500mm lens mounting foot

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Louis Champan, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. Does anyone have an opinion on whether it's worth it to replace the original mounting foot that comes standard on the 500mm with a Really Right Stuff or a Kirk aftermarket foot? The original is about 1 inch taller than the aftermarket mountings.

    There seems to be a lot of opinion on this matter, but I'm looking for someone that actually has had experience with the lens.


  2. Hey Louis,
    I replaced the foot on my 600 Nikkor with a Wimberley replacement foot, that has the "Swiss-Arca" style groove that is needed for the Wimberley head. It lowers the lens profile, allegedly making it balance better. I also just ordered a Kirk LP47 replacement foot for my new 200-400 VR lens. That will allow me to use that lwns on the Wimberley or with the Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ballhead for a lighter weight configuration. The new lens is going to get a workout at Merritt Island next week.