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Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III

B&H # KIBL5D3 Mfr # BL-5D3
You Pay: $139.95
Product Highlights
  • Tripod Mount Bracket
  • For Arca-Type Quick Release System
  • Full Use of Remote Switch
  • Full Access to Rubber Side Hatches
  • Machined From Lightweight Aluminum
  • 3.6 oz
  • Allows Use of Camera Strap

The Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III is an ultra-compact, lightweight tripod mount that is custom designed to snugly fit a Canon 5D Mark III camera body. Machined from a 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 tripod mount systems that use the Arca Swiss type clamp.
Designed to allow use of the Canon Remote Switch, even in vertical format.
Custom made one-piece bracket machined from lightweight 6061TG Aluminum.
Allows full access to rubber side hatches.
Allows use of camera strap.
Weight 3.6 oz (102g)
Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III
  • 2 x Allen Key
  • 5-Year Warranty
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    KirkBL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III
     
    4.7

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (11)
    • Fits well (11)
    • Improves tripod function (10)
    • Solid/sturdy (10)
    • Attaches firmly (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (19)
      • Portraits (14)
      • Night shots (13)
      • Travel (5)
      • Home (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (7), Pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (21)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Fits like a glove

      I bought this L-bracket to use primarily for shooting panoramas in portrait mode.
      The key benefits of this bracket include:
      + customized slip proof support of the camera in portrait, as well...Read complete review

      I bought this L-bracket to use primarily for shooting panoramas in portrait mode.
      The key benefits of this bracket include:
      + customized slip proof support of the camera in portrait, as well as landscape modes
      + easy access to I/O ports on the side of the camera
      + sensor centering lines (I use this for set up in finding the nodal point of a lens)
      + threaded hole that will allow for a custom strap (I use the Black Rapid RS-7)

      The key downside considerations:
      - expensive (but not really when compared to the alternatives)
      - need to remove the stock Canon Camera strap

      The custom fit of this bracket will ensure that my camera does not slip because of a over/under tightening of the screw that holds the bracket to the camera. In addition to the front lip on the bracket that is custom designed to wrap up around the camera, there is the added support provided by a bolt that utilizes the camera's camera strap loop (see 14of the additional images).

      The open nature of the bracket will easily allow for the use remote controllers and other corded items (i.e. corded audio/video I/O devices).

      The sensor centering lines are very handy in ensuring that the camera is centered properly in the bracket and in a nodal rail, when setting up for the proper nodal point in shooting panoramic images.

      While this bracket is expensive for a simple piece of metal, it was much less expensive than some of the alternatives that I considered. When you also consider that this L-Bracket is customized for the 5D Mark III and functions much better than the alternatives, the price really starts to look like a real bargain.

      While the use of the camera's strap loop means you will have to lose the stock Camera strap, the inclusion of a threaded hole on the bottom of the bracket will allow for a custom strap like the Black Rapid RS-7 to be attached. I would also point out that the bracket is powder coated, which means that the first time you go to screw in the bolt through the camera strap, you MUST BE CAREFUL so you don't cross-thread and strip it out.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      pretty good

      Crazy bulky but I was expecting that. The one major complaint I have with this is that is that to take it off or put it on you have to remove the neck strap...Read complete review

      Crazy bulky but I was expecting that. The one major complaint I have with this is that is that to take it off or put it on you have to remove the neck strap and put it back on. This makes it a very time consuming and annoying process. If your camera mostly lives on a tripod then this product will make shooting vertical much better but if like me, you're shooting hand held as much as you're in a tripod then you might not like this. With it on you pretty much lose the ergonomic grip that the 5D III has.

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      5.0

      does what it is made for

      By Damir

      from Zürich, Switzerland

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well
      • Flexibility Onoff Change
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

      • A Bit Flimsy 2nd Screw

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

      i use the kirk L-bracket for 7d and was surprised to see that the 5d3 one is slightly differently fixed to the camera with an additional screw - however, this does not change anything to the practicability and ease to use once its on the camera. well done kirk! ... only the price could be lower;)

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      4.0

      Quality as expected.

      By ethernectar

      from Orange County, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits

        Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

        Gives you the option for vertical tripod mounting without having to tilt your tripod head.

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        5.0

        worked well on my 5D3

        By Simon Li

        from Ashburn, VA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

          Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket fit my 5D3 smoothly

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          5.0

          Excellent

          By Mad Dan

          from Concord NH

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability

          Cons

          • Expensive

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

          The fit and design are excellent. Everything is accessible on the camera.

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          5.0

          A must have

          By Brightone

          from Savannah, GA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

            This is the best thing I could have gotten for the 5dmk3. Fits perfectly, allows access to everything you need.

