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Canon 300 2.8 IS II with Gimbal Head
« on: June 25, 2013, 07:19:27 PM »
Hi everyone,

Just awaiting arrival of a new 300 2.8 IS II + 2xTC III and looking for feedback on the following setup for it:
Jobu Design Pro2 Gimbal Head with LCF-52 RRS on the The Gitzo 3532 LS.

Thoughts and experience appreciated as this is my first foray into such a serious setup.
Mostly for birding and various wildlife..

Many advance thanks,

Michel

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Canon 300 2.8 IS II with Gimbal Head
« on: June 25, 2013, 07:19:27 PM »

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Re: Canon 300 2.8 IS II with Gimbal Head
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2013, 07:29:25 PM »
I'd be sure that foot will give you some room to slide the lens forward in the clamp; With an extender you'll end up tail-heavy otherwise.

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Re: Canon 300 2.8 IS II with Gimbal Head
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2013, 07:40:05 PM »
I'd be sure that foot will give you some room to slide the lens forward in the clamp; With an extender you'll end up tail-heavy otherwise.

Jim

Thanks...any suggestions as to how I could deal with this?

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Re: Canon 300 2.8 IS II with Gimbal Head
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2013, 07:46:28 PM »
I'd be sure that foot will give you some room to slide the lens forward in the clamp; With an extender you'll end up tail-heavy otherwise.

Jim

Thanks...any suggestions as to how I could deal with this?

The RRS foot is designed for that, so get that and you're good.
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Re: Canon 300 2.8 IS II with Gimbal Head
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2013, 07:53:29 PM »
I'd be sure that foot will give you some room to slide the lens forward in the clamp; With an extender you'll end up tail-heavy otherwise.

Jim

Thanks...any suggestions as to how I could deal with this?

The RRS foot is designed for that, so get that and you're good.

Thought thats what I'd read....much appreciated.  :)

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Re: Canon 300 2.8 IS II with Gimbal Head
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2013, 08:04:34 PM »
Well I had a nice post with a few photos put together but it seems to have gone down the memory hole, and is apparently redundant anyway.  Good info for me though if I decide I want 300 f/2.8 badly enough.

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Re: Canon 300 2.8 IS II with Gimbal Head
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2013, 08:50:44 PM »
For what it's worth here's my situation.  I just bought the Jobu replacement foot for the 300 II  - LF-C504M2 for about $100 and it's good.  It does have the lens sitting a little high so it balances but not when the lens is tipped far down or far up.  The jobu Jr. 3 is light and more than adequate for the 300 and extenders and it is very smooth in operation and locks up nicely.  I'm very pleased.

This shot is my treepod with the 300 X1.4 on the Jobu Jr 3 gimbal.

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Re: Canon 300 2.8 IS II with Gimbal Head
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2013, 09:40:50 PM »
For what it's worth here's my situation.  I just bought the Jobu replacement foot for the 300 II  - LF-C504M2 for about $100 and it's good.  It does have the lens sitting a little high so it balances but not when the lens is tipped far down or far up.  The jobu Jr. 3 is light and more than adequate for the 300 and extenders and it is very smooth in operation and locks up nicely.  I'm very pleased.

This shot is my treepod with the 300 X1.4 on the Jobu Jr 3 gimbal.

Jack

Thanks for that Jack.

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Re: Canon 300 2.8 IS II with Gimbal Head
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2013, 10:46:14 PM »
CONGRATS....can't wait for my turn to break the news.

300 and 400mm f2.8 IS II are GREAT. I have enough money to buy 300mm now, but I'm going to save little more for 400mm.

Let us know how you like this lens with x2 TC III - in term of AF speed, accuracy and of course IQ.

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Prime: 40mm -- 50L -- 85L II -- 135L -- 400L f2.8 IS II -- Zeiss FE 55mm f1.8

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Re: Canon 300 2.8 IS II with Gimbal Head
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2013, 09:48:55 AM »
Dylan377,

If wishes were horses then paupers would ride.  My wish is that the 400 were the size and weight of the 300.  In that case I'd have gone 400 in spite of cost.  Having now carried the 300 plus TC around quite a lot I can't say I'd wish to carry the 400, especially while jumping over little streams and ducking bushes etc.

However, when I'm hiding with aim on that distant bird with 300 X2 I'm always wishing for more (not to mention when comparing to those unbelievable shots with the 600 prime we see on the forum, compared to 300 X2).  Untill my arm starts to ache that is.  Obviously then use a tripod.  But that's more to pack and hook on branches along with the 3 legged stool and so it goes.

Ultimately you make the best of what you've got.

In spite of the above, the 300 has provided me with the thrill of a lifetime already and I don't regret having made the purchase and neither will you regret your 400 or other big white.

Jack
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Re: Canon 300 2.8 IS II with Gimbal Head
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2013, 10:12:55 AM »
Hey Mike,

Just had a look at your web page and I really like what you're shooting and the quality of your work.  You're living in heaven (almost).  Good luck.  I'm betting, like me, your childhood included a good exposure to nature and that you had a parent of relative who loved the great outdoors and influenced you??

Just a deer, which is not difficult from my yard but the extra thrill came from the knowlege that this is likely the mother of the fawn we thought was motherless.

Jack
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« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2013, 10:32:02 AM »
Just a deer, which is not difficult from my yard but the extra thrill came from the knowlege that this is likely the mother of the fawn we thought was motherless.

Bambi'sMama.JPG (1169.38 kB, 934x1400)

...and you just let her stand there, in the meadow?!?!?   :o
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Re: Canon 300 2.8 IS II with Gimbal Head
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2013, 10:32:18 AM »
naturescapes has a replacement foot that allows you to adjust  how much of the plate sticks forward and backward. 


http://www.naturescapes.net/store/4th-generation-designs-crx-5-lens-foot.html

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« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2013, 10:35:02 AM »
naturescapes has a replacement foot that allows you to adjust  how much of the plate sticks forward and backward. 
http://www.naturescapes.net/store/4th-generation-designs-crx-5-lens-foot.html


The downside to that foot (and the other 4th gen replacement feet) is that their low profile makes them difficult to use as a handle to carry the lens, which IMO is one of the great uses of a tripod foot on a supertele.  I think that design is necessary for their Mongoose side gimbal (Wimberley's side mount needs low profile feet with some lenses for balance, too).  The RRS side gimbal (which I have) doesn't have that issue, since it can be adjusted laterally to suit the lens.
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Re: Canon 300 2.8 IS II with Gimbal Head
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2013, 12:56:18 PM »
...and you just let her stand there, in the meadow?!?!?   

I'm lost on this one??  A newborn fawn was in our yard near the garden.  My wife called me and I photographed it before it wandered into the bush.  We were surprised that there appeared to be no mother around but I understand these young ones are sometimes told by mama to just stay put??

Anyway, the appearance of this mama in my back yard at least opened the posibility that she is the mother of the fawn and that's what I've chosen to believe.

Mama was shot from my deck with 300 X1.4 and baby with the 300 on separate days.

On the 300 foot, the Jobu replacement is a great handle except for the fact that it's got somewhat sharp edges and I'd prefer it to be lower although I guess that wouldn't matter if I went side mount on the Jobu Jr 3.

Jack
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Re: Canon 300 2.8 IS II with Gimbal Head
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2013, 12:56:18 PM »