Need L bracket recommendations for Canon 6D

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  1. kalgra

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    Just like the title says. I want an L bracket for landscape purposes. I wont be using a power grip with the body so don't need one that accommodates for that. I have been looking at the ProMediaGear Universal 3" as well as the one they have dedicated for the 6D which is a bit more pricey than the universal.

    However, I don't know if this is a good brand or not. There is not too me reviews on B&H for any of them really. I would love some recommendations based on ones you may be using either with the 6D or and of the 5D bodies.


     
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    Personally, I use Kirk L brackets on my cameras.
     
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    L brackets will cause a lot of vibration in a photo taken with a longer lens like a 135mm without a collar. If you take 2 pictures with the same settings you can see a remarkable difference between an L bracket and a ball head on its side.
    For that reason and the sideways slots I don't use the brackets at all.
    Putting a front to back mount on the camera also makes switching from a long Tele lens to a shorter non collared lens so easy and quick it's almost like magic.
     
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    I've never experienced that. Using proper, body specific L brackets on my cameras I've never experienced any issues with vibrations, including shooting macro, where it would undoubtedly be very evident.
     
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    promediagear or kirk
     
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    Thanks for your input. I always use mirror lockup and mostly shoot with ultra wides so im not too worried about vibration. That said where would the vibration come from if not the mirror?
     
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    It's more noticeable on longer lenses that have no collar mount. Do a quick test to and compare the sharpness of some vertical pictures shot with a 135mm lens at 1/15 second using the L bracket's side plate to ones shot with the bottom plate flopping your ball head to the side. The difference will be very plainly noticeable. For a short lens like a macro you might get away with L brackets and the added slop but the best way is to have a camera with a side mount hole on the body. If you don't have that, then the second best and most stable is the ball head on it's side. As I mentioned that is just one of the reasons I don't like to use an L bracket. The sideways facing grooves are another and just as big a hurdle for me.
    A lot of people swear by L brackets, I swear at them. I have tried and thrown away a lot of them in the pursuit of a suitable compromise and found none to come up to par for my shooting style and tastes in enlarging prints to extremes. :)
     
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    The 100L is not a short lens. The 24-70L isn't small lens, and the 85L isn't really a small lens either. I've shot with all three of them on their sides, with no issues. Once I get up to the 70-200 2.8L, or the 300 2.8L, then I just switch to the lens foot plates.
     
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    For you I am sure that's perfect, for me it is unacceptable. To each his (or her) own. :)
     
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    I use RRS feet and brackets. RRS - L-plate for Canon 6D They are not cheap but the are well made. Unlike what some have suggested I have never had an issue with any RRS bracket what so ever. Solid as a rock with any lens that is small enough not to have a mounting ring of its's own. A solid L bracket on a good head and set of legs and you will have no issues.
     
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    I tried the Really Rong Sh*t components and the sideways grooves are really rong. :) At least for someone that likes quick lens changes with a mount that helps and doesn't hinder your production.
    I urge you to try the test I described and judge for yourself. I did and it comes up lacking in stability and convenience.
     
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    Don't blame your user issues on the equipment. Been using them for years with 0 issues. They are rock solid and stable.
     

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