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            5.0

            Glad I Bought It

            By Edward in Edgewood

            from Edgewood, KY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Travel

              Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

              Sturdy but very light. Fast, stable changes fron portrait to landscape, yet still comfortable tonhand hold the camera with he plate attached,

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              4.0

              Excellent quality, but not "snug"

              By Scott

              from Portland, OR

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

              • Too Large

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

              I use Kirk plates or L-brackets on all my cameras, and have been quite happy with the quality. They fit well, the anodizing is robust, the fasteners are high quality, and they are compatible with every other Arca-Swiss product I've tried. They are at least as good as Really Right Stuff brackets, and seem to be built more solidly than other competitors like Hejnar or Sunwayfoto.

              I especially like the Kirk L-brackets when working in a studio, as they're very quick to reposition, and provide clearance and protection for many cables. Unlike some other L-brackets, it's actually workable to plug in a PC cord, USB, HDMI, and remote shutter release all at once, and the bracket provides a cage of sorts to prevent any connector damage.

              In the field, they provide great protection and reliably clamping even when dirty/muddy.

              There are three areas that could be improved:

              * There are milled lines marking the center of the sensor, both vertically and horizontally. These are very handy. However, they are black anodized just like the rest of the L-bracket, making them very difficult to see / line up in the dark. It would be great if these were filled with white paint or something similar.

              * The anodizing is sturdy overall, but not sturdy enough on the 1/4-20 threads on the underside. If you use this bracket mounted to another device via that hole, the anodizing on the threads will get worn off. Not a big deal.

              * The 5D Mark 3 bracket in particular extends about 1/2" further than necessary to the left side of the camera. I think this was done intentionally, to provide a channel for cables to be routed between the camera and the bracket, but I far prefer the more snug design of the 5D Mark 2 bracket.

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              5.0

              Best L-bracket for photography

              By Joe

              from Hartland, Michigan

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots

                Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

                The best and only way to shoot landsacpe photos. East to attach and use. Fits wounderful, you have access to all the camera ports and controls. The bracket also provids a left handle for holding the camera, although not the intended use. The bracket also provides a perfect foot when you set the camera down.

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                4.0

                Works great

                By Photographer

                from Washington DC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Slides To The Left

                Cons

                • Fat Side
                • Inability To Swing Covers

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

                  This L-bracket fits the Canon 5D Mark III fine. If you loosen the connector screw on the bottom, it is designed to slide out so that you can access the plugs on the side of the camera with a non-L shaped connector (e.g., cable release plug) when shooting in portrait mode. Although the 5D3's plug covers are designed to pivot, only the right side can swing under the plate properly; the left side does not. Also, the portion of the L-bracket that goes up the side of the camera is really fat to make space for plugs. It would have been better if this was a two-piece design so that it is not always taking so much space (e.g., for storage in my bag). The fat side and the inability to swing out the left cover on the side is the reason for 4-stars rather than 5-stars.

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                  5.0

                  Kirk L bracket

                  By flailin

                  from Portland, OR

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

                        Not much to dislike here. Use on my Canon 5D III and it fits well. Very solid build, hasn't loosened yet (but eventually all plates that screw in will). I think it's nice that there are two attachment points. The one on the side allows attachment of my neck strap but also attaches the side part of the L plate.

                        It could be lighter, but Kirk stuff is always a bit heavier than some other brands. Maybe that's a good thing, very solid. Helps protect your camera.

                        It will make your camera slightly bigger. It still goes into my bags easily enough, though I now rotate the camera for my camera backpack. As far as the camera feel, it will feel bigger, but you quickly get used to that.

                        I have a lever clamp on my head so switching from horizontal to vertical is pretty easy with this. Nice to not have to worry whether the slot on the tripod head is rotated to the right position or not, and shooting from the same height. It doesn't really block access to the side-hatches on my 5D III, nice that my big fingers still fit in there to open the hatches.

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                        5.0

                        Works like a Champ

                        By JimG

                        from Fleming Island, FL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

                          Mounted the bracket and reattached the camera strap to the left side Canon 5DIII camera. All things fit just fine. There is a little extra on the bottom of the camera for hand held shooting but not a problem. My real concern was attaching my remote shutter release which is on the left side of the camera. My concern was unfounded. The remote shutter release works just fine in vertical or horizontal mode with the camera on a tripod. I can find no reason to take it off the camera. I tested the bracket on a week hike in the mountains of Colorado, without a single problem.

