British tripod maker 3 Legged Thing has launched a high quality, low cost QR11 universal L bracket. It is compatible with standard Arca Swiss heads and clamps.
Considering its design and function, the QR11 is the sort of tripod accessory that could be left on your camera at all times. Here’s why.
An L Bracket’s primary function is to provide a quick way to switch the camera between landscape and portrait format on a tripod, rather than fiddling with the tripod head.
An additional plus is that the camera remains vertically in line with the head, rather than off kilter to the side when the head is tilted 90°. The result is a more steady and secure setup. Tick.
In general, L Brackets offer an additional layer of protection for half of the camera body. However, many L Brackets are bulky and obstruct most of the camera accessory ports.
The QR11 is made from magnesium alloy and is pared down to the bare bones. It shouldn’t add much bulk, or inhibit the camera’s function because the accessory ports are accessible (depending on your camera design of course). Tick.
There are loops at each end of the QR11 Universal L Bracket, so a hand grip or a camera shoulder strap can still be attached to the camera with the QR11 in place. Tick.
The base plate measures 110mm so should be large enough for most DSLRs. It features triangular sections for a grippy surface and secure connection. Another tick.
On the upright is a 1/4in thread on which to attach accessories, such as a microphone or monitor. Another tick and the best part is still to come.
Pricing and availability
Most L Brackets costs upwards of £125, so the 3 Legged Thing QR11 Universal L Bracket’s RRP of £49.99 is extremely competitive. Biggest tick of the lot.
The QR11 is available in a Copper (QR11-LC) or Metallic Slate (QR11-LG) and shipping is from 1st August 2017.
Unike other L Brackets, the QR11 can be disassembled with the supplied multi-tool in order to be stowed flat. (Another tick chucked in for good measure.)
All the necessary tools to operate the QR11 are included, plus a drawstring bag in which to store the bracket once it has been disassembled.
More details on the product can be found on the 3 Legged Thing website.