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

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:


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.
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:

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