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                          5.0

                          Well Made - Does the job

                          By FlowerMan

                          from Colorado

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

                            Use it to do portrait format panoramas, both directly on the tripod head, and also sometimes together with a nodal rail. Arca-Swiss compatible quick release design works fine with both the Induro and Oben tripod heads I own

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                            5.0

                            Fits like a glove

                            By Mister Mister

                            from Hollywood, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fits Well

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

                              Once I got this L-Bracket it was very easy to install and fit perfectly to the camera. Very pleased with the L-bracket.

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                              5.0

                              Perfect fit for my 5D Mark III

                              By Harlod

                              from Boulder

                              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

                                Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

                                Well made product. The strap loop is a nice addition. Easy to get at the connectors.

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                                5.0

                                Changed my shooting experience

                                By pco

                                from Central Florida

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

                                  I shoot mostly nature and landscapes, often with a tripod, and this has really opened up doors for me. Sure it was possible use my camera in portrait orientation with just my ball head, but this makes is so much more stable and gives me much better stitching for panoramas and the like. I will never go back to shooting without one. And I can't imagine you would need a more expensive L-bracket -- this thing is really well made and designed.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great bracket for my 5dmk3

                                  By Juan P. Bialade

                                  from Olivos, Buenos Aires, Argentina

                                  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
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

                                    This is great.. for landscapes, portraits, if you need a L type bracket for an Arca Swiss type ball head.. this is the one. Strong and very lightweight construction. Get one of this now!

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                                    4.0

                                    fits right

                                    By Chuck Steak

                                    from Chicago

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

                                      Would've been 5 stars if the camera strap mount had another half mm of clearance and of course it fits better in some plates than others. Overall though, it's just what I needed.

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                                      5.0

                                      vety good

                                      By hank

                                      from Wiley co.

                                      About Me Photography Student

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Night Shots
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

                                        I like the plate,seame to be convieant and sturdy.and i like the free shipping.

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                                        4.0

                                        OK so far

                                        By Tom

                                        from Orinda, CA

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

                                              What I like: * It's moulded to conform to the body of the camera* It has a positive connection to the strap eyelet. * It's the same weight and bulk of the RRS one I had for the 5D Mark I.What I don't like* Cost - this seems very pricy for what you get. There not a lot of R&D that goes into this, and the raw cost looks to be less than about $.* One advantage (connection to strap eyelet) is also a disadvantage, in that your camera strap is now attached to the L bracket. Not an issue if you leave it on all the time, but a pain if you don't.* Style. There is none. This won't make your camera look "cooler".I bought this over the RRS because it's moulded to fit the body, whereas RRS version is a retainer bar that will likely create rubs on the camera body. Also, the finish on the RRS and the hardness of the aluminum weren't top notch on my earlier version, but I don't know if the Kirk bracket is better - I would guess not. Functionally, they do the same thing, cost the same, look pretty much the same and will outlast your camera.

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                                              5.0

                                              Fits like a glove

                                              By SUSOM

                                              from New York

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Pros

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

                                              Cons

                                              • Expensive
                                              • Must remove camera strap

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Portraits

                                              Comments about Kirk BL-5D3 L-Bracket for Canon 5D Mark III:

                                              I bought this L-bracket to use primarily for shooting panoramas in portrait mode.
                                              The key benefits of this bracket include:
                                              + customized slip proof support of the camera in portrait, as well as landscape modes
                                              + easy access to I/O ports on the side of the camera
                                              + sensor centering lines (I use this for set up in finding the nodal point of a lens)
                                              + threaded hole that will allow for a custom strap (I use the Black Rapid RS-7)

                                              The key downside considerations:
                                              - expensive (but not really when compared to the alternatives)
                                              - need to remove the stock Canon Camera strap

                                              The custom fit of this bracket will ensure that my camera does not slip because of a over/under tightening of the screw that holds the bracket to the camera. In addition to the front lip on the bracket that is custom designed to wrap up around the camera, there is the added support provided by a bolt that utilizes the camera's camera strap loop (see 14of the additional images).

                                              The open nature of the bracket will easily allow for the use remote controllers and other corded items (i.e. corded audio/video I/O devices).

                                              The sensor centering lines are very handy in ensuring that the camera is centered properly in the bracket and in a nodal rail, when setting up for the proper nodal point in shooting panoramic images.

                                              While this bracket is expensive for a simple piece of metal, it was much less expensive than some of the alternatives that I considered. When you also consider that this L-Bracket is customized for the 5D Mark III and functions much better than the alternatives, the price really starts to look like a real bargain.

                                              While the use of the camera's strap loop means you will have to lose the stock Camera strap, the inclusion of a threaded hole on the bottom of the bracket will allow for a custom strap like the Black Rapid RS-7 to be attached. I would also point out that the bracket is powder coated, which means that the first time you go to screw in the bolt through the camera strap, you MUST BE CAREFUL so you don't cross-thread and strip it out.

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