Strength of Nikon Lens Mounts

Started Sep 22, 2005 | Discussions thread
Ken Plotkin Senior Member • Posts: 1,682
Re: Strength of Nikon Lens Mounts

Over the past couple of years I've seen a handful of posts here from people who have had a D100 or D70 mount pulled off the camera by a moderately big lens like a 70-200 or 80-200.

I remember one where the damage occurred while the camera/lens combo was in a bag, so the bag probably got leaned on.

The load Nikon gave you - 20 pounds - is comforting to know for general "let the camera and lens hang by the camera strap" situations. But you can get way more than a 20 pound load if you bonk the camera/lens against something.

I've generally believed in the rule that if a lens has a tripod mount, carry the lens and not the camera. I'll let my D100 and 70-200VR dangle by the camera strap if I'm not moving around or expecting to get jostled. But if I'm walking around with it, I hold it by the lens.

Helps build a strong left bicep.

Ken Plotkin

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