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Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket

B&H # MAQ2LB Mfr # MS050M4-Q2
You Pay: $134.99
Product Highlights
  • Horizontal/Vertical Position Change
  • Lightweight Magnesium Alloy Construction
  • Built-in 200PL-14 Type QR Plates

Manfrotto's Q2 L Bracket provides a quick, easy, and precise way to change your camera position from a horizontal to a vertical orientation. The lightweight magnesium alloy bracket features anti-rotational systems that provide a snug fit on the camera body, guaranteeing stability even with heavy-duty professional equipment. The bracket keeps the weight centered over the tripod, avoiding lens movement when changing position. Two 200PL-14 type quick release plates are built into the bracket for Q2 quick releases.

Bracket for easily changing camera from horizontal to vertical position
Lightweight magnesium alloy construction
Material Magnesium alloy
Plate 2x Built-in 200PL-14
Quick Release Q2 quick release compatible
Thickness 1.97" (50 mm)
Width 5.91" (150.11 mm)
Working Height 5.91" (150.11 mm)
Load Capacity 33.07 lb (15 kg)
Weight 11.36 oz (322 g)
Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    ManfrottoQ2 L Bracket
     
    4.2

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Improves tripod function (11)
    • Solid/sturdy (11)
    • Easy to use (10)
    • Fits well (7)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (5)
    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (11)
    • Portraits (10)
    • Night shots (3)
    • Wildlife (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works as advertised

    It does what I need it to do, which is to allow me to switch to vertical without having to make major adjustments to the tripod head. Being a generic item rather than one...Read complete review

    It does what I need it to do, which is to allow me to switch to vertical without having to make major adjustments to the tripod head. Being a generic item rather than one specifically made for my Nikon D300s, it was not possible to get the camera completely equally aligned in both directions, but if I'm switching from horizontal to vertical I will probably want to make slight adjustments in the position of the tripod head anyway. It is certainly FAR preferable to what I had to do without it -- tilting the tripod head over to the side and having everything out of balance.
    A small level that works in the vertical position is a nice touch, as long as the camera is well-aligned within the bracket.
    On my D300s it blocks the battery door, but since I can take several hundred shots without changing the battery it is not a big problem in practice.
    It's rather big and heavy, once again a result of being designed to fit many different cameras.
    It needs an allen wrench to attach it to the camera, but one is supplied and there is a slot on the bracket to store it. It seems a bit loose, though, and could possibly fall out.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good but flawed execution

    Unless you use a pro sized body or have an add on grip on your camera, it will be impossible to center the lens both vertically and horizontally as shown in the mounting directions....Read complete review

    Unless you use a pro sized body or have an add on grip on your camera, it will be impossible to center the lens both vertically and horizontally as shown in the mounting directions. That means moving the tripod head slightly when changing shot orientation. I contacted Manfrotto, and was told it was a universal bracket that isn't fully compatible with my camera, a Nikon D7000. If they included a simple riser that would make their "universal" design truly universal. Acces doors on side of camera blocked by solid bar design.

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    5.0

    Great for Panorama Work

    By Mel

    from Hillsboro, OR

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Night Photography
      • Panorama
      • Portraits

      Comments about Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket:

      In order to create "Portrait oriented" Panorama images I bought this device to eliminate the need to "flop" the panorama head 90 degrees - and lose the 360 level.
      Yes, there are panorama heads out there that do such things, but they are pricey. This unit interfaces with my pan-head nicely and saves a bunch of $$$.
      Works well on my Canon cameras - even with the remote shutter release attached - with battery extenders.

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      3.0

      not described well

      By de man

      from norman, oklahoma

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket:

        won't work in vertical position unless your nikon has the battery grip installed

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        • No

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        4.0

        Q2 L Bracket does it's job!

        By Lloyd

        from Kenosha, WI

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Not Interchangeable

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket:

        The QL-2 stops camera rotation on the QR plate very nicely with my D300 and heavy lens, so altho pricey at $, it gives me a sense of security knowing my camera will be where I left it when I get to the next subject!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Man grotto Quality

        By Phayes

        from PA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket:

          This is a great help when shooting landscape photography. It is a little expensive but worth it if you do a lot of shooting. And as usual B&H offered great delivery and service.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Board flexibility for different cameras

          By Bob

          from Nazareth, PA & New Milford, CT

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits

          Comments about Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket:

          I started to use this L bracket in the last week for a couple of Canon cameras, with and without the battery grips. This bracket easily works for both and can be adjusted so the the lens in the same relative position to the tripods in both the horizontal and vertical orientations. Other brackets are customize for specific camera models.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Useful

          By DenverGreg

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket:

          I purchased this to help center my camera over my tripod in the vertical position for taking panoramas. I've not yet used it in the field, but it was relatively easy to get set up. I appreciate the quick release plates on each side of the bracket. The bracket does add to the bulk of the camera, which is why I will only attach it if I'm planning on shooting panoramas.

