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L-bracket for 7D -- Kirk vs. RRS

Tomek Gooseberry , Nov 29, 2009; 04:39 a.m.

I'm after an L-plate for my Canon EOS 7D body (w/o a vertical grip). The two obvious contestants are Kirk's BL-7D and Really Right Stuff's B7D-L , so was wondering if you guys would have any feedback on them that could help me decide which one to get (?)



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Don Bryant , Nov 29, 2009; 07:59 a.m.

I have Kirk L plates for my 40D, 50D, and EOS film bodies, so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

But I think the RRS L bracket has the edge in this model!

Scott Collins , Nov 29, 2009; 08:56 a.m.

If you do any panoramic work, the RRS plates and corresponding brackets have markings which are useful for properly aligning the centre of the frame with the panning axis.

G Dan Mitchell , Nov 29, 2009; 10:40 a.m.

I've seen a lot of "Kirk v RSS" discussions on this and other boards. It seems to me that the conclusion to be drawn from the collective experiences of those who use both is... that they are happy with whichever brand they have. (I happen to have RSS and I'm happy with both of the L plates I own... but I'm certain that I'd be just as happy with Kirk.)


Martin Caraba , Nov 29, 2009; 10:52 a.m.

is anybody using Kirks or RRS L plates with the Novoflex focusing racks (CASTEL -Q)?

Michael Liczbanski , Nov 29, 2009; 01:07 p.m.


All L-plates and standard mounting plates will fit because the bracket is adjustable. I've used Wimberley, Kirk and Acratech plates w/o any iussues with the Novoflex A/S compatible rail. I would not buy anything from RRS due to the owner's medieval social and political stance supported by big $$ contributions to causes patently alien to me.

Alan Bryant , Nov 29, 2009; 01:59 p.m.

I would not buy anything from RRS due to the owner's medieval social and political stance supported by big $$ contributions to causes patently alien to me.


G Dan Mitchell , Nov 29, 2009; 02:19 p.m.

The owners of RSS contributed a significant amount of money to the Prop. 8 (anti gay marriage) initiative in California. I wrote to them, was impressed that they wrote back, but unimpressed with their logic and their position on the issue... but in the end decided that it is problematic to make a blanket decision to not purchase products from anyone in the world I may disagree with. I purchased their L bracket for the 5D2. In fact, if I had not done so it might have been interpreted as the same sort of intolerant behavior that I called them on. (I also realized that I don't know the political views of the folks running Kirk...)

Life is complicated.


Ross Murphy , Nov 29, 2009; 04:06 p.m.

You can't go wrong with either, I have always used Kirk and always been happy

Peter E , Nov 29, 2009; 04:53 p.m.

Probably best to use the RRS L-plate in conjunction with their quick release lever clamp.
Why RRS made a political contribution in the name of the company and not in to the name of the owner for an issue that is entirely unrelated to the business is beyond me. It does make their customers feel that they contribute to this cause. "Part of the proceeds of this purchase go to...". Obviously, it is their free choice to do so.

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