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Old Sep 15, 2003, 5:53 PM   #1
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Default Shooting Portraits with a G2

I've been shooting more portraits with my G2 on a tripod and love the lcd screen mobility, since I don't have to line up directly behind the camera to take pictures. However, is there a device like an "L" bracket that allows the camera's tripod socket to be attached normally but then allows the camera to be rotated at a 90 degree angle and still be attached and centered over a tripod head.

I HATE the idea of having to turn the camera on its side to get it positioned for portrait shooting. I've always hated doing this tilting with heavy film SLRs, and I wondered why the industry hasn't put more effort into solving this problem of centering the camera body over a tripod, even in portrait mode.

I particularly worry about camera tilting with the G2. To begin with, the tripod socket on the G2 is not centered on the camera's bottom, and I also want to attach a 420 EX flash, adding more stress to the tripod socket and further upsetting the balance on the tripod.

I know..... I can: 1) use a sturdier tripod, 2) use the off-camera cord to get the 420 flash off the hot shoe, or 3) rotate the image in the camera or on the computer afterwards. But I just wanted to know if anyone has addressed this problem, maybe creatively by building an "L" bracket with two tripod sockets.

P.S. There's a flash bracket called the Custom Bracket that allows you to rotate a film camera up to 90 degrees on a crescent-shaped rail, all the time keeping the camera centered over the bottom rail. But this company doesn't make a tripod head configured that way, as far as I know.

Has anyone else had this problem?
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