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Arca-Swiss L-Bracket

B&H # ARVHLH Mfr # 802306
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Product Highlights
  • Mounts Camera at 90° Angle to Head
  • Works w/ Most Arca-Swiss-Style Clamps
  • Perfect Fit for Quickset Classic Devices
  • Two Adjustable Arca-Swiss Plates
  • 3/8"-16 Thread

The Arca-Swiss L-Bracket is a universal L-shaped bracket that allows you to mount a DSLR or medium-format camera to a head in portrait orientation. One segment of the bracket features a 1/4"-20 screw to which to mount your camera, and both this part and the segment perpendicular feature an Arca-Swiss plate at bottom for mounting to a head.

The two Arca-Swiss plates are adjustable, as they slide on rails and lock in position via a lever. In moments, the plate and the attached camera can slide completely off the rails for a quick change to handheld operation.

The Arca-Swiss plates perfectly fit Arca-Swiss Quickset Classic quick-release systems, and they also fit most other Arca-Swiss-style clamps. The L-Bracket also features a 3/8"-16 thread.

Weight (Approx.) 0.56 lb (255 g)

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Arca-SwissL-Bracket
 
4.7

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (23)
  • Solid/sturdy (23)
  • Fits well (22)
  • Improves tripod function (22)

Cons

  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (20)
  • Night shots (15)
  • Portraits (14)
  • Travel (10)
  • Weddings (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (6)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid & well crafted

Reservations about the strength of the A/C L Bracket dissolved after I received it from B&H. At the heavy end I am using mine to support the 1DX and with heavy...Read complete review

Reservations about the strength of the A/C L Bracket dissolved after I received it from B&H. At the heavy end I am using mine to support the 1DX and with heavy lenses' such as the 1.2 85mm and 24mm tilt shift - the bracket holds the rig firmly. The adjustable plates enable balance, flexibility and easy access to cables to & from the camera. Well made in the Arca Swiss tradition it is the product of innovative & thoughtful design. No more 'body specific' L brackets - this 'Classic' model fits across my current line of DSLRs and legacy 35mm film & point & shoot digital cameras. I use this L bracket variously on each of three field use Gitzo's and on the end a 9' Cambo USB stand. I recommend this bracket to 'all' DSLR owners and suggest you get you name engraved on it 'cos it will be with you a long, long time...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Well biult, but too heavy

I ordered the V-Holder for use with my Leica M9.
It worked great, easy to install and adjust, and fits most cameras. But, it was not right for my needs....Read complete review

I ordered the V-Holder for use with my Leica M9.
It worked great, easy to install and adjust, and fits most cameras. But, it was not right for my needs. One the many reason I use the M9 is it small size and light weight and this accessory was too heavy despite the excellent design, quality and flexibility.

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4.0

Solid, precise. Built to last

By ENormus

from Beaverton, OR

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

I ordered two of these from B and H. They are built like all other Arca Swiss products- strong, precise, and beautifully machined. I like the fact that you can remove the vertical component when not using it. It's a bit heavy, but not as clunky as other brands. I only wish it had a centering mark on the quick release plates so that I can line them up consistently with my nodal point slide.

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5.0

Strong well built L-bracket

By dixpix

from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

    I looked at bracket by competitors, but this won hands down. The competing brands require a different bracket for every model of camera you own. I would need a bracket for my D800, D800 with battery pack, D4, D3. The Arca Swiss bracket fits all my cameras, as well as any other brand. That's a huge savings. It's solid and well built. Comments about the weight had me concerned, but when it arrived I simply did not find this to be true. We're talking a 4oz difference from the competitor, but I would need 4 of those.

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    5.0

    Great Bracket

    By KT

    from Alabama

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits

      Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

      Very stable. You can adjust the bracket flush to the side of your camera and it holds the camera secure- no slipping.
      Got tired of buying a custom plate every time i got a new body.
      It is heavier than a custom L bracket, but not so much that it interferes with shooting.

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      5.0

      Great bracket

      By Tom

      from Toledo, Ohio

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots

      Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

      This is the best bracket for shooting verticals on a tripod. It is universal and can work with my Nikon d4 and my Nikon d 600, with or without a battery pack. The product is well made and fully adjustable. This is the best L Bracket bar none!

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      5.0

      Great on Leica M

      By DChiker

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

      I am using on a Leica M. Love how easy to install and functional.

