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200-400 mm Lens Support

rbsandor

Denver, US
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rbsandor Silver Member Nikonian since 29th Aug 2007
Fri 30-Jan-09 12:39 AM

I recently purchased the above lens. I have a Markins M10 and a Gitzo 3540LS tripod. My camera, the D300 (no battery pack) has an L bracket. When the camera is tripod mounted, I either rotate the collar on the longer lenses or use the L bracket to change camera orientation with non-collared lenses. My question is three-fold. First, is the M-10 sufficient for the task of supporting the above lens? If not, then is the M-20 the recommended route? And finally, third, is the better route using a Wimberley type product and which one, the sidekick or gimbal?
I plan to use the 200-400 mainly for wildlife with landscapes as a secondary usage. I have learned to use my 70-200 mm lens mounted on the M-10 to track birds (bigger ones) in flight. I would like to continue track birds/critters in this mode if possible. Given all the above, what would be the best approach, in essence, what gives me the most flexibility? The cost would not be an issue. Thanks, Richard

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