November 10, 2017

Low Profile Replacement Foot for Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR from Hejnar Photo

Hejnar H128 Replacement Foot on Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

Another Low Profile foot introduced by Hejnar PHOTO for the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR this time.
The new H128 Low Profile Replacement Foot has a shorter neck between the Arca-Swiss® compatible lens plate and the lens collar, thus allowing the lenses to be mounted more properly on some Gimbals.
Especially the side mounted ones without a cradle.

For reference the first Low Profile Foot was the Hejnar PHOTO H118 Low Profile Replacement Foot for Canon EF 400/500/600/800 L Lenses but similarities stop to the Low Profile, since the H118 has a completely different mounting approach.

The H128 Replacement Foot

Manufacturer Specification:
Length:10.92 cm (4.3")
Width:3.81 cm (1.5")
Thickness:1.78 cm (0.7")
Tapped Holes:1 x 1/4"-20
Safety Stop Screws:2 x M3
Weight:64 gr (2.3 oz)
Color:Black hard coat anodized
Material:C.N.C. machined 6061-T6 Aluminium
Made in :USA

Much like its siblings in the Hejnar family each foot is precision CNC machined out of a solid Aluminium block with a double dovetail in front and the appropriate collar base at the rear. However the H128 is extremely lightweight compared to many other replacement lens feet, as it weight like a lens plate.
The double dovetail enables a flash bracket or any other device with a small Arca style QR clamp to be mounted on the top dovetail while the foot is clamped on a head by the lower one.

Hejnar H128 Replacement Foot fron top view

The H128 bottom side is deeply carved leaving a central brace, where 1/4"-20 hole is tapped allowing the foot to be directly mounted on any kind of pod with an equivalent stud.
The standard M3 safety stop screws are pre-installed one at the front end and one at the rear end of the foot depriving from any accidental slip offs from a semi-closed QR clamp.
A deep countersunk hole exists at the rear below the mounting block serving to host the provided mounting screw.

Hejnar H128 Replacement Foot fron bottom view

Installation on the Lens

Replacement of the Nikon Foot is very straightforward. All it needs, is to release the original Foot, insert the H128 Replacement on the lip of the Foot Plate and then secure it with the provided hex-cap screw.

Hejnar H128 Replacement Foot on Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR bottom
Hejnar H128 Replacement Foot mounted on Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR with 1/4"-20 screw.

It is recommended to use a thread locking compound like Loctite 242 (blue) or any other equivalent product of medium strength for small screws. This will prevent the mounting screw from loosening up sometime in the future.

The package contains beside the H128 Replacement Foot, an 1/4-20 hex-cap screw 1/2" long, two M3 safety stop screws pre-installed on the bottom and two Allen hex keys for the 1/4"-20 mounting screw and for the M3 screws
Hejnar H128 Replacement Foot with tools

Since we are talking for a Low Profile Foot there is only 1.14 cm (0.45") clearance between the foot plate and the lens barrel. Nevertheless, is enough to handle the lens, while it allows also for the Lens Hood to be reversed for transport.

Hejnar H128 Replacement Foot on Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR w/ hood
Hejnar H128 Replacement Foot on Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR with reversed hood.

Arca Swiss® compatibility is a standard for Hejnar Photo products extended to this QR clamp as well regarding both its clamping jaws and the dovetail on the bottom. Hjenar Photo products work with Arca type clamps and plates from:
  • Markins® including lever release clamp
  • Really Right Stuff®, including lever release clamp.
  • Arca Swiss®
  • Wimberley®
  • Kirk®
  • Photo Clam®
  • Foba® (Foba uses different safety stop mechanism, so safety stops may need removing)
  • Vanguard ABH Series Ball Heads (ABH is Vangaurds only Arca-Compatible series)
  • Custom Brackets®
  • Jobu Design®
  • Acratech®
I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
Photos by courtesy of Hejnar Photo ©2017 Chris Hejnar

Price & Availability:
Current price for the H128 Lens Foot is US$ 60.00 (+Shipping where applicable) and is available from the Hejnar Photo online Store.

If you are interested in the product, do check the Recommended Sellers page for a valid Hejnar Photo discount coupon before ordering.

Referenced Articles:
New Hejnar PHOTO H118 Low Profile Replacement Foot for Canon EF 400/500/600/800 L Lenses

Relevant Articles:
New Replacement Foot for Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II from Sunwayfoto
Replacement Foot Plate for Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II from Sunwayfoto

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