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Once you’ve invested in a good set of tripod legs, a ball head and arca-swiss style clamp you need to look at an innovative little piece of technology that brings it all together, the “L-Plate”. Really Right Stuff precision machines their L-Plates from a block of aluminum and each one is designed to fit a specific camera model like the Canon 40D.
The design and workmanship of this little device is nothing less than spectacular and as you can see in the image above, it fits my Canon 40D with battery grip like a glove. The unique design leaves nothing to chance as you can see in the image below. You can even use a cable release while the bracket is attached to the camera, making this a great landscape accessory.
The L-Plate securely attaches to the clamp in “landscape” mode as shown here. Both the clamp and L-Plate are marked to ensure that the camera and lens are perfectly centered over the tripod.
The real advantage of using an L-Plate over a regular plate is it’s ability to switch from “landscape” mode to “portrait” mode without having to recompose the image. All you need to do is make sure the centerline marks line up and you are ensured that the lens has not changed position.