I just got a Kirk Enterprise Solutions — a surprisingly biz-school-speak sounding name for an Angola, Indiana company — L-bracket for my Fuji GFX 50R. The trend these days in such devices is to make the vertical piece removable so you don’t have to deal with it if you don’t need it, but the Kirk plate is all one atomic piece. That’s a vote against flexibility, and a vote for lightness.
The trend these days is also to incorporate a holder for the Allen wrench in the plate, so that you’re never without it. Kirk flies in the face of that convention, too. There’s an Allen wrench included, and it will join my huge collection of them — but there’s no place to stow it in the plate, unless you’re an even bigger fan of gaffer tape than I am.
I would like to whinge — the English word for this is much better than whine — a bit about the packaging. RRS just puts their plates in Zip-Loc bags. Open it up and you’re in business. Kirk slaps the plate against a piece of cardboard and shrink wraps the whole thing in incredibly strong plastic. Just trying to rip it off left me frustrated, with little pieces of static-clinging plastic stuck to my body. I finally cut it off with a box cutter, trying not to scratch it, with visions of trips to the emergency room running through my mind. Adult-safe packaging, in one sense if not another.
The plate fits very snugly on the camera. battery access is unimpeded. It doesn’t interfere with the strap lugs. If you’re looking for a little more to hold on to with your right hand, forget it; the plate stops before the battery door.
It mates perfectly with RRS cam-clamps.
Two thumbs up.