greetings, lens and camera support is a very complex issue. there are numerous nikonian threads here that can help. if your nikon lens comes with a collar and foot to use with a tripod - use the lens collar and then screw the tripod head into the cast-magnesium foot of the collar. but you should already be thinking about a proper tripod, a proper ball-head for the tripod, and proper individual plates for your nikon cameras and your longer camera lenses. if you do use the nikon lens collar, please make sure it is tight around the lens. nikon collars allow the lens to be rotated independently, so you can rotate the cam body for vertical or horizontal shots. it is a matter of proper balance for your camera and lens combination, and as such, each nikon camera lens/combination requires a different foot/plate dimensional adjustment for proper balance on the tripod ball-head. for more relevant info, I would suggest visiting http://reallyrightstuff.com
These comments begs the question: why use a tripod if you are going to use it in such an imbalanced mode? Why do something that reduces stability, voids your warranty, induces shake and is harder to adjust? The foot is there for a reason, many reasons. Stan St Petersburg Russia
Sat 06-Jul-13 05:31 AM | edited Sat 06-Jul-13 05:32 AM by MEMcD
The AF 80-200mm f/2.8 ED and the AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED One Ring don't have a tripod foot. While it is less stable compared to the current two ring design with a tripod foot, when used on a tripod there shouldn't be any warranty issues.
I have used my AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED One Ring mounted on numerious bodies (F4, F5, F100, D70s, D2X, D200, etc... over the last 20 years or so without any issues with the tripod foot on the camera or the lens mount. I suspect that the D600 has a better build quality than the D70s.
I am glad to hear you have used the 80-200mm mounted on Nikon body with the tripod foot. I have the same lens but wasn't sure if it is a proper thing to do. Now that I know that works well for you, I would not be too concerned to put mine on. Thanks.
Welcome to Nikonians! I have used my One Ring AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED on several bodies over the last 20 years including the D70s with no problems. The D600 should have a more robust build quality than the D70s.
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