Make the wife happy, and you'll never second guess the 24-70 II.
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Does anyone that has used it have an opinion on the Canon 200mm 2.8 L, paired with a 1.4x?
The only thing bad about renting is when you rent something too good that is out of your price range to buy.
I'm still trying to recover from the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM that lens is amazing!
...but a lever release is a non-starter -- a disaster waiting to happen, really
What, you think having thousands of dollars in gear swinging from a clamp with a lever release sticking out, just waiting to catch on clothing or a tree branch and send that gear crashing to the ground is a bad idea?!? I wouldn't use a lever-release clamp for a BR+Arca solution even if it were given to me for free...
Kirk QRC-1 is what you're thinking of...I have a couple. The RRS clamp with the flat bottom is pretty new - the older one has metal 'nubs' on the bottom so the BR lug doesn't sit flush. I called RRS about it, since the nubby clamp was pictured in their website with a BR strap attached. Their advice is usually reliable and helpful, but in this case their suggestions were to either 'mash the rubber washer down onto the nubs' or 'just file them off'. I bought the Kirk clamp instead.
I'm just waiting for somebody -- RSS, Kirk, hell, even BlackRapid themselves -- to get smart and start selling a clamp that's just got a loop suitable for attachment to one of these mini carabiner clamps on the back. No screw hole, no nothing, just clamp on one side and loop on the other, minimum metal otherwise.