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      5.0

      Awesome L bracket from Arca Swiss

      By Filvu

      from Near Disneyland, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

        With this L bracket from Arca Swiss, it's fit on to my Nikon D600 WITH or WITHOUT the (md14 battery grip). In my case, I did not have the md14, I have the aftermarket grip from Phottix bg-d600. Most custom grips are made for original manufacture camera grips. This bracket has both vertical and horizontal quick release, very easy and quick to access camera electronic ports and battery compartment. Also fit on to my older film camera without any problem. It's is a little heavier than the custom fit L brackets that RRS sell. However, with it ease if use and hopefully I won't have to buy another L bracket when upgrade to another camera, I don't mind it weigh.

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        5.0

        Sturdy !

        By UdoinDesert

        from Jeddah, KSA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Improves Tripod Function
        • Lug For Wrist Strap
        • Massive
        • Solid/Sturdy
        • Well Chosen Materials

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Camera Protection
          • Tripod work

          Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

          I was looking for a sturdy solution which allows me to use a classic Hasselblad V in portrait orientation on my arca style tripod accessories. And I found it! This bracket has a substantial weight and promises to take a lot load and abuse. It is very well crafted and gives an amazing impression. Mounted on a camera and / or tripod it gives a strong hold for any attached equipment.And it is universal. Both plates on the L-bracket can be slid and finally fixed/clamped in their proper positions.And yes, it cannot compete with all those custom made brackets from its 'decoration' factor, but for its function and craft factor it shines. And it is future safe, i.e. will survive many cameras to come....

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          5.0

          My right choice!

          By Wai

          from New Zealand

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Expensive
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits

          Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

          Before making a decision, I took much time to compare between the Arca-Swiss L-Bracket and the Slidefix mini L-Bracket.I chose the classic one. The main reason is that the classic camera plate is parallel to the camera and the quick release clamp. However, the Slidefix camera plate of the mini L-Bracket is vertical to the camera and the clamp. I think parallel mounting is sturdier than vertical.It fits my M9P and DSLRs.I think the solid metal body is durable for life long.The detachable vertical arm is very useful when need to handheld the camera. I had made a right choice.

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          4.0

          The Good News and the NOT So Good News.

          By Sharpeshots

          from Calgary Canada

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Interiors Where Level Is
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

            1.) It's Built like a TANK. You can take the vertical part of the bracket off for carrying around so you'll still have the tripod plate on the bottom if needed. These guys design things from HEAVEN.
            I recently bought a Z-1 Dual Pan Head and I shoot a boat load of Interiors w/5D MarkIII, Battery Grip, 2 Batteries and a Zeiss 21/2.8.
            It's WAY more convenient than re-leveling the Mark III for every vertical shot. Takes a little practice to flip it and reattach it quickly but the Good News is that it's very intelligently designed and will outlast any piece of equipment you own.
            2.)It weighs just over half a pound. 0.56.
            However... it FEELS like about 8!
            It's just enough to make that package really hefty. Did I say "REALLY", I meant REALLY, REALLY.
            Fine when I was 30 but at 60, and with a bag full of lenses.... Well... you get the drift.
            Overall it's a trade off, if I was reviewing quality 5 Stars is a certainty, but she's one heavy little accessory.

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            5.0

            Excellent product

            By MichaelK

            from Israel

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Architectural
              • Interiors
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Product photography

              Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

              The best thing about this bracket - it's universal. No more buying new bracket each time when I upgrade a camera. Made very well, easy to use. Also works with medium format cameras - tried on the Phase One, and it was a perfect fit. Currently mounted on my 5D Mk3. The only inconvenience with this camera - the need to remove the side part of the bracket in order to access the battery.

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              3.0

              Well Made, But-----------

              By timbo762

              from Lake Havasu, AZ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

              • Read Comments

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

              This is basically a great design and very well made. However, it didn't work for me. The rubber on the camera platform has a very fine texture and is almost flush with the metal making it a little slippery. I was unable to get my plastic bodied camera to hold tight (not twist) without fear of over tightening and damaging the tripod socket. I'm sure it would work fine with a metal bodied camera. Thicker rubber with a more aggressive texture would have cured the problem, but at this price I wasn't in the mood to make modifications so I returned it.

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              5.0

              Interesting design, very well made

              By Peter Pauer Photography

              from Ontario, Canada

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Bit More Expensivet

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

              Peter's product reviews (obtained from the great folks at B&H Photo Video)

              A very well made L bracket from Arca-swiss, really simplifies switching camera to horizontal / vertical orientation while still keeping lens axis directly over the ballhead.

              Design allows it to be spaced so as to allow wires to pass through it easily and the new adjustable design means it will fit any body.

