D800 with 80-400mm on Manfrotto challenge
I have the new Nikon 80-400mm lens which comes with a tripod ring. However, when my D800 has got the battery grip on it, I can't use my Manfrotto tripods... The release on the head does not have space enough to open, as it goes against the battery grip.
I have looked for a "raiser" to the Manfrotto plate, but they do not produce such a thing.
Is there a simple solution to this, other than taking off the battery grip when using the 80-400mm?
Here is a pic of the combination:
#1. "RE: D800 with 80-400mm on Manfrotto challenge" | In response to Reply # 0kodiak photo Nikonian since 28th Feb 2013Sun 12-May-13 03:12 AM
This problem appears because the lens is too heavy to attach the camera to the tripod, and
not heavy enough to place the shoe further away from the body.
You could make it work by reversing the plate on the lens shoe, but then the quick release
of the handle would also be reversed. Most unpractical!
My recommendation: Since the head looks new, see if you could change it for a model that
would be more suitable to your gear
Have a good day…
In photography, light is free but catching it is not!
#2. "RE: D800 with 80-400mm on Manfrotto challenge" | In response to Reply # 1Killerbob Registered since 11th May 2013Sun 12-May-13 09:15 AM
Thanks for the suggestion, but unfortunately all Manfrotto heads use an identical release function. I have two rather expensive carbon Manfrotto mono/tripods, and I really like the joystick head.
Perhaps the solution is to turn it around, so the grip is on the left, and the release points away from the camera...
Or I could have someone make a raiser plate, perhaps about 1cm, and get a replacement bolt long enough to go through the original plate and the raise.