Gimbal and replacement foot for the Nikon 600mm FL

Unfortunately, the Nikon 600mm f1/4E FL ED VR does not balance with the D810 and the foot replacement LCF-13 by Really Right Stuff nor with the Nikon stock foot. The LCF-13 worked perfectly with the previous model 600mm f1/4G ED VR.

After some research I ordered the foot LF-N604FL by jobu design. It is 4 cm longer than the Nikon stock foot and 2cm longer than the new LCF-18 by RRS, which is too short according to this comment. Now, my setup balances fine horizontally, but vertically the lens sits (still) too high with the gimbal by Dietmar Nil.

To balance my setup also vertically, I needed a different gimbal head. The WH-200 Wimberley Head Version II would let me compensate a height up to 12 cm. I went with the Jobu Heavy Duty MK IV, which is a bit lighter, but only gives you about 10.5 cm (my combination requires at least 10 cm).

You may wonder why the foot has such a high profile. I guess this is owed to the longer lens hood, which reaches further back when stowed away.

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Comparison of lens feet: The jobu is 17.7 cm long and 3.6 cm high, the RRS LCF-13 designed for the previous model is 14.3 cm long and 1.8 cm high and the new RRS LCF-18 would be 15.4 cm x 4.8 cm. The Nikon stock foot has the dimensions and is 13.5 cm x 4.5 cm and not Arca Swiss compatible.

But I don’t really see why that was really necessary. I think it wouldn’t matter to have the hood cover the foot as shown in the mockup below:

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Mockup of a suggested replacement foot for the front-heavy Nikon 600mm FL with a super low profile.

8 thoughts on “Gimbal and replacement foot for the Nikon 600mm FL

  1. Pingback: RRS LCF-18 doesn't play well with the Nikon 600mm FL - Krishnan PhotographyKrishnan Photography

  2. Also another reason the RRS LCF-18 is slightly higher might be because there needs to be sufficient gap between the lens foot and the lens barrel so that one can also carry the lens by its lens foot. If too low a profile then, it would not be possible to slip the fingers around the lens foot for a good grip for carrying the lens

    • I not only replaced the Nikon stock foot with the foot by jobu design, but also replaced the gimbal head from Dietmar Nill with the Jobu Heavy Duty MK IV. Now the whole setup sits lower and the center of mass is right on the tilt axis. I didn’t buy the classic Wimberley Gimbal Head II because it’s heavier than the Jobu, even though it would have given more play to adjust in the vertical.

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