5D III Camera Plate
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dan7768s
Registered: Nov 20, 2010
Total Posts: 74
Country: United States

I've just got received my 5D3 RRS L bracket. It fits like it is part of the camera, solid as can be. I've had Kirk plates for other cameras before and they are really good too so I sure you will be happy with it. But now that I have the RRS L bracket I think the talk about them not fitting properly just isn't the case in practice.



Danpbphoto
Registered: Jan 03, 2004
Total Posts: 10732
Country: United States

dan7768s wrote:
I've just got received my 5D3 RRS L bracket. It fits like it is part of the camera, solid as can be. I've had Kirk plates for other cameras before and they are really good too so I sure you will be happy with it. But now that I have the RRS L bracket I think the talk about them not fitting properly just isn't the case in practice.


Dan,
I could not be happier that RRS has "squared away" this plate. My Kirk will be here today along with the 5DMK3.
RRS are fine people to deal with but sorry it took them so long to get it right.
Good Luck!
Dan



swldstn
Registered: Jan 08, 2012
Total Posts: 350
Country: United States

Got the Kirk. Fits great. Highly recommend.



DocsPics
Registered: Feb 02, 2008
Total Posts: 2547
Country: United States

I like RRS as well. But had to get the Kirk due to time issues. It fits well. Just wish they had put in those little anti-slip stops (or whatever you call them)....just in case



Stunnaz
Registered: Apr 11, 2007
Total Posts: 1192
Country: United States

I received my Kirk plate today. I was not expecting it so quickly as I placed my order only a couple of days ago, and it was listed as pre-order on their site.

Like you guys said, it's a perfect fit. No problems at all. Compared to my RRS 5D2 plate the design is slightly different, but the overall camera size is the same and they both serve the same purpose. The finish is identical.

I don't think you can go wrong with either brand, but Kirk will get my vote as they're shipping right now.

Thanks guys.



markymarc
Registered: Dec 23, 2005
Total Posts: 284
Country: United States

Sorry to re-hash this. But for the folks with the Kirk plate AND who have a RRS BH-40 QR ballhead, are there any tight fit issues I should be concerned about?

Anybody still unhappy with the latest Rev A or Rev A (prime) from RRS?

L-bracket for a non-grip 5d iii that is.

Thanks!



RileyJoseph
Registered: Sep 21, 2011
Total Posts: 173
Country: Canada

I received my Rev 'A' L-plate from RRS this week. It fits perfectly and doesn't leave any marks on my 5Dmk3. I was annoyed about how long it took the plates to come out and be shipped.. as I ordered mine well over a month ago. But I am glad it is here and it fits.



Danpbphoto
Registered: Jan 03, 2004
Total Posts: 10732
Country: United States

Stunnaz wrote:
I received my Kirk plate today. I was not expecting it so quickly as I placed my order only a couple of days ago, and it was listed as pre-order on their site.

Like you guys said, it's a perfect fit. No problems at all. Compared to my RRS 5D2 plate the design is slightly different, but the overall camera size is the same and they both serve the same purpose. The finish is identical.

I don't think you can go wrong with either brand, but Kirk will get my vote as they're shipping right now.

Thanks guys.


DITTO! I am a RRS guy but ordered the Kirk instead and could not be happier! Now I have an alternative for plates and with B&H and Adorama o/s on the 5DMK3 got mine as fast or faster with ProFeel and no s&h charge! You can preorder garunteed w/ PayPal(Invoice for payment sent when arrives at ProFeel not pay b4 you can order) instead of tying up your credit card until shipped.
Dan



cheem
Registered: Jul 15, 2008
Total Posts: 325
Country: Canada

I am going to order the Kirk PZ-148 (non-L) and the Kirk L bracket from B&H once they get them in stock as I am in Canada and the border/customs gong show is better through B&H since their price is the price.

I rejected the RRS L bracket (Rev. A) order when it arrived as I didn't like the look of the step and the Kirk has the added advantage of being able to slide farther away from the camera body for cable space when tethering.



Mark Booth
Registered: Jun 10, 2003
Total Posts: 1430
Country: United States

I know I'm dredging up an old topic but, after reading every post, I've just got to say how completely disappointed I am with Really Right Stuff. I've spent hundreds upon hundreds of dollars on RRS gear. Everything I've ever purchased from them has been designed to perfection. Every item fit like a glove. The stuff was so well-designed it was downright sexy.

So how on earth did RRS go from design after design of glove-like fitting camera plates with beautifully radiused curves that gently cradle the camera perfectly with zero chance of camera marring, to its 5D Mark III design with an abundance of hard angles, flat anti-twist edges, and nary a radiused camera-hugging curve in sight?

