Kirk BL-5DII L-Bracket for Canon 5D MarkII

Kirk BL-5DII L-Bracket for Canon 5D MarkII

Kirk BL-5DII L-Bracket for Canon 5D MarkII

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Product Highlights

  • Tripod Mount Bracket
  • For Arca-Type Quick Release System
  • Full Use of Remote Switch
  • Full Access to Side Hatches
  • 3.6 oz
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Kirk BL-5DII overview

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The Kirk BL-5DII L-Bracket for Canon 5D MarkII is an ultra-compact, lightweight tripod-mount that is custom designed to snugly fit a Canon 5D MarkII 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 light weight 6061TG Aluminum.
Allows full access to rubber side hatches.
Allows use of camera strap.
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Kirk BL-5DII L-Bracket for Canon 5D MarkII
  • Allen Key
  • 5-Year Warranty
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    Kirk BL-5DII specs

    Weight 3.6 oz (102g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.1 x 5.0 x 0.1"

    Kirk BL-5DII reviews

    BL-5DII L-Bracket for Canon 5D MarkII is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 38.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kirk L-Bracket for Canon 5DII Until I purchased this L-bracket, I used a standard flat plate with my ballhead to roll the camera over for portrait orientation. This often required adjustment of the tripod legs to get the camera into position, but I like simple in terms of gear and thought of the L-plate as a gimmick. No more. The L-bracket adds a minuscule amount of weight; is significantly faster than ball rotation and tripod adjustment, especially in the extreme outdoor settings where I work; and reduces to zero the chances of the camera settling in portrait mode. I prefer Kirk plates in general because I find them sturdier than others I have used.
    Date published: 2010-10-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great gear Everything I wanted. Mounts firmly. Lightweight. Well machined. I would have given it 5 stars, but the high price tag prohibits that. Functionally, my only gripe is with how this unit interacts with the remote cord cover on the 5d. Sure, you can pry open the rubber cover easy enough and pivot it out of the way. Plug your remote cord in and you're good to go. But if you want to mount the camera in a portrait orientation, you have to fiddle with the cover a bit so that is doesn't get in the way of the arca-swiss clamp. The remote cord is fine, it does not get in the way, just the rubber cover. A small nusience.
    Date published: 2012-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great addition for Arca-Swiss QR This is now attached to my Canon almost all the time. I love being able to quickly use my camera in landscape or portrait orientation in the Arca-Swiss Quick Release. It adds versatility to how I use the tripod for planned shots. It doesn't interfere with using the camera without the tripod and I actually like the feel of it now. It is well designed and doesn't obstruct the CF card panel, the battery panel or even the connection panels. I have even used it with the remote shutter release cables without taking it off. I thoroughly recommend this for use with an Arca-Swiss QR head.
    Date published: 2011-08-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never buy a body w/out a great L-Bracket I bought this in conjunction with my 5D/II, and honestly think it's the wisest photographic purchase I've made, beyond the camera itself. This is a beautifully machined and fitted L-Bracket that enables one to immediately change from landscape to portrait without upsetting the placement and balance of the tripod/head whatsoever. What with one of the main precepts of working a scene being to shoot both horizontally and vertically, an L-Bracket is simply a no-brainer for most kinds of photography. This L-Bracket fits the 5D/II like it was forged with the body itself. Also, the added weight is miniscule, and I find that the added width to the left side of the camera is almost a bonus, as it gives more area on that side to grasp the camera if needed. I leave the bracket on at all times, and find that it gives excellent access to all controls/sockets. It is hard without long fingernails to open the rubber flaps, but that is no big deal. These are a little bit on the pricey side, but I will never purchase another body without a quality L-Bracket to go with it!
    Date published: 2011-04-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Useful for tripods This bracket is solid and clips easily to my ball head in both portrait and landscape mode. Access to the electronic connections on the side is good except that that I can not quite get my shutter release cord to fit into its socket with the bracket in place, which complicates long exposures.
    Date published: 2010-12-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent L-Bracket It was between the Kirk and RRS L-bracket. I decided to go with the Kirk because it allows more room for the plastic tabs when you need to connect the remote and usb cables. Definitely great for tethered shooting in portrait mode, your tri-pod is more stable, and you don't feel it sagging to the side. From now on, I'll just buy L-brackets instead of plates.
    Date published: 2010-12-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Almost perfect I bought this bracket for my 5D2 a year and a bit ago and haven't taken it off since. Overall I'm very happy with it. It was between Kirk and RRS with B&H ease-of-ordering/shipping being the deciding factor (as a cross-border shopper, having the buying process simplified is a HUGE help - thanks B&H) I knocked two stars off because when I first attached the bracket to my camera I noticed that, when tourqued down, the bracket was not sitting square on the camera. When I held the camera up and looked at the left side where the rubber protective covers are over the I/O ports, the bracket was crooked. Another way to think of it is, when I put the camera-with-bracket on a flat surface, the camera was ever so slightly tilted downwards (while the vertical portion of the bracket was perfectly vertical). I fixed this by epoxying a thin aluminum shim (soda can thickness) to the bracket where it meets the camera body seats on the front edge of the bracket. Any how, its not the biggest deal in the world, but its fixed now and works perfectly. I use a tripod almost every day and the bracket (and shim) is solid and has never moved. When not using a tripod, I use a Rapid Strap screwed into the accessory receiving thread on the base of the bracket and the bracket has never budged (and running around trying to capture shots of my two toddlers give the bracket a good workout). Im not sure if its a one-off for the bracket or if the problem was with the camera body, but i was fixed easy enough.
    Date published: 2015-01-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent piece of equipment The Kirk Bl-5dii L Bracket certainly makes life easier. To quickly change from horizontal to vertical orientation or vice versa, it is a simple matter of lift, reposition, and tighten on an Arca-Swiss type quick-release mount. The build quality is excellent and nicely conformed to my Canon camera. I have no difficulty attaching a remote/intervalometer through the access port provided. I don't know why I waited to so long to buy an L-bracket. It is not expensive and well worth the money.
    Date published: 2016-08-15
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