As you can see this bracket is incredibly versatile with it’s mounting options and configuration possibilities. Here’s a few more angles that show off the bracket with the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS Lens. I use this bracket often, so I apologize for the finger prints etc…
As you might be thinking this whole set-up is pretty heavy. For me it’s not a big deal, but for Michele it’s a bit to much to use weight wise. Totally understandable as the 5D mark II and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS lens plus the Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip makes for a pretty heavy camera by itself. I use the the camera strap a lot to help hold the weight when I scroll through images and stuff, but usually I just simple put the camera down on a table or whatever when I need to. The rig is very stable when you have the little foot swiveled to the correct position for balance, so I don’t hesitate to put it down rather than holding it for no reason like I used to. I used to be afraid to put the camera down as it was prown to falling over or getting knocked over. Plus the camera itself was on the surface or ground, which I never liked in case of a spill, dirt, wet grass etc..
I could care less about putting the Flash Bracket legs on the ground though and the camera is a few inches off the ground safe and sound. Great for outside on the grass or side walk etc… I must tell you, when not using off camera flash, a Flash Bracket like this is a great luxury to have!
Here’s a few more close-ups so you can see the quality and craftsmanship:
Everything on the QRS-H2 is well made in my opinion, especially for the money. The roller bearing system is smooth and the camera locks into each position with confidence. All the adjustable parts that need to be torqued down are allen screws which I really like as they won’t strip out over time. I also like the thumb screw lever on the camera mount plate for quick and easy camera changes. Ergonomically this bracket is great for me, but again it is a bit heavy fully loaded, so you must be pre-pared for that. I’m a pretty big dude so my arm length and hands fit really good. Especially on the left hand grip!
I also really like having the flash off the camera and I cannot tell you how easy and fast you can switch back and forth from landscape orientation to portrait. So fast in fact that as the bride and groom are coming down the isle you can easily rotate back and fourth while firing simultaneously. This was previously much harder as I had to bend and turn the flash every time. The battery pack is also totally worth every penny! I can shoot most of the wedding on one cycle of twelve AA batteries. 4 AA’s in the flash and 8 AA’s in the CP-E4 Battery Pack. I usually change them out for fresh batteries during the reception at some point.
Nothing on the QRS-H2 bracket is showing signs of wear that I can tell other than a few nicks and scratches here and there from my abuse.
One issue worth noting is occasionally I will let go of the bracket with my left hand so I’m only holding the rig with my right hand on camera. I do this sometimes to zoom the lens or manually focus. When holding the fully loaded bracket in that position it can rotate on you due to the weight and rotational torque. I would recommend holding the bracket with your left hand and using your right hand for zooming or precision focusing. No big deal really, but it is an adjustment when your so used to zooming with your left hand all the time like me.