I recently bought the 70-200 f/4 and I'm glad I didn't buy a tripod collar/foot right away. The lens is lighter than my 24-70 and it's quite comfortable for hand held shots. It doesn't feel front heavy on a sturdy tripod. I may avoid buying a tripod collar altogether but for now I'm happy without one.
If I were to buy a collar I would likely choose the Really Right Stuff just because everything I have from them is excellent. The Kirk collar looks excellent too and I've heard good reports. You probably couldn't go wrong with either one.
>If I were to buy a collar I would likely choose the Really >Right Stuff just because everything I have from them is >excellent. The Kirk collar looks excellent too and I've heard >good reports. You probably couldn't go wrong with either one.
What he said. I have a RRS foot on each longer Nikon I have but the newest, and it's going on order real soon.
And shame on Nikon after all this time for not cutting a darn grove in the side of the foot they install. That's really about all it would take to be compatible with most tripod heads. So I have a nice collection of old feet sitting around, and $80 (+/-) replacements for each one for a bent piece of metal.
But the 70-200/F2.8 I have I just removed it entirely. I don't know about the F4, but there's a screw hole for a strap/monopod without the foot which is all I ever needed. The very few times I wanted it on a tripod (vs. Monopod) I just left it on the camera body (and yes that's out of balance but I suspect it is less than once a year).
It is quite light and very solid and stable on the tripod. It is clunky looking and somewhat large. It does make a very nice palm rest when hand holding. It will require care when removing temporarily, as the screw that you undo to attach and remove the unit comes out entirely, and has a little washer that will get lost immediately.
It is expensive, but I do like it and don't regret the purchase. I do wish the attachment screw was somehow made captive to reduce the chance of losing it or that little washer...
I bought and used the 70-200 f4 for several months without a collar and foot on my D600 with a MB-D14. I did not like the feel and weight (although the lens is relatively light) that was bearing on my camera mount. I bought the RRS collar and foot for around $190 and have never looked back. Works great and gives me some comfort thinking my camera likes the help of a collar and foot on a tripod.