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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
You Pay: $169.95
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

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.

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 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (25)

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      (4)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (22)
    • Durable (20)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Compact (4)
    • Stable (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife photos (19)
      • Landscape/scenery (13)
      • Sports/action (13)
      • Travel (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (16), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (28)

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      5.0

      Excellent tripod collar replacement

      By Pixels By Paul

      from Boulder, CO

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      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:

        Far superior to the one that comes from Nikon. Their customer service is also terrific. I lost the little red washer that comes with the collar, called them and they are sending out additional ones at no charge. Nice!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Solid design and construction

        By PhotoJohn

        from Bellevue, WA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Better Than Oem Collar
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Sturdy

        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:

          Replaces the relatively small original equipment Nikon collar which has reports of not being rock-solid for long-exposures. The section extending under the lens has a slip-pad to prevent scratching of the lens.

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          5.0

          Not disappointed

          By ha

          from Illinois

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

          After reading comments about the nikon 80-400 OEM mount I got this along with my new lens pricey but well worth it and big improvement over nikon mount.

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          5.0

          Very supportive

          By Big Ben

          from Ann Arbor, MI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • 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 ordered this when I ordered the Nikon 80-400 VR (new version) from reading other reviews. I am glad I did! The tripod foot that comes stock is weak and flimsy on a tripod. The Kirk is great, solid as a rock with no shake when on the tripod. I was worried that it would impede the lens coat covering that I have on the lens but with a little adjustment it works great. Overall a solid product and would recommend for stability with this lens.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Can't do without it

            By Shootsalot

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • It Is Sturdy
            • The Rotation Is Smooth

            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:

            Nikon's lens foot is useful only for bolting some sort of an Arca Swiss plate onto the lens. The Kirk lens collar replaces the Nikon collar and lens foot. In addition the Kirk unit adds support farther forward to take stress off the collar itself.
            I had the old 80-400 lens with the Kirk collar and used it for several years with great satisfaction. The Kirk collar for the new lens is an improved version of an already excellent product.

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            5.0

            Should be the factory mount.

            By Mark

            from Pittsfield, Massachusetts

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                This is a must have if you are going to buy the 80-400 lens. The factory mount is a joke compared to this mount. Spend the money...you won't regret it. Nikon needs to take a look at this and start selling it as its original equipment.

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                5.0

                Definite improvement

                By Paul C

                from Boston

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Arca-swiss Foot
                • Fits Great
                • Stable

                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:

                  The original tripod collar isn't as bad as some of the reviews would have you believe, but the Kirk replacement collar is definitely a step up. Fits great and supports the lens in 2 places for more stability. It's longer too, so it's easy to find the balance point for the lens.Well made and the Arca-Swiss foot is a real plus.

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                  5.0

                  Far better than the Nikon collar

                  By KML

                  from Chicago area

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Sturdy

                  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:

                    I owned the Kirk collar for the "D" version of this lens and never hesitated to make the purchase when I acquired the "G" version.

                    The Kirk collar has a MUCH larger and more stable foot than the stock Nikcn collar that comes with the lens and is made of metal. The Nikon collar is a relatively lightweight (and flimsy feeling) plastic. The 80-400 is a relatively large, heavy lens and it feels much more stable when mounted on a tripod than it does with the Nikon collar attached.

                    Strongly recommended if you plan to shoot with the 80-400 on a tripod at least some of the time.

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                    5.0

                    MUCH BETTER

                    By Jom

                    from Sydney

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        What's the deal Nikon?
                        Why would you supply a TOP range lens with a flimsy collar which does not allow smooth rotation???

                        This one fits the new G lens, is made of metal, and - it just works.

                        Nice big knob.

                        All of these lens collars seem to be very short ( ie not tall) and the camera
                        and lens are too close to the tripod, so I have used a 1 inch spacer below the collar to lift everything clear of the video tripod head I use (701DV)

                        To get the dodgy Nikon collar off the 80-400, you have to take the lens off the body (AAAK!!! DUST!!!), so if you want clean photos, rip off the nikon one before putting the lens on the body ONCE and forever. Not advice for amateurs, sorry. The Kirk collar opens out sensibly with a hinge. Take note Nikon.

