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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
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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 42 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (29)
    • Easy to use (29)
    • Lightweight (14)
    • Compact (6)
    • Stable (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife photos (25)
      • Sports/action (18)
      • Landscape/scenery (16)
      • Travel (10)
      • Family photos (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (38)

      Reviewed by 42 customers

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      5.0

      worked well

      By qcwood

      from New Cumberland, PA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • 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:

          stabilized the Nikkor 80 to 400 AFS zoom that I bought. This Kirk collar is much better than the nikon one that came with the lense.

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          4.0

          Well Made

          By Bill

          from Boca Raton, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          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:

              Quality product. Low profile.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Solid as a Rock and a pleasure to use

              By SLODave

              from San Luis Obispo, California, USA

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

              The tripod collar that Nikon supplies with the new 80-400 G is sadly lacking. Even light pressure on the lens produced visible flexing. My next experiment: on a huge tripod and using a mirror on the front of the lens and a laser pointer about 20 feet away, I watched the reflected red dot on a wall about twenty feet away jump about two inches when my D600 shutter was activated. That's way too much for sharp pictures in the 1/2 second to 1/60 second range.I was fortunate to be able to examine both the Kirk and Really Right Stuff replacement collars. Both are really well made and beefy. The RRS has slightly higher quality machining, and is heavier, using brute strength to avoid flexing. The Kirk is slightly lighter, and uses two points of contact to avoid flexing. I felt that either would be a huge improvement over the stock collar, but since the RRS needs a separate foot, it ends up being more expensive, so I purchased the Kirk. (The RRS would be almost the same price if you owned multiple lenses that could use the same foot.)I'm totally pleased with my purchase. Even moderate tightening of the collar produces rock solid stability. The two point system works well as it's designed to put slight tension on the second support when the collar is tightened. Delrin on all points of contact makes turning the lens smooth and protects the lens' finish. Buying a collar this rigid might show you that other parts of your support system aren't quite up to par. If you see any movement, it's probably because you haven't tightened everything else down, or your tripod is too flimsy. I think the Kirk collar will please even the most demanding photographer. Both of these collars are expensive for what they are, and some feel that Nikon should include a better collar. I would rather that Nikon provide no collar (as they do for the 70-200 f4) and lower the price $ so that those who need a collar ( and not everyone does) can select the best one for their needs.

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              5.0

              Rock solid addition

              By trenchmonkey

              from Peralta, NM

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              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:

                This is a MUST have. The flex with the OEM foot is insane for this level of glass.I handhold this zoom 24/7/365 on a BushHawk. The difference is sharpness is dramatic. Yeah, it's kinda pricey but our friends at B&H shipped it quickly (for free) nestled in heavy duty bubble wrap and a larger than necessary box.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Highly recommended

                By trakturboy

                from Ottawa, Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

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

                  100x better than the OEM supplied mount.
                  Solid, stable and it makes a great grip when hand-holding this lens

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Stability!

                  By General

                  from Nebraska

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Provides 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:

                    As usual, this Kirk product is outstanding. It provides better stability than the original and looks great also. Thanks, Kirk Brothers.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Very Stable

                    By Whiteodessa

                    from Idaho Falls, ID

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Stable

                    Cons

                    • Costly

                    Best Uses

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

                      The Kirk Lens collar for the Nikon 80-400 lens is far superior than the original equipment. It provides great stability on my Acra-tech ball head. A couple negatives:One - it is not easy to line up on the lensTwo - pretty costly

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                      5.0

                      A "Must Have" for 80-400

                      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:

                          Yes, it seems like a lot of money for a lens collar, especially after dropping a bundle on the lens, but it is worth every dime.....beleive me.

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                          5.0

                          perfect

                          By ozarkdon

                          from fort smith, arkansas

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              perfectly made,works great

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              No Brainer

                              By wjwheaton

                              from Phoenix

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              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:

                                Used with my new 80-400G lens. The factory mount is iffy at best, this is solid as a rock. Kirk makes better add ons than anyone at a competitive price. I also use a Kirk mount on my 70-200VR.

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                                5.0

                                Kirk Arca Style Collar for Nikon 80-400

                                By David www.dlmills.smugmug.com

                                from Utah

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Functional Quality Build
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • Wildlife Photos

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

                                Impressed with the quality of build and function of this arca style foot for this lens.

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                                • No

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Just what the doctor ordered.

                                By Happy Flyfisher

                                from New Smyrna Beach, FL

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Convenient Mounting Optio
                                • Durable
                                • Easy Attach-remove
                                • Easy Mountdismount
                                • Easy To Attach And Remove
                                • Easy To Attach Remove
                                • Solid

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Long Telephoto Work
                                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                                  The Nikkor AI-S 80-400 is a fine piece of optics but the collar that comes with the lens does fall short of what is needed for a 400 mm focal length. I put it on my tripod to test the lens and I could swear that i saw the collar flex when I touched the lens. Whether I did or not, because the collar foot is very small, it only covers a small area on the tripod mounting surface ... which is usually hard rubber or cork ... and so the foot can "dig into" the surface, causing the collar to tripod mount to flex. To take photos with this combination means you need to wait a while for the lens to settle down before taking a picture.

                                  This lens collar by Kirk does not have that problem. The collar to lens connection is solid and the collar to tripod mating surface relatively large and flat. It can be used two ways:

                                  1. There is a threaded hole in the bottom of the collar that accepts a standard tripod screw. I tried the lens with the Kent collar on the Manfrotto fluid tripod head on a very substantial Bogen tripod. I attached the collar to the quick-release mounting plate and clicked the plate into the tripod head. It was very solid and I had no problems taking very sharp photos.

                                  2. The Kirk lens collar is compatible with "Arca style" mounts. I tried it on a different tripod (Gitzo carbon fiber) that has an Induro PHQ1 series pinhead. This head uses the "Arca-Swiss Compatible" mount ... which this lens collar has. Very nice! Compatible! ... and the resulting connection is very solid. This past weekend I took photos of a Regatta using this combination ... and I had a Nikon 1.4 teleconverter coupled with the lens. Sample photos are attached.

                                  An additional benefit of using this collar is that it can be attached and removed from the lens without taking the lens off the camera. This is not true of the Nikon supplied collar.

                                  Both of the attached photos were taken using this product on a Nikon AIS 80-400 zoom equipped with a Nikon 1.4 teleconverter and mounted on a Gitzo carbon fiber tripod equipped with the Induro PHQ1 panhead. The subjects were at about 1/4 mile away. In both cases, the attached photos were cropped from much bigger images so it should be evident that the resulting platform is very solid.

                                  I recommend this product without reservation.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great design

                                  By Moosetique

                                  from Swansboro, NC

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • 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 at the same time that I ordered the Nikon 80-400 VR (new lens) after reading other reviews. While the Nikon wasn't all that bad, I like that the Kirk increases the stability and it has an arca-type quick-release plate. It is well designed and well worth the $$.

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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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                                      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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                                          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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