After months or may be years of contemplation, going back and forth between 500mm and 600mm lenses and more recently between 600mm and 800mm lenses, I have finally decided to buy a 500mm f/4 VR II lens.
The final decision was somewhat easier than I thought. After realizing D800/D4 could autofocus at f/8, I tested a 500mm lens with a TC20EIII at the local store and immediately placed an order for the lens, bought a Second D800(E) and listed the D700 on eBay. 1000mm at f/8 with AF at half the price of 800mm was a no brainer
........well that bit had nothing to do with the question...but I had to tell Nikonians
My lens has arrived this morning and I had bit of time to mount it on the tripod and check things out.
All this time I used to mount my 300mm f/4 + TC14E with the sidekick on the left and slanted the sidekick backwards to avoid the camera hitting the ball head. This morning, even with the 500mm lens, camera (with the grip) kept on hitting the ballhead tension knob when pointed upwards. This time, instead of slanting the sidekick backwards I turned the ball head around and mounted the sidekick on right and rotated the mounting shoe 180 degrees and found this configuration to be much more user friendly than the method I was used to....
Here's an image of my rig ...
any ideas... comments....?
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#1. "RE: How do you mount the sidekick" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberSat 11-May-13 07:46 AM | edited Sat 11-May-13 07:59 AM by jrp
Since I hold and shoot the camera with my right hand, I find it easier to handle the main friction knob of the Sidekick with the left hand.
The image below is from a session attempting the position you mention.
I could only manage -and not that efficiently when using the left hand for lens aiming- if using a cable release to shoot, in the same hand that holds/moves the camera.
Before the day was over I changed to the classic position, activating the shutter with my right hand, whether with the index finger or the thumb on the cable release, allowing for faster movements to follow a target subject with the palm of the right hand.
If you are left-handed, then the opposite may be preferred, however, better if with a cable release.
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#3. "RE: How do you mount the sidekick" | In response to Reply # 1Sat 11-May-13 04:32 PM
I'm not sure whether I'm reading this right, did I make you do that ..??
OK, using a remote is something I've never done with long lenses - very interesting - I will try and find my old MC-30 and give it a shot.
What you say about friction knob of sidekick makes sense - I will have to do lot of shooting to find out what suits me best.
I have bad bad feeling about where this is going...I think this is only going to end when wimberly grabs another $500 from my rapidly shrinking wallet
#2. "RE: How do you mount the sidekick" | In response to Reply # 0
I think you are correct that it takes some experimentation to determine the configuration that results in the best, or at least the most adequate range of vertical tilt. At some point something always runs into something.
My cameras have removable grips. I use L brackets, with or without grips. If I need maximum tilt angle I remove the grip, and remove the L if the camera does not usually have a grip.
I shoot with both my gimbals to my left so that I can set tension with my left hand while keeping my right hand on the shutter button, ready to shoot. But I think I am in the minority on that. Out in the field I see mostly gimbals on the right. There are various conflicting objectives here but that is most important to *me*.
Much of this depends on your ball head and where the controls are positioned relative to the slot, or slots in the case of an RRS head. So in my case I could be trading a little vertical tilt for the hand position I personally favor. All very personal decisions.
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#4. "RE: How do you mount the sidekick" | In response to Reply # 2Sat 11-May-13 04:41 PM
Slanting the sidekick and loosening the collar was something I wanted to avoid - the base on top of my 3530 is the sunwayfoto dyh-90 levelling base - which I think is awesome!
I'll probably write a review about that thing after using it for some time.
I have used their panning bases and nodal slides in the past, and so far the quality of everything I've bought from them has been quite impressive!