the time, the camera is in portrait position and tethered, so i need some space for the cable and the RRS ultralight is fixed.

What's the best choice ?

The RRS ( two models ), the kirk, the sunway ? an other one ?

RRS
RRS MODULAR PLATE (http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/Nikon-D850)

RRS
RRS ULTRALIGHT L-PLATE (http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/Ultralight-L-Plate-for-NIKON-D850)

Kirk
BL-D850 (https://www.kirkphoto.com/new-products-html/l-bracket-for-nikon-d850.html)

Sunway
PNL-D850 (http://www.sunwayfoto.com/e_goodsDetail.aspx?gid=1445)

Title: Re: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: NancyP on November 02, 2017, 11:05:24 am
I have liked my 3 Kirk fitted solid L brackets - nice sturdy well-designed chunks of metal. One of them saved my 6D's bacon when I fell and a corner of the camera (L bracket) hit a boulder, hard. L bracket had a scratch, but didn't deform. I don't have the 850 though. I have never used RRS L brackets.
Title: Re: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: alan_b on November 02, 2017, 11:36:22 am
There's the Arca-Swiss:
https://www.arca-shop.de/en/l-brackets-classic-fliplock-serie/l-bracket-classic (https://www.arca-shop.de/en/l-brackets-classic-fliplock-serie/l-bracket-classic)
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/723386-REG/Arca_Swiss_802306_Universal_L_Bracket.html (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/723386-REG/Arca_Swiss_802306_Universal_L_Bracket.html)
Expensive, but works on multiple bodies (with extra base plate).  Tool-less adjustment for tethering and anti-twist pins for the base.
Title: Re: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: the_luminous_french on November 02, 2017, 12:31:59 pm
While i'm an arca's fan, i've find this L not sturdy enough + i prefer to leave the L on the body all the time...
thanks anyway !


There's the Arca-Swiss:
https://www.arca-shop.de/en/l-brackets-classic-fliplock-serie/l-bracket-classic (https://www.arca-shop.de/en/l-brackets-classic-fliplock-serie/l-bracket-classic)
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/723386-REG/Arca_Swiss_802306_Universal_L_Bracket.html (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/723386-REG/Arca_Swiss_802306_Universal_L_Bracket.html)
Expensive, but works on multiple bodies (with extra base plate).  Tool-less adjustment for tethering and anti-twist pins for the base.
Title: Re: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: E.J. Peiker on November 02, 2017, 01:31:33 pm
You may also want to check promediagear.com.  They are well known in the movie and video industry, offer outstanding products, and excellent support.  They do have L brackets for both the D850 and D850 with grip.  I am not associated with the company in any way but have often found the functionality and usability of their L-brackets superior to the usual companies still photographers use...
http://www.promediagear.com/D850_c_105.html
Title: Re: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: the_luminous_french on November 02, 2017, 01:57:47 pm
Thanks but ; "out of stock" !


You may also want to check promediagear.com.  They are well known in the movie and video industry, offer outstanding products, and excellent support.  They do have L brackets for both the D850 and D850 with grip.  I am not associated with the company in any way but have often found the functionality and usability of their L-brackets superior to the usual companies still photographers use...
http://www.promediagear.com/D850_c_105.html
Title: Re: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: E.J. Peiker on November 02, 2017, 05:25:57 pm
Thanks but ; "out of stock" !

Give them a call or send them an email, I have been able to get stuff from them if I indicated an urgent need and they went the extra mile to get me something I needed despite the site saying out of stock.
Title: Re: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: BernardLanguillier on November 02, 2017, 08:22:01 pm
I have the modular RRS and it works well.

Cheers,
Bernard
Title: Re: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: kers on November 02, 2017, 08:43:22 pm
I have the modular RRS and it works well.

Cheers,
Bernard

Just bought the RRS as well but if i see the Sunway i think that is the one i wanted + very cheap.
If the marking are OK (?) it is a very good deal. (  it combines the modular RSS and the light RRS in a way it did on the RRS d800e L bracket)
Title: Re: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: the_luminous_french on November 04, 2017, 02:59:54 am
i'm in the same boat as you, but i'm not sure that Sunway are using similar good quality material...


Just bought the RRS as well but if i see the Sunway i think that is the one i wanted + very cheap.
If the marking are OK (?) it is a very good deal. (  it combines the modular RSS and the light RRS in a way it did on the RRS d800e L bracket)
Title: Re: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: bjanes on November 04, 2017, 08:56:00 am
Usually i'm buying RRS with great success... but for the D850 i'm not sure !

