Lens foot capability and need?
Just bought a Nikkor 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 VR my first lens of this length and VR. I have noticed that when mounted on my tripod I have to realy crank down on the (admittedly cheap, see profile) ball head screw to avoid "droop' of the D90 and lens when fully extended. Question is can/should I attach a foot? Can't visualize how that would work with this lens. Or has time come to splurge on a far better (and expensive!) ball head?
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#1. "RE: Lens foot capability and need?" | In response to Reply # 0jacsr Registered since 08th Apr 2006Fri 10-May-13 07:45 PM
I am not aware of a lens foot for that lens. Are you experiencing lens creep with the head fully locked down? If that is the case moving to a better ball head is likely the only solution.
I own that lens and it is very nose heavy when fully extended. I use a Markins M20 and there is “0” creep when locked down. I am also able to use the ball head sweet spot with the lens although this is more difficult and the head has to be tensioned correctly.
#2. "RE: Lens foot capability and need?" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sat 11-May-13 09:52 AM
You have found the Achillies Heel (limit) of your ball head.
As Joe wrote above, there are no aftermarket collars or lens foot available for the 70-300mm VR or any other version of that lens. Therefore it is time to start considering a new ball head.
I also have a Markins M20, Q3, and Q20 and they are all capable of supporting the D90 or any other body with the 70-300mm or even the old push-pull version of the AF 80-200mm f/2.8D (no tripod foot) for that matter. If you want to futureproof your investment, I would recommend getting the Q20. For about $100.00 more than the Q3, you gain a larger sweet spot (allowing you to tilt the camera up or down at larger angles without having to lock down the head).
Since Markins and the other top brands of ball heads use Arca-Swiss compatible clamps you will have to get a camera plate or L-Bracket for each camera body that you want to use with the head. Really Right Stuff and Kirk Enterprises make Arca-Swiss compatible Plates, L-Brackets, and a wide varity of accessories. With a custom plate or L-Bracket you won't have to worry about the camera rotating around the tripod screw when you shoot in portrait orientation with a front heavy lens on the camera.
The initial investment is significant, but once you use the Arca-Swiss quick release system, you won't want to use the Manfrotto RC-2 or any other propriatary quick release system again.
Markins heads, Kirk plates and L-Brackets are available at the Nikonians Photo Pro Shop.
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