I own the Canon 500mm and use the Gitzo 3531 Mountaineer with the Wimberley Sidekick on an Induro BHD 3 ballhead. The 500mm is 8.5lbs and the 600mm is 13lbs. I would suggest that the Series 3, four section Gitzo legs are not rated and sturdy enough for the 600 and would suggest that you get the Series 5 Gitzo tripod. The Wimberley WH 200 is a gimbal head and I would use the Wimberley replacement foot for the 600mm or Kirk makes a replacement foot for the 600mm. I would not buy a replacement foot that is too low to the lens as carrying this lens around is easier by the lens foot using it as a handle given it's weight. If you go with the replacement foot, which I would, you don't need the Wimberley lens plate P50 as the replacement foot is Arca Swiss compatible with the clamp on the Wimberley gimbal head. Forget about the tripod thread adapters as this is not necessary. One other suggestion is to use the lens strap that comes with the 600mm at all times as the weight on the camera mount is considerable when carrying this lens around when not on the tripod. After owning and using the 500mm regularily for the last 6-9 months, I wouldn't buy the older ver. I 600mm because of the weight and bulk and would consider the 600mm ver II instead. The 600 II is the same weight and MFD as the 500mm ver I. Good luck with this lens as it is very sharp and IQ is amazing.
April 21, 2014, 11:51:37 AM
Topic: tripod help for EF 600mm f4 IS USM? (Read 2667 times)
« Last Edit: May 17, 2012, 12:30:37 AM by photophreek »
So, I tried using B&H website, but obviously it's help is counter productive. This is the items I have ordered. I am trying to return all unnecissary items and items that don't work together.
1) Gitzo GT3531LSV tripod legs 75mm thread (didn't realise it didn't have a head)
Looking at the B&H listing, the package includes a flat top adapter so you're good.
it didn't have a flat head, the main picture has one, but the enlarged pictures does not. The title even says 75mm thread adapter, but there was just a hole. I returned everything. The lens I boughtcame with a replacement foot which works with my wimberley wh-200
7d, 5d mk iii, 1d4, 1dx, 35mm f1.4L, 70-200mm IS ii USM, 300mm f4 IS USM, 600mm f4l is USM, 400mm f2.8l is usm, 14mm tamron f2.8, 17-40mm f4L, 24-70 f2.8L USM, 85f1.2L USM, 100mm f2.8 macro