400 2.8E FL collar smoothness?

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400 2.8E FL collar smoothness?

Hi,

I just got the above lens used and now I'm a little concerned about the smoothness of rotation of the tripod collar.  I compared to an old-ish Canon 500 f4 from a friend and while his feels like "ball bearing smooth" (with "soft stops" at 90 deg. angles), I would rate the 400 FL to "metal-on-metal smooth".  Both tested with the lens in horizontal orientation (like mounted on tripod).  Should I be worried or are the Nikons just not as smooth in general?  Btw: my 500 PF feels a tiny little bit smoother, but its also much lighter..

Thanks in advance!

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