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Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens

B&H # KINC300 Mfr # NC-300
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Product Highlights
  • Arca-Type Quick Release Plate

The Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar is specifically designed for the Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S lens. It is designed to provide maximum lens support, with quick, accurate, smooth rotation and positive locking in any position.

Precisely machined from lightweight 6061T6 aluminum, the base is made to fit a Kirk Arca Swiss-type quick release clamp. In addition, instead of only one point of support, the NC-300 provides an additional point of support for the lens at the other end of its plate.

Use of this lens collar with Arca flip lock mounts, while possible, will not yield optimal performance and is not recommend. Use with a Kirk quick release or mount an additional Arca plate to the bottom of the collar for Arca mounts.

Smoother rotation
Easier grip and larger locking knob
Weight 6.5 oz (185g)
Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens
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    KirkNC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 52 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (44)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (40)
    • Solid/sturdy (37)
    • Fits well (35)
    • Improves tripod function (32)
    • Durable (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (4)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife (24)
    • Landscape/scenery (22)
    • Sports/action (16)
    • Night shots (10)
    • Portraits (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (14), Enthusiast (5), Pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (37)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Essential accessory for the 300 f4 AFS

    This product is fantastic. The Nikkor 300 f4 AFS is stellar optically. Unfortunately, the tripod colllar that comes with the lens is inadequate because it flexes - leaving photos blurry when shot at...Read complete review

    This product is fantastic. The Nikkor 300 f4 AFS is stellar optically. Unfortunately, the tripod colllar that comes with the lens is inadequate because it flexes - leaving photos blurry when shot at slow shutter speeds from a tripod.

    I replaced the stock collar with this Kirk product and can now shoot with confidence. I believe that the Kirk collar is absolutely essential for this lens. It is sturdy - and it has two points of contact for the lens - thus ensuring stability.

    I am so impressed with this product that I have coerced all of my friends with this lens to upgrade their collars using this Kirk product.

    You can use the Kirk collar on standard 1/4" tripod attachment plates or using the dovetailed Arca/Swiss system (much preferred).

    The Kirk collar transforms an average lens into an incredible lens.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Suffices but misses the mark on details

    This collar came highly recomended and I also read terrible comments about the OEM Nikon collar. So, I purchased this collar along with my new 300 f/4 Nikkor. While it gets the...Read complete review

    This collar came highly recomended and I also read terrible comments about the OEM Nikon collar. So, I purchased this collar along with my new 300 f/4 Nikkor. While it gets the job done I can't understand why for such a price important machining details were omitted from the design. For instance this thing will scratch the finish on the lens barrel if you don't carefully chamfer the corners at the hinge AND would it really be too difficult to include provision for a simple E clip to make the locking screw captive so it doesn't try to hit the ground each time you open the collar. Yes, there are many times I prefer to shoot the 300 handheld and the collar needs to be removed. Functional but disappointing.

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    5.0

    Much better than the original Nikon.

    By Paul Reeves Photography

    from Toronto, ON

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

    I wish I had broken the original collar a long time ago. The Kirk collar offers better support and is much smoother when rotating.

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    5.0

    Excellent fit!

    By Kathy

    from Virginia

    Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

    This is so much better than the collar that comes with the lens, happy I purchased it!

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    4.0

    Kirk NC-300 lens collar

    By Chris

    from New York, N.Y.

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

        Got this to replace Nikon's weak offering. This is a much better lens collar! No shake. It cradles the lens. Easy to install!

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        • No

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        5.0

        NECESSARY FOR THE NIKON 300 F4

        By flatswing9

        from New Orleans, LA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

          Must have for the Nikon 300 f4. The collar that comes with this wonderful lens is not the best. It is small and not very stable. The Kirk collar is very well made from fine material and craftmanship and provides a rock solid base. Don't leave home without it.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Necessary replacement

          By vrg

          from Gainesville, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function
          • Solid/Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

            The tripod collar that comes with the Nikon 300mm f4 AFS lens flexes, causing image blur at slow shutter speeds. The Kirk replacement collar fixes this problem while providing nice, stable support for your lens. I also like the fact that it is Arca Swiss compatible.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Are you kidding me???

