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p.3 #1 · p.3 #1 · Replacement foot Sony FE 100-400 GM Kirk


Seconding the thanks Fred for the collapsible hood link. Great find and thanks for sharing.


Sep 23, 2017 at 08:45 PM
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p.3 #2 · p.3 #2 · Replacement foot Sony FE 100-400 GM Kirk


Don't like the soft hoods because they provide no protection of the lenses front element from being bumped. Probably not as much an issue on a longer lenses like this but for lenses used in more crowded environment I want the protection of a hard lens hood.

Also have been using the Kirk foot on both my Canon and Sony 100-400mm lenses and I have a small acra swiss clamp on a black rapid strap to attach to any lens with an arca-swiss plate or foot or to any camera with an arca-swiss l-bracket or camera plate.

Simply detach it when i want to put the lens or camera body in an arca-swiss ball head or gimbal. Black Rapid also makes small tether straps that can go from the caribina to some other connection on the camera or lens. I use those when I think I need extra safety.

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Sep 24, 2017 at 10:21 AM
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p.3 #3 · p.3 #3 · Replacement foot Sony FE 100-400 GM Kirk


kdrk888 wrote:
Fred, the problem I found out is the Jody plate can't be securely attached to the lens collar. If I understand Joshua correctly, the plate (not the Kirk) he was using came loose too.


One way to make a small plate secure is to get one with a bump. Like this one for example:
https://www.amazon.com/Haoge-Universal-Fujifilm-Panasonic-Mirrorless/dp/B00XK2790Y



Sep 24, 2017 at 12:27 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
One way to make a small plate secure is to get one with a bump. Like this one for example:
https://www.amazon.com/Haoge-Universal-Fujifilm-Panasonic-Mirrorless/dp/B00XK2790Y


I just tried the plate linked above and as I suspected, it did the trick. Its "bump" locks the plate in place so it does not rotate. There is a way to add a strap to it as well. I tried it on my tripod and it's rock solid.

It's only 9 grams which is about 70 grams lighter than the OEM foot. (which still needs a plate on it!)



Sep 26, 2017 at 12:54 PM
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p.3 #5 · p.3 #5 · Replacement foot Sony FE 100-400 GM Kirk


I just received the Kirk foot for the 100-400 GM or the 70-200 GM. I run a OpTech Uni Loop (the longer version) through one of the holes as shown in the pictures below. The Kirk foot is fairly long so this won't get in the way of using an Arca Swiss type quick release. The Optech strap seems pretty strong. Note that you can run an uni loop through the back of the Sony foot too but you still need to add a plate to the Sony foot to use with a quick release. The $125 RRS foot has a strap slot like the Sony foot too. I can grab the Kirk foot to carry the lens around too.


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Sep 27, 2017 at 05:28 PM
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p.3 #6 · p.3 #6 · Replacement foot Sony FE 100-400 GM Kirk


I also got a Kirk today for my 70-200GM. I was surprised that German company ProPhoto sell this product in Europe.


Sep 28, 2017 at 02:52 PM
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p.3 #7 · p.3 #7 · Replacement foot Sony FE 100-400 GM Kirk


Currently, there are cheaper alternatives to the Kirk ($80) and RRS ($100) foot replacement. I just saw the iShoot version ($30):

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lens-Collar-Tripod-Mount-Ring-Replacement-Stand-fr-Sony-FE-100-400-4-5-5-6GM-OSS-/253774960073

Has anyone tried it?



Sep 07, 2018 at 07:28 PM
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I have the RRS foot and the single best part is that it is compatible with their new QD system. Since it is much more balanced to carry the lens and body by the foot, I can quickly move my strap from the L plate to the foot and then quickly remove it when on a tripod.

http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/assets/images/products/LCF-101.main-08.jpg



Sep 08, 2018 at 07:34 AM
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eyal wrote:
I have the RRS foot and the single best part is that it is compatible with their new QD system. Since it is much more balanced to carry the lens and body by the foot, I can quickly move my strap from the L plate to the foot and then quickly remove it when on a tripod.

http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/assets/images/products/LCF-101.main-08.jpg


Looks nice but for whatever reason I am scared to use this type of screw-in straps, fearing they may come loose without me knowing it. I did try them briefly.



