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3 Legged Thing Gracy Review

3 Legged Thing Gracy review
Review

Price when reviewed

£99.99

$119.99 / €99.99

Our Verdict

The 3 Legged Thing Gracy makes a great addition to the kit of anyone who regularly uses a Fujifilm GFX 100S or 50S on a tripod. It can be adjusted to accommodate access to the connection ports for use in video mode or for charging or tethering, but it’s neatest when it’s close the left side of camera body. It’s a well-thought and well-made L-plate at an attractive price.

For

  • Battery compartment can be opened with the bracket in place
  • Well made yet lightweight

Against

  • Vertical plate needs to be moved to access the connection ports
  • Supplied Allen key easy to lose

What is the 3 Legged Thing Gracy?

The Gracy from 3 Legged Thing is latest in the company’s line of L-brackets. It’s designed specifically for the Fujifilm GFX 50S mark II and Fujifilm GFX 100S.

An L-bracket is like a tripod quick release plate but it has vertical plate as well as the usual horizontal one. This vertical plate fits along the left edge of the camera to enable it to be flipped into portrait orientation without the tripod head itself being moved. It’s designed to ensure that that the angle of view stays the same whichever orientation the camera is in and it avoids having to re-level the horizon.

3 Legged Thing has given the Gracy a combined 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 accessory attachment point near the bottom of the vertical plate, which can be used to attach an arm that can hold a light or monitor whether the camera is in portrait or landscape orientation.

 

Specification

  • Product type: L-plate
  • Compatible cameras: Fujifilm GFX100s, Fujifilm GFX 50S Mark II
  • Mount: Arca Swiss
  • Material: Magnesium alloy
  • Colours: Copper or Metallic Slate Grey
3 Legged Thing Gracy review

Performance

3 Legged Thing’s machining is excellent so the Gracy looks and feels great. There are no rough edges as everything has a high-quality finish.

The 3 Legged Thing mounts quickly and easily onto the body of the Fujifilm GFX 100S or GFX 50S II with a 1/4-20 threaded connection screwing into the camera’s tripod bush. There’s also a pin that pops into a hole in the camera body to stop it twisting when a heavy lens is mount.

In it’s basic set-up, the Gracy hugs the camera neatly so that it doesn’t become bulky or obtrusive – although we opted for the bright orange (Copper) version so it stands out a mile.

3 Legged Thing Gracy review

Once the Gracy is attached to the camera, the L-bracket takes the place of a tripod quick release place and fits easily and snuggly onto a 3 Legged Thing Tripod head – or any other Arca-Swiss compatible head. In this instance, I used a 3 Legged Thing AirHed Neo 2.0 and I could quickly swap the camera between landscape and portrait orientation.

3 Legged Thing has made the horizontal plate of the Gracy long enough to give scope for adjusting the position of the camera on the tripod head, but it doesn’t extend as far as the battery compartment. That means that you can swap batteries without having to remove the Gracy.

3 Legged Thing Gracy review

However, the rubber covers that go over the microphone, headphone, HDMI , USB-C and sync terminals are difficult to access. That’s an issue for photographers as well as videographers as there isn’t a battery charger in the box with the GFX100S. Consequently, the USB-C port needs to be accessible for charging, but it can also be used for tethering the camera to a computer.

There are a couple of solutions for this problem. The simplest is to open the covers before the Gracy is fitted, but that means that the ports are exposed to the elements. Instead, 3 Legged Thing recommends that the supplied Allen key is used to loosen the bolts to  enable the vertical plate to be moved away from the body of the camera before retightening everything.

3 Legged Thing Gracy review

This means  that the Gracy doesn’t look such a neat fit on the camera but the connection ports are accessible and the cables are secure. However, if the camera is used in portrait orientation, it and the lens are higher up than they would be normally and the centre point of the image will shift relative to its position in landscape orientation.

 

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