I am about to depart on an overseas trip which unfortunately means that I have to leave my preferred tripod and, even more importantly, my preferred Benro geared head at home. Whilst my little Gitzo tripod which I use as an alternative for overseas trips is excellent, the weak link is the attached 3-legged thing ball head when using the Fujifilm GFX 50s in portrait orientation.
Now, I could just buy myself a purpose made L Bracket to fit the GFX. The problem is that the majority of the brackets are extremely expensive and, which is my main bugbear, do not allow access to the side door for fitting a remote release. I could of course use the self timer or mobile app to trigger the shutter but I want to keep my time in the field as simple as possible, So I hunted around my house, found a universal L Bracket from my Canon days and an Adapter Plate Square Clamp and created my own GFX L Bracket hack!
It was a 2-minute job to attach the square clamp to the inside of the L bracket. The only tricky part (and it wasn’t really) was to position the clamp so that when the GFX was mounted it was a snug fit at the bottom. I have left the Benro plate on the camera which I use when the camera is horizontal and simply clamp the L bracket on when I was to shoot vertically. Simple but effective.
I had all of the required parts sitting around my house but if you want to make the GFX bracket hack yourself, you can order similar parts from Amazon by following this link.