The Kirk NC-70-200 lens collar and plate on the Nikkor 70-200mm f/4


In this Kirk NC-70-200 collar review, we’ll talk about improving the Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR’s stability for tripod use, to make the latest arrival in the long series of 70-200mm lenses from Nikon an even better option (see NIKON 70-200MM F/4G VS NIKON 70-200MM F/2.8G COMPARED REVIEW for my impressions about this lens).

While I found the Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR a very good performer, one of my main complains is that Nikon got stingy and decided not to offer a lens collar to go with the lens. If you plan to use the Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR on a tripod or monopod, you’ll definitely need one. Nikon offers an optional lens collar, the Nikon RT-1, however they want you to fork $169 US to get it, which isn’t exactly cheap after spending nearly $1.400 US for the lens itself, at the time of writing.

The Faroe Islands Photography Workshop

While this may be seen as a questionable move on Nikon’s part for a lens of this calibre, it might turn to be a blessing in disguise. Skipping the Nikon collar altogether, I chose to go for the accessory in this Kirk Enterprise’s NC-70-200 collar review, selling for $159 US at the time of writing. Read on to see what I thought of this much-needed accessory!

Disclaimer: At the time of writing, I am not affiliated with Kirk Enterprises or with Nikon in any way. I am a professional photographer looking for the best equipment for my work, I buy all my gear with my hard-earned cash and I don’t get paid by anyone to write articles for my blog.

Kirk enjoys a very good reputation as one of the best manufacturers of support accessories such as tripod heads, camera plates, and so on. When I placed my order, I was pretty confident about the quality of the Kirk NC-70-200 collar reviewed here.

Upon receiving the package, I wasn’t disappointed. The collar and the retaining knob are built like a tank, the materials used exude quality and the finish is very similar to that of the Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR itself. With the collar, you get a basic instruction leaflet, hex keys, screws, and a Kirk label sticker.

Mounting the collar on the lens is very easy. Just un-screw the retaining knob, place the collar on the lens barrel on the lens mount’s side and screw the knob back on. Adjusting the collar position is also a breeze: just loosen the knob a bit, turn it to your preferred position and lock it back into place.

The Kirk collar, compared to Nikon’s own, features an extra support point further down the lens’ barrel, thus making the lens/collar combination rock solid. More, if you use an Arca-Swiss compatible tripod head, going for the Kirk collar over the Nikon you’ll enjoy the extra versatility of having an Arca-Swiss compatible lens plate built-in.

More, not having to attach a separate lens plate to your collar, as you would have to do if you went for the Nikon RT-1, will give you the advantage of improving the Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR stability through a more solid collar and lens assembly, as well as a lower gravity center.

The Dolomites Photography Workshop

Last but not least, going for such an all-in-one solution you’ll end up saving some money versus buying the Nikon collar and an extra plate for it.

Bringing this Kirk NC-70-200 collar review to a conclusion, if you plan to use your Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR on a tripod or monopod, I definitely recommend improving the Nikon 70-200mm f/4 stability with the Kirk NC-70-200 collar. Great build, easy to use, cheaper than the Nikon RT-1, more solid, more versatile. What more to ask?

Cinque Terre & Tuscany Photography Workshop

Thanks for reading this Kirk NC-70-200 collar review, I hope you enjoyed it! Why don’t you share it with your friends, or drop me a comment to let me know how you feel about this?

Have a great day, and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE TO MY NEWSLETTER!

Enjoying the blog? Support us with a PayPal donation:



4 thoughts on “IMPROVING THE NIKON 70-200 F/4: KIRK NC-70-200 COLLAR REVIEW”

    • Hello Patrick,

      no you won’t, just un-screw the holding screw and take it off. Lens, of course, should be off camera when you do that.



        • Sure thing Patrick, glad to be of help :) I am actually really glad to see that this old article is still useful! Enjoy the Kirk collar, best



Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Subscribe to my newsletter
not to miss future articles!

let's develop photography together