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Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

B&H # KINC80400GN MFR # NC-80-400GN
Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Replacement Lens Collar
  • Integrated Arca-Style QR Base Plate
  • 1/4"-20 Tripod Socket
  • Large Knurled Locking Knob
  • Quick and Smooth Lens Rotation
  • Two Points of Contact on Lens
  • Precision-Machined Aluminum Alloy Construction
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The Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens is a replacement lens collar that is designed to increase stability and rigidity when using the NKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens with a tripod. It features an integrated Arca-Swiss-style base plate for mounting to any compatible quick release clamp and also incorporates one 1/4"-20 socket for use on other styles of tripod heads.

The lens collar design utilizes two contact points to provide maximum lens support, which is reinforced by the durable and lightweight precision-machined aluminum alloy construction. The collar is operable by using the large knurled grip locking ring, which enables smooth, accurate, and quick rotation of the lens for switching between shooting orientations and locking at any position.

Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.6 x 6.3 x 4.3"
Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    KirkLens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
     
    4.9

    (based on 63 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (55)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (43)
    • Easy to use (29)
    • Lightweight (18)
    • Strong construction (15)
    • Easily interchangeable (8)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (37)
    • Sports/action (24)
    • Landscape/scenery (23)
    • Travel (10)
    • Family photos (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (31), Semi-pro photographer (17), Pro photographer (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (56)

    Reviewed by 63 customers

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    4.0

    Sad That One Has To Replace Original Collar

    By Charles of "Higher Call" Photography

    from WA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Screw Buttons Hard 2 Grab
    • Screw Buttons Too Short

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

    I think it is Wrong that one has to purchase another Lens Collar to replace the one that Nikon's lens comes with.

    You'd think they would care about their "Name?"

    This new collar is better and using the length it has makes it more stable than the NiKon Collar.

    However, one has to purchase larger/longer Buttons to screw it tight easier, for the one's on this new collar are so close into the lens making it harder to get a hold of.

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    5.0

    Increased support and stability

    By Bob

    from San Diego, California

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

          The Kirk collar greatly increases the security of mounting the lens to a tripod. It's really a shame Nikon doesn't provide the same level of strength to thier own collar.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Lens Collar

          By Jyd

          from Twin Cities

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • When Tripod Mounted

            Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

            Fits the lens perfectly and is much better than the stock Nikon. Give much better support and better quality.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent design and engineering

            By Neuro

            from West Chester, PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

              This lens collar, made specifically for the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens, replaces the stock Nikon collar. The Kirk collar offers improved rigidity and stability over the stock collar due to its two support points for the lens. Basically, it has better design and engineering. The integrated Arca-style plate mounts directly onto the clamp (from a different manufacturer)on my ball head/tripod combination. The collar does not interfere with hand-held operation of the camera/lens at all, so it is convenient to keep the collar attached to the lens at all times. The collar is definitely worth its price, especially since it actually does reduce vibration of the camera/lens in the tripod configuration, and it is only a modest incremental cost relative to the cost of the lens. The stock Nikon collar has become a paperweight on my desk, a role in which it functions quite well.

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              5.0

              Kirk Aftermarket AF-S Nikkor 80-400 mm Lens Collar

              By Tracy

              from Missoula Montana

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                This aftermarket lens collar by Kirk is far superior over the factor collar. I purchased the Kirk collar with the 80-400 lens based on the reviews about the Nikkor factory collar. The Kirk collar is rock solid. I would recommend to all purchasers of the 80-400 lens.

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                5.0

                Don't wait as long as I did...

                By Bill

                from Bozeman, MT

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Super-well Designed

                Cons

                • Absolutely none

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                  If you're tired of Nikon's flimsy lens collar, you won't truly realize what you're missing until you get this replacement. Lightweight but solid, very smooth-turning, and well worth the money while being substantially cheaper than RRS's over-engineered, over-priced alternative. Also love how low-profile the Kirk collar is, making it comfortable for hand-holding. VERY happy with product, and BTW, the mount hood does allow for the lens hood to be reversed for storage in camera bag, unlike some of the reviews I read. Highly recommended product.

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                  5.0

                  Great Investment

                  By Jack

                  from Savannah, GA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                    More substantial than the Nikon collar. It could use a thin hard rubber edge covering where it contacts the lens at the forward point.

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                    5.0

                    Much better than the OEM

                    By JRP

                    from Greensboro, NC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Locking Screw Position

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                      Originally used the Nikon 80-400 with the supplied lens collar and an add-on plate - was a real problem. The plate is attached with one screw and manages to twist on the ballhead no matter how I tighten. The Kirk collar fits well & functions much better. Dislikes - hard to squeeze fingers between foot & lens to use as a carry handle and the locking screw is on the left side and I bump into it with my left hand a lot. I get much better results with the Kirk collar since it secures much better in the ballhead. Glad I changed.

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                      5.0

                      Service and Product Exceed Expectations!

