After reading reviews and posts here I am trying to order the Markins Q20 from the Nikonians store but I don't see a camera plate listed for the D600. Is there one released? Could the D800 plate be used for both cameras ( I have both but most interested today in plate for D600). Second question. Is the Store responsive, I am leaving for California (week in Big Sur) early next week and would have to have ball head shipped today/tomorrow and ups second day air. Just got my second Manfrotto ball head and disappointed with it so will return but I am now out of time. Will appreciate any help and advice, regards, Jim B
Thanks for quick response. As sometimes happens I fired before I got it out of the holster! I just found the Markins site and answered my questions. Sorry to bother you, thanks for your patience, Jim B
I would suggest that you consider an L Bracket over a plate. L brackets will allow you to quickly go from Landscape mode to Portrait mode and keep the camera and weight centered on the head. This will keep you from flipping the camera into one of the slots on the head and having the camera and weight on the side of the head. It also keeps it at the same eye level avoiding tripod adjustments.
Jerry Jaynes Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina
Jerry, thanks for comment and yes I intend to use an L bracket. I bought a Camdapter bracket to use with a Manfrotto ball head. Now I have returned the Manfrotto so will have to go to Camdapter site and look for Arca style plate for D600 (& if I get one make sure it is secure on the Markins head)
The Kirk BL-D600 L-Bracket for the D600 without MB-D14 and the Kirk BL-D600G L-Bracket for the D600 with MB-D14 are both available at the Nikonians Pro Photo Shop. They are made to fit the body contours of the D600 which prevents the L-Bracket from rotating when it is mounted on the camera. RRS also makes custom Plates and L-Brackets for the D600.
I am using Markins PU-700U plate on my D700 and Kirk PZ-151 on my D600.
The Markins has advantage that it is bi-directional so you can put it to the clamp in both directions. Also the filter thread for monopod is a bit off-axis on Kirk whereas it is just behind the main thread on Markins.
On the other hand the Kirk has slightly longer rail that can be handy at times. Also I like that the Kirk doesn't protrude so much on the back, so it doesn't interfere with screen protector as sometimes happens with the Markins. And Kirk comes with wrench allen set and safety screws.
Hard to say which one is better. They are both quality products.