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Old Jun 6, 2009, 12:09 AM   #1
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Earlier this week I was using the K20 on a tripod and thinking about how I've grown very used to using it. One of the things I'm so happy I got was the Really Right Stuff L-Bracket and quick release plate - it sure makes it quick and easy to change from landscape to portrait, without having to completely line everything up (and making sure that the head drop is in the right place). I occurred to me that if I were to upgrade to the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 lens, I'd have to buy a plate for the tripod mount on the lens, as the L-Bracket is custom designed for the camera.

And THAT thought brought me up rather short - I'm strongly considering getting the K-7 sometime before Christmas and I would hate to have to do without the L-bracket now. So I emailed Really Right Stuff and asked if they were going to be making one to fit it. They answered right away and said they haven't decided one way or the other - it will depend on demand. So if you are thinking about buying a K-7 and use (or want to use) one of their L-brackets, email them to let them know that there's interest out there.

For anyone who isn't sure what I'm talking about, I'd be happy to answer what I can from my own experience, or check out Really Right Stuff's web page. I have no affiliation with the company, but this bracket is one of several things helped me go from a tripod-hater to someone who uses one quite often.

I wonder if there's other little accessories I use that will have to be upgraded if/when I buy the K-7. I wonder how long it will take Adobe to put out an upgrade to ACR that will recognize pef from it? I think my photography hobby is starting to get out of control!
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darlin,
after 911 getting work was tough. i had a 27' sail boat at the marina.. i sold it and took up photography again thinking it would be a nice change and cheaper.. little did i know!!!!!!!!
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Not sure about a sail boat, but it's still been cheaper than horses. Now that was really expensive. If I ever want to buy something new for the camera all I have to do is mention how I sure would like to go looking for a horse, and how I could easily board it somewhere close. Works just about every time.
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H,
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that's too funny.. i feel sorry for dan.. poor guy is in over his head..hehe
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ROTFL! There are days he probably regrets buying me a film camera back in 1980, when we were dating. But on the whole it works out pretty evenly - he has his expenses for things he likes (casinos when we are in Vegas) and I don't complain.

I just hope there will be enough interest that Really Right Stuff will make an L-bracket for the K-7. It's a seriously nice piece of equipment. Since you now have the K20, Roy, you might want to check them out.
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Hi Harriet,

I wouldn't have much use for an L bracket, but I did send an e-mail inquiring about one for the K-7 to RRS -- I'm sure it won't tip the scales by itself, but every little bit helps. . .

If you were to get the Tamron 80-200, you might have to do some trial and error, but there are inexpensive Arca-Swiss compatible plates available from Giottos, Flashpoint (Adorama house brand), and some of the other Chinese ball head mfgs. The reason for the trial and error would be that some of these might not be size compatible with your RRS lever clamp (it's got to be within some pretty tight tolerances to lock solidly with the lever style clamp, but I doubt that they differ that substantially). Those that are a bit bigger dimensionally would work, but you'd have to do a little filing to bring them down to size. I don't have an RRS lever clamp, so I don't know which plates might work with it, but there are probably some users that post to one of the fora that might have some experience. The price differential might make it worth the effort.

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RRS also makes more generic plates for tripod mounts, I'd just go to them if I end up getting the Tamron. I posted some samples taken with my 55-300 on another Pentax board, asking others if theirs were the same. Judging on the example that one person posted, I think I have a bad copy, so I sent it in for repair. If it comes back with less blurriness at the edges I'll just keep it rather than stepping up in class. If they say it's within tolerances for the lens, then I'll probably sell it and get either the Tamron or the Pentax DA*200.
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RSS? for me? no way i can afford their over pricing..
i've got a L bracket that's a big help doing panos.
it's a DIY that's not too pretty but it works
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RSS? for me? no way i can afford their over pricing..
i've got a L bracket that's a big help doing panos.
it's a DIY that's not too pretty but it works
......got any schematics for this brute of yours?
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Earlier this week I was using the K20 on a tripod and thinking about how I've grown very used to using it. One of the things I'm so happy I got was the Really Right Stuff L-Bracket and quick release plate - it sure makes it quick and easy to change from landscape to portrait, without having to completely line everything up (and making sure that the head drop is in the right place). I occurred to me that if I were to upgrade to the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 lens, I'd have to buy a plate for the tripod mount on the lens, as the L-Bracket is custom designed for the camera.

And THAT thought brought me up rather short - I'm strongly considering getting the K-7 sometime before Christmas and I would hate to have to do without the L-bracket now. So I emailed Really Right Stuff and asked if they were going to be making one to fit it. They answered right away and said they haven't decided one way or the other - it will depend on demand. So if you are thinking about buying a K-7 and use (or want to use) one of their L-brackets, email them to let them know that there's interest out there.

For anyone who isn't sure what I'm talking about, I'd be happy to answer what I can from my own experience, or check out Really Right Stuff's web page. I have no affiliation with the company, but this bracket is one of several things helped me go from a tripod-hater to someone who uses one quite often.

I wonder if there's other little accessories I use that will have to be upgraded if/when I buy the K-7. I wonder how long it will take Adobe to put out an upgrade to ACR that will recognize pef from it? I think my photography hobby is starting to get out of control!
Harriet, what is the model number of the K20 bracket?
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