                      By Bobick the bird watcher

                      from Estero, FL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                        Having used the new Kirk lens collar for the Nikon 80-400mm lens on two field trips, I found it to be far superior to the factory collar that came with the lens. The base mounts directly to the tripod further increasing lens stability. B&H delivery and technical support exceeded my expectations with this purchase!

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                        5.0

                        A Great Lens Collar

                        By BB

                        from Austin, Texas

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                            I was very disappointed with the original Nikon collar on the 80-400mm lens so purchased the Kirk Collar which is so much better. This product is well-built, solid as a rock, and easy to install. Go buy this....you will be glad you did.

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                            5.0

                            The Lens Collar Nikon Should Have Made

                            By Randalldidit

                            from Madison, MS

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

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                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                                  I purchased this item along with the 80-400 zoom with the idea that I'd send it back if the OEM collar from Nikon was sufficiently stable. There was way too much flex in it so I attached the Kirk collar and it made all the difference in the world for the lens. As an added bonus the lens in combination with a Nikon D800 perfectly balances on the tripod foot. I can set the lens down on a flat surface without it tipping. I would consider this or the RRS collar replacement to be essential for the 80-400 if you plan to use it on a tripod.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Kirk Lens Collar - Truly Great Solution

                                  By Mark K.

                                  from Southern California

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Smooth
                                  • Solid
                                  • Very Supportive

                                  Cons

                                  • Hand-held Foot Location

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                                    I rented the Nikon 80-400 f/4.5-5.6G lens for two separate two week periods. When I use a lens of this focal length for Air Shows or at a Zoo, I like to do so while supported on a Monopod. If there wasn't a replacement option for the OEM lens collar, that would have been a deal breaker. The Kirk replacement lens collar for this lens is so solid, smooth, and supportive. I makes all the difference in the world. Even the longer foot helps with balance when used with a D7xxx series body or lighter. My only cons would be that when hand-holding this lens with this collar in place, it seems that the longer foot can get in the way somewhat, but I'm still new to this so I may find that it is more user error on the better placement of the foot when used in this manner. I recently purchased this lens and this collar and it makes a world of difference. This is how Nikon should make lens collars!

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                                    5.0

                                    lens collar fixed the problem

                                    By tshift

                                    from Overland Park, KS

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Rugged
                                    • Strong Construction
                                    • Works

                                    Cons

                                    • NONE

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                                    very solid, fixed Nikon's problem, would buy again, a little pricey,

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent fit and stability

                                    By Tin WS

                                    from Roseville, CA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Rugged
                                    • Strong Construction
                                    • Two Point Support System

                                    Cons

                                    • Pricey

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                                    Excellent fit and stability. The foot is Arca-swiss ready. I am glad that I spent the money to replace the flimsy and hard to tie and loosen the supplied collar and foot. Carrying and hand holding is better wih this replacement collar and foot.
                                    Moving from landscape to portrait is fast and does not scratch the lens body.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent

                                    By MRC

                                    from Bay Area California

                                    Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                                    Fits perfect and is well made.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great replacement for Nikon's collar

                                    By DaveL

                                    from Escondido, CA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Rugged
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                                      Normally I'm a Really Right Stuff guy. However, I really liked this 2 point support system and a significant savings of $'s and weight. It's rock solid and well made. I'm very pleased with my purchase.

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                                      5.0

                                      The Kirk Collar A Great Addition

                                      By Just4Grins

                                      from Colorado

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                      • Great fit
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Wildlife Photos

                                        Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                                        This collar puts the Nikon collar to shame. Kirk has developed superb support and at the right balance point, so you can mount your lens to your tripod without any strain on the lens mount to the camera. It also works well as a hold point when free handing the lens and camera during shoots. Worth every dime.

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                                        4.0

                                        a must for tripods

                                        By cdel2020

                                        from Mc lean va

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Easily Interchangeable
                                        • Rugged
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Wildlife Photos

                                          Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                                          Just bought it about two weeks ago. We were in South Carolina photographing ducks and other migratory birds. They usually stay quite far as they may be afraid of hunting. Unfortunately the supplied collar and foot ny Nikon are not stable and this shows in lost sharpness in photos at 400mm. As soon as you receive and place the kirk collar, you immediately notice the stronger rigidity and stability. Fully happy so far, except that I consider this quite expensive for what it is.

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                                          5.0

                                          Better than the original tripod collar

                                          By copajaus

                                          from Sydney, Australia

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Rugged
                                          • Strong Construction

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Wildlife Photos

                                            Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                                            This tripod collar is a bif step up compared to the original collar supplied by Nikon.
                                            I originally thought it was a little bit on the expensive side but did not regret anything when I actually received it and used it.

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                                            5.0

                                            Excellent Product

                                            By Don

                                            from Orange County

                                            Comments about Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                                            The Kirk Lens Collar does what the Company claims…provides a solid, non-flexing, base for the Nikon 80-400mm lens. I'm very satisfied with the product.

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