March 9, 2019

Hejnar Photo Alternative Set Arca Style QR Plates for Nikon Z6 / Z7 and FTZ Adapter

Hejnar D043 + D045 QR Plates on Nikon Z6 + FTZ Adapter

Further to their previous announcement last month about their Dedicated Arca Style QR Plates for Nikon Z6 / Z7 and FTZ Adapter, Hejnar PHOTO has announced an alternative solution.

Besides the two QR plates models D043 and D044, another model named D045 was released but this one is dedicated to the FTZ adapter enabling more setup combinations as we shall see further down in more detail.

As mentioned in the previous post model D044 is sold stand alone, however this time the combo includes the D044 and the new higher model D045 for the Nikon FTZ Lens Adapter, instead of the D043 combined with the small D020 QR plate.

Just for the record D044 QR plate fits on both Nikon Z series models.

Hejnar PHOTO D044 QR Plate

Manufacturer Specification:
Model:D044
Length (w/o strap loop):3.81 cm (1.50")
Width:3.81 cm (1.50")
Height + Pin height:1.15 cm + 0.254 cm (0.45" + 0.1")
Weight:35 gm ( 1.2 oz)
Mounting Holes:1 x 1/4"-20
Safety Stop Screws:No
Color:Black hard coat anodized
Material:6061-T6 Aluminium C.N.C. machined
Made in :USA

Let's see some details about the D044 QR Plate. The plate is flat with an almost centered mounting screw hole for the 1/4"-20 mounting screw. Since the tripod socket on the new Z series cameras lies just under the lens center there is no need for a captive slot for the mounting screw. 
A small pin behind the mounting screw acts as the anti-twist mechanism for the flat plate.

Hejnar D044 QR plate top view

The bottom side of the D044 QR plate is also flat, with only a socket for the mounting screw head. In the photo below is obvious that the QR plate Arca-Style dovetail is rectangular, thus allowing for bidirectional mounting on a ball head QR clamp.

Hejnar D044 QR plate bottom view

Hejnar PHOTO D045 QR Plate

Manufacturer Specification:
Model:D045
Length3.81 cm (1.50")
Width:3.81 cm (1.50")
Height + Ridge height:1.65 cm +  0.317 cm ( 0.65" + 1/8") 
Weight:37 gm ( 1.3 oz)
Mounting Slot:1 x 1/4"-20 captive style slot
Safety Stop Screws:No
Color:Black hard coat anodized
Material:6061-T6 Aluminium C.N.C. machined
Made in :USA

The Hejnar D045 model on the right is a little higher than the D044 in order to permit the simultaneous use of them on the camera body and on the FTZ adapter. Nonetheless, it is also bidirectional allowing for clamping at any direction the user desires.

Hejnar D044 and D045 QR plates top view

Since the plate is equipped with a mounting slot the recess at the bottom had to be increased, so as the mounting screw has enough space to move, yet to lower the mass altogether.

Hejnar D044 and D045 QR plates bottom view

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Mounting on the Camera

As also explained in the previous post, the Hejnar D044 QR plate is actually intended for users who mostly use the new Z series native lenses so do not need the FTZ adapter and is designed with a low profile to sit exactly under the center of the lens mount as seen below.
Being bidirectional it can be clamped any way the user desires.

Hejnar D044 QR plate on Nikon Z mirrorless camera
Hejnar D044 QR plate on Nikon Z clamped longitudinally. 

Hejnar D044 QR plate on Nikon Z mirrorless camera II
Hejnar D044 QR plate on Nikon Z clamped perpendicularly.

Despite its low profile is still allows full clearance for either the rear tilting LCD or the FTZ adapter if ever needed to mount older Nikkors.

Hejnar D044 QR plate on Nikon Z with FTZ adapter
Hejnar D044 QR plate on Nikon Z with FTZ adapter II with QR clamp knob facing backwards.

Hejnar D044 QR plate on Nikon Z with FTZ adapter II
Hejnar D044 QR plate on Nikon Z with FTZ adapter II with QR clamp knob facing forwards under the adapter.

Now for users who wish to make more use of the FTZ adapter a dedicated QR plate was developed the D045. This time the plate is taller and bidirectional as well. In this way the user can keep the camera plate on without any interference, while getting all the functionality on the Adapter plate.

So we come to the D044 + D045 set. The extra plate on the FTZ adapter will allow for better balancing the camera with heavier and/or longer lenses, since when clamped on the adapter less stress will be applied to the lens mount on the camera body.

Hejnar D044 and D045 QR plates on Nikon Z mirrorless camera bottom view
Hejnar D044 and D045 QR plates installed on Nikon Z camera

Hejnar D044 and D045 QR plates on Nikon Z mirrorless camera side view
Both Hejnar D044 and D045 QR plates installed on Nikon Z camera and FTZ, clamped by D045 on the adapter.

Hejnar D044 and D045 QR plates on Nikon Z mirrorless camera side view II
Both Hejnar D044 and D045 QR plates installed on Nikon Z camera and FTZ, clamped by D044 on the body.

Although both adapters are bidirectional only the taller one, here the D045 on the FTZ adapter can be used as such.

Hejnar D044 and D045 QR plates on Nikon Z mirrorless camera side view III
Obviously the clamp knob can be placed anyway the user desires when clamped on the D045 QR plate. 

Screws and Tools

It has become a standard that all Hejnar QR plates are accompanied by all necessary screws and tools, which in the case of the D044 are one SS 1/4"-20 mounting screw and one appropriately sized Allen Hex key.

Hejnar D044 QR plate with tools

As expected of course the D044 + D045 combined set is accompanied by two SS 1/4"-20 mounting screws and one appropriately sized Allen Hex key.

Hejnar D044 and D045 QR plates set with tools


According to Hejnar Photo as well as my tests, Hejnar plates are compatible with Kirk®, R.R.S.®, Arca-Swiss®, and many other Arca-Swiss style Quick release clamps.

I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
Photos by courtesy of Hejnar Photo ©2019 Chris Hejnar

Price and Availability:
Current price for the D044 QR Plate is US$ 38.00 - 40.00 (+Shipping where applicable) and is available either from the Hejnar PHOTO online Store or from Amazon.com or from eBay.com .
Respectively price for the D044 and D045 QR Plates set is US$ 55.00 (+Shipping where applicable) The set is available at the time being from the Hejnar PHOTO online Store but soon also or from Amazon.com or from eBay.com .

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Referenced Articles:

Dedicated Arca Style QR Plates for Nikon Z6 / Z7 and FTZ Adapter from Hejnar Photo
Dedicated Arca Style QR Plates for Nikon Z6 / Z7 and FTZ Adapter from Hejnar Photo






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