              A bit more expensive than most but it means you should not need to buy further L brackets for any bodies you may acquire in the future.
              Unless you really want to have one on each body.

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              5.0

              Solid & well crafted

              By Scholly

              from New Zealand

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Architecture
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Studio
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

                Reservations about the strength of the A/C L Bracket dissolved after I received it from B&H. At the heavy end I am using mine to support the 1DX and with heavy lenses' such as the 1.2 85mm and 24mm tilt shift - the bracket holds the rig firmly. The adjustable plates enable balance, flexibility and easy access to cables to & from the camera. Well made in the Arca Swiss tradition it is the product of innovative & thoughtful design. No more 'body specific' L brackets - this 'Classic' model fits across my current line of DSLRs and legacy 35mm film & point & shoot digital cameras. I use this L bracket variously on each of three field use Gitzo's and on the end a 9' Cambo USB stand. I recommend this bracket to 'all' DSLR owners and suggest you get you name engraved on it 'cos it will be with you a long, long time...

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                5.0

                Brilliant

                By Sholly

                from New Zealand

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

                  Any misgivings about the ability of the A/S L Bracket to hold a heavy DSLR & lens combination were dispelled when I opened the parcel from B&H. Superbly crafted in the Arca Swiss tradition, the attention to detail in manufacturing and use of high quality materials will not disappoint. Thoughtful design and execution result in a flexible yet extremely rigid device able to be deployed across my range of DSLR's. At the heaviest end the combination of Canon 1DX with 85mm 1.2 or Tilt-shift P/C lens' are securely held and easily operated in any orientation by means of the bracket. On the bigger DSLR's the bracket is relatively petite - but the materials used by Arca ensure an amazingly strong device that will serve future generations of cameras to come. Have you'r name engraved on one - its going to be with you a long, long time. Thank you Arca & B&H. Simon from New Zealand.

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                  5.0

                  A great L-Bracket

                  By isodan

                  from Elyria, Ohio

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

                    Don't want to buy into a particular L-bracket system? Buy this universal L-bracket instead. It works well with at least two Canon DSLRs: 60D and 5D MK II. Furthermore, one has two plates to utilize when not using it as a L-bracket. Super Cool if you ask me! Thank you Arca Swiss for the flexible product, while maintaining the price point of the competitors!

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                    5.0

                    strong product - a must have

                    By mikewinburn

                    from NYC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

                        first
                        size of unit:
                        main plate: 1 -1/2" wide x 3- 1/8" long
                        side plate: 1 - 1/2" wide x 2" long

                        adjustable! plate locks and unlocks so you can slide it on/ off the camera without removing side plate from tripod. (No extra main mount screw is provided, so you'd have to remove the main mount and move it to the small plate if you want the small plate to serve as main plate. (or use the small plate on another camera at the spur of the moment (2nd shooter)).

                        No saftey stop screws come with the set.

                        used this L bracket on Rebel Body and Pro body... also used on Nikon FE (film camera from '78).

                        works well!

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                        4.0

                        almost perfect

                        By tom

                        from basel switzerland

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

                            solid quality, easy to adjust and sturdy. my only little concern is when shooting tethered with nikon cameras the little plastic flap that gets access to the USB plug interferes with the bracket. you have to extend the bracket all the way.
                            but overall great product.

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                            5.0

                            How could I have lived without this unit

                            By Andrea Brizzi (my real name)

                            from Honolulu HI

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

                              I used to hang my camera to the side of the bullhead for verticals. Never a good idea for a number of reasons.

                              I compare this bracket with others. No comparison in design and construction.

                              Until cameras will be equipped with a 3/8" screw on the side as well as the bottom (and I am not holding my breath till this happens), this is the best
                              way to hold your camera vertically and maintaining your nodal alignment if that matters to you.

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                              5.0

                              Must have.

                              By Ezi

                              from Bal Harbour, FL

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

                              For portrait photo, on tripod it is the most important to have.

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                              5.0

                              Solid, adjustable, well thought through.

                              By Speedchange

                              from Vic. Australia

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fits Well
                              • Improves Tripod Function
                              • Solid/Sturdy
                              • Speed of change over

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Studio

                                Comments about Arca-Swiss L-Bracket:

                                Very nice piece of gear. Allows changes from horizontal to vertical in under 2 seconds. A bit on the heavy side and could have used a marker for quick centering on mounting plate.

                                Overall a solid, quality piece of engineering, a bit overpriced but impressive nonetheless.

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