For the 500mm f/4 IS, 8.5 lbs beast, I would like feedback for selecting head and monopod.
I don't have much invested at the moment save for the small rectangular and larger hex Manfrotto plates. I've got a lightweight monopod with the said little rectangular Manfrotto plate, looks like the model 323 adapter with tilt head. Something like that which can handle the beast should suffice. The head really just needs to support folding the monopod down alongside the lens.
I'll probably only have this lens through October - we'll see how things go - so I don't want to spend too much on a complete system, but it has to be strong enough to take some abuse as I'm not exactly easy on my gear.
Late add: I probably want a lenscoat as well as this baby is like brand new, hardly seen the light of day.
Thanks, friends, for any suggestions. I need to get this on order ASAP.