I’ve found a good L-Bracket for the K-1!

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Schleiermacher Senior Member • Posts: 2,369
I’ve found a good L-Bracket for the K-1!
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Good L-brackets are expensive and sometimes difficult to source for the Pentax K-1 (and presumably K-1ii). I have found a good one for about $58.50 (US). It’s less than half the price of the $120.00 custom designed one for the K-1 made by Really Right Stuff.

Make and Model:

3 Legged Thing Ellie Universal L-Bracket with Shorter Base

Model #: Ellie-S-G

This model is adjustable and does not block access to the battery compartment door or to the HDMI/USB/DC-IN ports. When flush against the left side of the camera, it does slightly inhibit opening and closing the MIC/Headphone ports. I am able to open and close these covers but it’s a bit tight. I suspect that the adjustability of the unit would allow me to accommodate opening these two port covers more easily if I really needed access to them (but I don’t). Finally, the beveled rear of the bracket base does not interfere with the movement of the tilting LCD screen. Over all, it’s an excellent match for the K-1 (and other Pentax DSLR’S due to its adjustability.

It is also finely machined and very solid. It comes in two colors slate grey or copper orange.

3 Legged Thing makes many L-Brackets. Be sure to order the model above that is adjustable and has the shorter base otherwise the base plate will block the battery compartment door.

Pictures of it on my K-1:

Adjustable base and no interference with nattery compartment door

Cut-out accommodates opening door to lower side ports

Top of side bracket presses against the base of the mic/speaker port covers making access a bit tricky.

Beveled base accommodates full range of motion of rear LCD

The reason we love L-brackets!

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Fotoni Contributing Member • Posts: 990
I'm using a cheap L-bracket made for D3200

Before selling the D3200, almost included the L-bracket with it until tried it with the K-1 just for fun. It is not top convenient because side connectors and the battery door are blocked. Does not fit 100%, but fits 99% and no real problems after a couple years. Paid about $20 from it. I'm just cheap if there is a way without real problems.

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Pontoneer Veteran Member • Posts: 3,141
Re: I’ve found a good L-Bracket for the K-1!

Why would you bother with such a thing when you can just tilt the tripod head over to the side ?

I have always used Manfrotto 3D heads - such as the MN229 , which has a degree of freedom to do exactly this ; and a spirit level for each degree of freedom ( although the K-1 also has levels on the rear display ) and allows quick and simple changes from portrait to landscape modes .

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OP Schleiermacher Senior Member • Posts: 2,369
Re: I’ve found a good L-Bracket for the K-1!
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I use different tripods, including a light duty, travel one. If I drop the camera into the ballhead slot as required for portrait mode, it lowers the camera height (making it difficult to compose thru the optical viewfinder) and is difficult to level out in the field. L-Brackets such as this one don’t enable me to do something new; they enable me to do something I already do more easily with less fuss in the field. The ergonomics and simplicity are worth it for me and many others.

If you are happy without one, great!

For those of us who prefer them, this one is a great option.

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tex Veteran Member • Posts: 8,491
Yes, I have this and it works great. /nt
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Gary Martin Veteran Member • Posts: 4,828
Re: I’ve found a good L-Bracket for the K-1!
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I've been using the Kirk L-Bracket for my K-1 for several years now, but I see that it's no longer available. Glad to see we have other options, thanks for sharing.

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OP Schleiermacher Senior Member • Posts: 2,369
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Gary Martin wrote:

I've been using the Kirk L-Bracket for my K-1 for several years now, but I see that it's no longer available. Glad to see we have other options, thanks for sharing.

thanks. Another bonus is that this same model works on my very small Fujifilm x-t20 w/o blocking battery door. I’ve ordered a second one for that camera. Quite a versatile model.

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gavinhw Regular Member • Posts: 136
Re: I’ve found a good L-Bracket for the K-1!

Good to know that the Ellie Short works with the K -1 and some of the Fujifilms because I own Fuji bodies as well!

I bought an Ellie (regular) in copper orange and it also doesn’t block the K-1’s battery door.

After I’ve used it for a while, I’ll post a review. But briefly, I can say that it isn’t a perfect fit because it’s a generic L-bracket and thus does not enjoy the benefit of snugly resting against the contours of the camera body. Moreover, some of the other doors (mic., etc.) are blocked, but this is not an issue if you aren’t doing video.

I think for smaller primes, the bracket won’t rotate out of place when flipping back and forth between landscape and portrait so it’ll be fine. I will need to test whether using a heavy, long lens like the D FA 70-210 is problematic.

I apologize for the poor photo. I’m too

lazy to set things up properly.

gavinhw Regular Member • Posts: 136
Re: I’ve found a good L-Bracket for the K-1!

Good find. I was curious too, and gave 3 Legged Thing a try over the Christmas holidays. See my other reply.

tex Veteran Member • Posts: 8,491
Here are photos I posted
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over at the best Pentax website:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/6-pentax-dslr-discussion/413407-l-plate-k1-mk-ii.html#post5089044

scroll down if you need to.

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