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Head and Monopod for 500mm f/4 IS 8.5 lbs beast?

 
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Jun 12, 2018 17:55 |  #1

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.




  
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Jun 12, 2018 18:57 |  #2

Have a look at these covers (I prefer them to Lenscoat) :

https://www.outdoorpho​tographygear.co.uk …aphy-gear-product-gallery (external link)

Get one of their "Premium" versions as they grip the lens body better.

The 500 F4 is not a beast at all - it is nice and cute as well as being quite slim, try an older 600 F4! As to mono pods, see if you can find a Sirui P324. They are getting hard to find but they are robust and ideal for your (future) lens. If you cannot find one then the larger P424 is also great (I have one) - a bit of overkill but no harm in that.

http://carmarthencamer​as.com …/sirui-p-424-monopod.html (external link)

http://carmarthencamer​as.com …carbon-fiber-monopod.html (external link)

I have put my P424 through a lot of abuse over the last 6 or so years and it still looks almost new. Naturally I would suggest a Gitzo mono pod but they are getting a bit silly price wise unless you can find a bargain, I did but I have never paid very much for any of my Gitzo stuff - just lucky?


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Jun 13, 2018 09:14 |  #3

Thank you.

I have sent an email to the outdoor photo people to see if they have a retailer in the United States. I would like to get it by this weekend if possible

I am looking at Sirui L-10 head which a friend just recommended as he has had it for years

Now looking for a plate with 1/4 and 3/8 screws

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Have a look at these covers (I prefer them to Lenscoat) :

https://www.outdoorpho​tographygear.co.uk …aphy-gear-product-gallery (external link)

Get one of their "Premium" versions as they grip the lens body better.

The 500 F4 is not a beast at all - it is nice and cute as well as being quite slim, try an older 600 F4! As to mono pods, see if you can find a Sirui P324. They are getting hard to find but they are robust and ideal for your (future) lens. If you cannot find one then the larger P424 is also great (I have one) - a bit of overkill but no harm in that.

http://carmarthencamer​as.com …/sirui-p-424-monopod.html (external link)

http://carmarthencamer​as.com …carbon-fiber-monopod.html (external link)

I have put my P424 through a lot of abuse over the last 6 or so years and it still looks almost new. Naturally I would suggest a Gitzo mono pod but they are getting a bit silly price wise unless you can find a bargain, I did but I have never paid very much for any of my Gitzo stuff - just lucky?




  
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Jun 13, 2018 09:50 |  #4

In this thread;
https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1429801

...I explain a great solution that I've been using for some time.


Prior to that I still used the "Sidekick" but with a tilt only head like the RRS or Sirui. that might be the most versatile solution, (tilt head semi permanently mounted on monopod with Sidekick as an option)

Another way to go is a "half" gimbal that will mount directly to the Monopod threads, like the "lensMaster"

I really like the Sirui L10, it does hold the 500mm fine, but it also feels a little less solid on title lock than the pricier Kirks and RRS.


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Jun 13, 2018 17:39 as a reply to  @ Littleroot's post |  #5

OOPS! I missed that you live in the US!


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Jun 13, 2018 18:24 |  #6

That stuff looks great. If I keep the lens I'm getting something like that!

Now on order is L10, P326 pod (because it will fit in my Givi motorbike/scooter box) and Desmond 169mm plate and reducer. Hoping it all works out.

Thanks.

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In this thread;
https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1429801

...I explain a great solution that I've been using for some time.


Prior to that I still used the "Sidekick" but with a tilt only head like the RRS or Sirui. that might be the most versatile solution, (tilt head semi permanently mounted on monopod with Sidekick as an option)

Another way to go is a "half" gimbal that will mount directly to the Monopod threads, like the "lensMaster"

I really like the Sirui L10, it does hold the 500mm fine, but it also feels a little less solid on title lock than the pricier Kirks and RRS.




  
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Jun 13, 2018 18:28 |  #7

johnf3f wrote in post #18644830 (external link)
OOPS! I missed that you live in the US!

I could do with updating my profile, probably.

I got the cheapest Lenscoat on Amazon. The forest green must be unloved because that color is $20 less than the rest. Ooh, wow, now out of stock. I must have got the last one




  
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Jun 13, 2018 18:39 |  #8

I used to use a tilt head on a monopod but now just a RRS QR and don't miss the tilt head. so I guess it depends on what you're shooting


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ed rader wrote in post #18644869 (external link)
I used to use a tilt head on a monopod but now just a RRS QR and don't miss the tilt head. so I guess it depends on what you're shooting

Tilt head is good for folding monopod parallel to the lens, if nothing else. Will see.




  
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Jun 13, 2018 21:28 as a reply to  @ Littleroot's post |  #10

hmmm. never did that. why would you do that?


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Jun 14, 2018 01:39 |  #11

ed rader wrote in post #18644963 (external link)
hmmm. never did that. why would you do that?

Not for shooting but for transporting or storage without breaking it down. Mock-up image below.

In this image the monopod and tilt head was bought for a 300mm 2.8 but never saw much use. Head is to small for the 500. L-10 en route with carbon monopod.

BTW, I'm not sure I've yet to get the lenscoat on correctly. I know I'm missing the collar cover strip but still too much white (?)


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Jun 21, 2018 22:37 |  #12

I love my RRS MH-02 LR. With the tripod ring, going from landscape to portrait is a snap.

Using a smaller lens, the rotation works flawlessly

There are less expensive options out now as well.


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