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