Worse, my personal communication with RRS reveals a company that seems oblivious to the fact that elegance in design seems to have escaped them with the release of their 5D Mark III camera plate and L bracket.

Sure, the Rev A version may very well be perfectly functional. It may very well fit the camera without marring the camera body. But all photographic evidence points to a product that does NOT fit the camera in the same pleasantly perfect body-hugging way that we saw with so many previous designs.

I noticed that the designer, Matt, from RRS only posted a total of 6 messages on this forum. It makes me wonder if he got fired.

At any rate, I am extremely saddened that a company that I once revered as the best of the best—a company that was the epitome of design perfection—has released a product that is so, well, ordinary.

Worse, they seem completely happy with that.

Mark



Marco
Registered: Jan 21, 2002
Total Posts: 1415
Country: Italy

+1

Totally agree with Mark.
It's beyond me how a company like RRS which always released great-looking products could design such an ordinary plate...

I still have the L-plate for my previous Nikon D3 and its design is as smooth as can be. What's going on?...



cheem
Registered: Jul 15, 2008
Total Posts: 325
Country: Canada

I ended up going for the Kirk Non-L after having owned the RRS L-bracket on my 40D for four years. I selected the Kirk based on this thread and the smooth round cradle that touches the camera. It has been solid as a rock and I have had a handstrap affixed to it for the past six + months.

I returned the RRS L-bracket (Rev.A) as they did not address the steps on the part that hugs the body.



jasonsim
Registered: Feb 08, 2011
Total Posts: 686
Country: United States

In my case I got tired of getting strung along by RRS: "you are on the list, just another few weeks". Meanwhile I'd already been waiting 6 weeks. So decided to get a Kirk L plate and glad that I did. I have a Kirk for my 7D, so no stranger to their quality design and product. The Kirk L bracket for the 5D III fits like a glove, is innovative in its design and feels very secure.



Mark Booth
Registered: Jun 10, 2003
Total Posts: 1430
Country: United States

I always have a neck strap on my camera. Conversely, I only use an L bracket when I know I'm going to be needing it (meaning, when I'm also carrying my tripod). That's maybe 5-10% of the time. So, I would have gone with a Kirk L bracket but I wrote them and they confirmed that their L bracket doesn't allow enough clearance for a neck strap to remain attached to the camera's left lug. In order to use the Kirk L bracket, I'd need to remove the neck strap from the camera lug and move it to the Kirk-supplied lug each and every time I attached the Kirk L bracket. And vice-versa when I removed the Kirk L bracket. Too much fiddling around, particularly since my neck strap of choice is the Optech Pro strap with Pro Loops. The Pro Loops are significantly more hassle to remove and reattach.

Once an email to Really Right Stuff confirmed that their Rev A is their final design as far as the 5D Mark III is concerned, I ultimately decided to give my business to PromediaGear. My new L bracket shipped this morning and I anxiously await its arrival.

Should the day ever come that the folks at RRS come to their senses and release a 5D Mark III design with radiused camera-hugging curves that is of the same quality and beauty as their previous efforts, I will consider supporting that decision by once again giving them my business. But, based on the response I received to my email enquiry, I'm left dumbfounded how the "Ferrari" of camera gear seems completely satisfied putting out a Ford Pinto.

Mark



753951
Registered: Oct 10, 2004
Total Posts: 103
Country: N/A

I also own Kirk L-bracket for 5D III and Op/Tech Pro strap with Pro Loops. It takes me whole 15 seconds to take off loop from left lug and another 15 to put it back. Now, if you do that 15 times a day I can see how it can be considered "too much fiddling", but if you do it once or twice ...

What I don't like is that you need two Allen wrenches to mount or dismount Kirk bracket. One for bottom screw, and, another, smaller one, for side screw. Older brackets (like for 20D) used same wrench.

BTW, I do agree that Kirk bracket fits 5D III like glove, and with two attachment points it's as secure and sturdy as they come.



Marco
Registered: Jan 21, 2002
Total Posts: 1415
Country: Italy

Good point about the need to detach the strap.
Indeed I'd prefer myself an always-on solution for the strap, since I use a Tamrac model with fast clips to quickly remove the strap for tripod use, without the need to detach the joins to the camera.

Mark, please let us know how Promediagear will work for you. Thanks!

Marco



Beni
Registered: May 31, 2005
Total Posts: 8542
Country: United Kingdom

Does the Kirk work with the RRS lever QR system?



cheem
Registered: Jul 15, 2008
Total Posts: 325
Country: Canada

Beni wrote:
Does the Kirk work with the RRS lever QR system?

The Non-L version fits a RRS QR clamp like a glove - no slippage. I don't own the L-bracket so I can't speak to that.



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