you did not get the point.
yes your correct the distance is closer....
BUT: image user plugging the usb cable (theats...) to pc or promote control device or even only the shutter release cable from a canon to the merlin. then you must move the cam so between cam and head (L-bracket) is more place so cable & plugs have space.
And second: look at my screenshot of the manual bottom right image of the six images of page5/6: look at the panohead: the scaling of the degrees.... got it? if you're behind the cam's viewfinder you cant see this scaling because its on other side of the head....
so turn cam just 180 degreen on this L-bracket and all this is solved. And because of space needed for the shutterrelease and usb its also closer or same distance...
Do you match the NPP having the camera mounted to the L-bracket with MerlinÂ´s Arm on the right?
what a nasty question ;-)))
using only the L-backet + portrait mode:
NO chance if arm is right to cam. (miles away)
and also not possible if arm is left to arm (x,y an z direction relative to NPP according to 18-35,70-210mm canon standard lens) (finally in mm range out of NPP)
so if your shooting object is not to near, not inside shot APG will cure the patient...
using the L-Bracket + setting a simple bracket on top of L-bracket + portrait mode:
yes it works perfect with 18-35mm and nearly perfect on the 70-210mm
I attached some shots made with the mobile phone - so ugly unsharp despite the used stabiliser