As I have described in the Benro MPB150T Multi Purpose L Bracket Review, these brackets had been announced in Benro's catalogs about two years ago, but it was only in the past year that they appeared on the shop selves.
For a long time now, I wanted to get one for review, but the review was always postponed. Finally I decided to get one together with a Benro MPB150T Multi Purpose L Bracket for testing, from my local supplier.
Once again MPB10 is the smaller of the two Multi Purpose rails in the Benro line.
As I already have a couple of sturdy Nodal/Macro rails, I made my choice based on the small size of this rail, as it suits nicely for the role of a light flash bracket support rail as well as the role of a nodal rail for the MPB150T L bracket when used as a multi row Panorama head.
|Multi Purpose Brackets specification courtesy of Benro web site.|
Its dimensions are 167 x 38 x 20 mm, which are total Rail length (with clamp screw knob), Rail width and total thickness (including screw knob) respectively.
The actual rail length is 150mm and its thickness 9,5mm (3/8"). Total thickness including clamp jaws 14mm. The number of 20mm coresponds to the screw knob diameter.
Total verified weight is 124gr without the base screw.
According to Benro, their brackets are CNC machined and treated to a corrosion-proof system to reduce wear and enhance appearance. And they are compatible to the Arca Swiss® quick release system and accessories.
Using the rail...
As a Flash Bracket support rail.
The small profile and light weight of the MPB10 are nice attributes for an Arca Swiss® compatible flash-bracket holding rail. It can be hand held or mounted on a tripod head at will.
For reference you can see a macro setup in the photo on the left. Benro MPB10 is mounted on a Canon EOS 400D with EF-S 60mm Macro lens, holding a Boling C-Shaped flash bracket equipped with a Hejnar PHOTO F60 1" Quick Release Clamp, which in turn support the Canon Speedlite 580EXII flash with a DIY diffuser
Further, the system is quite versatile allowing for flash bracket attachment at either side of the rail, thus exploiting all the features of the Boling C-shaped bracket which permits a 90 degree adjustment of the flash sideways.
|The rail is clamped on the Arca compatible camera base plate. The flash bracket equipped with a QR clamp is attached on the rail's upper dovetail and can be adjusted back-forth.|
|The flash bracket S-shaped base permits also a shift away from the camera. But more on the matter in my (pending) Create a Versatile Macro Flash Bracket article.|
As a Nodal slide rail on a Panorama clamp.
According to the Benro site illustrations the "MPB10 operating conditions" is of a nodal slide rail.
It is well suited for this use for smaller camera/lens combinations. Either used in the simple landscape orientation or in combination with the Benro MPB150T Multi Purpose L Bracket, for use in portrait orientation.
A simple example setup is seen in the photo on the right. This setup features Benro MPB10 mounted on a Benro B-2 Ball Head equipped with the Benro PC-0 Panorama Clamp, supported by the Benro A-298 EX Versatile Tripod.
|Supposing that the camera is already equipped with an Arca Swiss® compatible dovetail base plate, the camera is clamped on the MPB10 rail's quick release clamp.|
|By adjusting the rail on the Panorama Clamp according to the Lens's pupil entry point (nodal point) then the camera can be rotated around it for seamless panorama stitching. An elementary but simple and easy solution.|
Excellent machining, finishing, fitting and build quality.
Quick jaw control with the knob, that permits fast mounting/dismounting of cameras.
Smooth operation in all aspects.
Good value for money ratio.
Very difficult to impossible to unscrew the M3 safety stop screws.
Care should be taken when screwing with the supplied 1/4"-20 mounting screw, as it may damage your camera tripod socket threads.
Just a small reservation for the missing bubble spirit level for those that need one.
MPB10 can be used either as a separate unit and/or in combination with the MPB150T L Bracket for a singlr and/or multi row Panorama head.
Recommended as a nodal rail or as a flash bracket holder. Due to its dimensions is most suitable for entry level DSLRs (without a Grip) or the increasingly popular M4/3ds mirrorless cameras.
Assemble a Compact Benro Multi Row Panorama Head
I hope you found the article and ideas useful, thank you for viewing.
All Photos & Photosynths: © 2012 S.C.Vlachos
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Benro MPB150T Multi Purpose L Bracket Review
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Hejnar PHOTO F60 1" Quick Release Clamp Review
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