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I see that RRS now has a link to lens plate for 100-400 ii


Beware that this is a "make-do" lens plate until custom made one becomes available.   

This is the same "lens plate" (the MPR-113 Rail) recommended to me when I first called RRS and posted this topic.

If a "make-do" lens plate is OK with you, it should "make do".   We must all wait for custom make version.

Thanks for the pics, folks.  Seems like you could even keep the thumbwheel and the piece with all the lugs and four screws ... just undo the screws and put the (anticipated) replacement foot on.  If there's threadlock involved you'd have to be careful not to damage the screws while loosening them.

A bit offtopic, but does anyone know what the maximum diameter of the lens hood is?

the max outside diameter is at front of the hood - 4-3/8 inches.

All the more reason for someone to step up and actually make an aftermarket replacement.  They can even fix the wobbling of the standard foot mentioned in this thread (and in the lens instruction manual).

East Wind Photography mentioned that you can add a second screw.  If this means that the standard foot actually has two holes for screws, then that's even better than an anti-twist flange, as the plate's bolted to the foot in two locations.

Unfortunately, the standard tripod mount for the 100-400 ii has only one hole for screw mount.  It would've been nice...   :)

I started this topic and have since bought an Induro Quick Release Plate PL70 for my new 100-400 ii.  It is Arca-Swiss mount and matches the length of the lens tripod foot bottom surface and has anti-twist flange.  No overhang. When attached with the flange to the front, everything seems to be mounted securely without any twist.  Price was $35, including Allen wrench.

Seems like a good long-term solution, unless RRS, Kirk, etc may come up with custom-made version.  Hard to imagine it would be better than the Induro PL70.   


Lenses / PDF of users guide for new 100-400 II available on canon website
« on: December 17, 2014, 03:32:24 PM »

A PDF version of the users guide for the new 100-400 II is now available on Canon website   :D [size=78%] [/size]


The European site asks for a camera serial number and would not accept mine from the 5DIII.  I'm guessing because it's registered in Canada.  Would not let me download without it.

Interesting!  Is that part of Canon's new gray market push?  It does not make sense, try downloading from Australia.  Chances are that its a bug in the site.

Canon Australia does not show that version available, but thanks for the tip.  Guess I'll wait until Canon USA or Canada list it.

I'm downloading it right now from Canon Europe with my registered camera serial number from the USA.
Make sure that you enter zeros and not O's in the serial number.

+1 that worked for me too

Just got my new 100-400 II from Amazon.  Contacted RRS about an arca-swiss lens plate specifically for the new 100-400 ii.  They do not have specific plans for custom plate and suggested their MPR-113 instead.


I'm interested in other alternatives that would allow me to mount the 100-400 securely on RRS tripod/release clamp via arc-swiss-style mount.

Any suggestions...?   :)

I think it was just updated.  At bedtime last night, it showed out of stock, and my pre-order was not marked shipped.  I checked my charge card account, and it had been charged, so I knew it was in work.  This morning it says shipped, no e-mail yet, and the UPS tracking number does not show progress.
I'm hoping it will get here on the West Coast on Monday.  Bad weather, being a factor, that might not happen.  Several UPS shipments were delayed last week, they are obviously so loaded down with shipments that any little issue can cascade into tens of thousands of late deliveries.

I ordered from Amazon on 11/11/14.   Just saw my credit card was charged and the Amazon site now says
   Preparing for Shipment      Delivery estimate: We need a little more time to provide you with a good estimate. We'll notify you via e-mail as soon as we have an estimated delivery date.   

Software & Accessories / Re: Please share you Mac Pro specs
« on: November 28, 2014, 01:11:59 PM »
Hello guys, happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate :) I'm looking at Mac Pro as my next desktop computer for personal, school and photo needs. Those of you who own Mac Pro (preferably 2013 model), could you please share your specs, so I could better figure out what I need? For those of you who own 2012 and earlier model, are you planning to upgrade to 2013 model any time soon or not? Thank you very much for your time, guys!

I have 15-in MacBook Pro - mid-2012 model (MacBookPro9,1)
OS:  Yosemite 10.10.1
Processor:   2.7 GHz intel Core i7
Memory: 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Graphics:  NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB
Internal Hard Drive: 1 TB capacity
Several External Hard drives connected via USB and Firewire hubs thru Thunderbolt display

Use Photoshop CS6 for all my photo editing.   This system works great.

Lenses / Re: Preorder: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 11, 2014, 01:31:49 PM »
I will be shocked if it's not a great lens and it will be better than the old 100-400. I've been waiting for over a year for this lens. Had my money set aside ($2200 actually) and ordered at 00:05 EST today. Now, I'm waiting for delivery.

+1 same story

Lenses / Re: Preorder: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 11, 2014, 01:25:53 AM »
+1 done deal at Amazon.  Long wait is over!  Now when will it ship?

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 10, 2014, 07:49:52 PM »
So. Same filter size, same F range, same focal length, except heavier, longer, wider and also 50% more expensive than the previous version.  Am I missing something?  Unless the AF performance or sharpness or something blows the prior version away (hard to imagine at the same F stop) we just waited 10 years and are paying 50% more for turn-style zoom? Please someone tell me I am missing something major here.

While more expensive, 50% higher isn't so.   Increase from $1699 to $2199 is about 29% - which is real money, for sure!!!  :(

Lenses / Re: Another EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Mention
« on: November 05, 2014, 01:18:47 PM »
The way it sounds, I'm guessing they will have a slot in the hood to be able to use your fingers to rotate a ND or Polarizer. That would be nice. I thought about using a dremel and make slots in in my 70-200 hood to allow me to rotate a ND filter, but I thought it might ruin the use of the hood and maybe let light in the slots and cause a reflection.


It drives me nuts trying to use a polarizer and hood at the same time. :-\   Why not have a threaded hood to match the (77mm?) filter size?   Just rotate the hood and the polarizer rotates with it?  The solution might work with long telephoto lenses (like 100-400) that have a relatively narrow FOV and a fully circular hood.  Obviously not a good solution for wide angle lenses because of vignetting due to wider FOV and irregular hood shape.     


Lenses / Re: Another EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Mention
« on: November 05, 2014, 01:07:24 PM »
I like this and think most are possible.  Not sure about the 77mm thread.  And no way on the collar, no money to be had by having a collar that goes on another popular lens model. ;D

I don't mind a different collar .. .but Canon should finally make the collar-foot with Arca grooves cut in at the factrroy. So we don't have to get RRS replacement foots ... which is a hassle and significant expense if you don't live in the US:  ;)


I would order immediately if price were $69,995.  Couldn't justify at over $70K  ;) ::)

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