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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightest, good, Shoulder Camera bag?
« on: June 24, 2013, 10:41:56 AM »
The problem is the 70-200 2.8.  I have been looking for the same thing for at least two years - let me know if you find something. 

I have tried a variety of solutions including the Thinktank retrospective 20 (1.5kg) - which got fairly heavy fairly quick.  My solution so far has been to make the hard decision about whether I really need to the 70-200/2.8 for any given excursion.  What I typically do is:
      1) Pick a single lens (other than the 70-200) and use a Domke F5XB;
      2) pick up to two lenses (e.g. the 100L and the 30/1.4) with a full accessory/Flash kit and use a Domke F4AF; or
      3) take the 70-200 in a LowePro Flipside Sport Pro 10 (a backpack which fits the 5DIII + 70-200/2.8 like a glove and is, for me, a far better solution than any of the myriad of holsters I have tried).

The Domke F4AF will fit the the 70-200 but not mounted on the camera and w/o the lens hood (which frankly means I do not use it that much in that much .

Good Luck!

Thanks to all for all I have learned here  :)

Get a good carbon fiber pod.  I used to use a Manfrotto aluminum unit and after upgrading to a Gitzo (GM2541), I realized how much difference a few ounces make on a long hike.  You may want to check out the Feisol brand - I have heard good things about them and they are less than half the price of the Gitzo. 

Most monopods do not come with a quick release plate, but it is fairly easy to add one.  Manfrotto makes a nice tilting monopod head with quick release plate that is actually very nice for the price.

Overall, I would say that having a quick release plate is a necessity, but the tilt feature while nice and adding a lot of convenience, may not be necessary depending on what you are shooting.

Good luck!

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