Flatness of Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E's Tripod Collar Foot

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Flatness of Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E's Tripod Collar Foot

I recently picked up a used AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6e in near-mint condition.  Like many of you, I've standardized on the Arca-type mounting plate.  As such, I decided to put an Arca-type plate on the tripod collar's foot from my old Sigma BIGMA.  I know that the plate is true and flat.  When I placed the mounting plate on the NIkon, I noticed that the front tip of the foot bevelled away from the plate resulting in a small air gap between the plate and the foot near the front edge.  Normally, this won't be a problem as the rest of the foot is flat but the front is where the small tabs are on the plate to prevent the plate from twisting on the foot and the bevel reduces the contact surface on those tabs.

Here's a picture of a similar generic plate that I have -

Generic mounting plate - notice the tabs at the top.

Does anyone use this type of generic plate on their lens?  And has anyone found any issues with it?

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