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Who has a Nikon 80-200mm 2.8? - Need help.
Old 12-29-2004, 09:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Help. Who has one of the newer Nikkor 80-200 ED AFD models with the tripod mount? I have one on the way in the mail and needed to know if the lens will spin or rotate on the tripod mounting ring. I am ordering a monopod and need to know if I will need a tilt head, or if I can switch from horizontal to verticle using the tripod ring mount. Thanks for the help in advance.

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Re: Who has a Nikon 80-200mm 2.8? - Need help.
Old 12-29-2004, 09:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Craig!

You can rotate the lens collar, which allows you to go vertical without tilting the head. Just keep in mind that the release plate for the collar is different from one that would fit the camera base, unless you use something more generic, which I would not recommend. Get a release plate designed for the lens.

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Re: Who has a Nikon 80-200mm 2.8? - Need help.
Old 12-29-2004, 10:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I thought that I saw a tension screw for the tripod mount. The mount doesn't come off though, does it? It should take a standard USA 1/4" screw right? I'm not quite sure I understand what you're referring to regarding the release.

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Re: Who has a Nikon 80-200mm 2.8? - Need help.
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Craig,

I believe the new AFS VR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF is the only lens that has a removable tripod foot in this focal range. With the 80-200mm you cannot remove it.

The question is what type of head you are planning on using, which will determine the type of quick release plates you use. For example, I use a Kirk BH-1 ballhead, which accepts Arca Swiss type release plates. For the plates, I prefer the ones made by Really Right Stuff (www.reallyrightstuff.com) because they have a stop screw that can save you every now and then from a lens sliding off the mount. I think the B69 is the lens plate that will fit the 80-200mm.

Or perhaps you are looking to do without a head completely? In that case, you can do it, but it's just a hassle if you want to change lenses. I personally use a tripod (Gitzo 1228), which because if it's light weight can double-up as a monopod if I collapse two legs.

In essense, your use of the lens and the type of photography will determine the best way for you to mount your lens.

Hope this doesn't confuse you.
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Old 12-29-2004, 01:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Craig:

I have that lens and a Bogen Monopod.

The monopod has the 1/4 standard lug and a broad foot.

You screw the pod to the lens.

There is a small "dial" on the lens ring that you turn and the camera will then rotate to portrait mode and then you turn it back tight to hold that setting.

So, yes, you can use the lens and a monopod with no adapters.

My bogen pod has a broad base so I haven't been concerned with the connection. I have seen some minopods and would be concerned that you could snap off or damage the pod or the lens foot.

You can, if you want, screw a quick release base or standard tripod head to the pod and use the quick release feature to quickly disconnect the two.

My only suggestion is that you always put a strap on the camera and at least wrap the strap around your arm.

I have "almost" dropped the thing several times and the strap saved me.

You get the impression with the foot of the pod on the ground that you are really stable, but say you take one hand off the camera to get something out of a pocket and are only holding it with the other hand, and all of that weight (camera,lens, pod) are all pivoting on the point of the pod. All it takes is somebody bumping you or a bit of distraction and it will torgue out of your hand and head for the hard surface.

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OK.. this tells me what I needed to know. I thought I saw a tension screw for the tripod mount, but I wasn't sure if it could be rotated to go horizontal or verticle. I bought the flip mount anyway, but it will still be useful for a different lens. Thanks everyone.

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