Let's talk about L brackets - The 3 Legged Thing QR11
The 3 Legged Thing QR11, other than being an universal L bracket compatible with most modern cameras, presents some unique features that make it one of the most versatile L brackets on the market.
But before we start talking about the QR11, what's an L Bracket?
What is an L bracket and why you may need one
An L bracket is essentially a quick release tripod plate that allows you to switch between “landscape” and “portrait” orientation without having to readjust your tripod head or ruining your composition.
With an L bracket you have two tripod plates (usually Arca-Swiss compatible) attached to your camera at the same time, one on the bottom and one on the side. But why should this be useful? Well, for a variety of reasons really.
First of all, it gives you the ability to go between an horizontal or a vertical composition way easier and faster than you would normally do. Also, not having to collapse your camera on one side of your tripod means that you can have a much more solid support and, most importantly, that you don't have to recompose your shot every time you want to change the orientation of your photo. Last but not least, being able to have your camera on its side but straight on top of your tripod really helps with panoramic shots, still is not the best way to do them but is certainly more effective than orbiting your camera around your tripod.
So, now that you have more clear what an L bracket is and what it does, which one should you buy?
The 3 Legged Thing QR11
Most L brackets are made to fit only determined camera bodies. Even if this gives you the best compatibility and easy of use it also means that, if you change your camera or shoot with more than one model, you will have to buy or have a variety L brackets.
This is why my choice went for the 3 Legged Thing QR11. The QR11 is an universal bracket that can fit the majority of today's cameras with different grades of compatibility (3LT offers a guide to let you know exactly what to expect with each camera).
But the QR11 isn't all about compatibility. The bracket is lightweight and really well built. Made of magnesium alloy, it presents two different attachment points for camera straps and a ¼” thread to use with Magic Arms, Black Rapid straps, microphones and so on. It can even be divided in two different pieces, to be used as a normal plate or to be packed flat.
I really wish 3LT had found a way to put a knob or something to attach the bracket to the camera without having to use a coin (like my normal Manfrotto plate does). Anyway, to go around this problem, they have decided to include the Toolz inside the box, a small but really useful multifunction photography tool (keyring, hex key, coin key, bottle opener and carabiner) that will never leave my bag.
I've used the 3LT QR11 mostly with my 5D mk III so far and I'm really happy with it, it's true that sometimes it can be difficult to open the side ports to access the cable release port but, other than that, I find this bracket to be flawless.
If you are looking for an L bracket I suggest you to go for the 3 Legged Thing QR11. It's universal, modular, versatile and for just £49.99 (including the 3LT Toolz and a soft pouch) probably the best value for your money.
I'll leave you a link to 3LT website if you want to check the compatibility with your camera or order your L bracket (I'm not in any way paid or sponsored by 3 Legged Thing). Thank you for taking the time to read this, feel free to share and I will see you on the next article, bye!