Tripod for Nikon 400mm f2.8

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jestech New Member • Posts: 5
Tripod for Nikon 400mm f2.8

I just bought a new Nikon 400mm lens and had a question regarding tripods.

I'm looking to purchase a tripod that I can travel with and pack into the woods.  Given the size of this monster lens, is it important to stick with a 3 section tripod?  A 4 section would be better for travel, but stability is critical with this lens.

I know I need a gimbal head as well.  Anyone with this lens have a recommendation?  Everything I've been reading points toward the Wimberley.

I'm finding that I should've calculated about $2000 more in accessories when I purchased this lens.

Hank3152
Hank3152 Forum Pro • Posts: 13,451
Re: Tripod for Nikon 400mm f2.8

You've invested in a quality lens so I wouldn't scrimp with inferior tripods. Look into the Gitzo 3 or 5 series for utmost stability. Check their site for the appropriate size and series......you won't be disappointed.
http://www.gitzo.us/?gclid=CN3W_4PrxbYCFYhAMgod2kQARw

If your concerned with portability, the gimbal head is far from convenient but you might consider the RRS BH-55 ball head to be a better substitute when hiking.

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IainD Senior Member • Posts: 1,358
Re: Tripod for Nikon 400mm f2.8

Definitely Gitzo! 3 or 5 section will hold it I think. You don't need to extend all the sections.

IainD

hotdog321
hotdog321 Forum Pro • Posts: 15,447
Re: Tripod for Nikon 400mm f2.8

I vote for the Gitzo as well. Not sure a gimbal head is absolutely necessary--a solid normal head will work, too. Of course, also factor in a quick release plate.

Also, if you are hiking and shooting wildlife, a good Gitzo monopod is another option. It works well when shooting sports, and it sounds like you have quite a load of gear already!

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IainD Senior Member • Posts: 1,358
Re: Tripod for Nikon 400mm f2.8

Arcatec long lens head? Light and strong. Cheaper than Wimberley

IainD

jestech OP New Member • Posts: 5
Re: Tripod for Nikon 400mm f2.8

Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

Looks like I'll have to find myself a Gitzo.

hotdog321
hotdog321 Forum Pro • Posts: 15,447
Re: Tripod for Nikon 400mm f2.8

Yep. Costs a fortune, but you only have to buy it once!

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