Seeking ways of tracking birds in flight with 500mm lens

Started May 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
paulkienitz Veteran Member • Posts: 5,295
Re: Seeking ways of tracking birds in flight with 500mm lens

MightyMike wrote:

Oh brother are you using a gimbal head... good luck with that... tracking is so dang freaken easier when hand holding! the only thing a tripod will do for you is keep the weight off your arms at the serious expense of flexibility... its really only good for still subjects or slow linear moving subjects, IMO a waste of money.

If it's too heavy to handhold, the choices are limited.

But I wonder if one might do better by just hanging the lens on a string.  Of course, then you need to stand under something.

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