D3 with AH-4 / which plate RRS BD3 or Markins P3U need advice

Discussion in 'Nikon FX DSLR' started by sebastian73, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. sebastian73


    Apr 24, 2007
    Hi all, I need an advice...

    I want to buy a hand grip for my D3.
    I've read some threads about the Nikon AH-4 handgrip.

    I own a Markins M20 ballhead on my tripod. For that I want change the original Nikon plate of the AH-4 with the RRS BD3 or the Markins P3U. I think that both of them have a strap boss. I'm not sure if the Markins had also a strap boss? - Did somebody know that? The Markins is lighter in the weight, only 1.4 oz. (40 grams).

    RRS; 2.5 oz/72g


    Markins; 1.4 oz/40g


    I think with the combination AH-4 and an Arca Swiss compatible plate (RRS or Markins) and an Optech Pro Loop strap, I can switch fast between hand, neck and tripod.

    Thanks :smile:
  2. sebastian73


    Apr 24, 2007
    Did someone use the Markins plate on his D3? :smile:
  3. mnsato

    mnsato Guest

    I purchased a Kirk plate #121 for my D3 to use with the Ah-4 strap.
    The Kirk plate is in my opinion very well done, a perfect fit and a perfect
    complement for replacing the base plate that comes with the Ah-4.
  4. consider an L bracket while your at it. makes using a tripod far less frustrating.
  5. sebastian73


    Apr 24, 2007
    Thanks for the advise :smile:

    I have ordered the AH-4 handstrap and also the RRS BD3 plate. That's the normal one, the conventional plate for the Nikon D3.
    I don't need the L-Bracket. I have one for my D2x, but I dont use it much. For my long and heavy lenses I use anyway for each one the lens plate.

    I made my decision, in favor of the RRS plate for the following reason. The RRS had a bigger slot to fit the AH-4 strap as the Markins and up to date I was always very happy with all RRS products.

    Best regards
    Sebastian :smile: