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Acratech Universal "L" Bracket

B&H # ACULB Mfr # 1138
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Product Highlights
  • Arca Type Clamp
  • Fits Most SLR and DSLR cameras
  • Satin Black Anodized Finish
  • Made in U.S.A

The Acratech Universal 'L' Bracket is a practical alternative to dedicated 'L' brackets. Its design allows the weight of the camera to stay centered over the tripod during vertical or portrait shots and it attaches to your camera with an "Arca" type clamp so it is quickly removed for hand held shots.

Adjusts to fit most SLR and DSLR cameras
Precision C.N.C. machined
Compatible with Kirk, R.R.S., Arca-Swiss, and many other Arca-Swiss style Quick release plates and clamps
Satin black anodized finish
Solid precision feel
Long lasting stainless steel hardware
Acratech Universal "L" Bracket
  • 10-Year Warranty
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    AcratechUniversal "L" Bracket
     
    4.2

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (12)
    • Fits well (9)
    • Solid/sturdy (9)
    • Improves tripod function (8)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (12)
    • Portraits (9)
    • Weddings (6)
    • Night shots (5)
    • Wildlife (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Over Priced but Works Great

    I have used many "Arca" type "L" brackets, both custom and universal, and this one is the best. Unlike most, it allows the camera to have...Read complete review

    I have used many "Arca" type "L" brackets, both custom and universal, and this one is the best. Unlike most, it allows the camera to have the open end in either side so as not to interfere with cable access or articulated viewing screens. Well made and light weight, the only "fault" I can find is it's a little pricy. But then, the "best" usually is.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Better value than most, still mystified

    Although these L-brackets are very helpful in speeding the rotation of your camera on platforms that don't themselves rotate 90 degrees (true for many tripod heads, ball heads, and special "sleds"...Read complete review

    Although these L-brackets are very helpful in speeding the rotation of your camera on platforms that don't themselves rotate 90 degrees (true for many tripod heads, ball heads, and special "sleds" like those on beauty dish strobes, etc., where the lens itself does not have a ring collar, they are an excessively overpriced accessory. This one is a good option in that it's less expensive yet still sturdily built. If you have used L brackets before then you'll find the one-page, single-sided exploded view of the bracket with a photo showing it attached to a camera sufficient. But it's minimal, and shows a reinforcing rib that I finally figured was for a different model than the one I bought. For the difference, I would look at the extended model, as the information sheet made me regret I bought the one I did. Seems like it would have made more sense to have put this in the pre-sales information on the web site instead of inside the product. In the end, it seems as if it will serve its purpose.

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    5.0

    Maybe a better solution

    By Bob

    from Detroit, MI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fits Well
    • Improves Tripod Function
    • Solid/Sturdy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portraits

      Comments about Acratech Universal "L" Bracket:

      I've used L-brackets with a variety of cameras and from a variety of companies. All work well, but they all have one serious headache, if you need to access the ports on the left side of the camera, it's a pain, you need an Allen wrench to loosen them.

      The universal L bracket has a clamp that is repositionable, and makes it very quick to remove if you are going shooting without a tripod. I simply put a plate on the bottom of my camera. This lets me adjust the camera left or right on the bracket very quickly making it easy to use with cables for tethering.

      I also only need one bracket for multiple cameras, the L bracket becomes an extension of the tripod rather than an extension of the camera. That makes the camera just a touch lighter to carry.

      The quality of this bracket and clamp are very good, I have no complaint about them at all. The clamp can be easily adjusted left or right. That adjustment is done using a Allen wrench, but the clamp has a fair amount of travel.

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      • Yes

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      3.0

      cons outweigh pros for me

      By Bill in GA

      from Atlanta Ga

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Expensive
      • Limits Camera Functions
      • Requires Additional Plate

      Best Uses

        Comments about Acratech Universal "L" Bracket:

        Pros
        Well made in USA
        Installs and releases quickly
        Works with all my bodies
        Battery compartment accessible

        Cons
        Very expensive for what it is
        Requires additional plate for camera (more $$$)
        Adds additional height between tripod head and body
        Unable to use wired remote in vertical position
        Centering the lens/sensor on the tripod is guess work
        No Provision for a Black Rapid type strap
        Clamp can not be used on other equipment because of alignment pins on bottom

        I wish now that I had not purchased this thing. But I'll keep it for my older bodies. Now I have to spend more $$$ for a dedicated L Bracket.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Acratech - intelligent design

        By Jeff

        from Amherst, Mass.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Improves Tripod Function
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Architectural Panoramas
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits

          Comments about Acratech Universal "L" Bracket:

          L brackets are pretty straightforward. What's significant about the Acratech version is that it's part of their very versatile ballhead line. They are pricey, but worth it, because they reflect an analytical design approach resulting in maximum adaptability, easy maintenance, convenience, and precision. Also sure to be durable.

