I'm buying a Markins Q10 for my D7000. My longest lens is 70-200 VR although I may be adding a TC 1.7 soon.
My question is regarding the purchase a camera/lens plate. I have a vertical grip and want to purchase the camera plate for the vertical grip. I'm assuming it's not a great idea to use the camera plate to support the 70-200 so I would need the foot for the 70-200 also correct??
The foot on the 70-200 does not fit the Markins head right?
You are correct, you need a lens plate or a replacement foot for the 70-200. You do not want to use the camera plate.
The stock foot does not have the machined dovetail that the clamp requires.
The replacement foot is more streamlined because it is about the thickness of the stock foot. The add-on plate sits under the existing foot so it about doubles the thickness of the combined foot/plate.
>I'm buying a Markins Q10 for my D7000. My longest lens is >70-200 VR although I may be adding a TC 1.7 soon.
Have you considered spending $40.00 more on a Q20 to future proof your investment?
>My question is regarding the purchase a camera/lens plate. I >have a vertical grip and want to purchase the camera plate for >the vertical grip.
Yes! You might want to consider an L-Bracket instead of a camera plate for the grip. It will allow you to quickly change from landscape to portrait orientation while keeping the load centered on the tripod. Thus maintaining maximum stability at all times. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Thanks for the advise. I purchased the Q20 and a lens plate. I'll have to switch the lens plate between my 70-200 and 150mm macro for now. Once I get a replacement foot for the 70-200 the lens plate will reside on the 150mm macro for good. I'll just have to save a while longer for the L bracket.
I just have to make a comment about the Q20. I have never owned a ball head before. I received it today and all I can see say is OMG!! I'm amazed at how well this thing works. For some reason I was skeptical about its operation but everything I've read is true. A simple 1/2 turn of the knob is all it takes to go from super smooth tilt adjustments to a firm, stable lock.
I'm not impressed by too many things but I was simply amazed at how well this works. I don't think I'll be afraid of using my tripod anymore. My old Davis and Sanford just got a new lease on life.
If anyone is on the fence about upgrading to a ball head this has to be the top of the heap.