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Those of you who are using this lens or similar - what tripod and set up do you have?
Just getting this lens to use with D300 but will need to upgrade tripod. I was wondering about Wimberbley and Markins heads which I read are good.
I know I'll need a good sturdy tripod & head but bear in mind that I'm a slightly built female so would want to go for the lightest of the sturdiest I can get away with without risking lens/camera damage.
Any recommendations welcome!
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Hi Sas, just bumping this question as I have the same lens but am looking to improve my tripod/head and would be interested in any answers given.
Have you seen the review and video we've added a few days ago showing that lens on a Jobu BWG-Pro Gimbel head?
No, I hadn't seen it, I will look now. Thanks for pointing it out.
The lightest of the sturdiest is a Gitzo Series 3 6x. Budget £500
I prefer the Gitzo off center ball heads for general use though, like a Benbo, there is a knack to using them.
For focus tracking I use the Manfrotto 393 - similar in principle to the Wimberly - at £125.
With a 300mm f/2.8 you can get away with a decent ball head and the wimberley sidekick, this is particularly useful if you want to swap to a shorter lens for a context shot, or even dare I say a landscape or two.
The importance really is the sturdiness of the setup, there's no point sacrificing quality to save a few grams in weight in the tripod.
I have both a series 3 gitzo and a new series 5. I use either a ball head such as the kirk bh-1 with sidekick or not as the mood takes, or the full wimberley head.
Pete it's spelt GIMBAl! Tut! Editor indeed.
I can't believe you gave Will something designed for an action photographer to test. The man famous for scaring squirrels at Formby!!!
I use a basic Manfrotto 190 and a large benbo11 with my 300mm 2.8, though to be honist I often use it hand held as I can move it around so much easier. Depends on the light really. The benbo is a great tripod... if you like that sort of thing, many don't One of the first times I used the tripod it fell over and I nearly killed my nikkor 10.5mm lens.... been fine since though.
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