7D Mirror Shake - w/70-200 f/2.8 - Advice on brace, please

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: 7D Mirror Shake - w/70-200 f/2.8 - Advice on brace, please

Thorbard wrote:

myphotographic wrote:

Not so long ago, I went to a talk by this guy, who does a lot of landscapes using telephotos, and he talked about the need for a brace that steadies by the lens and the body, as just the lens ring isn't enough.

I think he name checked this ReallyRightStuff lens support

The linked mount won't support both the lens and the body. What it will support is the lens in two places, a slightly different (and more valid) concept than supporting both the lens and the body.

The mount between the lens and the camera should be pretty solid and accurate, and the camera body weighs relatively little compared to larger lenses.

The ideal is simply to support the lens and camera assembly directly below the centre of gravity. Maybe easier said than done, but with a telephoto, that is going to be forward of the camera lens mount.

Yes, this is an issue of balance.  But when the wind blows it's a matter of every piece being rock solid from the lens to the mounts, head and tripod.

Until you try and make a solid platform for outside you never go through this.  It's a lot of work but worth it and you only have to do it once.  In June I'm scheduled to shoot in Aruba for a wind surfing contest. As strong as the winds are it's easy to shoot vs. still-life.

I can't tell everyone how much they helped!  The least I can do is post my new RIG here so everyone can see how they helped put it together!


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