The long awaited Really Right Stuff (RRS) Arca-Swiss compatible L-Bracket for the Fujifilm XT-1 and VG-XT1 (battery grip) is now in stock so should be shipping soon.
This is the only L-Plate for the XT-1 and Battery grip that I aware of. It really is remarkable that RRS have made the investment into producing one of these for this combination. The Fujifilm X-T1 is not the only mirror-less camera that can have a battery grip fitted; there are also the following models:
- Sony A7, A7R and A7S
- Panasonic GH3 and GH4
- Olympus OM-D EM-10 and OM-D E-M1
Although RRS (as well as others) have created Arca-Swiss compatible brackets and L-brackets for these cameras, they have not produced L-brackets for these models when fitted with a Battery-Grip; from what I can gather they have no plans to do so either as there are no pre-order options.
The cost of the bracket is $175 which when you factor in delivery, customs duty and 20% VAT equates to about £175; I pre-ordered one of these some time ago, hopefully it will be shipped soon.
For the uninitiated, Arca-Swiss is the most common standard mounting mechanism to attach photographic equipment (typically camera bodies and lenses) to a tripod-head that is usually on a tripod. The system comprises two parts: 1) an Arca-Swiss compatible tripod head such as the RRS BH-55 and 2) an Arca-Swiss “plate” attached the photographic item. When the item is the tripod collar of a telephoto lens, you can change from landscape to portrait orientation by loosening the collar and then rotating the body.
However, when you have a lens that does not have a collar and you want to change from landscape to portrait orientation what do you do? In the past you had to adjust the ball head’s position but this meant that the juxtaposition of the lens axis would be down and to the right or left from it prior position. If the tripod was not positioned right then the head/camera combo could hit each other meaning that the tripod would have to be re-positioned too. So the idea of the “L-Bracket” came about and now most DSLR cameras (with and without battery grips) have L Brackets not only made by RRS but others such as Kirk Photo. The “L-Bracket” allows you to mount the camera (and grip) in the “Portrait” or “Landscape” orientation whilst keeping the lens axis in approximately the same position; there would be no-need to adjust the ball-head or tripod.
Please see my video for the RRS bracket for the Sony NEX-7, this shows how the bracket works:
For more information, please visit Really Right Stuff’s website here.