A week after writing about non-delivery (and emailing Really Right Stuff again), I still haven’t received my L-bracket, as described in my June 22 entry. It seems that I will have to telephone them to inquire, as something is not working with the email approach. When I emailed R.R.S. a week ago, I included my telephone number in my email, so perhaps they have an aggressive spam filter, or perhaps they just don’t understand that customer service is best handled by phone when a customer is becoming increasingly irritated.
One reader of this blog reports great dissatisfaction with the L-bracket for the Canon EOS 1D Mark III, finding it quite uncomfortable to use, a feeling he says was shared unanimously by four employees at Keeble & Shucat Photography in Palo Alto after they handled the 1D Mark III with the L-bracket (all were experienced Canon EOS 1D Mark II users, having used the RRS L-bracket on their Mark II bodies). Among other things, the reader states:
In addition to protruding too far forward, preventing convenient access to the lens with a tight, vibration-reducing grip, the bracket puts all of the pressure of holding the camera on the very small point in the palm of the left hand. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it could even give rise to muscle and/or nerve damage with professional photographers. The Mark II bracket, on the other hand, nicely curves around the battery holder, so that the photographer is gripping both the camera and the bracket equally.
This is disappointing to hear, but I cannot concur (or not) until I have the L-bracket on my own 1D Mark III.
I rely heavily on an L-bracket for vertical compositions on a tripod, and it has been very inconvenient to date without one. I hope that a viable solution exists, otherwise this will really hamper the user-friendliness of the 1D Mark III for tripod work.