Sep 08, 2018 at 07:41 AM
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kdrk888 wrote:
I have the RRS foot and the single best part is that it is compatible with their new QD system. ...Looks nice but for whatever reason I am scared to use this type of screw-in straps, fearing they may come loose without me knowing it. I did try them briefly.


They don't screw in; it's a special ball-bearing based quick release socket. Very strong, but very easy to remove/attach. I love it.







Sep 08, 2018 at 07:46 AM
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It is a very cool design and apparently military grade/origin - literally used to carry long guns. Very secure and sure fit and then won't release without pushing top which recesses the 4 ball bearing type projections which hold it in place.

RRS now has these QD points on their newer L plates (including the Sony a7rIII) and are updating their tripods to accept them as well.



Sep 08, 2018 at 08:07 AM
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+1 for the RRS QD system. I have been using it for over 2 years now and find it to be very secure. For the 100-400 GM, I prefer a low-profile option. Since I really don't need a lens foot, I opted to just mount the RRS Bi-directional Plate:

http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/BQDS-Plate-for-Quick-Detach-Strap-Swivel









Sep 08, 2018 at 08:24 AM
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kdrk888 wrote:
Looks nice but for whatever reason I am scared to use this type of screw-in straps, fearing they may come loose without me knowing it. I did try them briefly.


That's not what's scares me with the 100-400GM. Have you guys seen the size of the screws holding the metal piece that attaches to the lens? It's so small and fragile. I would never carry this lens by the foot!

PS: To see the metal piece' four screws, just remove the foot.



Sep 08, 2018 at 09:29 AM
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p.3 #14 · p.3 #14 · Replacement foot Sony FE 100-400 GM Kirk


I think I will go ahead and order the RRS replacement foot. Hopefully it will give me more stability than using this:
https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1505210/0#14159017



Sep 10, 2018 at 06:39 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
I think I will go ahead and order the RRS replacement foot. Hopefully it will give me more stability than using this:
https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1505210/0#14159017


I'm sure it will. Mine seems very sturdy.



Sep 10, 2018 at 06:51 PM
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MikeEvangelist wrote:
They don't screw in; it's a special ball-bearing based quick release socket. Very strong, but very easy to remove/attach. I love it.


What plate is that if you don't mind me asking? I also have the RRS foot, and RRS L-plate on my A9, and love the QD system. But when I have the battery grip on the A9 and I'm not using the 100-400mm, I can't use it anymore - whatever that plate is should solve that!



Sep 10, 2018 at 07:15 PM
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MikeEvangelist wrote:
I'm sure it will. Mine seems very sturdy.


Mike,
What do you think about the tiny and seemingly fragile 4 screws that connect to the foot and the lens? Don't you think it's a bit weak for us to carry the lens + camera around?



Sep 10, 2018 at 07:22 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
Mike,
What do you think about the tiny and seemingly fragile 4 screws that connect to the foot and the lens? Don't you think it's a bit weak for us to carry the lens + camera around?


Fred, I just took a look at the four little screws after reading your post. I don't think they are that fragile, in my opinion of course. Something got to really go wrong for all four screws to break or come loose. I mostly hang the strap on my shoulder, the foot isn't really big enough to hold comfortably. I have the Kirk foot. See post # 5 on this page.



Sep 10, 2018 at 07:28 PM
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p.3 #19 · p.3 #19 · Replacement foot Sony FE 100-400 GM Kirk


darthalal wrote:
What plate is that if you don't mind me asking? I also have the RRS foot, and RRS L-plate on my A9, and love the QD system. But when I have the battery grip on the A9 and I'm not using the 100-400mm, I can't use it anymore - whatever that plate is should solve that!


It's a BP-CS - http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/BP-CS-Multi-camera-conventional-plate




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Sep 10, 2018 at 07:31 PM
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MikeEvangelist wrote:
It' a BP-CS - http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/BP-CS-Multi-camera-conventional-plate


Awesome, thank you. Will have to grab one of those.



Sep 10, 2018 at 07:34 PM
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