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| p.1 #2 · Spider Holster & Cotton Carrier with Vertical Grip |
I have recently purchased a Cotton Carrier for use with my D700 and lenses up to 300/2.8.
One solution for you, with the Cotton Carrier may be to use a L bracket and mount the hub onto the bottom of the L bracket, this would leave the vertical mounting of the L bracket free to use on a tripod, that is if you intend to mount it on a tripod.
If you don't need to use a tripod then just screw the hub onto the bottom of the camera. I'm sure the small protrusion will not cause you any problem, this is a small price to pay.
My main requirement was to avoid carrying my D700, 2.8, tripod and flash, over my shoulder.
Because I use a RRS L bracket I ordered the CC clamp and mounted the hub onto this clamp. This enables me to remove the hub when using a tripod.
I was happy with this system using my camera with a 70/200 and smaller.
I wasn't happy carrying the 300/2.8 like this because the whole weight of this heavy lens was being carried on the camera/lens mount. Not a good idea long run.
My soulution was to mount the hub onto the lens foot and carry the load from the lens rather than from the camera. This required the purchase of a second clamp because the hub needs to be mounted at 90 degrees on the lens foot. I discarded the rubber washers supplied and used locktite when attaching the hub to the clamps. I now have 2 clamps with a hub on each.
To date I have only used this once in the field, but feel it's a good solution to carrying a heavy rig, Camera on the chest and tripod in one hand.
Having dropped my camera and lens once, I like the fact that the CC comes with a safety strap.
My solutuion was not cheap but takes some of the worry out of carrying or dropping the gear. This means I'll use it more.
I know your requirements are different to mine but I hope some info of this helps.
Sorry no experience with the Spider.
Tim in Aus