            By C-Bob

            from Chattanooga, TN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

                  Why in the world has Nikon continued to make the same sub-par collar for the 300mm lens? Seriously, Nikon? I tried it without buying this replacement collar. Not good.

                  In my opinion, Nikon's 300mm f/4 AF-S lens should be bought as a kit, 1) The lens, 2) A Nikon TC 1.4 TC to protect the lens from dust ingestion since it has no rear lens., and 3) this Kirk replacemnt collar.

                  What are the advantages of this replacement collar:
                  1) For me it is better balanced with my D7100. I can set it down on a table and it is perfectly balanced.
                  2) While far from perfect or even very good, it is easier to securely carry the lens by the collar.
                  3) Many have said it is stronger. I can't really evaluate that.
                  4) No need to buy a lens plate for it. This lens has no VR, so use on a tripod is highly likely. Tripods that handle this much weight will likely handle a lens plate. But you can use a trpod screw if the tripod doesn't accomodate a lens plate.
                  5) It is so much easier to remove & put back on when needed. The Nikon collar requires that you remove the lens from your camera before adding or removing their collar. Kirk could help this process by making the screw "captive" so that it won't fall to the ground, etc. when removing the collar.

                  For me, this collar isn't an option, it's a necessity if you have the lens it was designed for.

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                  4.0

                  Much stronger than stock foot

                  By E.J.

                  from Arizona

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits Well
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

                    More stable than stock foot, good workmanship, easy to install, integrated Arca Swiss mount - no accessory plate needed.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Kirk Lens Collar

                    By Ken the Catman

                    from Edmond, OK

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fits Well
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

                      The Kirk lens collar is considerably stronger than the collar supplied with the Nikon 300mm f/4 lens. I am very satisfied.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      A MUST HAVE

                      By Vince N

                      from Columbus, Ohio

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Improves Tripod Function
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

                        I shoot close-up nature images and wanted the 300mm f4 to get into garden and nature areas. I use Lens Collars to refine my compositions constantly. Upon receiving my 300mm F4 I was extremely disappointed in the stability and overall feel of the stock Nikon collar. Having read that this was an issue for others I did not hesitate to order the Kirk Collar. The stability and ease of adjustments are like night and day compared to the original. Extra cost but the quality and image results will be worth it!

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                        5.0

                        Kirk Collar

                        By winmore

                        from Australia

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

                        A great product that significantly improves on the stability of the original Nikon collar. Highly recommended.

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                        5.0

                        Good replacement

                        By Hamedmubarak

                        from Bahrain

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fits Well
                        • Improves Tripod Function
                        • Solid/Sturdy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

                          Strong, very tight with built in arca Swiss plate so no need to buy one . It gives more stability on the tripod giving more sharp photos

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                          • No

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          High quality Lens Collar

                          By Jeff S

                          from Pewaukee, WI

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fits Well
                          • Improves Tripod Function
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Commercial
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

                            Very well thought out, excellent design. Fits precisely, and far more supportive than the Standard Nikon collar the lens comes with. Very happy with this. Better IMO than the RRS as it supports at two points, and is less expensive as well. Must have IMO for Nikon 300mm users who work on a tripod.

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                            5.0

                            The collar that Nikon should have made.

                            By Chalky

                            from London

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fits Well
                            • Improves Tripod Function
                            • Solid/Sturdy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

                              Fits straight to my Arca-swiss clamp without the need to fit a QR plate. Is plenty long enough to adjust the balance. It's perfect! Why couldn't Nikon have produced this?

