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Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens

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Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens

Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens Mount Horizontal Use Vertical Use

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Product Highlights

  • Professional Grade
  • Improves Tripod-Mounted Lens Balance
  • Vertical Alignment Marks
  • Simple to Install and to Remove
  • Rotates for Horizontal/Vertical Shooting
  • Thumbscrew Tightens and Loosens Ring
  • Secure Fit
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The TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens from Vello is designed for the Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G telephoto lens and attaches directly to the lens to provide a stable and well-balanced mount when lens and camera are attached to tripod. The built-in tripod collar improves balance and reduces pressure on the lens mount when shooting with long lenses because it attaches directly to the lens. The ring design and thumbscrews make rotating your lens easier and vertical alignment marks help when changing the orientation from horizontal to vertical. With the included bushing, either a 3/8" or a 1/4" tripod mount can be used.

Improves Lens Balance
The collar and ring secure your lens directly to the camera's tripod.
Gives Your Camera Setup Better Balance
Due to the weight of a large lens, when the lens and camera are mounted on a tripod, the center of gravity is shifted to the lens. Placement of the collar on the lens allows the balance to be shifted for a more stable set up and to reduce strain on the camera mount.
Rotation
Having the camera secured with a ring around the lens makes it possible to rotate the lens between landscape and portrait modes without removing the camera from the tripod. The friction thumbscrews can then be tightened to secure the camera in the desired position. Thumbscrews make it easy to adjust the tripod ring on the go.
Removable
The collar can be easily removed so as not to get in the way when shooting without a tripod.
1/4"-20 Adapter
With the included bushing, either a 3/8" or a 1/4"-20 tripod mount can be used.
Lens Compatibility Nikon 70-200 f/4 G lens
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8" & 1/4"-20
Footprint Approx. 2.0 x 1.5" (52 x 38mm)
Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens
  • 3/8"-1/4" Bushing
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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    VelloTC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (12)
    • Durable (11)
    • Lightweight (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (12)
      • Wildlife photos (9)
      • Travel (4)
      • Sports/action (3)
      • Weddings (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (19)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Fine for new 300 F4 PF VR lens!

      I bought this collar for use with my new Nikkor 300mm F4 AF-S PF ED VR lens, as it was less than 1/4 the cost of the Nikon collar, and it is pretty...Read complete review

      I bought this collar for use with my new Nikkor 300mm F4 AF-S PF ED VR lens, as it was less than 1/4 the cost of the Nikon collar, and it is pretty much a well-made knock-off of the Nikon one. It works perfectly with this lens, although this new diffractive optics Nikkor is so much shorter and lighter than the 300 f4 non-vr it updates that you really don't need the collar - I find the camera mount on my D800 to balance just fine with the new lens on. However there is an added benefit to the collar and that is the ability to swing the camera into portrait orientation very easily, while keeping the centre of gravity on top of the tripod in the same place as it was with the camera in landscape mode. This is a big plus, as it is similar to using an L-plate on your camera body. I am much more likely to try framing a shot in portrait mode , especially if I'm set up in running water, if I know the stability of my tripod/camera set up will be the same as it was when I set up in landscape mode first, and not suddenly moved to the side like when you change framing by using the tripod head.
      The collar is well made, fits well, holds my lens firmly, and allows the easy rotation of my framing while maintaining balance. In short, it does everything I want of it, and does it well, and does it at 1/4 the brand-name price. What's not to love? If you buy this lens, buy this collar, and put the money you save towards something else you know you need.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Solid construction with one big miss

      This collar is constructed well, fits titghtly, and seems fully capable of supporting the lens robustly. It does have one big miss - only a single screw in the foot. When you attach...Read complete review

      This collar is constructed well, fits titghtly, and seems fully capable of supporting the lens robustly. It does have one big miss - only a single screw in the foot. When you attach and Arca Swiss plat over time it will loosen and start rotating.

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      4.0

      Does the job

      By MGA

      from Connecticut

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

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            Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

            quality material, and an excellent value as compared to Nikon version

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great Value and Good Quality

            By Big Lar

            from Chicagoland

            Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

            Little need to pay over 3X more for the same accessory.

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            5.0

            Good tripod collar

            By Khoalety

            from Ann Arbor, MI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

              I can't believe Nikon makes us paid for the tripod collar. I don't think I will use it much since the VR on the lens is enough with my type of photography, wild life and on the street. If you'd tell me that this is a Nikon tripod collar, I'd believe you. So it is good enough for me.

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              5.0

              Fine for new 300 F4 PF VR lens!

              By K Thorne

              from Chemainus BC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

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                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                    I bought this collar for use with my new Nikkor 300mm F4 AF-S PF ED VR lens, as it was less than 1/4 the cost of the Nikon collar, and it is pretty much a well-made knock-off of the Nikon one. It works perfectly with this lens, although this new diffractive optics Nikkor is so much shorter and lighter than the 300 f4 non-vr it updates that you really don't need the collar - I find the camera mount on my D800 to balance just fine with the new lens on. However there is an added benefit to the collar and that is the ability to swing the camera into portrait orientation very easily, while keeping the centre of gravity on top of the tripod in the same place as it was with the camera in landscape mode. This is a big plus, as it is similar to using an L-plate on your camera body. I am much more likely to try framing a shot in portrait mode , especially if I'm set up in running water, if I know the stability of my tripod/camera set up will be the same as it was when I set up in landscape mode first, and not suddenly moved to the side like when you change framing by using the tripod head.
                    The collar is well made, fits well, holds my lens firmly, and allows the easy rotation of my framing while maintaining balance. In short, it does everything I want of it, and does it well, and does it at 1/4 the brand-name price. What's not to love? If you buy this lens, buy this collar, and put the money you save towards something else you know you need.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Perfect

                    By B.

                    from Jersey

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                        Does exactly what the nikon brand does for one quarter the price.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        masa

                        By masa

                        from San Jose

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                          Work well and cheeper than nikon genuine parts.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          4.0

                          buy it

                          By dude

                          from VT

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                            Maybe a tad loose, but works just fine!

