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For the owners of the VR version (the one that weighs 136.9 oz. (3,880 g)) not the new FL ED VR version, do you use a gimbal or can one get by for a while using a sidekick and a decent ball head?

I have the BH-55 from RRS, and I know I'll want a gimbal. But if I get a line on a 500 F4 VR via NPS or a rental give it a whirl without investing in a gimbal right off the bat. My other tele is just the 300 2.8 VRII . I read where a gimbal is night and day for some people, and I'm not sure if I can really get in a good few days of trying out the longer glass without one. Any opinions on that? Thanks.



Jun 12, 2017 at 11:03 PM
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ariot wrote:
For the owners of the VR version (the one that weighs 136.9 oz. (3,880 g)) not the new FL ED VR version, do you use a gimbal or can one get by for a while using a sidekick and a decent ball head?

I have the BH-55 from RRS, and I know I'll want a gimbal. But if I get a line on a 500 F4 VR via NPS or a rental give it a whirl without investing in a gimbal right off the bat. My other tele is just the 300 2.8 VRII . I read where a gimbal is
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I handhold/monopod mine. No need for a tripod or whatever this gimbal thingie might be.

Christian



Jun 12, 2017 at 11:09 PM
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p.36 #3 · p.36 #3 · The Nikon 500mm F4 Official thread


ariot wrote:
For the owners of the VR version (the one that weighs 136.9 oz. (3,880 g)) not the new FL ED VR version, do you use a gimbal or can one get by for a while using a sidekick and a decent ball head?

I have the BH-55 from RRS, and I know I'll want a gimbal. But if I get a line on a 500 F4 VR via NPS or a rental give it a whirl without investing in a gimbal right off the bat. My other tele is just the 300 2.8 VRII . I read where a gimbal is
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I had the Sidekick before. It worked fine, except that it takes a couple more steps to set it up. It's a lot more portable and lighter than a real Wimberley gimbal. I have to say though, accident may be easier to happy with the Sidekick than with the real thing.

Douglas



Jun 13, 2017 at 12:32 AM
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p.36 #4 · p.36 #4 · The Nikon 500mm F4 Official thread


I use a monopod some, Gimbal usually


Jun 13, 2017 at 02:00 AM
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p.36 #5 · p.36 #5 · The Nikon 500mm F4 Official thread


Polo




  NIKON D810    500.0 mm f/4.0 lens    500mm    f/5.0    1/1250s    220 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D810    500.0 mm f/4.0 lens    500mm    f/5.0    1/1000s    180 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D810    500.0 mm f/4.0 lens    500mm    f/5.0    1/1000s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D810    500.0 mm f/4.0 lens    500mm    f/5.0    1/800s    140 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jun 13, 2017 at 02:02 AM
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Jun 22, 2017 at 07:32 AM
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Zoom!!!




  NIKON D500    500mm    f/4.0    1/2000s    100 ISO    -0.7 EV  




Jun 26, 2017 at 12:06 PM
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p.36 #10 · p.36 #10 · The Nikon 500mm F4 Official thread


trenchmonkey wrote:
Zoom!!!


What a streamlined shape!!! Great shot.



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p.36 #11 · p.36 #11 · The Nikon 500mm F4 Official thread


I really love this lens !

MAX_3885 by Maxime ROCHE, sur Flickr

MAX_2291 by Maxime ROCHE, sur Flickr

MAX_3022 by Maxime ROCHE, sur Flickr



Jun 27, 2017 at 08:31 AM
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showing the D2x some love








Jun 28, 2017 at 09:05 AM
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Jul 01, 2017 at 07:19 PM
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p.36 #14 · p.36 #14 · The Nikon 500mm F4 Official thread


Time to revive this thread. Here are a couple images taken last Saturday.
Keith W.





1. Brewer's Blackbird, Skagit Wildlife Area, Nikon D5, Nikon 500mm, 700mm, f/5.6, 1/2500 sec, ISO 1400





2. Greater Yellowlegs, Skagit Wildlife Area, Nikon D5, Nikon 500mm, 700mm, f/5.6, 1/2500 sec, ISO 1600



Sep 25, 2017 at 07:30 PM
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p.36 #15 · p.36 #15 · The Nikon 500mm F4 Official thread


These guys pound hell out of each other @ play, then laugh over drinks after





  D850    500mm    f/5.0    1/1250s    400 ISO  






  D850    500mm    f/5.0    1/1250s    360 ISO  






  D850    500mm    f/5.0    1/1250s    320 ISO  




Sep 26, 2017 at 01:39 PM
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Oct 02, 2017 at 01:17 AM
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p.36 #17 · p.36 #17 · The Nikon 500mm F4 Official thread


Really starting to enjoy mine, although I've not had it out nearly enough.

This is the 500 F4 VR.

I'm still getting used to the wimberly sidekick, too. Neat device.

Sitta carolinensis - White-breasted Nuthatch by James, on Flickr



Oct 11, 2017 at 01:08 AM
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p.36 #18 · p.36 #18 · The Nikon 500mm F4 Official thread


Mostly sharp images on this page, except for a few soft BIF's. JMO


Oct 11, 2017 at 01:39 AM
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p.36 #19 · p.36 #19 · The Nikon 500mm F4 Official thread


D500, f/6.3, 1/640, 700 mm, ISO 1600

black bear by Christian Hunold, on Flickr



Oct 11, 2017 at 11:30 AM
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p.36 #20 · p.36 #20 · The Nikon 500mm F4 Official thread


gt13 by Suteetat S, on Flickr

From Super GT 2017 over the past weekend with D850, f4, 1/2000, slight cropped.



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