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Right tripod and gimbal head for a 500mm f/4 lens

paracelsus

Toronto, CA
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"RE: Right tripod and gimbal head for a 500mm f/4 lens"

paracelsus Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Dec 2008
Thu 09-Aug-12 03:51 PM

Dave:

Thank you for the clarification and the image.

"The problem with not using a center column is, of course, that you can’t raise your lens by extending the center column. The solution I’ve adopted is to use a four-section tripod with a very large maximum height (78 inches, or 6.5 feet), and then to spread the legs extra wide when shooting birds at eye level; when I need to switch to shooting a bird higher up in a tree, I can simply pull one or more of the legs in to increase the height of the lens. This system is faster than using a center column and far more stable." (http://www.digitalbirdphotography.com/4.1.html )

Is it true that "this system is faster than using a center column"?

Also, if the legs have only 3 or 4 allowable angles, doesn't this preclude any fine adjustment of the height? so that you may have to also change the length of the legs?


Moy

A general, generic topic Right tripod and gimbal head for a 500mm f/4 lens [View all] , paracelsus Silver Member , Tue 07-Aug-12 10:18 AM
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