Tripod manufacturer Three Legged Thing has developed a new L-bracket that’s designed to be adaptable to fit a wider range of cameras, and which will allow users to mount their camera in a variety of ways. Called Ellie, the bracket features sliding bars that allow size adjustment, dual Arca-Swiss mounting platforms and additional threads for attaching accessories such as microphones.

Ellie is made from ‘aerospace grade magnesium alloy’ and uses a pair of stainless steel sliding bars that allow users to tailor the length of the baseplate to suit the size of the camera. Two screw threads on the base offer a choice of mounting positions, while an opening in the construction provides space and access when L-shaped cables need to be connected to ports on the camera body.

As the position of these cable ports varies from one model to the next the bracket allows four mounting configurations to ensure the cut away section will correspond with ports in as many cameras as possible.

The bracket can be dissembled so the base doubles as a quick release plate, and both ends of the vertical standard feature two screw threads that will accept macro arms, flash attachments or audio equipment.

Ellie will be available in anodised copper or metallic slate grey color options in mid-March and will cost £64.99 / $69.99.

For more information see the Three Legged Thing website.

  • Horizontal Aspect Length: 95 mm - 128 mm / 3.74 “ - 5.04 "
  • Horizontal Aspect Width: 38 mm / 1.5 “
  • Vertical Aspect Height: 85 mm / 3.35 “
  • Vertical Aspect Width: 38 mm / 1.5 “
  • Weight: 96 g / 0.21 lb
  • Compatibility – Standard Arca-Swiss

Press release

3 Legged Thing Introduces Next Evolution of Universal L-Brackets

The award-winning British tripod maker announces a new Universal L-Bracket with increased compatibility with a wider range of cameras, and advanced functionality.

3 Legged Thing has announced a new evolution of universal L-Bracket. Following on from the huge success of the world’s best-selling L-Bracket 3 Legged Thing’s QR11-L, Ellie brings another dimension of compatibility with a wide range of mirrorless and DSLR cameras, and an unprecedented level of innovation.

L-Brackets are primarily used to switch from landscape to portrait on a tripod, whilst maintaining the focal plane and horizon. They are particularly popular with landscape, architecture, and studio photographers, yet used by photographers across all genres.

3LT Founder & CEO Danny Lenihan commented: “Ellie is the culmination of a year’s development and testing, and is built on the foundations of QR11 and hundreds of comments and emails from customers since the QR11 launched in 2017. It’s been a fantastic challenge for myself and the team, with more than a few hiccups in the process, but I’m delighted to be introducing what we believe is a new chapter in L-Bracket innovation.”

Compatible with standard Arca-Swiss clamps, Ellie’s design features 2 different screw mount slots in the base, allowing users to position the L-Bracket in the optimal position for their camera. The length of the bracket base can be adjusted thanks to two rigid stainless steel sliding bars which are then fixed into position by the user. The rear edge of the base is sloped to better enable screen access.

Ellie’s vertical aspect has an opening in one side, allowing users with L-shaped cable pins to connect accessories to their cameras more easily. Thanks to the dual Arca-Swiss profile and identical mount-ends,this opening can be placed in one of four positions, by inverting or reversing the vertical aspect, which is secured to the base via two adjustable stainless steel rods. A handy mini tool with two sizes of Allen key to adjust the sliding bars, and the vertical aspect, is also supplied with Ellie.

Both ends of the vertical aspect house two 1/4”-20 threads, allowing users to attach accessories, including microphones or mounting arms, to the bracket. The base of the bracket also features a strap attachment slot. Ellie’s base plate is beautifully contoured so that it can also be used separately as a quick release plate without the upright.

Adding a different type of functionality, Ellie’s vertical aspect can also be mounted downwards from the plate, effectively creating a rocker head when used with the tripod head adjusted into the 90 degree position.

Made from aerospace grade magnesium alloy, Ellie will be available in two anodized finishes – Copper(orange) and Metallic Slate Grey. The product is available to pre-order today from 3 Legged Thing’s website, and from local camera stores, with a suggested retail price of £64.99 / $69.99. Ellie will be released in mid March 2019. Visitors to The Photography Show 16-19th March at the NEC, Birmingham, UK will be able to see Ellie there on 3 Legged Thing’s stand #E71.