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          4.0

          I wish I'd had one before

          By foto mac

          from Wairarapa, New Zealand

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Impedes Cable Release

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket:

          An L bracket makes turning you camera from shooting in landscape mode to shooting in portrait mode a breeze. C of G of camera stays over the top of the tripod. I only wish I'd done this years ago instead of wrestling with the head turend right over making the balance of the camera on the tripod precarious.
          Only drawback of the Manfrotto model is that it is generic: designed to be fitted to (rather than a good fit for) any SLR. I had to purchase an IR trigger release because the cable release cannot be mounted on my EOS 5DIII with the L bracket in place.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Works Great for me & my Nikons

          By ricko

          from Camano Island Wa

          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
            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket:

            I found it awkward trying to switch from horizontal to vertical using a ball head. I tried others too that didn't do what I wanted. I was watching a Joel Grimes tutorial and saw he was using an L bracket. Couldn't tell which one though. Researched the topic an found many very expensive options. So I looked at the maker of all my rock solid tripods, lightstands, arms - Manfrotto. Turns out they have this L bracket. Some reviews said it didn't fit their cameras right. For me it fits all my Nikon cameras perfectly and is completely adjustable and easy to use. Certainly a bonus is that it fits all my quick release heads.. Now in the studio or the field my horizontal to vertical problem is solved. As usual it is very heavy duty - only this time made out of magnesium so it is quite light by comparison. But heavy duty and I'm sure will last with all my other manfrotto gear.. I'm very pleased.

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            5.0

            Manfrotto Q2 L-bracket

            By Bob

            from St Louis

            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 Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket:

              The Q2 l-bracket has made changing to vertical format so much easier and quicker on my tripod. The switch on the monopod took some practice. (a 3rd hand would have helped) The set up was easy. It's so light, I don't even notice it when carrying the tripod.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Why did I wait so long?

              By Marcotrov

              from Cairns, Australia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fits Well
              • Flexibility
              • Improves Tripod Function
              • Macro
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket:

              I use the bracket for landscape photography primarily.Solid, well thought out construction. Adjustable and very easy to use.Quite heavy so strong tripod needed to support it. I use an 055ProB Manfrotto tripod and the match is excellent.The setup is easy but a little fiddly. I use mine with my Nikon D700 and D300 with battery grips, no problems at all. Once positioned the bracket acts as a handy little carrying device.Only issue would be the mounting plates have allen key nut rather than finger adjustable wing nuts like other manfrotto mounting plate. Can't believe it took me this long to get one!

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              3.0

              Semi Great Product

              By E J

              from Houma, La.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • See Comment

              Best Uses

              • HDR
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portraits
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket:

              Great for shooting Verticals. Heavy Duty. Built like a Tank.

              Love the quick flip use of the Bracket from Horizontal to Vertical.

              My only con is that coupled with my Manfrotto Tripod the Bracket is opposite of the tilt of the head on my tripod. I can tilt side to side but not UP and Down. To compensate for this I readjust the legs on my tripod.

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              4.0

              Works as advertised

              By AJAZBob

              from Apache Junction, Arizona

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Improves Tripod Function
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portraits

              Comments about Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket:

              It does what I need it to do, which is to allow me to switch to vertical without having to make major adjustments to the tripod head. Being a generic item rather than one specifically made for my Nikon D300s, it was not possible to get the camera completely equally aligned in both directions, but if I'm switching from horizontal to vertical I will probably want to make slight adjustments in the position of the tripod head anyway. It is certainly FAR preferable to what I had to do without it -- tilting the tripod head over to the side and having everything out of balance.
              A small level that works in the vertical position is a nice touch, as long as the camera is well-aligned within the bracket.
              On my D300s it blocks the battery door, but since I can take several hundred shots without changing the battery it is not a big problem in practice.
              It's rather big and heavy, once again a result of being designed to fit many different cameras.
              It needs an allen wrench to attach it to the camera, but one is supplied and there is a slot on the bracket to store it. It seems a bit loose, though, and could possibly fall out.

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              • No

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great help from B&H

              By Travelin Jer

              from Las Cruces, NM

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portraits
                • Travel

                Comments about Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket:

                I was looking for something to help me in my travel photography. I called B&H and spoke with the sales department. He found outs which tripod I was using and then he suggested the Q2 L Bracket. I have used it to my complete satisfaction and am very pleased with the purchase, as I have been with all of my dealings with B&H.

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                2.0

                not for everyone

                By Tinman

                from Edmonton AB

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket:

                    I bought this to use on a camera that doesn't have a battery pack. I thought it would imitate what you can do with a really right stuff bracket. It was pretty big and very generic. For some people this might be a great accessory for me it was way to big and would block all the ports on the side of the camera.

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                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Good but flawed execution

                    By Erich

                    from Ohio

                    Comments about Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket:

                    Unless you use a pro sized body or have an add on grip on your camera, it will be impossible to center the lens both vertically and horizontally as shown in the mounting directions. That means moving the tripod head slightly when changing shot orientation. I contacted Manfrotto, and was told it was a universal bracket that isn't fully compatible with my camera, a Nikon D7000. If they included a simple riser that would make their "universal" design truly universal. Acces doors on side of camera blocked by solid bar design.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    strong and well-made and versatile

                    By michaelangelo

                    from BC, Canada

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portraits
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto Q2 L Bracket:

                      allows turning heavy cameras 90 degrees without torquing.
                      adjustable to fit many SLR cameras.
                      rotation keeps lens axis very close in both positions.
                      only problem is on D800 the battery door is blocked
                      and bracket must be loosened and slid sideways, but not removed - a minor inconvenience.

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