500 f4 setup questions

Started May 13, 2009 | Discussions thread
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500 f4 setup questions
May 13, 2009

I just bought a 500 f4 in anticipation of a birding trip in Keywest and a casual outdoor sporting day. The lens look awesome. However, I don't think I have all the necessary accessories yet so I'd like to run a check here.

Currently I have:
5D2
Gitzo CF 6x 2531 tripod
Markins M10 (and a plate with a single screw)

(1)

Now birding and sports, should I go for the Wimberley gimbal II, or the sidekick?

(i was told that gimbal II really for heavyweight lenses like the 400 2.8 or 600 4)

(2)

Also, has anyone bought this from ebay? This is much less expensive than Wimberley and seems to do the same thing.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tripod-Gimbal-mount-head-for-CANON-Telephoto-EF-500mm_W0QQitemZ380123949611QQcmdZViewItemQQptZDigital_Camera_Accessories?hash=item5881272a2b&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1234%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A3%7C294%3A50

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Do I need a specific plate?

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Should I get lens coat?

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The huge glass look a bit naked, even when protected by the lens hood. Is there any UV filter out there for this lens?

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Any other accessory? I heard that there is some kind of rail...

Thanks.

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