Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket

Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket

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 RC4 overview

  • 1Description

Manfrotto's RC4 L Bracket provides a quick, easy, and precise way to change your camera position from a horizontal to vertical orientation. The lightweight magnesium alloy bracket features anti-rotational systems that provide a snug fit on the camera body, to guarantee 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
UPC: 719821338567
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Manfrotto RC4 L Bracket
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Manfrotto RC4 specs

    Load Capacity 33.1 lb / 15.0 kg
    Material of Construction Magnesium
    Length 5.91" / 150.00 mm
    Width 2.56" / 65.00 mm
    Height 5.91" / 150.00 mm
    Weight 14.1 oz / 399.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.37 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 5.0 x 4.1"

    Manfrotto RC4 reviews

    RC4 L Bracket is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 22.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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)
    Date published: 2012-07-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Pleasant Surprise 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.
    Date published: 2013-10-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect It's almost perfect. But you need to know two things: 1) buy a handgrip 2) make sure to use the spacer to access you ports Why manfrotto could not have designed an l bracket that allows for camera access to the side ports is beyond me. I shoot tethered and accessing the ports is essential.
    Date published: 2015-12-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hasselblad user I have the Manfrotto 808RC4 head and a Hasselblad H4D. It was almost impossible to find the right answer about the compatibility of RC4 L Bracket and Hasselblad H system. The measure of Hasselblad base in the specs of the camera includes the handle/battery and makes it look incompatible. But the truth is you can use it with your Hasselblad H easily. I'm not sure if the axis is perfectly aligned but I'm sure it is enough for me as an interiors and architecture photographer. Once I set the camera using it's internal level system I just need to use the bracket to get the perfect position in vertical mode. Perfect
    Date published: 2016-07-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great piece of equipment! 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.
    Date published: 2013-09-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Update When I wrote my original review I said this would be perfect if there was a spacer to use with it. I have found that item. It is the Jobu Design Hockey Puck Counterweight for Lightweight DSLR Cameras. The part number is JP-75G. You can order it at B&H Photo - part number JOJP75G.
    Date published: 2015-08-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2013-01-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Build Quality 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
    Date published: 2015-04-13
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