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  1. #11
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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    Yes I do the same things.

    Monopod, ballhead, QR plate, 200-500. Tighten up the ballhead, carry over my shoulder. I bought some pipe insulate foam at Home Depot and gaff taped that around the monopod to make it softer on my shoulder.

    And, I have a BlackRapid sling strap. I almost never use it. If you do, get in the habit of checking that the screw is tight, and it is secure in the lens foot.

    And, I put it in a backpack. And I have the Ape Case ACPROLC18. That case has a shoulder strap. I sometimes carry the lens/camera inside that case, though a D3 body and the 200-500 is a very very tight fit. You can close the case lid, but barely, and there will be gaps.


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  2. #12
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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    I have a 200-500 and am looking at a SpiderPro series II. they are demoed on Youtube.
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  3. #13
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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    I use a Cotton Carrier System, like @nikonpup recommended, when I have my 200-500 or even my 70-200 for a extended period of time. It is well balanced and leaves me with two hands free to walk and nothing bounces around. I do walk with a cane. I have tried about all carrying methods and this one works best for me. I will pack a mono pod over my shoulder and a three legged stool sometimes.

    The rest of the time, when I am carrying the Z6 with the 24-70 or something comparable, I use Peak Design Leash. That works well also.

    I considered adding a Gimbal Head, but the one I have adds a lot of weight to the Monopod so I have stuck with a ball head for now. It is rough when you get a bit broke down.
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    Nikon Z 6 Nikon D7200 w/Grip, Nikon D700 w/Grip, AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, Nikon 14-24 f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm/1.8G, Tamron 28-75, Tamron 70-200 F/2.8
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  4. #14
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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    Quote Originally Posted by danno View Post
    i use a cotton carrier system, like @nikonpup recommended, when i have my 200-500 or even my 70-200 for a extended period of time. It is well balanced and leaves me with two hands free to walk and nothing bounces around. I do walk with a cane. I have tried about all carrying methods and this one works best for me. I will pack a mono pod over my shoulder and a three legged stool sometimes.

    The rest of the time, when i am carrying the z6 with the 24-70 or something comparable, i use peak design leash. That works well also.

    I considered adding a gimbal head, but the one i have adds a lot of weight to the monopod so i have stuck with a ball head for now. It is rough when you get a bit broke down.
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  5. #15
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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    doing a search came up with this thread, i currently use a PD strap with my d5300 , one attachment to the body and one to the tripod mount for the lens.
    as i'm about to change to a D500 i was looking for something a bit more robust.
    it would be D500 and Sigma 150-600C, i thought about the digital holster 150 from think tank but it looks a faff to unzip unless you walk with it unzipped and it looks rater bulky. this cotton carriers looks interesting as your hardly going to walk into stuff and i have similar set up for my motorbike ruck sack and the weight on your chest is much better and less fatiguing
    Last edited by Hobbit; 06-06-2020 at 10:19 PM.

  6. #16
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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    I used Cotton Carrier when I carry mine. it is much easier to handle. I use it for the 200-500 0r my 70-200. it frees up my hands. I do keep a PD strap attached. I do not pack the 200-500 much because of the weight. It is more a Tripod Queen now.
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    Dan~~Kentucky

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    Nikon Z 6 Nikon D7200 w/Grip, Nikon D700 w/Grip, AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, Nikon 14-24 f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm/1.8G, Tamron 28-75, Tamron 70-200 F/2.8
    Yongnuo Speedlight YN568EX, Vanguard ALTA Pro 264AB Tripod, Vanguard
    SBH-100 ball head Beike Gimbal Head, ARCA Swiss B1 ball head

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  7. #17
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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    I used Cotton Carrier when I carry mine. it is much easier to handle. I use it for the 200-500 0r my 70-200. it frees up my hands. I do keep a PD strap attached. I do not pack the 200-500 much because of the weight. It is more a Tripod Queen now.
    how comfy is the Cotton Carrier ?

  8. #18
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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbit View Post
    i thought about the digital holster 150 from think tank but it looks a faff to unzip unless you walk with it unzipped and it looks rater bulky.
    I don't own one of the super zooms such as the 150-600mm, but I do own the Think Tank belt and use a couple different size holsters for body/lens combos. In fact, I tend to use the holsters more than taking a regular camera bag with me. You can leave the lid unzipped but keep the flap over the camera when wearing the holster attached to the belt. That way it will keep dust from getting inside the compartment but still make it easy to grab.

    However typically I only wear the belt/hostler if I am carrying more than one body/lens combo. Otherwise, I just use a Blackrapid Sport Strap (the ambidextrous one with a rubber shoulder pad). Whatever strap you use, be sure it attaches to the tripod foot of the lens, not the bottom of the camera's body. With that much weight to the lens, you run the risk of stressing the body's mount when a strap is attached to the body directly.

    No matter what you get, most likely you will still want some type of strap.
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  9. #19
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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbit View Post
    how comfy is the Cotton Carrier ?
    That is what I like about it the best. It takes the weight and balances it across my chest and shoulders. Once I got it set up it was very comfortable. I could walk around with it on my chest as long as I wanted. I am a pretty big guy so when using the lens foot as the mount point it gets it close to my chin but that never bothered me. It was much more comfortable than any strap digging into my neck.
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    Dan~~Kentucky

    "The natural man must know in order to believe; The spiritual man must believe in order to know. " ~ Aiden Wilson Tozer ~ "The Dwelling Place of God"

    Nikon Z 6 Nikon D7200 w/Grip, Nikon D700 w/Grip, AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, Nikon 14-24 f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm/1.8G, Tamron 28-75, Tamron 70-200 F/2.8
    Yongnuo Speedlight YN568EX, Vanguard ALTA Pro 264AB Tripod, Vanguard
    SBH-100 ball head Beike Gimbal Head, ARCA Swiss B1 ball head

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  10. #20
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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    thanks Danno something to add to my wish list
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