foot on 70-200 2.8 Arca swiss compatible??
is the foot on the AFS 70-200 2.8 arca swiss compatible ?? is it a manfrotto plate ?? I cant seem to find the answer anywhere ( although i probably read it and missed it somehow) if not what approach do i use ?? Im planning on getting a markins ball head either q10 or q 20 but would like to order everything i need at once
Is the q 10 adequate for this lens or would you spring for the extra 50 bucks for the q 20 just in case i go bigger some day ( although im not planning on it i also have the 70-300 24-70 2.8 and the 105 G 2.8 micro
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#1. "RE: foot on 70-200 2.8 Arca swiss compatible??" | In response to Reply # 0Leonard62 Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009Mon 14-Jan-13 10:24 PM | edited Mon 14-Jan-13 10:47 PM by Leonard62
The stock foot that comes with the AFS 70-200mm is not Arca Swiss compatible. But you can buy a replacement foot from 3rd parties like Kirk that are. The stock foot just has the standard screw thread like the tripod screw on the bottom of your camera.
I'm not familiar with the markins. I use an Arca Swiss ballhead.
edit: I don't know of any lenses with a tripod mount that are Arca Swiss compatible. They just have a flat plate that is screw threaded for a generic tripod head. If the lens foot is not removable you need to purchase an adapter plate or some lenses like the Nikon AFS 300mm f2.8 and the AFS 70-200mm have removable feet.
Check out what's available here.
Other alternatives are from Really Right Stuff and Wimberly and possibly Markins.
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#2. "RE: foot on 70-200 2.8 Arca swiss compatible??" | In response to Reply # 0dm1dave Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Mon 14-Jan-13 10:28 PM | edited Mon 14-Jan-13 10:35 PM by dm1dave
No, the stock foot is not Arca Swiss or Manfrotto compatible without adding a plate to the foot.
Most people use an aftermarket replacement foot. The most popular are Kirk and RRS.
Here is the Kirk 70-200 replacement foot.
Here is the Really Right Stuff 70-200 replacement foot
Both of these feet are Arca Swiss compatible and will work perfectly with any Markins Ball Head.
The Q10 is certainly adequate for the 70-200 but for the small price difference I would get the Q20. The Q20 will satisfy most any of your future needs.
#3. "RE: foot on 70-200 2.8 Arca swiss compatible??" | In response to Reply # 0rutherfordphoto Registered since 26th Aug 2002Tue 15-Jan-13 03:58 PM | edited Tue 15-Jan-13 04:00 PM by rutherfordphoto
As quoted above, the stock foot is not compatible. You can buy a generic plate that attaches to the foot of the lens or you can buy the replacement from Kirk or RRS.
I strongly recommend the replacement foot. I have the Kirk replacement food and a Markins M10 (replacement is the Q10) and they work perfectly together. Just a suggestion that if you are planning on buying plates or L-Brackets from a variety of manufacturers, then I would purchase a ballhead the offers knob adjustment as opposed to the Quick Release option. With the knob adjustment, you can guarantee proper fit every time. It's possible to adjust the QR, but it's not convenient on the fly.
As for the M10/Q10. I have a Markins M10 and have used it with many lenses up to and including the AF-S 200-400/4 and a Wimberly Sidekick. I never had a problem with this combination, and it served me very well. I like the compactness of the smaller head, and when travelling, the lighter weight is appreciated. Every little bit helps.
#4. "RE: foot on 70-200 2.8 Arca swiss compatible??" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Wed 16-Jan-13 05:28 AM
As stated above, both Kirk and RRS make an Arca-Swiss compatible replacement foot that will fit both versions of the 70-200mm.
You can get the Kirk LP-45 as well as Markins Ballheads at the Nikonians Photo Pro Shop.
I would recommend that you get the Q20. While you won't notice the difference with the 70-200mm or any lens with a tripod foot. The larger sweet spot on the Q20 is quite noticable on front heavy lenses that do not have a tripod foot like the 24-70mm and even the 70-300mm VR. Given the Q20 is only slightly larger, heavier, and more expensive than the Q10 consider it cheap insurance.
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#5. "RE: foot on 70-200 2.8 Arca swiss compatible??" | In response to Reply # 0King Nothing Nikonian since 31st Dec 2011Sat 19-Jan-13 03:55 AM
Since you're planning on getting a Markins head you should also check out their lens plates. They make one that fits the 70-200 foot perfectly and it's a heck of a lot cheaper than a replacement foot. It's what I use. Sure it adds a bit of height but I don't find it makes much of a difference.
And the screw knob clamp is definitely the way to go if you're going to be buying plates from multiple manufacturers. I have plates from Kirk, Markins and Really Right Stuff and the screw knob works just fine with all of them.