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Tamron developing 150-600mm VC USD lens

 
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Jan 31, 2014 18:28 |  #3076

Peter2516 wrote in post #16653488 (external link)
Awesome congrats.

Just got my UPS tracking number.

Owners of this lens do you guys considering a lens coat when it becomes available? :).

Are we there yet?

I'll probably bypass the lens coat on this lens as it's black. If it were white I'd consider it possibly. Are you going to lens coat your lens?

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Feb 01, 2014 02:09 |  #3077

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I'll probably bypass the lens coat on this lens as it's black. If it were white I'd consider it possibly. Are you going to lens coat your lens?

Roger

Umm make sense if not going to lens coat this lens since it is already black. Yup I agree I will not lens coat this lens then. Thanks.


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Feb 01, 2014 10:45 |  #3078

Man, I just got that Opteka GH1 (http://www.amazon.com …al-Supports/dp/B0071BIQZC (external link)) gimbal, and wow, this is so much better imo, to using my ballhead!

This is so much easier to pan/angle the camera now, and feels much safer/more solid than my ballhead. It is a tad heavy, but I feel it will be worth it. I can always use my ballhead still for a smaller/lighter option.

It is slightly stiff, which some said to use some machine oil or something to loosen it up, but it's not that bad.

Overall build quality is solid, and it's very very well balanced now with my 150-600 and 60D. Even without locking down the knobs, I can have the lens pointed almost straight up or down and it doesn't creep. Or if it does, its like 1mm every 3-5 seconds. I need to use it in the field yet, but so far, I'm quite happy.


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Feb 01, 2014 11:19 |  #3079

Oh, also, I guess my VC does somewhat noticeably move/shift into view sometimes. But to me, this doesn't exactly seem wrong/broken. I've had the same/very similar experience with Canon L IS.


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Feb 01, 2014 11:31 |  #3080

If you follow the link provided by Kickflip, there is a customer that made a video of the Opteka GH1 which is very informative. The video is in the comments.


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Feb 01, 2014 12:12 |  #3081

I have two acratech ballheads that both have a gimbal feature built in! Have verified with the company that the additional weight of the 150-600 lens will not be a problem. It was so great not to have to buy additional equipment, so just wanted to let people know that if you need a new ballhead, you can get both options in one! GP-S line all have the built in gimbal.


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Feb 01, 2014 12:20 |  #3082

Yeah, I could have technically used my ballhead as a gimbal, but it would be off-center and quite low on the tripod mount and would hit I think. But still a good option to use/have when its needed.


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Feb 01, 2014 12:29 |  #3083

Acratech is designed to be used as a gimbal. Even with the weight off center, my tripod can handle the load without any additional changes.


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Feb 01, 2014 12:36 |  #3084

Yeah, that one looks better/would work better than me using my ball-head as a gimbal type setup.


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Feb 01, 2014 12:41 |  #3085

A ball head can be used in a pinch with any long lens. However, with all of the weight offset, the entire rig is unbalanced. And if you include a large mount with flash high above the lens you will really be unstable.

Yes, no question that your ball head can handle the weight. But it will not work near as well as a gimbal. They are worth the money if you can afford it.


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Feb 01, 2014 12:42 |  #3086

don't forget to switch off your VR while on the gimbal or it will work against you ,the ideal stance is your right hand holding the camera controls and gripping and your left hand on top of the lens counterbalancing and steadying it .it soon becomes second nature and you will see what i mean in use


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Feb 01, 2014 12:52 |  #3087

Kickflipkid687 wrote in post #16655297 (external link)
Man, I just got that Opteka GH1 (http://www.amazon.com …al-Supports/dp/B0071BIQZC (external link)) gimbal, and wow, this is so much better imo, to using my ballhead!

This is so much easier to pan/angle the camera now, and feels much safer/more solid than my ballhead. It is a tad heavy, but I feel it will be worth it. I can always use my ballhead still for a smaller/lighter option.

It is slightly stiff, which some said to use some machine oil or something to loosen it up, but it's not that bad.

Overall build quality is solid, and it's very very well balanced now with my 150-600 and 60D. Even without locking down the knobs, I can have the lens pointed almost straight up or down and it doesn't creep. Or if it does, its like 1mm every 3-5 seconds. I need to use it in the field yet, but so far, I'm quite happy.

Wow, thanks for sharing that link.
I've put off buying a gimball head for years due to the cost ($300-500) but this one is really affordable.

Don't tell anyone buy I'm still using a ball head with my 8 lbs Sigma 120-300 + tc + 70D combo. ;)
Perhaps the time has arrived to invest in one of these.


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Feb 01, 2014 12:52 |  #3088

The entire rig is not unbalanced with the Acratech. If I wanted to add a flash, I'd just put weight in the center of the tripod. This ballhead was designed to work with the 100-400 lens and the additional weight of the 150-600 lens is not a problem. I have not only verified this with them, but I own it and use it. It is so nice to only need one ballhead. Part of the reason that the Tamron is so nice, is its small size. Not needing to lug an additional gimbal makes it even more portable. Since there is not a lot of talk about the Acratech ballheads, I just wanted to make people aware of the possibility of checking them out. Their locking lever release is just fantastic.


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Feb 01, 2014 13:00 |  #3089

Yeah. Thanks for mentioning that. Maybe I'll get one someday to compliment my gimbal and use that with or instead of the gimbal in some cases/traveling/hiking​.

Also, I was testing with and without VR on the gimbal, and overall I prob. dont need it on, but I do see it helping/did it see it helping with slow shutter speeds. But in that case, I might as well use my cable release and timer.


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Feb 01, 2014 16:14 |  #3090

Got one! Picked it up from Kenmore Camera in the Seattle area. Got the last one they had from this weeks shipment. If you are in the Seattle area, just passing along that they are FINALLY in there new location, the store is very nice.


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