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Review: Hejnar PHOTO Lens Plates for Nikon 70-200mm VR I & II

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Currently major lens manufacturers like Nikon and Canon do not include Arca-compatible lens feet on their larger lenses. Since virtually all of the high-end, and most of the mid-range tripod head manufacturers build products with Arca-style clamps, you have two choices:
  1. Replace the stock lens foot with an Arca compatible one (like we did when we replaced the foot on our Nikon 200-400mm lens with a Kirk LP-47)
  2. Attach a Arca-Style Lens Plate or Rail to the bottom of the stock foot, like the one shown below.

Hejnar PHOTO Lens Plates

The lens plate pictured above is a Hejnar PHOTO lens plate designed specifically for the Nikon 70-200mm VR (it fits version I & II). Hejnar PHOTO also has lens plates available that fit just about any lens foot, as well as replacement feet for select lenses. In the interests of full disclosure, the lens plate featured in this review was kindly provided to us by for this review.

The lens foot screws into the bottom of the lens foot using the supplied hex key, as shown in the picture below (this particular lens foot is from the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II):

Hejnar PHOTO Lens Plates

The lens plate is made in the U.S.A. from 6061 T6 Aluminum and features a black anodized finish. The plate comes with Safety Stops installed that work with clamps from manufacturers including RRS, Kirk and Wimberley. The bottom of the plate also features a tripod socket, so should you need to use a non-Arca style tripod or monopod, you can without having to remove the plate.

As you can see in the picture above the plate is longer than the foot, and features two holes. This is for compatibility with various accessories, including allowing the attachment of flash brackets from Really Right Stuff and others (scroll further down for picture with a Wimberley F-6 Flash Bracket attached).

The picture below shows the Hejnar PHOTO Lens Plate in action, in this instance supporting a very heavy gripped D700 and 70-200mm VR II combination in a Wimberley Sidekick, making for a very strong setup.

Hejnar PHOTO Lens Plates

The Hejnar PHOTO Lens Plate allows Arca-style accessories to be attached from the top or the bottom thanks to its double dovetail design. As you can see in the picture below, we've attached a Wimberley F-6 flash bracket to the top of the lens plate while the Wimberley Sidekick's clamp grips it from the bottom:

Hejnar PHOTO Lens Plates

Like other Hejnar PHOTO products we've reviewed, this is a well thought out and executed design, and if you are in the market for a lens plate, has some excellent cost effective solutions. Highly recommended.
 This article is part of the following Gear Guide(s): 
 Tripods and Support | Lenses 


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