I just got my D2x and now want to mount it to my Markins ballhead. Thus, I was wondering which L-Bracket is recommended (Kirk or RRS)? I have a RRS L-bracket on my D100 and find it really nice. I see the weight of the Kirk L-bracket (the one designed for the D2x w/o wireless transmitter) is 5.2 oz., but there are no specs from RRS. Does anyone have a weight on the RRS bracket and suggestions on which one is the better fit?
I can attest that both Kirk and RRS make quality stuff. The build quality of their components is far superior to what I had used previously, Stoboframe for flash brackets. I have not used either L bracket however. No one offered a large enough L bracket for the D2 cameras with the WT-# attached while I was in the market, so I had to go with an alternate solution.
I guess an L bracket might be better, but I use my markins ballhead with my D2 cameras with a nice Arca-Swiss camera plate.
Thanks guys. I did saw the Kirk ones in the Pro Shop and, if there is no significant difference between the Kirk and RRS, I will make another purchase from the Pro Shop. Just wanted to see what the specs on the RRS L-bracket was before I placed an order.
Dave: Thank you for your purchase. It helps to support this community.
Kirk was the first to come out with L-Brackets. Kirk once made an ugly square L-bracket for the F5, again to be first. RRS took longer but made a very nice F5 one, rounded and with a smooth finish. This gave RRS a fame for smoother and better L-brackets. Kirk has updated that F5 model and all of his L-brackets have since a great smooth finish, as good as RRS' if not better. Both brackets are well designed and good. I like Kirk better. L-brackets are great tools.
Well, actually, that's not how I remember it at least. The first L-Bracket was the RRS B16 converter clamp that featured two clamps set at right angles in a dedicated L shape. This was in 1997 or so. From there, RRS released the first true camera-specific L-bracket for the F5 at least by early 1998, perhaps sooner. It was the ugly squarish one you remember. RRS, not Kirk. I don't recall if Kirk made a similar one, but I know RRS followed up with an improved model in August of 2000 that was still rather squarish. At about the same time, Kirk started rounding corners more. Also some time in 2000, RRS was first with L-brackets for the F100 as well as the Hasselblad XPan, and the D1/D1x/h about a year later. The sleeker curved F5 bracket came in 2002 or 2003 I think. Over this same time, Kirk started playing catch-up fast though and has since more than leveled the playing field between the two companies. Indeed, Kirk today is almost always the first to market with new innovations and new models. RRS still creates a very high quality product, but often takes longer to do so.
The L-brackets for the D2x from each are quite similar, and both excellent. Both have the same small irritation in that they were unable to design them to make it very easy to open the ports on the side of the body (AC adapter and USB). Nikon made these openings wide enough that it was difficult to fit them down inside the opening in the L-bracket that, naturally, still was constrained by the width of the Arca-swiss clamp it had to fit into.
By the way, I have the Kirk L-bracket on my D2x and love it.
I have the RRS L-Bracket and I love it. I leave it on the camera all the time. The only drawback is that it is quite difficult to access the AC and USB rubber access covers I have to pry them open with something like a small screwdriver.
I don't have an L-bracket yet but I have used both and find the RRS much nicer. It has a smoother contour and I feel a better fit. The USB port is a little hard to access but that is also true of the kirk. Happy shooting!
I have the RRS one. I'm amazed at how perfectly it fits. It snugs up against the rubber on left side of the D2X and there is a little detent for the camera strap stud. I don't use the USB terminal or external power so that's not an issue for me. Versatility and rock solid support are the virtues of this L - the only downside was the cost of importing it to the UK - that added half again to the cost. I have a kirk plate (not an L) for my F4 and no complaints there either.
The only difference I could see between the Kirk and RRS L plates for D2 cameras was that the RRS is machined from a solid block of alu. I could be wrong but the Kirk one looks like two pieces of alu joined together but I doubt this has any significance other than appearance.
I just called yesterday to order the Really Right Stuff BD2-L. They're out of stock, but expect to have them available again in a week or two. I have the same bracket for my D100 and really like the build. It feels comfortable when hand holding the camera.