There’s such a wide range of accessories for your camera and lenses that one can hardly keep up with them, every minute another company launches a new product on the market. Many of them aren’t worth writing about, but the ProMediaGear immediately got my attention. The company is well-known in America, but lesser in Europe. I had the opportunity to test the "L-bracket" and the "Boomerang flash bracket".
Photographers need a tripod for certain jobs like taking a photo with a slow shutter speed. The tripod has a (ball) head and needs a plate to fix the camera/lens to the tripod/head. A standard plate gives you the advantage of being very small and no interference when shooting without a tripod. The downside is that if you have to take a picture in portrait format on a tripod, your camera and lens are hanging to the side of your tripod. This is a notably increased risk for accidents (tripod might collapse under the weight) as well as it leads to the additional difficulty to level your perfect shot. For this, the "L-bracket" has been developed. This is a product in the shape of the letter "L" and therefore leaves the bottom of your camera and opens next to the camera. All connections on the side of your camera remain available (each L-bracket is specific to a particular type of camera). The great advantage of this L-Bracket by ProMediaGear is that it is made out of two parts held together with two large screws. This makes it easy to transport and very firm when fixed together. As with other L-Brackets, a price tag of 200€ (four times the price of a standard plate) needs to be paid. More info can be found HERE (then specify your camera model).
Boomerang Flash bracket:
In the category of special accessories, this "Boomerang flash bracket" scores high tops. It looks almost futuristic, but the question is whether it’s also handy in use? I was eager to find out... For one of my customers, I had to photograph an event. During the reception, it attracted a whole lot of attention from the photographed invitees, but I must admit that I found it very useful. With a pull on the trade you change the position of the flash. The flash remains always on top, regardless whether you want to take pictures in landscape or portrait mode, the light source is coming from above and not from the side when taking portraits. The only thing you still need to buy extra (besides, of course, the flash) is a flash cable to connect the flash bracket to your camera for which I use a Nikon SC-29 cable. Would you purchase this product, you have to count on € 250. More info can be found HERE.
The company ProMediaGear that provides photographers with useful accessories recently enriched the European market. For you I tested both the "L-bracket" and the "Boomerang flash bracket". Both have an excellent build quality and work perfectly. They have the option to be dismantled which might cause some problems the first time, but which is a great advantage when transporting. A company certainly to be followed!