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                              5.0

                              The perfect replacement

                              By Shutterdancer

                              from Somewhere in the pines of south Alabama

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fits Well
                              • Improves Tripod Function
                              • Solid/Sturdy

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

                                The Kirk is exceptional.No matter the shutter speed,shooting from a tripod,everything is now tack sharp,and instead of feeling like you're rotating into portrait mode through heavy grit sandpaper,with the Kirk the move seems like it's being done in butter coated satin!

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                                5.0

                                Replacement for original collar

                                By Fairbanksflyer

                                from Fairbanks, Alaska

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Built in arca swiss plate
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fits Well
                                • Improves Tripod Function
                                • Solid/Sturdy

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

                                Easier to adjust, tighter, built in Arca Swiss style plate so you don't need to buy one if you already have an Arca Swiss style mount. I use this on a gimble head and the combination works great.

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                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Why did I wait so long??

                                By PatriciaPen

                                from Maple Ridge, B.C.

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fits Well
                                • Improved design
                                • Improves Tripod Function
                                • Solid/Sturdy

                                Cons

                                • Heavy
                                • No hook

                                Best Uses

                                • Floral
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Nature shots
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

                                I`ve read about the Kirk replacement collar for the Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S lens, but thought would it really be that much better?
                                After mounting it on the lens (which was so easy) and taking a few shots from across the yard of my azalea bush at slow shutter speed, the results were quite impressive. No longer do I have a slightly blurry image viewed at 100% crop due to the vibration of the camera. The collar is sturdy and easy to mount. It also makes for a good handle for those hand-held shots. The two draw-backs I find is that it`s slightly heavier than the stock collar and it doesn`t hook onto my sling-pack while carrying it like the old one did. For the intended use, which is to use with a tripod, it is a great improvement over the stock collar and am glad I purchased it.

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                                4.0

                                Very well made

                                By Kirk from Chicago

                                from Chicago

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fits Well
                                • Improves Tripod Function
                                • Solid/Sturdy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

                                  This is a quality product and a big improvement over Nikon's tripod mount. While the Kirk collar has improved the stability of the lens and made it easier to rotate, care still has to be taken to stabilize the rig due to the long focal length of the lens (especially when adding a 1.4x TC). I knocked the Kirk down one star only because I feel that it is overpriced.

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                                  2.0

                                  Suffices but misses the mark on details

                                  By Mike

                                  from NJ

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Solid/Sturdy

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

                                      This collar came highly recomended and I also read terrible comments about the OEM Nikon collar. So, I purchased this collar along with my new 300 f/4 Nikkor. While it gets the job done I can't understand why for such a price important machining details were omitted from the design. For instance this thing will scratch the finish on the lens barrel if you don't carefully chamfer the corners at the hinge AND would it really be too difficult to include provision for a simple E clip to make the locking screw captive so it doesn't try to hit the ground each time you open the collar. Yes, there are many times I prefer to shoot the 300 handheld and the collar needs to be removed. Functional but disappointing.

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                                      • No

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Wow, what a difference!

                                      By Jenci

                                      from South Orange NJ

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Fits Well
                                      • Improves Tripod Function
                                      • Solid/Sturdy

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Night Shots
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Travel
                                        • Weddings/Events
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

                                        What a difference, really. If I didn't see and feel it myself I wouldn't have believed it.
                                        This bracket is rock solid and the knob to release the rotation feature is a blessing to use. Switch from horizontal to vertical is a snap.

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                                        5.0

                                        Much Stronger and More Stable

                                        By IAT JimK

                                        from Whitewater WI

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Fits Well
                                        • Improves Tripod Function
                                        • Solid/Sturdy

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Travel
                                          • Wildlife

                                          Comments about Kirk NC-300 Replacement Lens Collar for Nikon 300mm f/4 AF-S Lens:

                                          This lens collar is much stronger and offers greater stability for my camera on a tripod, monopod and car window mount. It loosens easily for adjusting to vertical shooting. Very useful for wildlife photography.

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