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    Question Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    Recent shoot I rented the Nikon 200-500mm for my D500. Nice lens; deciding if I would buy that one, or perhaps the Tamron 150-600mm (which I'll rent in the future).

    Anyway, my arm was pretty sore carrying that Nikon around most of the day. What is the best recommendation for transport? Next shoot I may consider leaving it on the body, but also on the mono pod, slung over my shoulder. The shoots are better for monos than a tripod, by the way.

    Just interested in others' thoughts on getting the shot without straining a tendon or two....


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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    What kind of strap are you currently using? At a minimum, you should be using one that connects to the tripod socket of a lens' collar.

    I don't know what options are available for such a long lens, but for my lenses, I have a Think Tank Holster. It is a belt that allows holster cases to be attached. The weight is carried around my waist/hips.

    Doing a quick search online, there appears to be harnesses that allow a camera/lens to be carried similarly to a reverse backpack. I don't have any experience with those though. Hopefully others will be able to give you additional options.
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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    Thanks; because it's just a rental lens, it was without a harness/strap other than the standard camera strap (a robust one, of the 1960s style (but a current strap made from seat belt material). Perhaps I will look at the rental company for a harness as well.

    After I test lenses, I would consider what long glass to eventually purchase.

    Thanks for the response.

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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    Quote Originally Posted by Rivergoat View Post
    Thanks; because it's just a rental lens, it was without a harness/strap other than the standard camera strap (a robust one, of the 1960s style (but a current strap made from seat belt material). Perhaps I will look at the rental company for a harness as well.

    After I test lenses, I would consider what long glass to eventually purchase.

    Thanks for the response.
    When using a traditional strap of any type that attaches to a body's lugs, you run the risk of damaging the body's mount where the lens attaches. This only applies when the weight of a lens exceeds the weight of the body and is especially important for lenses that are very heavy. The weight of the lens pulls on the mount and can adversely affect the communication between the body and lens.

    Earlier this year I saw a woman carrying a Nikon body with the 200-500mm hanging from the original Nikon strap. After asking if she knew about straps for the tripod socket, she had no idea this could happen.

    Definitely check out some type of harness. That might be your best option.
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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    You definitely want a strap that connects to the lens foot for handheld. I do wildlife photography almost exclusively. The best setup for me is a monopod with a Neewer gimbal head. There is a video on youtube by Steve Perry I think where he discusses this setup. Works very well in most circumstances...
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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    you will notice a big difference with a Black Rapid strap (or similar) i don't feel any weight even on a 3 hour walk with my 50-500.
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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    I have watched Steve Perry's video on gimbal; I don't think a gimbal would be in my budget right now, but I do have a ball head, and he showed how to do an add-on to that which will help.

    I also researched the Blackrapid straps, the Sport Breathe being an interesting one.. Because I often use a mono or tripod (Manfrotto w/quick release plate), I don't want to remove a strap during setup, too paranoid of having the gear with no support for even a few moments (and I also like their optional safety tether to add onto the system). There was a video I saaw on line last evening describing the 3 Legged Thing L-Bracket that is a universal fit, and allows the strap to be attached to its side while keeping the QR plate attached to the base of the body. That sounds promising; doesn't deal with long lenses where I want the QR plate on the lens, but understand that support from the foot of the lens is a preferred method for proper weight distribution, in carrying, and mounting on a pod.

    I've always done well with a strong neck strap (I have a custom Souldier strap), but have not gotten much into heavy lenses before. The Tamron 70-200m seems fine with just a neck strap, and I can mount to a pod from its foot; the lens does not appear overly long/heavy that poor weight distribution to the camera mount is an issue. Not going to be the case with a bigger piece of glass. If a limited day rental, I think I can get away with a second strap connecting to the longer glass, giving needed support (and taking away the strain from my arm), but the right combination on something such as Blackrapid is something I continue to consider (I wrote them with my overall questions and recommendations, their responses seem good, they made an initial recommendation to me quickly, and after the holiday weekend expect them to address my next questions).

    Thanks for the responses on all this....

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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    Quote Originally Posted by Rivergoat View Post
    I have watched Steve Perry's video on gimbal; I don't think a gimbal would be in my budget right now, but I do have a ball head, and he showed how to do an add-on to that which will help.


    but the right combination on something such as Blackrapid is something I continue to consider (I wrote them with my overall questions and recommendations, their responses seem good, they made an initial recommendation to me quickly, and after the holiday weekend expect them to address my next questions).

    Thanks for the responses on all this....
    Keep us posted on what BR tells you. We are interested also.
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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

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    Re: Carrying a 200-500mm or similar

    Coming up with a plan. Manfrotto confirmed my ball head (the older 486) has a locktite-like connection to the plate; it is obvious there is no screw to the plate, it is tight threaded from the ball's threaded stud. Selling that one, and found a brand new 496 model at 30% less than all other retail I'd seen. It does have a screw holding the plate. So then, the Sunwayfoto MAC14 plate will allow Manfrotto quick release or Arca Swiss; and easily fits to that model's ball head (and is so much less expensive than going to a full Arca Swiss head).

    The 3 Legged Thing L-Bracket will fit to the system (FB series for gripped cameras), and allow through a threaded port on the vertical side, a connection point to a strap, without connecting to the base of the camera body (the bracket will attach to the head). I was questioning the idea of a strap that takes up the base leaving me no way to attach to a tripod or monopod without removing the strap every time.

    Black Rapid Breathe Sport will connect to the L-bracket, and give the support for longer lenses. I was going to hold a bit, but there's a 15% off sale for the next few days, so that made sense to bite now.

    Then, as not wanting to always forego the Souldier retro-style strap, the Peak Design quick release connectors.

    Oh, it costs a bit to put this all together, but when dealing with $2K of body/grip, and thousands towards quality glass, it's a bargain...and the fact that 3 weeks after wrestling a 200-500mm Nikon my arm is only just starting to feel better. This should be a very viable, long standing solution.





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