Have a little bit of a problem, hoping someone here can help me out. I shoot both a D80 and a D7000. Both cameras are fitted with after market (non-Nikon) verticle grips. I usually have my 28-105 mounted on the D80 and my 18-200 mounted on my D7000.
I have a gimbal head otw now and the Kirk replacement tripod collar for my 80-400. I would like to use the gimbal for both cameras/lenses as well as the 80-400. So i guess what I'm looking for is an arca plate that is long enough to allow me to move the camera(s) back and forth to adjust for each lens's nodal point and still provide some support for the lens. It needs to be long enough to give some front to back and tall enough to not have to remove the grip on either camera. I know neither lens is super heavy, but I feel I should have some additional support on them just to be safe.
I'm thinking this might need to be a custom job, unless someone is aware of anyone manufacturing one like this already?
#1. "RE: Lens Support" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberThu 01-Mar-12 07:32 AM | edited Thu 01-Mar-12 07:39 AM by jrp
There are three problems to solve:
a) The balancing of the camera-lens load perfectly over the center of gravity of your tripod.
b) The providing a front heavy camera-lens setup with some additional support to minimize vibration.
c) Have the ability to relocate the camera-lens for panorama-making.
Considering the three lenses you mentioned, the solution to these issues is a lens support system with a long rail.
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#2. "RE: Lens Support" | In response to Reply # 1Elrique64a Nikonian since 19th Feb 2012Thu 01-Mar-12 02:25 PM
That looks almost like what I was thinking of. But there doesn't seem to be clearance for the grips. The lens yoke looks to short from the rail to the resting spot for the lens. But now I know the things are made, so now I know at least what I'm looking for!
#3. "RE: Lens Support" | In response to Reply # 2ChrisPlatt Registered since 04th Jun 2011Thu 01-Mar-12 11:43 PM
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#4. "RE: Lens Support" | In response to Reply # 3gqtuazon Registered since 18th Nov 2009Mon 05-Mar-12 02:58 AM | edited Mon 05-Mar-12 03:00 AM by gqtuazon
This is what I use if it is something that you have in mind. It works very well in dampening any vibration.
I used a 2 1/2 inch back to back arca-swiss type clamp which slides on the long rail. This provides quick adjustment depending on which lens you use. The vertical support also has a arca-swiss type clamp which makes it easy and faster to adjust. I used a velcro to keep the lens pressed against the long lens support. This is very similar to the RRS picture above.
The camera has a generic L bracket that is arca-swiss compatible. The assembly is a 1/2" thick rail.