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03-13-2013, 07:24 PM   #1
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L-Bracket for K30?

Has anyone found an L-Bracket that works with a K30? I need something that will keep the center line of the lens over the pivot point of the tripod. (Nodal point for panoramas and such) I am of the opinion that an L-Bracket and a focusing rail shouldn't cost as much as the camera, but maybe I'm picky, so not expensive would be even better.

03-18-2013, 09:38 AM   #2
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i read somewhere in this forum that a korean company makes brackets for pentax.for k-30 i m not so sure
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But it does not look like a good fit. The vertical arm does not make contact with the camera body, so there is no 'grip' and it would easily twist away. Same issue I am struggling with. The issue as I am sure you know by now, is without a rigid lock on to the camera body, trying to swivel the camera left or right means the camera swivels inside the bracket giving you an unpredictable, unrepeatable slanted angle. Or that in vertical mode with a heavy lens setup, the camera slowly tilts down under its own weight.

So I am still looking -- anyone got a better L-Bracket solution for K30 please?
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I picked up a used Kirk BL-K7. Discontinued now, but it fits like a glove... maybe you can find one, or try another one that is designed for the K7. Good luck!

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QuoteOriginally posted by markdesmarais Quote
I picked up a used Kirk BL-K7. Discontinued now, but it fits like a glove... maybe you can find one, or try another one that is designed for the K7. Good luck!
Ill do a search and hope the gods bless my luck. So specifically -- have you tried this on a Pentax K30 and got a snug and rigit fit, thank you?
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Excellent products if youre looking for a software and hardware combo for taking multi-tier panoramic photographs and more, prices start around US$200. A bit of overkill for my purposes which is just to switch frames quickly in fast-changing landscape lighting conditions
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pewter Quote
Ill do a search and hope the gods bless my luck. So specifically -- have you tried this on a Pentax K30 and got a snug and rigit fit, thank you?
Yes, I have it on my K30 right now. I filed the mounting hole open just a touch, and it could probably use a touch more to get a perfectly tight fit for the stabilizing ridge along the back edge of the camera. I don't have any kind of cork or rubber between the bracket and the bottom either, that might make it tighter too. As it is now, there is a tiny shift as the ridge snugs up against the back of the camera, and then it is rock solid.



Closeup of the back ridge (anti-rotation feature)


You can see that the veritcal part does not touch the camera- I know you were looking for that. Doesn't seem to matter. I can open any door on the body (battery JUST clears).


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See my post (#10) in this thread.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ashurbanipal Quote
See my post (#10) in this thread.
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Thank you Steve, looked at your post, consider yours a serious contender and will update this thread when I have more info, cheers
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Took my bracket off and filed it a little more- now fits rock solid. I hadn't even noticed the little bit of play until you asked about it...
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QuoteOriginally posted by markdesmarais Quote
Took my bracket off and filed it a little more- now fits rock solid. I hadn't even noticed the little bit of play until you asked about it...
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