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                        5.0

                        Nice Change from OEM

                        By Jack

                        from Red Feather Lakes, CO

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            Simply carrying the camera and the 80-400 or fitting the lens in a camera bag are easier because of the Kirk's low profile. I also like the quick release if I want it completely removed; no more removing the lens from the camera body. And most of all, the added stability on the tripod is a big advantage.

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                            5.0

                            Top Notch Quality

                            By Roland

                            from Albuquerque, New Mexico

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Good build quality
                            • Well engineered

                            Cons

                            • Expensive

                            Best Uses

                            • Use With Tripod

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

                            The collar that comes with the lens from Nikon is cheap and wimpy. I didn't want to trust my new telephoto lens to it. Besides, I have an Arca Swiss system on my ball head and would have had to get a plate. This collar provides a much sturdier collar and also an Arca Swiss style foot. It's a two-fer! This item is not inexpensive but when you are talking about protecting your investment in your lens, it makes perfect sense.

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                            5.0

                            Well designed and engineered collar

                            By Ted

                            from Seattle, WA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                Much better option than the way-to-small foot on Nikon's collar.

                                The Kirk is easy to install, has smooth rotation, and a generous foot for a really solid mating to your tripod head's clamp. I especially like that the foot has a second point of contact at the front, and that the dovetail grooves are built into the foot (as opposed to requiring a seperate plate).

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                                5.0

                                Very sturdy

                                By Photo Bear

                                from Tennessee

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Great Fit

                                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:

                                  The collar is very stable and strong. It makes the lens steady as a rock

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Solid Replacement Collar

                                  By MN Photog

                                  from MN

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use

                                  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:

                                    I'd like to say that this is a significant upgrade from the standard Nikon collar that comes with the 80-400, but I can't as I haven't done shot by shot comparisons. It certainly feels more secure with the two point support. It's solidly built.

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                                    4.0

                                    Adds much needed stability

                                    By EJP

                                    from Chandler, AZ

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Stability

                                    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:

                                      The Kirk replacement lens collar for the new nikon 80-400 adds some much needed stability for this relatively large and heavy lens. the stock foot has a bit too much flex in it. this solves that problem while incorporating an Arca Swiss style mounting plate into the foot rather than a separate add on. Kirk also has one for the nikon 300 f/4 lens which i also recommend.

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                                      5.0

                                      Just what the 80-400mm Needed!

                                      By Chuck

                                      from Arizona

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Great Quality
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Stable

                                      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:

                                        Great product from Kirk. Much more stable while shooting with a monopod or tripod than the ordinal Nikon foot.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Kirk Product Delivers as Always

                                        By Rrieger

                                        from Waynesville, OH

                                        About Me Photography Student

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Great Picture Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Travel
                                          • 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 is so much better than the collar supplied with the AF-S 80-400 lens. I've never had a Kirk product that's been anything less than perfect.

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                                          5.0

                                          excellent stabilizing collar

                                          By Jonp

                                          from Peoria, AZ

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Improves Stability

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Family Photos
                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Sports/Action
                                            • Travel
                                            • Weddings/Events
                                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                                            improves lens stability

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                                            5.0

                                            Very stable

                                            By DocArth

                                            from Phoenix, AZ

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact
                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy to Use
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Travel
                                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                                              The Kirk collar for Nikkor 80-400mm AF-S lens feels more stable than the original Nikon collar. Two points of contact help a lot. Weight is about the same. Easy to hand hold or affix to my monopod. Made in USA!

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                                              5.0

                                              Lens Collar for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400

                                              By Nikon addict

                                              from Arkansas

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy to Use
                                              • Lightweight

                                              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 looking for more stability for this lens, as the nikon collar it came with allowed too much vibration.

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