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About Kirk

The Kirk BL-5D3 Compact L-Bracket is an ultra-compact and lightweight L-bracket that is custom designed to snugly fit a Canon 5D MArk III 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.

Kirk Features

  • Allows full access to rubber side hatches
  • Allows full use of the remote switch even in the vertical format
  • Allows use of camera strap
  • Custom made one-piece bracket machined from light weight 6061TG Aluminum
  • Strap tab design - clamps firmly to both the L-Bracket and the strap ring on the camera to prevent any twist, flex, or movement of the L-Bracket.

Kirk Specifications

3.4 oz (96g)
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Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 4 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Incompatible with RRS Lever Clamp


from NY  -  Pro Photographer

I usually purchase Really Right Stuff products over Kirk but I needed this for my other 5D MK III right away. It seems like Kirk's dovetail tolerances are different from RRS and this was too tight for my RRS Lever release clamp. I also didn't like have to fiddle with 2 hex screws vs. only one. I returned it and was charged a restocking fee because I didn't bring it back with the lousy blister packaging it came with.


Great Quality but a little confusing


from Palo Alto, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great quality as always but I just do not understand the design where there is a separate pice for a strap and a bit of difficulty to flush up the bracket to the camera with a strap attached to the camera, which is difficult to unattach and should not be required. I would have designed to more easily allow a strap attached to the camera when using the L Bracket.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Love it!


from Chandler, AZ  -  Semi-pro Photographer

New Camera New L-bracket

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fits nicely, performs as expected


from Polson, MT  -  Pro Photographer

This is my first Kirk plate. I've used Really Right Stuff for years, but the Kirk L-bracket provided adjustability to accommodate the USB cable (for tethering). The RRS bracket didn't, without the purchase of an additional $65 extender block. The finish on the Kirk bracket is perhaps not quite as nice as the RRS plates I've owned, but it's certainly adequate. These L-brackets are hardly stylish, anyway.


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John c  What kind of receiver would I need on the tripod to attach this bracket to? It doesn't mention that and I'm sure my tripod will not accept this bracket as it is.
HENRY M  I use a Kirk BH3 ballhead with a Arca-style mount and a Fantotec R1 adjustable pano head mount with Arca-style mount. Both of the above mount on a Manfrotto 055CXPRO03 Tripod
Shopper  Do you need to attach a quick release to existing Manfratto ball head? Or is this included? Len A
CHARLES G  If your Manfratto ball head does not already have a quick release compatible with the L-bracket then, yes, you will need one as that is how the L bracket attaches and one of the beauties of the L bracket to switch quickly from horizontal to vertical image making.
MALCOLM S  Will this work with a battery grip installed on the 5D mkiii???
RICHARD S  I don't believe that it will work. On the kirkphoto web site, look at part number BL-5D3G I believe that this version will work with the battery pack.
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