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Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket

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Product Highlights

  • Horizontal/Vertical Position Change
  • Lightweight Magnesium Alloy Construction
  • Built-in 410PL Type Quick Release Plates

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Manfrotto's RC4 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 410PL type quick release plates are built into the bracket for use with RC4 quick releases. The large area of contact with the camera provides a quick and stable lock for heavy equipment.

Bracket for easily changing camera from horizontal to vertical position
Lightweight magnesium alloy construction
Material Magnesium alloy
Plate 2x Built-in 410PL type
Quick Release RC4 quick release compatible
Thickness 2.56" (65 mm)
Width 5.91" (150.11 mm)
Working Height 5.91" (150.11 mm)
Load Capacity 33.07 lb (15 kg)
Weight 14.08 oz (399 g)
Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket
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    ManfrottoRC4 L Bracket
     
    4.4

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (5)
    • Versatile (4)
    • Solid/sturdy (3)

    Cons

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

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • General purpose (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Bracket Works

    If you need an L-bracket for a Manfrotto tripod head that uses the RC4 Quick Release Plate then this is the only L-bracket that works.

    The bracket is heavy-duty, light...Read complete review

    If you need an L-bracket for a Manfrotto tripod head that uses the RC4 Quick Release Plate then this is the only L-bracket that works.

    The bracket is heavy-duty, light magnesium. It is intended to allow you to quickly change your camera from horizontal to vertical while ensuring that the lens stays centered on the subject.

    The bracket appears to accommodate large format cameras as well as DSLRs. Consequently, it is oversized for DSLRs and smaller camera bodies. The bracket is designed for cameras where the center of the lens is equidistant from the base of the camera (the horizontal) and side (the vertical). Some mirrorless cameras may be designed like this and possibly some video cameras. However, for most DSLRs you will be required to use a battery grip and follow a somewhat confusing set of instructions on centering the camera on the bracket.

    I use the Manfrotto 410 Geared Head with a 5D3 or 7D and primarily shoot landscape and architectural photos. The geared head can swing 90 degrees to provide a vertical perspective. However, this moves the lens several inches from its previous position requiring all of the repositioning using a camera-mounted bubble level as the original position and moves the weight of the camera off-center. The L-bracket solves these issues.

    I found that the L-bracket is most suited for the studio where once it is set up you don't need to remove the camera until you need to recharge/replace the batteries. In the field, however, it is a bit of a pain. It is not a tool that you decide in the last minute to slip on.

    The L-bracket works fine with the tripod mounts for my telephoto lenses thereby eliminating the requirement for the battery grip - for those lenses.

    For some reason Manfrotto changed out the slotted screw head for the connecting screw with a hex type. While a Allen wrench is required to set up the L-bracket for a particular camera, now you also need to make sure that you have the Allen wrench out in the field just to attach the camera. That wasn't necessary. A special ruler is also provided for centering the lens.

    NOTE: this product requires that DSLRs be fitted with a battery grip if you want to ensure exact lens centering for vertical and horizontal photos. I was able to use my Vello wired remote with the L-bracket. The bracket blocks access to the battery compartment.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not well thought out.

    I use this bracket to move from a horizontal to a vertical image without moving the lens position. Unfortunately, the camera needs to have an extra battery grip installed to make the horizontal and...Read complete review

    I use this bracket to move from a horizontal to a vertical image without moving the lens position. Unfortunately, the camera needs to have an extra battery grip installed to make the horizontal and vertical adjustments to the lens position come out equal. If the grip is not available, the vertical position is about 12 mm higher than the horizontal position which means there are still tripod adjustments to be made when moving between horizontal and vertical placements. The bracket also covers the battery compartment door so the bracket must be moved to replace the battery. (Nikon Cameras, don't know about others)

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    5.0

    Nice Build Quality

    By Easy Money

    from Fort Saskatchewan,Alberta,Canada

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket:

      Having a Manfrotto tripod and quick release plate system, this was my next piece I needed for my gear. I was really impressed of the build quality after first opening the box and looking over the product. It was easy to install on the camera body. I have only used it in test shoots so far, but Im very happy with this product.
      Cheers,
      Dave

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not quite what I expected, but getting u

      By Big Boy

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • High quality

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography

      Comments about Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket:

      I guess I was expecting my D7100 to fit a bit more snuggly in the corner of the L-bracket. I had to mess around with it a bit to get the camera centered properly. However, once installed, it seems to work well. I can say that it's very well made and keeps the camera locked in place very securely.

      I only gave 4 stars because I haven't yet tested it in the field.

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      5.0

      L bracket does what is was designed to d

      By Sgt. Tall

      from Fallbrook, Ca

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast Recycling
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket:

      The Manfrotto L Bracket does exactly what is was designed to do. Vertical to horizontal in the snap of a lever. Installed as instucted and shoot away.

      The bracket is fairly bulky and requires some initial technical focus, but if you are detail oriented, once set up, your are good to go.

      It is a purpose built component of the Manfrotto Tripod system, that completes a very sound design.

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      5.0

      very sturdy

      By jonycon

      from dc

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket:

      This is bulky but has a great feature to secure heavier body/lens conbinations from lisding on axis.

