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Clamp for supertelephoto?

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Sep 03, 2010 00:59 |  #1

I have a manfrotto 680B and a Canon 400mm f/2.8 IS. The lens works great on the Manfrotto but sometimes I just want to take the lens off the monopod real fast. I also find I want to move the lens forward/backward on the monopod but since it's screwed down I can't.

Can you guys recommend any plate/clamp setups that could hold the weight of the 400mm?

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Sep 03, 2010 01:21 |  #2

Kirk plates are awesome, there is a unique plate for your lens which does not twist or turn since they have "contoured anti-twist flanges or a non-pivoting lip design". They work with the Arca-type clamp, but I'm not sure if that is what you want? Like a ballhead?

This is the one for your lens: http://www.kirkphoto.c​om …te_for_400mm_f2​.8_IS.html (external link)
They also have a foot replacement for it: http://www.kirkphoto.c​om …replacing_Canon​_foot.html (external link)

Yes, they are expensive :(

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Sep 03, 2010 04:58 as a reply to  @ viktorsundberg's post |  #3

Several manufacturers offer long plates that allow a longer lens to be slid one way or another to find the best balance. The ones I've seen have all been of the Arca-Swiss dovetail type, so thats what you need to explore.

Kirk, RRS, Markins, Wimberley are just a few names that spring to mind. All will offer screw clamps to attach to the monopod and a couple ( RRS and Markins) offer lever clamps as an alternative.

If you choose to go for a lever clamp, stick with that manufacturer for plates as well. I tried to match an RRS lever clamp and Markins plate - silly boy, I only just avoided a very expensive accident when the plate did not grip at all and slid straight through. Screw clamps are more forgiving so mixing and matching is OK.


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