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What happened with the 500 tripod mount foot ?
Canon have revised/beefed up the 500 MkI foot in such a way that in 500 II the foot mount flange template is same as in all other supertelephoto lenses, i.e., 400/600/800.
Therefore 500 MkI feet do not fit 500 MkII any longer.
The unfortunate thing is that in addition to lightening up the 500 II lens and moving its C. of G. away from the lens front, they have also moved the tripod mount towards the lens front, thereby creating a major setup imbalance with the 1D series camera mounted.
I am reasonably happy with the new RRS replacement foot, although I can't tell for sure how well it balances on a gimbal head because I use the lens hand-held exclusively.
Petkal a.k.a. Supertelemaster