The AP-553 Replacement Foot has been discontinued and replaced by our AP-554 Replacement Foot. This page is here for reference only, as the AP-553 is no longer available for purchase.
AP-553 Replacement Foot
For Nikon: 500 f/4 AF-S versions I & II, & VR
200-400 f/4 AF-S VR
Dimensions (Overall L x W x H):
5.7 x 1.5 x .9 in
Weight: 5.3 Oz
(plate, mounting screws ,& stop screws)
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This plate (AP-553) has been replaced by the AP-554, which provides a better handle to carry your lens by and is longer, allowing you to balance your lense with lighterweight camera bodies. However, we are still selling the AP-553 as a less expensive & lower profile option for those who have heavier camera bodies (see chart below for campatibility). If you meet the requirements of the compatibility chart below, and want the lowest profile and most ridgid plate possible this plate is a good choice.
The AP-553 does not provide enough length for proper balance when using the certain light weight camera bodies (see chart below). If your lens/camera combo is not compatible, use the new AP-554 foot.
|Nikon 500 AF-S I & II
||Cameras + battery 30oz or heavier (including the D300)
||Camera + battery lighter than 33oz (e.g. D90, D7000, D5000 & D3000)
|Nikon 500 AF-S VR
||Cameras + battery 34oz or heavier (D3 and similiar pro bodies)
||Camera + battery lighter than 34oz (e.g. D300, D90, D7000 D5000 & D3000)
|Nikon 200-400 AF-S VR
||Cameras + battery 25oz or heavier (including D300, D90, & D7000)
||Camera + battery lighter than 25oz (e.g. D5000 & D3000)
The "Arca-Swiss Style" Quick-Release Geometry
The "Arca-Swiss Style" Quick-Release Geometry refers to the open-cavity dovetail quick-release system developed decades ago by Arca-Swiss for use with their Monoball ball heads and large format cameras. After the extreme popularity of the Arca-Swiss B-1 ball head in the 1990s, other companies began manufacturing custom camera-body and lens plates using this geometry. Since then, this geometry has become the industry standard for high-end tripod heads (particularly in the nature photography industry). The figure below shows the basic dimensions of the dovetail used in this system:
The Wimberley Head Version II, Sidekick, and other clamps use this quick-release system, so any lens that you wish to connect to our heads must be equipped with an Arca-Swiss style lens plate or replacement foot.
Manufacturers that use the Arca-Swiss Style Quick-Release Geometry include:
Giottos (only on their most recent line of ball heads & plates)
Novoflex (only on some of their products)
Really Right Stuff