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          • No

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          5.0

          very well made product

          By Skip

          from Maryland

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function
          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Acratech Universal "L" Bracket:

              I have been using it with a Sirui K20 ballhead. It's great for quickly changing from horizontal to vertical as everyone has said. The QR plate makes changing cameras a breeze. Additionally, once your camera is set up for vertical, you can drop the head into the slot and the K20 ballhead is quickly transformed to a pan/tilt/gimbal head. This trick should work on any ballhead with a slot and a panning base.
              I couldn't find anything relating to the size of this bracket. If anyone's curious, it is roughly five inches on each side.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Fantastic and useable

              By mwholli

              from Albuquerque, NM

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portraits
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Acratech Universal "L" Bracket:

                The bracket is exactly what I needed. I have a ball mount and this quick mount "L" bracket is a fast solution to change from landscape to portrait. A must have.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Most Versatile, But ------

                By timbo762

                from Lake Havasu, AZ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fits Well
                • Improves Tripod Function
                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Acratech Universal "L" Bracket:

                No doubt about it, this is the only "L" bracket you'll ever need to buy. It is versatile and extremely well made. The clamp is totally adjustable for position. This is particularly important with today's cameras because remote cords are not all the same and may be on the left or right side of the camera. Now for the "but". It's very expensive compaired to most other "L" brackets. That said, I've found none better.

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                • No

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Over Priced but Works Great

                By timbo762

                from Lake Havasu, AZ

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Light weight
                • Strong Clamp
                • Very versatile
                • Well Made

                Cons

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Acratech Universal "L" Bracket:

                I have used many "Arca" type "L" brackets, both custom and universal, and this one is the best. Unlike most, it allows the camera to have the open end in either side so as not to interfere with cable access or articulated viewing screens. Well made and light weight, the only "fault" I can find is it's a little pricy. But then, the "best" usually is.

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                • No

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                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Better value than most, still mystified

                By gulfcoastshooter

                from Houston, TX

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                • Poor Manual

                Best Uses

                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Acratech Universal "L" Bracket:

                Although these L-brackets are very helpful in speeding the rotation of your camera on platforms that don't themselves rotate 90 degrees (true for many tripod heads, ball heads, and special "sleds" like those on beauty dish strobes, etc., where the lens itself does not have a ring collar, they are an excessively overpriced accessory. This one is a good option in that it's less expensive yet still sturdily built. If you have used L brackets before then you'll find the one-page, single-sided exploded view of the bracket with a photo showing it attached to a camera sufficient. But it's minimal, and shows a reinforcing rib that I finally figured was for a different model than the one I bought. For the difference, I would look at the extended model, as the information sheet made me regret I bought the one I did. Seems like it would have made more sense to have put this in the pre-sales information on the web site instead of inside the product. In the end, it seems as if it will serve its purpose.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                All good

                By Bren

                from Australia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fits Well
                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                • Over priced

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Acratech Universal "L" Bracket:

                Well constructed and does the job well. Nice and lightweight not to bulky. Quality equiptment

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                • No

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                3.0

                Good tool - absolutely ovepriced

                By R1

                from Italy

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fits Well
                • Improves Tripod Function
                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                • Overall volume
                • Unconfortable x left hand

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portraits
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Acratech Universal "L" Bracket:

                This tool allows you to switch quickly from landscape to portrate when connected to a ballhead clamp. It's very light, well handcrafted, easy to use. Seems a little bit complex to set up (plate under the camera, clamp on the bracket, then tighten into the clamp...)but after the first time everything is ok. Some doubt about the Acratech plate for Canon 5Dii: seems not to fit perfectly the camera (I mean parallelism of axies). It's not a real problem as you have great degrees of adjustement with your ballhead.

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                3.0

                Not machined properly

                By Max

                from Flagstaff

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Loose Clamp

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Acratech Universal "L" Bracket:

                I am trying to use the L bracket with a Really Right Stuff lever quick release plate. One leg works just fine but there is unacceptable slippage on the other. I have ordered a Acratech ball head with quick release plate hoping this will work. Under any circumstance, the width of the plate differs on each leg.

                I could recommend if it was machined better.

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Versatile piece of kit

                By Seattle Sky

                from Seattle WA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fits Well
                • Improves Tripod Function
                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portraits

                Comments about Acratech Universal "L" Bracket:

                Useful if you switch or upgrade camera bodies a lot - eliminates having to have custom L Brackets for each separate camera body. Larger than other L Brackets when attached to the camera, but for the extra flexibility, its worth it. Requires compatible standard quick release plate for the specific camera.

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                5.0

                just what i needed

                By akayserimage

                from Morristown, NJ

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Acratech Universal "L" Bracket:

                  the best thing is it is universal so it will fit all my camera bodies.

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                  4.0

                  Acratech High Quality

                  By Iron Sights

                  from Ohio

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits Well
                  • Improves Tripod Function
                  • Nice finish
                  • Solid/Sturdy
                  • Well machined

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Acratech Universal "L" Bracket:

                    Purchased this bracket to position camera in the vertical position over tripod center for shooting panoramas. I would have given it five stars except for the price.

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                    5.0

                    Acratech Universal L bracket

                    By Eos lover

                    from Toronto, Canada

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Improves Tripod Function

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Acratech Universal "L" Bracket:

                      Very well built but very expensive for such a small piece of aluminium. Not too many other choices for
                      a quality L bracket out there. The no name ones are
                      realatively cheap, but I wouldn't want to trust my
                      expensive equipment with one

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