PLND5x Arca-Swiss L-Bracket for Nikon D5, D6, D4, D3, D3x, D3s
I bought this bracket as a replacement to the universal base I hade before, which, no matter how tight I tried to secure to D3s' body, did not prevent the camera to slide, even with normal zoom attached. What I wanted was a solid grip, the ability to switch from panorama to portrait maintaining the ball head levelled, and a better portability, by attaching the camera to a Blackrapid double strip with a SS2P2 Retrofit Quick Release Plug Adapter for Camera Shoulder Straps.
while the base (PBND5) did just require to align the mounting screw to firmly secure the camera, preventing ANY movement, the vertical unit needed a small adjustment to fit perfectly to the camera; not that as is comes from the box the bracket doesn't work, but the gap between the vertical plate and the camera (less than half an inch) was something I did want. Honestly, it did take half an hour, some patience and a Dremel to rework the upper indentation to make space for the camera's eyelet. I am more than happy, and I recommend this bracket for D3s owners, some of them will maybe decide to keep it as it comes (after all, it works just fine), while others may want to rework the vertical plate to make it perfectly suited for the camera, eliminating event the slightest movement, for the best results.
I recently got back into film photography using a Nikon F5. I've used PMG L brackets and flash brackets on my digital Nikons and wanted to set up the F5 the same way. Unfortunately, L brackets are not available for older cameras. Working with the guys at PMG, we came up with a solution using the PBX3 Universal Bracket Plate and the L portion of the PLND5x L-Bracket for the D5. I was apprehensive about the PBX3 twisting on the camera base. So far is shows no signs of twisting. The D5 part is a little long but works well. If I was doing this again I might have selected the D850 L bracket instead of the D5. All in all I am very happy with the outcome and may thanks to PMG for helping. Great products and a great organization.
Perfect!! the fit and finish are spot on and could not be happier. Now with the PLND5x-L I can easily go from vertical to horizontal in a flash on my Z6 as with my other Nikon bodies. You'll be happy with this addition.
An excellent product that performs as described and is well-built. The design is less bulky than competing models from other brands and the ergonomics of the vertical grip on the camera remains great even with the bracket attached.
Packaging , presentation ,build is perfect...... if only for a slot drilled to store the Hex Key