I just bought this lens for use on my D700. Has anyone found a reasonable method of carrying this combination while walking/hiking so that it is immediately available? This lens is a beast that lights up my eyes! Sevendog
Thanks for the reply. I see how this would work. My concern is about supporting the lens and camera from the camera body. I worry that the weight of the lens on the mount would somehow affect the mount over time. I think the lens manual states this concern. Do you have any information about this question? Thanks again, Sevendog
Then attached it to the lens tripod foot and had camera strap (UP Strap) looped through that and one of the normal strap loops on the camera body. This really stabilizes the combo and evens out the weight. I would only do this if I was planning on carrying this combo for a longer duration, like hiking, zoo trip, etc... I would also recommend buying an extra set of camera strap ends to make switching this out much easier.
Hope this helps give you an idea of how to make the combo work for you. Also others have said just letting the lens hang from the camera body has not caused any issues with their camera mounts or lenses.
+1 on the holster idea. While I admittedly hadn't thought about the stresses the lens may put on the lens mount, I don't like having so much mass swinging by my side without any padding--for me or anybody/anything the combination might bump into. I have a nice Kata 18 UL holster that fits the bill: light, not too bulky, and provides ready access to camera and lens when needed. Unfortunately, it looks like they've been discontinued.
I have used the Cotton Carrier Lite with the extra lens pouch. On a recent trip to the zoo with 70-200 attached to a D800, and a 24-70 in the side lens case. It is more of the holster concept and doesn't allow it to swing around your leg. Works well for me.
I"ve been using the Black Rapid strap I had forgotten I have attached to the tripod foot of the lens. I agree it seems to work pretty well. I'll have to see how it works when I'm carrying a pack. Thanks to everyone who responded. I appreciate the ideas. Sevendog
I have the same concern with a D800 + grip + 70-200. I want to carry and protect my gear by the same way. What do you think of the lowepro system? You can have a belt, a harness and a bag with quick access like the toploader pro 75 aw…