Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4G and 300mm f/4E Lenses

Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4G and 300mm f/4E Lenses

Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4G and 300mm f/4E Lenses

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Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4G and 300mm f/4E Lenses

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  • Aluminum Alloy Construction
  • Arca-Type Quick Release
  • Safety Screws
  • Accessory Compatible
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This Lens Collar by Kirk is made specifically for the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lenses. Constructed from strong but lightweight aluminum alloy, the base is compatible with any Arca-style quick release clamp. Two safety screws prevent it from sliding out of an open channel clamp, and the locking knob secures the collar to your lens. It also has a 1/4"-20 thread so you can attach a different quick release plate to match your tripod or monopod head. An accessory hole is located on the plate and allows you to attach any of Kirk's flash brackets to the lens collar. The collar provides two points of support for your lens, adding stability and security.

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Kirk Lens Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4G and 300mm f/4E Lenses
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    Kirk NC-70-200 specs

    Tripod Mounting Thread 1 x 1/4"-20 Female
    Material of Construction Aluminum
    Weight 6.5 oz / 184.3 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.3 x 5.8 x 5.4"

    Kirk NC-70-200 reviews

    Lens Collar for Nikon 70-200mm f/4G and 300mm f/4E Lenses is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 16.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mandatory for my D7100 + 70-200 f4 lens Almost all of my photography is outside, and while using a Canon G12, developed a habit of either the monopod or tripod ... never hand-held. Given that I would do the same with a DSLR. People on the DPReview website suggested a lens collar for telephoto lenses, because the center of gravity is close the tripod/monopod connection. RRS or Kirk. Kirk won because of the front support. Another lens collar advantage: Easy switch to portrait mode --> Loosen the knob, rotate the camera - lens assembly 90 degrees, and the camera is in portrait mode. Used with: Have an Acratech quick release clamp on my monopod, knob tightened. Acratech GV2 ballhead on my tripod. Con: Screw loosened slightly on the 3rd outing. Not enough to be a problem, but the worst thing about a great product!
    Date published: 2013-07-10
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Knob not captured in base The knob that closes and tightens the collar onto the lens is not captured within the collar itself. Instead it comes out every time you attach/detach the collar. This makes the collar worthless to me. Returned for refund. Otherwise, it does a decent job of holding the lens. I would have wished for slightly thicker aluminum, which would have done away with the need for the forward support and probably allowed the collar to operate more smoothly.
    Date published: 2014-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great collar for this lens Others have spoken about the question do I really need this?, and I agree that it does help the balance when on a tripod. But I've also discovered that the collar helps you hand-hold the lens. I use the lens mounted on a camera (such as the Nikon D7200) by cradling the collar on my left palm while I hold the camera with right hand, and in that position you can conveniently use your thumb and middle finger of the left hand to smoothly rotate the focal length ring while you are looking through the eyepiece. That technique is optimum for maintaining stability of the camera while you scan around and adjust the focal length while keeping your eye to the view finder.
    Date published: 2016-06-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much stiffer than RRS collar I have both the RRS collar, and now, the Kirk collar. I bought the Kirk because I am very disappointed in the RRS collar, which is noticeably flexible. The RRS collar is prettier, but this collar is clearly superior for what matters. Now I can take better advantage of my really excellent RRS tripod.
    Date published: 2014-04-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product if you need it The 70-200mm f/4 G is light enough that it is questionable whether or not one actually needs an additional support for it at all, as evidenced by Nikon's decision to make the collar optional. So the main reason to purchase one, in my view, is for improved balance. This collar seems to balance best with lighter bodies. With an ungripped D810 with RRS L-bracket (about 1080 grams total), the combination wants to tip backwards -- although without the foot, the lens is even more tippy in the forward direction. The center of gravity seems to be just behind the heel of the foot. Switching to a D7000 with L-bracket (about 880 grams total) allows the lens to sit in a rather uneasy balance: it is still slightly back-heavy and will tip over if tilted backward somewhat. I haven't evaluated whether the foot helps control vibrations from wind, but I'd imagine it would since it supports the lens closer to its geometric center, leaving less of a lever arm for the wind to push on. Due to the back-heaviness of the lens-body combination, I am not sure how relevant the forward support is for tripod work. It may still be helpful handheld. The foot is low-profile enough that I can turn the zoom ring with my fingertips while supporting the lens by the foot. The knob is not captive, but this is not relevant in the field unless you are adding or removing the collar. Otherwise, partially loosening the knob suffices to let the lens roll smoothly between orientations. Note that access to the switches on the left side of the lens is partially blocked in portrait orientation. In particular, I found it hard to get to the VR switch to turn it off when tripod mounted. The knob can be a bit obtrusive. If the foot is set in landscape orientation, the knob digs into the heel of my hand when handholding in portrait mode. To avoid this I have to shift my hand forward, which feels unnatural and forces my thumb off the zoom ring. Of course, rotating the collar out of the way is always a possibility, but this is a relatively fiddly operation if you need to get a grab shot quickly. If I were to make suggestions for the product, I would ask that the foot be moved further back for better balance and that the knob be moved or downsized so that it protrudes less into hand space.
    Date published: 2015-05-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well made, good design Works as advertised. Perfectly stable support. It could have gotten 5 stars if the locking knob was captive and it was less awkward for storage when not in use. Once you've gone Arca-Swiss compatible, there is no turning back - nor would you ever want to,
    Date published: 2013-10-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Improvement and Fits Like Custom Made Since Nikon didn't include a collar doesn't mean you don't need one. The Kirk collar takes all the stress off the bayonet mount, makes tripod use a snap, and gives you a handle to balance camera and lens. High quality machined and an exact fit. I love this thing.
    Date published: 2015-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sense of relief I've seen arguments both pro and con regarding adding the lens collar for the Nikon 70-200mm f/4 G ED VR - in some ways it's a toss up - the lens doesn't feel that heavy - but it does put a lot of pressure on the camera w/out the collar. I feel better using the collar just for that. The collar is light and works well. The knob does come off, but that's really not a big issue - you don't have to untwist it that much to get the lens to rotate.
    Date published: 2016-02-07
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