What are L-Brackets?

L-Brackets, as the name implies, are L-shaped tripod plates that cover the bottom and left sides of the camera. It offers the flexibility of attaching your camera in a vertical or horizontal position to your tripod without changing composition. Besides, it also provides extra protection from drops.

Advantages of using an L-Bracket

A regular tripod plate might work for some photographers. But there is one advantage of an L-Bracket over a regular plate.

Balance is the main reason why an L-Bracket is better than a regular plate. Without an L-Bracket, you will need to tilt your camera vertically on the drop of your ball head. It means that your camera will be supported vertically by a tiny drop notch. 

Having an L-Bracket solves that problem. Instead of hanging by the notch. Your camera will sit on top of the ball head comfortably. It is safer this way and composing your shot is easier.

Disadvantages of using an L-Bracket

The main disadvantage of using an L-Bracket is the added weight. There are lightweight L-Brackets such as the one from ProMediaGear. But that it is still extra weight you have to carry every time.

Another disadvantage would be the port might be covered if you are using a generic one. There are custom-fitted L-Brackets from companies like ProMediaGear. These custom L-Brackets do not cover the port and it is easy to attach accessories.

Are L-Brackets worth it?

For landscape photographers, an L-Bracket is a must. It makes shooting easier and more convenient.

But it might be a problem if you prefer a lightweight setup. Otherwise, getting a camera L-Bracket is a no-brainer. 

The advantages of having an L-bracket outweighs its disadvantages. Think of it as a camera protector that works as a multipurpose camera plate. Now that is a must-buy.