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      3.0

      L Bracket

      By bainbru

      from Jupiter, Fl

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket:

          works as an L bracket however is definitely bulker and heavier than other models

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          5.0

          Love this solution

          By Sandraprint

          from Miami

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable

          Cons

          • Bulky
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket:

          I love this solution. Now I get the sleep at night not worrying about lens drift during my verticle stop motion. Very excited for my next landscaping road trip. :D

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Pleasant Surprise

          By mpphoto

          from LA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Not Camera Specific
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Blocks Access For Tetheri
          • Heavy
          • Not Good For Hand Holding

          Best Uses

          • Almost Any Time On Tripod

          Comments about Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket:

          I actually bought this expecting to be disappointed considering how the RC4 plate for my Manfrotto ball head has been nothing less than frustrating. I came very close to scrapping the head, the plates and starting over however the cost to do this was too hard to justify. When I found that Manfrotto made an L bracket that worked with the RC4 I decided to just surrender to the system and give it a try. Several things happened within a short period of time. 1) The RC4 plates are beginning to break-in and work a bit more smoothly, 2) My new 70-200 has a much bigger foot and does not twist and mangle the rubber padding on the plate. 3) The L bracket is much better than I expected.
          It works perfectly actually and it is not camera specific so I can put it on whichever body whenever I need it. Some have complained that it is difficult to make it align perfectly for horizontal and vertical, but I do not see that as a problem even though I do have mine perfectly aligned. I'm happy that I do not have to raise or lower the whole tripod and them move laterally to get close to the same spot when doing both orientations. I now have a totally new opinion on the RC4 system and I will see about updating my review to be much more favorable.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A great piece of equipment!

          By Big Dude

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast Recycling
          • Powerful Output
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Night Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket:

            The two most recent reviewers below do not know what they are talking about. First, this L-Bracket WILL mount onto a Prosumner DSLR (without built in Batt Grip or attached Batt Grip). I mounted it onto a D800 (no batt grip) without any problem. Second, every L-Bracket on this planet (Kirk, RRS, etc) when mounted onto a prosumer DSLR will require re-adjusting of the camera framing after rotating the camera from horizontal position to vertical position. It's simple geometry since the width of the camera is longer than the height of the camera.

            As for my experience of this Manfrotto L-Bracket, it is worth every penny comparing the amount of mechanical pieces that assembled together in this L-Bracket to the equivalent Kirk or RRS models. The latter two are only one simple piece of CNCed aluminum. As for the speed of mounting a camera with this L-Bracket from horizontal to vertical position, the combination of a this L-Bracket with RC4 plates beats any combo of Arca-type quick release clamp and L-Bracket hands down.
            As for the inconvenience of changing battery or opening the side doors, one just has to live with it since nothing is perfect. This one to me is as close to perfection as one can be.

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            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Bracket Works

            By MikeB

            from Washington D.C.

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portraits

              Comments about Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket:

              If you need an L-bracket for a Manfrotto tripod head that uses the RC4 Quick Release Plate then this is the only L-bracket that works.

              The bracket is heavy-duty, light magnesium. It is intended to allow you to quickly change your camera from horizontal to vertical while ensuring that the lens stays centered on the subject.

              The bracket appears to accommodate large format cameras as well as DSLRs. Consequently, it is oversized for DSLRs and smaller camera bodies. The bracket is designed for cameras where the center of the lens is equidistant from the base of the camera (the horizontal) and side (the vertical). Some mirrorless cameras may be designed like this and possibly some video cameras. However, for most DSLRs you will be required to use a battery grip and follow a somewhat confusing set of instructions on centering the camera on the bracket.

              I use the Manfrotto 410 Geared Head with a 5D3 or 7D and primarily shoot landscape and architectural photos. The geared head can swing 90 degrees to provide a vertical perspective. However, this moves the lens several inches from its previous position requiring all of the repositioning using a camera-mounted bubble level as the original position and moves the weight of the camera off-center. The L-bracket solves these issues.

              I found that the L-bracket is most suited for the studio where once it is set up you don't need to remove the camera until you need to recharge/replace the batteries. In the field, however, it is a bit of a pain. It is not a tool that you decide in the last minute to slip on.

              The L-bracket works fine with the tripod mounts for my telephoto lenses thereby eliminating the requirement for the battery grip - for those lenses.

              For some reason Manfrotto changed out the slotted screw head for the connecting screw with a hex type. While a Allen wrench is required to set up the L-bracket for a particular camera, now you also need to make sure that you have the Allen wrench out in the field just to attach the camera. That wasn't necessary. A special ruler is also provided for centering the lens.

              NOTE: this product requires that DSLRs be fitted with a battery grip if you want to ensure exact lens centering for vertical and horizontal photos. I was able to use my Vello wired remote with the L-bracket. The bracket blocks access to the battery compartment.

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              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not well thought out.

              By Richard

              from Orlando, FL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Improves Tripod Function
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots

              Comments about Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket:

              I use this bracket to move from a horizontal to a vertical image without moving the lens position. Unfortunately, the camera needs to have an extra battery grip installed to make the horizontal and vertical adjustments to the lens position come out equal. If the grip is not available, the vertical position is about 12 mm higher than the horizontal position which means there are still tripod adjustments to be made when moving between horizontal and vertical placements. The bracket also covers the battery compartment door so the bracket must be moved to replace the battery. (Nikon Cameras, don't know about others)

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great for rotating around the lens axis.

              By DEastwood

              from Sydney, Australia

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fits Well
              • Improves Tripod Function
              • Solid/Sturdy
              • Well built quality

              Cons

              • Time consuming to setup

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket:

              Great product overall, well built and designed.

              Great for changing formats from landscape to portrait and keeping registration.

              A little bit fiddly to setup though and I haven't found away to lock it so that it stays consistent when I remove the camera and re-insert the camera.

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