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L-Bracket for the OM-D E-M1 MKII

I've just got the above camera and wanted to know has anyone got an L-Bracket for theirs and if yes which one and will the screen full articulate?
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Re: L-Bracket for the OM-D E-M1 MKII

RRS do a really nice one, but itís toe-curlingly expensive and it partially obstructs the screen. I believe you have to order it from the US.

One of the Chinese knock-off companies was said to be producing one a few months ago, but I havenít heard anything recently. Some people have apparently had satisfactory results with generic L plates, but I think they all obstruct the screen to some degree.

Bob Rigby sells a top notch Acratech plate which locks very securely to the base, but obviously you canít flip the body - for the moment Iím happy to use this: https://www.bobrigby.com/acratech/pl...ase_plate_2198
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Re: L-Bracket for the OM-D E-M1 MKII

I've seen the RRS's and Kirk's L-Bracket but I'm really after a cheapo eBay as I have a Kirk for my D750 and to be honest it's well overpriced.
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Re: L-Bracket for the OM-D E-M1 MKII

I have been looking for one as well because I want to do panoramas on portrait mode more accurately.

Sadly the RRS and Kirk are very much too expensive to my mind. However as I will only use in portrait mode not be able to open the screen and twist is not really an issue as long as I can open flat as it were to almost 180 degrees. So a generic version or maybe one, which I have seen on EBay, with adjustable length arms would be fine.

For the latter I could then fit a clamp to rapidly fit to camera, via my permanently fitted tripod plate, and then attach to tripod in portrait. I would adjust, and fix permanently somehow, to make sure the nodal point is correctly positioned which is the whole point of the exercise. I could quickly fit this when I wanted to do a panorama and get accurate sequences for easy stitching.


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Re: L-Bracket for the OM-D E-M1 MKII

If I find a generic L-Bracket on eBay (that fits snug) I"ll cut a piece out of the L-Bracket to allow the screen to rotate if possible.

I'm still trying to find the correct settings for my custom menus as I only got the body on Thursday.
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Re: L-Bracket for the OM-D E-M1 MKII

Does anyone know if the body size of the OM-D E-M1 MKII is the same as the MK1, as I've seen an L-Bracket on eBay with a piece out of the side to allow the screen to come out fully but it just says e-m1 but it must be for the MKII?

eBay item number: 221531864405
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Re: L-Bracket for the OM-D E-M1 MKII

The screen on the Mark 1 only tilts, it doesn't swing out like the Mark 2 so it is unlikely to be of any use.
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Re: L-Bracket for the OM-D E-M1 MKII

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Does anyone know if the body size of the OM-D E-M1 MKII is the same as the MK1, as I've seen an L-Bracket on eBay with a piece out of the side to allow the screen to come out fully but it just says e-m1 but it must be for the MKII?

eBay item number: 221531864405
Regrettably no in this context. I have seen those and even sent a question to the supplier asking about a MKII version. The answer was in the negative.

So I have the option I previously described or, as you had also suggested, use a generic version and do some DIY modifications.

I am going to the photography show so I intend to have a look to see what is about almost certainly with some form of DIY in mind.

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Re: L-Bracket for the OM-D E-M1 MKII

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Regrettably no in this context. I have seen those and even sent a question to the supplier asking about a MKII version. The answer was in the negative.

So I have the option I previously described or, as you had also suggested, use a generic version and do some DIY modifications.

I am going to the photography show so I intend to have a look to see what is about almost certainly with some form of DIY in mind.

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Yes, me too. This might be a decent option, and the price isn't bad: https://www.3leggedthing.com/store/a...eid=2ab4112129
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Re: L-Bracket for the OM-D E-M1 MKII

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Yes, me too. This might be a decent option, and the price isn't bad: https://www.3leggedthing.com/store/a...eid=2ab4112129
The taller versions look like they could be used with HLD9 perhaps, although it would be a pain to change the battery though.
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Re: L-Bracket for the OM-D E-M1 MKII

Thinking out of the box.....

I tend to be a cheapskate and usually try and improvise with what is at hand.

I have a Manfrotto 234 monopod tilt head that I use.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Manfrotto-2.../dp/B000KHZ8AA

It only tilts in one attitude, sort'a swings through 180 degrees.

It's more controllable than a ball head.

It works a treat when fitted atop a tripod and holds the camera steady for portrait shots, and it does not interfere with the screen articulation.

Who needs an 'L' bracket.

A pan and tilt tripod head would do the same thing.
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Re: L-Bracket for the OM-D E-M1 MKII

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Thinking out of the box.....

I tend to be a cheapskate and usually try and improvise with what is at hand.

I have a Manfrotto 234 monopod tilt head that I use.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Manfrotto-2.../dp/B000KHZ8AA

It only tilts in one attitude, sort'a swings through 180 degrees.

It's more controllable than a ball head.

It works a treat when fitted atop a tripod and holds the camera steady for portrait shots, and it does not interfere with the screen articulation.

Who needs an 'L' bracket.

A pan and tilt tripod head would do the same thing.
I agree the tilt is better than a ball head for ease of use, "normally", except to getting the camera level, but to answer your question, anybody wishing to do panoramic photography but with the camera in the portrait position, since the camera needs to be rotated on the centre line of the lens (& ideally at the entrance pupil point of the lens), hence the 'L' shape bracket allowing that mounting point for portrait orientation. Obviously, if using using a lens with a tripod mounting foot (like 40-150 f2.8 Pro lens), then problem solved!
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Re: L-Bracket for the OM-D E-M1 MKII

In the past I have used the Nodal Ninja Pan head for panoramas... (details at http://www.red-door.co.uk/pages/prod...ats_in_the_box )

I haven't checked mine out yet with my E-M1 MkII... but would this be a cheaper solution?

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Re: L-Bracket for the OM-D E-M1 MKII

I tested out half a dozen generic L plates at the Photography Show on the E-M1ii. All obstruct the battery door, but none of them (unlike all the closer-fitting made-for-E-M1ii ones) obstruct the rear screen articulation much or at all.

The Acratech one is built like a brick outhouse, fits well and is superbly finished, but is v expensive, so I came away with a natty blue anodised one from Novoflex for £46 from Speedgraphic. Iíve used it several times already and it seems to lock on securely and it hasnít marked the body, plus you can loosen the screw and slide it sideways to change the battery without having to take it off altogether.

The tripod screw socket is quite far forward on the M1ii and several of the other generic plates I tried didnít seem to give a very secure fit, but the Acratech and Novoflex seemed OK.
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Re: L-Bracket for the OM-D E-M1 MKII

Hi I have had the 3 legged thing bracket for over a year now. It’s well priced, the screen can be opened level and a little beyond enough, but not fully. If you attach the grip the battery can be changed no bother. I have it in the brightest colour which makes it stand out. The screw thread female is indeed well forward for the attachment of any type of plate. I have often considered taking a hacksaw to the runner/ slider to place it further back from the front of the camera but haven’t been brave enough. Overall it works and would give it 8/10.
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