Crazy RF 100-500 Disaster!!

JPAZ

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Sep 8, 2012
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Quick resurrection of the thread. I have avoided the 100-500 tripod foot since, I agree with others, the lens is light enough to use handheld and I am nervous about the reliability and strength of the tripod foot, itself. But, carrying the camera and lens, with or without the 1.4x TC on my Black Rapid is too unbalanced. the lens hangs down when the BR is attached to the plate on the camera.

So, I've settled on the Hejnar DO60 plate on the tripod foot (I use a lot of Kirk plates but felt that that QD point was too far forward) and use a QD from the BR to the plate BUT ALSO have a safety strap from my BR to the camera lug using a small carabiner. The camera with the lens attached is balanced hanging horizontally at my right hip and, should disaster befall the setup, the carabiner strap should stop a lens to ground event. FYI, having once lost a lens to a tripod fall (the camera survived), I never leave a camera on a tripod without a loose strap around my neck. I know I could inadvertently pull the setup with that strap but I'd rather risk that in case the tripod falls or the lens foot fails.
 
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AlanF

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Quick resurrection of the thread. I have avoided the 100-500 tripod foot since, I agree with others, it is light enough to use handheld and I am nervous about the reliability ands strength of the tripod foot, itself. But, carrying the camera and lens, with or without the 1.4x TC on my Black Rapid is too unbalanced. the lens hangs down when the BR is attached to the plate on the camera.

So, I've settled on the Hejnar DO60 plate on the tripod foot (I use a lot of Kirk plates but felt that that QD point was too far forward) and use a QD from the BR to the plate BUT ALSO have a safety strap from my BR to the camera lug using a small carabiner. The camera with the lens attached is balanced hanging horizontally at my right hip and, should disaster befall the setup, the carabiner strap should stop a lens to ground event. FYI, having once lost a lens to a tripod fall (the camera survived), I never leave a camera on a tripod without a loose strap around my neck. I know I could inadvertently pull the setup with that strap but I'd rather risk that in case the tripod falls or the lens foot fails.
For several years now, I have used two caribiners on the BR strap, one to the body and the other to the tripod foot. It gives that extra security and the camera and lens hang better.
 
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