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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Just bought Canon 400mm f2.8 IS USM


Ok, I've joined the big boys club. Now, I'm worried that my Manfrotto 685B won't do the job. I'll be shooting wildlife (mostly birds), so I need to consider a sturdier monopod+quick-release+replacement-foot setup. I'll be doing quite a bit of hiking, so I need a setup that I can just rest the lens/camera/monopod on my shoulder. Please advise!


Sep 27, 2013 at 05:37 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Just bought Canon 400mm f2.8 IS USM


I use the Manfrotto 681 & 681B monopods. And the Gitzo GM 5541 monopod for my 800 lens. So they will do the job for you. The two Manfrotto's are low priced and the Gitzo expensive. But they are all very sturdy.
When walking and resting the full setup on the shoulder I prefer a low profile replacement foot. I use the Wimberley AP-602 foot. Very good and sturdy. It also have a decent price.
Any Quick-release from a good brand like RRS, Kirk, Wimberley will work good. I prefer one with screw knob. Some people like the lever release. I use both kinds.



Sep 27, 2013 at 06:08 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Just bought Canon 400mm f2.8 IS USM


Thanks, Lars, exactly what I'm looking for! I also read on other blog posts that many do not recommend a quick release for such a heavy lens. They suggest to mount the monopod straight to the foot. I do need the ability to quick-release the camera/lens gear to shoot BIF. Any risk with using a quick-release given the weight of the lens+camera?


Sep 27, 2013 at 06:16 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Just bought Canon 400mm f2.8 IS USM


I use the RRS monopod head MH-01. It's rather expensive. But you can find lower price from other brands. When I don't use the monopod head, I mount it straight on my monopods.


Sep 27, 2013 at 06:23 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Just bought Canon 400mm f2.8 IS USM


Ok, thanks!


Sep 27, 2013 at 06:24 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Just bought Canon 400mm f2.8 IS USM


If you use a Monopod head, Ballhead or Gimbal head. You will also attach the lens in the quick-release. So I can't see any risk with using it on the monopod. As long as the monopod-plate and quick-release are good, large and strong


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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Just bought Canon 400mm f2.8 IS USM


Any suggestion for a sturdy quick-release and plate?


Sep 27, 2013 at 06:41 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Just bought Canon 400mm f2.8 IS USM


Wait, is the Wimberley AP-602 also acts as a plate?


Sep 27, 2013 at 06:52 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Just bought Canon 400mm f2.8 IS USM


You don't need a plate if buying the replacement foot. Any large sized Quick-release from RRS, Wimberley or Kirk will be good


Sep 27, 2013 at 06:52 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Just bought Canon 400mm f2.8 IS USM


Gonemad wrote:
Wait, is the Wimberley AP-602 also acts as a plate?


Yes



Sep 27, 2013 at 07:12 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Just bought Canon 400mm f2.8 IS USM


Thanks, Lars! I ordered the 681B, Arca-compatible head and replacement foot. Super excited to take the assembly for a spin when the weather turns good.


Sep 28, 2013 at 04:23 PM





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