I'm using my camera on tripod with arca heads ( B2, D4... ), and 50% of the time, the camera is in portrait position and tethered, so i need some space for the cable and the RRS ultralight is fixed.

What's the best choice ?

The RRS ( two models ), the kirk, the sunway ? an other one ?

RRS
RRS MODULAR PLATE (http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/Nikon-D850)

RRS
RRS ULTRALIGHT L-PLATE (http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/Ultralight-L-Plate-for-NIKON-D850)

Kirk
BL-D850 (https://www.kirkphoto.com/new-products-html/l-bracket-for-nikon-d850.html)

Sunway
PNL-D850 (http://www.sunwayfoto.com/e_goodsDetail.aspx?gid=1445)

I am returning the RSS light weight L-bracket and getting the Kirk L-plate. I don't like the space between the left of the camera and the bracket. It does make the cable doors slightly easier to open but is too narrow to accommodate a USB 3 cable when shooting tethered. In any case there is insufficient offset from the camera body to accommodate the head of a right angle USB cable. If you are shooting tethered and using a compact one piece L-plate, you should consider the Promedia plate bracket extension.

http://www.promediagear.com/PLE2-L-Bracket-Extension-Port-Protector-Arca-Swiss-Type-2-inch_p_220.html

Bill
Title: Re: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: the_luminous_french on November 04, 2017, 09:21:56 am
or that one...
CRS-Cable-Relief-Spacer (http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/CRS-Cable-Relief-Spacer)

but so far, i manage not to use one with my D800.

My best L Bracket still the arca swiss / phase one for DF... i enjoy the square attachment, so you can attach it to the head in two position ! But for the cable and the nikon, it won't be a good option.
(http://www.captureintegration.com/wp-content/uploads/phase_one_l-bracket-3.jpg)



http://www.promediagear.com/PLE2-L-Bracket-Extension-Port-Protector-Arca-Swiss-Type-2-inch_p_220.html

Bill
Title: Re: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: kers on November 04, 2017, 11:59:52 am
I am returning the RSS light weight L-bracket and getting the Kirk L-plate. I don't like the space between the left of the camera and the bracket. It does make the cable doors slightly easier to open but is too narrow to accommodate a USB 3 cable when shooting tethered. In any case there is insufficient offset from the camera body to accommodate the head of a right angle USB cable. If you are shooting tethered and using a compact one piece L-plate, you should consider the Promedia plate bracket extension.
http://www.promediagear.com/PLE2-L-Bracket-Extension-Port-Protector-Arca-Swiss-Type-2-inch_p_220.html
Bill

Just received the 'normal' RRS d850 bracket and indeed it is a piece of art; but i think a bit overdone. I would have liked to have the lightplate but they made that in a way you cannot shift it if you need cable clearance; so i see you point.
anyway- i have it and it works well- so i can do my work...
Title: Re: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: the_luminous_french on November 04, 2017, 12:39:15 pm
considering prices... still, the subway doesn't look like as sturdy as the others... but maybe i'm wrong.

When you extend the L in order to use the cable, is the RRS MODULAR PLATE sturdy enough ?
For that use, the kirk seems stronger.

RRS
RRS MODULAR PLATE
222 $ including shipping to france

Kirk
BL-D850
193 $ including shipping to france

Sunway
PNL-D850
53 including shipping to france
Title: Re: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: alan_b on November 04, 2017, 01:58:56 pm
While i'm an arca's fan, i've find this L not sturdy enough + i prefer to leave the L on the body all the time...
thanks anyway !
I was considering this one for my next round of bodies.  Curious where you feel it's not sturdy - flex in the L? Play between plates and rods?  Thanks.
Title: Re: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: the_luminous_french on November 04, 2017, 02:02:13 pm
I was considering this one for my next round of bodies.  Curious where you feel it's not sturdy - flex in the L? Play between plates and rods?  Thanks.

screws and material looks like a generic L bracket that i've bought years ago from amazon... and on portrait position with a D800, it isn't as sturdy as my RRS !

Maybe this one is better, and being 3 to 4 times less expensive, maybe it's worth a try...
Title: Re: Best dedicated L bracket for D850
Post by: DougDolde on May 17, 2018, 06:22:12 pm
I decided to buy just the base component of the RRS bracket. I don't shoot vertically that often and
when I do just drop the tripod head 90 degrees (Arca Swiss D4)