Female Common Merganser trying to swallow a dead Kokanee Salmon. 1D X 500mm L II and 1.4 Extender: ISO 800, f10 @ 1/1600 sec.
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I keep mine in the laundry room too.
Bad idea, IMO, for a couple of reasons. First, laundry rooms are a frequent site of water leaks in the home (usually resulting from a hot water hose bursting, which is why the better ones are wrapped with braided steel). Since the valve is inside the washer (no one turns the primary valve at the piping off, right?), a burst hose means water spraying everywhere. Not the best idea, even if the lens is technically weather sealed.
Also, laundry rooms are generally pretty humid. Long term storage in high humidity can result in fungus inside the lens (apparently, mycetal organisms find lens coatings tasty - I wonder if Canon's SWC tastes even better to them?).
I'd recommend reconsidering your storage location. Personally, I store my lenses in Storm hard cases with desiccant packs inside (the color indicator type, and I change them out when they reach capacity and turn pink).
Here's a picture of me and my new baby
It also appears the both Kirk and ReallyRight have copied the Canon design without changes and consideration for the balance of the camera and lens when used on a gimbal or video head.
Not sure I agree. The Kirk foot does mirror the Canon foot's forward-sweeping design. But, the RRS does not - the dovetail actually extends back farther, directly under and even slightly behind the mounting screws:
Granted, it may not be quite far enough back for the 500 II w/ a TC and heavy body. The RRS 300 II foot dovetail extends substantially behind the mounting screws, for example. However, apparently RRS designed the foot for the 400 II (before the 500/600 II's became available), then just declared the same foot was compatible with the longer lenses, and subsequently backpedaled with their note on the website. Perhaps they'll release a new foot designed for the longer lenses - if so, hopefully they'll do right by those who bought the maybe-not-so-compatible current foot (me, included).