More Rotating Camera Mounts: A Review of Falcam and Ulanzi’s Rotating Bracket Options

Nearly each accent model is taking the horizontal-to-vertical rotation mounts very severely. Let’s see what Ulanzi’s vary of choices have to supply.

Rotating digital camera mounts or brackets as alternate options to L-brackets have been gaining a lot reputation amongst photographers who usually use tripods and must swap between taking pictures horizontally and vertically. That’s why virtually each model that make such equipment have been racing to supply their very own model of those easy however very helpful instruments. Ulanzi has been one of many standard manufacturers for L-brackets, digital camera cages, and different assist gear up to now few years, they usually have three distinctive variants of this device to supply.

Rotating Digital camera Bracket Generalities

All rotating digital camera mount brackets are made up of a digital camera mounting plate connected to a collar that wraps across the base of the lens’ barrel with an internally sliding ring in the midst of the 2 stationary layers. This collar is then linked to a different plate normally lowered by about an inch by way of a stem and this plate is the one used to mount your entire setup on a tripod (or another suitable assist accent). All rotating brackets (not less than all people who we have now examined at this level) require that the lens be eliminated as a way to mount the plate onto the digital camera because the part nearest the lens mount is usually the one with the smallest diameter. On one aspect of the collar is usually the place a friction management knob can be discovered and that is used to lock or unlock the rotation of the digital camera. It’s additionally vital to notice that sure lenses with accent ports (such because the Tamron 28-75mm G2’s USB-C port) might not be suitable or is likely to be considerably tight with some variants.

The Ulanzi S-63

The S-63 rotating mount plate package is the usual possibility for Ulanzi’s rotating brackets. This specific mannequin is suitable with Sony cameras and lenses as a result of variants for different manufacturers differ by way of the diameter of the collar. The S-63 rotating bracket has a digital camera mounting plate on one aspect and a mounting foot plate on the opposite. The digital camera mount plate is a universal-fit plate that takes up about 1/3 of the floor of the digital camera’s base, whereas the mounting foot is usually the identical dimension positioned on the opposite aspect. The crimson rotation knob might be discovered on the decrease left aspect of the collar. The bracket can typically can rotate 360 levels, besides that going from 270 levels again to 0 is hindered by the knob hitting one of many plates.

In variations from different manufacturers, such because the one from SmallRig, there’s a lens launch button extension that makes it simple to entry the lens launch button. This model from Ulanzi in addition to the opposite ones talked about on this overview should not have that characteristic, which signifies that the consumer must squeeze their means into the small hole between the digital camera and the collar to press the button.

This specific variant is just about the essential model of rotating brackets apart from its distinctive characteristic, which is the truth that the plate on the digital camera’s aspect can be Arca-Swiss mount suitable, giving two choices for the right way to mount it on a tripod.

The Ulanzi Claw S-63

One in every of Ulanzi’s well-developed product strains is its fast launch techniques that permit easy mounting of equipment onto the cameras or vice versa. Ulanzi developed a compact fast launch system referred to as the “Claw,” which is made up of a sq. digital camera base plate that will match right into a locking receptacle on the tripod or accent which the digital camera is to be mounted on. This technique makes use of two buttons on reverse sides of the receptacle to rapidly unlock the plate and launch the digital camera.

The Claw S-63 rotating digital camera mount is made up of the identical structural components and aesthetic discovered on the usual S-63 variant. The digital camera base plate remains to be Arca-Swiss sort, which is an efficient just-in-case characteristic for when the digital camera must be mounted on different assist gear as a result of the principle mounting plate in entrance is the one that’s suitable with the Ulanzi claw equipment. Which means whoever would select this specific variant must mount the claw mounting receptacle onto all of the tripods and equipment on which they intend to mount this bracket on or use devoted equipment in the identical product lineup.

Utilizing the Claw fast launch system does typically require committing to your entire system if one makes use of a number of tripods and different equipment. When L-brackets have been the one vertical mounting choices accessible, it might have been counterproductive to make use of a much less common (or much less accessible) mounting model, however because the rotating brackets make it doable to shift to a distinct orientation with out eradicating the digital camera, this quick-release system makes numerous sense.

The Falcam Rotating Half-Cage

Falcam is certainly one of Ulanzi’s sub-brands that supply extra complicated and modular equipment with interchangeable and DIY constructing choices. Falcam makes use of mounting plates that, along with having their very own quick-release choices, are principally inter-compatible with not less than one different mounting system. Falcam equipment have F22, F38, and F50 mounting plates that adjust within the dimension of the plate. The Falcam F22 is one other sort of quick-release system that’s typically used for fast mounting of small equipment onto digital camera cages and arms. The Falcam F38 plate is an Arca-Swiss model base that has extra ridges for its personal quick-release backside plate/clamp, and the Falcam F50 plate is a thicker plate that matches sliding quick-release mounts generally discovered on video tripod fluid heads with an identical model to the Manfrotto 501PL.

The Falcam rotating digital camera mount has a rear base plate that’s suitable with the F50 fast launch system when mounted on the longer aspect and suitable with the F38 and Arca-Swiss model mounting when on the shorter aspect. As well as, it has three 1/4” screw threads for added mounting choices. The entrance plate has the identical dimensions which signifies that it gives the identical compatibility with the F50 and F38 techniques together with its personal set of three 1/4” screw threads.

What makes this rotating bracket distinctive is that it has an extra mounting plate with a shorter stem that’s positioned perpendicular to the entrance plate. This secondary plate rotates together with the lens collar, which permits it to be positioned parallel to the highest plate of the digital camera. This secondary plate is suitable with the F22 fast launch system and in addition to the F38 and Arca-Swiss mounts. This then permits for further equipment comparable to a prime deal with to be simply mounted onto the setup. On the similar time, that is the one variant of rotating brackets amongst all that we have now seen to this point that will then permit the digital camera to be mounted vertically with the flip display screen on prime. With all three plates positioned on the underside, left, and prime sides of the digital camera (going through the viewfinder), there are typically three sides accessible for mounting, which resembles the performance of a half-cage. As well as, the inter-compatibility of the F38 and F50 mounting plates permits this bracket to be mounted instantly onto most gimbal stabilizers with out having to make use of proprietary base plates.

As a substitute of a knob, a ratchet sort lever that may be pulled to vary alignment might be discovered on the decrease left aspect. On the backside of the entrance half, proper under the lens collar, are two hex screws that may be loosened to regulate the peak between the digital camera base plate and the connecting stem of the collar.

Varied accent manufacturers are popping out with so many variations of this standard new device that may have numerous implications for effectivity in each pictures and video. The important thing can be to search out which variant would greatest fit your wants and would profit your workflow essentially the most. On the finish of the day, the abundance of choices shall be for the nice of all shoppers.

What I Favored:

A number of modular choices
Multi-purpose mounting compatibility
Not less than two mounting choices on every variant

What Can Be Improved:

No lens launch button extender on any of the variants
Restricted vary of rotation when utilizing cameras with cumbersome hand grips