I decided to start doing some reviews on the gear I use. It allows me give some insight to anyone thinking of purchasing the said item, and I get to practice my sick product shot skills (approvingly pats self on back). So without any further ado I present the Manfrotto MS050M4-Q2 L bracket product review.
My first impression: Why did I not buy one of these camera brackets sooner! Anyone who uses longer lenses to shoot from a tripod is well aware of the downfalls of regular mounting plates when shooting from a vertical framing position. The camera will start a slow decent downwards, making longer exposures troublesome. The last thing you need when photographing difficult subject manner is the camera fighting against you.
Probably the best advantage is the speed in which one can change from a horizontal position to a vertical one. I originally went with a Manfrotto plate quick release system because of the speed at which the camera can be attached to a support, and the stability it provides. Combined with the Manfrotto L bracket, setup just becomes faster overall. Changes are easily made, when working with changing light situations. This is essential for anyone trying to capture that perfect light before it is gone.
The Manfrotto L bracket weighs in at 322 grams, which is ridiculously light for its size, without sacrificing durability. The bracket is constructed out of magnesium and is capable of supporting 15kg. Retailing for $149, the bracket seems expensive but the value provided is well worth the money spent.
Unfortunately, it isn't all sunshine and rainbows, as there are two downfalls I have noticed when using this product. I find the Nikon intervalometer I use seems to constantly wrap around the bracket which an annoyance. A simple clip on the bracket would have completely eliminated this problem. Secondly, the bracket comes with an Allen key for adjustment which fits in the body. This is great, but it would be a lot better if the adjustments could be made by hand.
The Manfrotto MS050M4-Q2 L bracket is a definite buy for anyone serious about their photography. It is a simple item that pays for itself in about 5 minutes of use.
Robert Lowdon Photography is based in Winnipeg, MB. Please feel free to send any inquires to firstname.lastname@example.org