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Very well made

                            By Landscape Photographer

                            from Roseville, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

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                                  Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                                  I can not see that Nikon original collar could be any better for 4x the price.
                                  Very well made, I am impressed of the quality of workmanship.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Very Capable- no complaints

                                  By Craneo

                                  from Moorestown NJ

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                                    no need to top $ for Nikon equivalent.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Price for Good Quality

                                    By lds2k

                                    from Ossining NY

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

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                                      Cons

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                                          Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                                          The tripod collar is not included in the Nikon 70-200mm f4 lens. There was about a $+ difference between Nikon and Vello. The Vello part is well made and I'm sure will perform well

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                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          Very Good Collar

                                          By Max

                                          from Toronto, Canada

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Excellent Value
                                          • Very Steady

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape/Scenery

                                            Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                                            I find the Vello collar to be very good operationally, and an excellent value.

                                            It is very steady in both landscape & portrait orientations, and balances well with my D7100 body. It is easily attached, removed or re-oriented (rolled) with a quick half-turn of the locking screw.

                                            I almost bought the more expensive Kirk collar, which is highly regarded by a friend of mine, but I'm glad to have discovered this gem at B&H. I highly recommend it!

                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            The price was right

                                            By Andy

                                            from Alamogordo New Mexico

                                            Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                                            Just what the lens ordered

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                                            5.0

                                            TC-N1 nikon 70-200 tripod collar

                                            By Accidental Photographer

                                            from Seattle, WA

                                            About Me Casual Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

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                                                  Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                                                  Item came when promised so kudos to B&H! Product is extremely well made, functional and fits the lens like a glove. I would highly recommend this product over the overpriced Nikon unit.

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                                                  • No

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Why pay more?

                                                  By twicebarrel

                                                  from Gotha, Florida

                                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Durable
                                                  • Easy to Use
                                                  • Lightweight

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                                    • Sports/Action
                                                    • Video
                                                    • Weddings/Events
                                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                                    Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                                                    Got this collar to put on my 70-200mm Nikkor zoom. Works great with my monopod and is solidly constructed. Hard to imagine why anyone would pay more for the Nikon model at 3 times the price.

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                                                    • No

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Solidly Built Alternative to Nikon

                                                    By Peter

                                                    from Brights Grove, Ontario.

                                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Durable
                                                    • Easy to Use

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                                      Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                                                      This is not a cheap knockoff but a well made and solid collar. All metal construction, and with a nice firm grip on the lens. I was a bit concerned about buying a non Nikon product, but this is a reasonably priced alternative to the high priced Nikon version. I would recommend it.

                                                      My only concern is that it does restrict the use of the zoom ring, so I won't be keeping it on all the time.

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                                                      • No

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Works Great

                                                      By joer

                                                      from Northern Illinois

                                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Family Photos
                                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                                          • Wildlife Photos

                                                          Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                                                          Allows me to mount my 70-200mm f/4 VR on a tripod. An obvious oversight on Nikon's part.

                                                          Fits well and does what its designed to do.

                                                          • Was this a gift?:
                                                          • No

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                                                          4.0

                                                          Does the job

                                                          By Vince

                                                          from Dallas, TX

                                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Compact
                                                          • Durable
                                                          • Lightweight

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                                            • Wildlife Photos

                                                            Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                                                            The Vello collar does what I need it to do, attaches easily, balance on a tripod and rotate the camera. It is well built.

                                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                                            • No

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                                                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                             
                                                            3.0

                                                            Solid construction with one big miss

                                                            By Boyan

                                                            from San Diego, CA

                                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                            Verified Reviewer

                                                            Pros

                                                            • Compact
                                                            • Durable
                                                            • Easy to Use
                                                            • Lightweight
                                                            • Value

                                                            Cons

                                                            • Plate Attachment

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                                            • Travel
                                                            • Wildlife Photos

                                                            Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                                                            This collar is constructed well, fits titghtly, and seems fully capable of supporting the lens robustly. It does have one big miss - only a single screw in the foot. When you attach and Arca Swiss plat over time it will loosen and start rotating.

                                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                                            • No

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                                                            5.0

                                                            Don't know what more you could ask it to

                                                            By TS82

                                                            from Atlanta

                                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                            Verified Buyer

                                                            Pros

                                                            • Durable
                                                            • Easy to Use

                                                            Cons

                                                              Best Uses

                                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                                              • Sports/Action

                                                              Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                                                              I haven't seen the much-more expensive Nikon collar, but this one does what I need. Attaches easily. Allows you to rotate the camera. Is well built.

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                                                              • No

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                                                              4.0

                                                              Good buy

                                                              By BirdDogDad

                                                              from Woodland Park, CO

                                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                              Verified Buyer

                                                              Pros

                                                              • Durable
                                                              • Easy to Use

                                                              Cons

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                                                • Wildlife Photos

                                                                Comments about Vello TC-N1 Tripod Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G Lens:

                                                                It does the job, providing a secure and versatile mounting platform for the 70-200 f/4 lens. While the 70-200 is not as massive and heavy as longer telephotos, it is still a substantial chunk of glass, and the balance on a tripod is much better with the Vello collar installed. Installation and removal is quick and easy. No way I'd spend $200 for Nikon's version, but at this price, the Vello collar is a good investment.

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