Hogloff wrote in post #14556195
1. Extra weight with zero added functionality.
2. Extra bulk with zero added functionality.
3. Reduced ergonomics with zero added functionality.
4. Tighter fit and harder to manage in my bag with zero added funtionality.
There are some of the reasons why I take my L-plate off if I have no plans of using a tripod. Now Jon, other than being scared of losing the L-plate if you take it off your camera...what other benefits do you see always keeping the L-plate on your camera even if you have no intention of using the plate.
Hogloff, I think you are ignoring the fact that some people really do find added functionality in having the bracket permanently mounted on the camera. A number of items have been mentioned, but if they are not of use to you, then so be it. This really isn't a black and white subject - what works for some may not work for others, and what is detrimental to you may not bother most people.
If the extra couple of ounces and slight amount of material bothered me, I would be shooting a Rebel or a P&S. I have absolutely no problems with the ergonomics of the camera with the bracket on. My right hand does not contact it at all, and the only contact my left has is just at the ball of my thumb, which I actually find more comfortable than not having the bracket. As for storage of the camera, none of the (many) bags I have and use are so form fitting that the bracket would make any possible difference. I can’t imagine having a bag that was so tight I had to force the camera in. In addition, I may just be too lazy to put it on and take it off every time.
As for the tripod collar, I actually found another use for it when carrying the camera with a long lens. I have the shoulder strap adjusted so that I can stick the foot of the collar in my belt to take some of the weight, and to keep it from bouncing around. I don’t expect this to become a universal carry mode, but it works for me.
I don't think either view is wrong or right, and I don't think either side is going to convince the other to change, and I don't really think it matters at all in the overall scheme of things. We should all shoot the way we want.