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Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body

B&H # KIBLD3 Mfr # BL-D3
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You Pay: $179.95
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  • For Arca-Type Quick Release System

The Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket is an ultra-compact and lightweight L-bracket that is custom designed to snugly fit a Nikon D3 Series camera body. Machined from one single piece of 6061T6 industrial strength aluminum, it provides full access to all switches, sockets, and the battery drawer. This design allows you to release, turn, and remount your camera in mere seconds, when switching from horizontal to vertical orientation and back. It is especially ideal for use with shorter macro, wide-angle, and tilt-shift lenses.

For use with quick release systems that use the Arca Swiss type clamp.
Weight 5.2 oz (147g)
Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body
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  • 5-Year Warranty
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    KirkBL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body
     
    4.9

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fits well (13)
    • Easy to use (12)
    • Improves tripod function (12)
    • Solid/sturdy (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (11)
      • Portraits (10)
      • Night shots (9)
      • Wildlife (8)
      • Sports/action (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      Reviewed by 16 customers

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      5.0

      Fantastic product !

      By Marc

      from Sherbrooke, Quebec

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Solid

      Cons

      • Little pricey

      Best Uses

      • studio

      Comments about Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body:

      I don't know how I could live many years without this ! sturdy, well designed and solid ! Recommended !

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      5.0

      Downright Perfect

      By akaflash

      from Canaan Valley, West Virginia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well
      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Portraits
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body:

        Fits my D3s perfectly!
        Advantage of an L bracket is endless, but aside from the obvious, it will also further protect you camera. I find it super useful for attaching a Cotton hand-grip as well, since Nikon doesn't want to place a strap groove like Canon.

        Works on all my different Arca-style clamps: Kirk, Acratech, Sunwayfoto, and Giottos.

        Built like a tank, super light.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Well Made

        By BSchirm

        from Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Improves Tripod Function
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body:

          Well made, as is the case with all Kirk products I have acquired over the years. I have a Kirk L-bracket on all my Nikon camera bodies.

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          • No

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          5.0

          L Bracket for Nikon D3s

          By PhotoByKim

          from Canning Vale Western Australia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function
          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body:

            After much deliberation I decided to purchase the L Bracket for the nikon D3s. When it arived I immediately put it on the camera and guess what - it fits perfectly. Last weekend I used it with my tripod and switching from landscape to portrait format is a breeze. What I like most about the set up is the way the camera and lense sit on the tripod, especially in Portrait. This is the other great thing about the L Bracket, it puts the camera and lense directly over the centre of the tripod in either format regardless of the layout. A great purchase and service was great too. Thank you B&H

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            5.0

            Awesome

            By dwightxm

            from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fits Well
            • Improves Tripod Function
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

            • Bulky
            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Portraits
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body:

            This bracket is well made and fits perfectly on the D3. It maintains access to all the ports and the battery.It makes it much easier to rotate the camera from vertical to horizontal orientation.
            I am using it with the Indurogear tripod with the Indurogear PHQ3 head. Fits perfectly.
            The bracket does add weight to an already heavy camera. I also had to increase space in the camera bag in order to accommodate the extra bulk.

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            5.0

            Excellent product !

            By Trungphoto1958

            from Ho chi minh city-Vietnam.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

            • Complicated Controls

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body:

            I use this L-Bracket for my nikon D3x and Gitzo tripod.with this Bracket,My camera stand very firmly on tripod in portait mode.

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            5.0

            Excellent !

            By Pierre

            from Montreal

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits

              Comments about Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body:

              Excellent, fit like a glove! A must have, but a bit expensive.

              I should purchase this bracket before any camera plate.

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              5.0

              Kirk BL-D3 "L" bracket

              By Pete

              from San Jose

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Improves Tripod Function
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body:

                  I've had one of these on my D3 since it was new. I like it so much that I bought one for my newly-acquired D3X.

                  These brackets are left on the cameras even for hand-held shots. I wouldn't be without them.

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                  5.0

                  Works Well

                  By Joe S

                  from Brandon, FL

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits Well
                  • Improves Tripod Function
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots

                    Comments about Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body:

                    Bracket is solid yet lightweight for its size. It works well and allows access to compartments for tethered shooting.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Dedicated L-bracket = best fit.

                    By Datiao

                    from NYC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Improves Tripod Function

                    Cons

                    • Pricey

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body:

                    I configured my support system around the Nikon D3s and the Arca-Type QRS. I opted for the Acratech GP-s Ballhead but determined that the Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket was a much better option than Acratech's L-bracket. The fact that it is D3 dedicated makes it more compact and a better fit. In addition the access to D3s ports and battery compartment is not obstructed so unlike other brackets it can be left on the camera comfortably.

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                    5.0

                    Dedicated L-bracket = best fit.

                    By Datiao

                    from NYC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Improves Tripod Function
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                    • Pricey

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body:

                    I'm using an Acratech GP-s Ballhead. Compared the Acratech L-bracket to the Kirk and it was a no-brainer. The Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket is a much better fit and allows access to battery, and ports without any additional adjustments.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Works as advertised

                    By Joe

                    from Los Angeles

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Improves Tripod Function
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                    • Bulky
                    • Price

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body:

                    On my D3S, fits like a glove and has no play. I like the strap eye-let, through which I loop an attachment to my Black Rapid strap (so I don't have to remove the strap for Tripod use, which is why you have an L Plate in the first place).

                    The "bulge" from the battery cover opening does get in the way of shooting at first, but I think you'll quickly adjust your grip for it. There is no interference with shooting vertically.

                    In addition to portrait mode, being able to connect vertically allows you to shoot horizontally if you're shooting from the side of the ballhead (fake-gimbal), so I'm glad I got the L Plate.

                    The cost is, of course, the real issue here. The price seems ridiculous for a piece of metal, but I really don't have any idea what the materials, machining, and quality control really cost.

                    Can't compare it to the RSS L Plate (which is the obvious alternative), but I'm very happy with the Kirk L Plate and am not looking to replace it.

                    It's basically perma-mounted on my D3S now

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                    5.0

                    BL-D3 L bracket

                    By Alnightr

                    from Kansas City, MO

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Improves Tripod Function
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portraits
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body:

                      I have used these products on other cameras and they work great. Very easy to change from horizontal to vertical shots

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Simplify the tripod process

                      By Cowboy

                      from Denver, Co

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Improves Tripod Function
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body:

                        Light-weight and sturdy. Works great with my Markins ballhead.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Superb fit and finish

                        By Kayak Mel

                        from Germantown, MD

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Fits Well

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Long Exposures

                          Comments about Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body:

                          This is a beautifully designed and constructed bracket. The fit to the D3 is superb and ingeniously allows access to the side cable openings on the D3. It is very lightweight and a good mate to the Kirk ballhead.

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                          5.0

                          Convenient and stable camera rotator

                          By Colin

                          from England, UK

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Fits Well
                          • Improves Tripod Function
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography

                            Comments about Kirk BL-D3 Compact L-Bracket for Nikon D3 Series Camera Body:

                            Enables quick rotation of camera on a tripod holding the camera centred over the ball head in horizontal and vertical orientations.

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