Nikon D850 and 500mm lens

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ales44 New Member • Posts: 4
Nikon D850 and 500mm lens

I can't find this information anywhere so I would ask here. Does Nikon D850 support the 200-500mm lens weight on its own, by that said, if you have the D850 hanging from your neck with the 200-500mm lens attached, will the lens break the connection ring on D850 or can that havey lens break the D850 ring in case if I don't hold th the lens by its collar foot? Thank you. Any good but affordable straps recommended for cariing such lens attached to the D850?

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T O Shooter Forum Pro • Posts: 11,130
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You can throw the mount off if nothing else. I would recommend against it.

I use a neck strap and hold the lens in my hand by the foot. Sometimes I just carry both of it by holding on to the lens foot.  Likely a little risky but it happens from time to time.

Some fellows use a Blackrapids strap on the lens, or on the tripod socket of the body, but there's been a few horror stories on that.

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Re: Nikon D850 and 500mm lens

ales44 wrote:

I can't find this information anywhere so I would ask here. Does Nikon D850 support the 200-500mm lens weight on its own, by that said, if you have the D850 hanging from your neck with the 200-500mm lens attached, will the lens break the connection ring on D850 or can that havey lens break the D850 ring in case if I don't hold th the lens by its collar foot?

I've seen one or two people on here say that practice is OK, but personally I would never take the risk, and would always attach a strap to the lens foot in some way.

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PHXAZCRAIG
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Yes, but...

I've carried my 200-500 dangling from the camera a number of times.  It will stand up to that without a problem.

But.

I would certainly never hang it from my neck!   In general, one doesn't hang the lens like that because it turns out to be generally inconvenient.   If you hang it, it gets long enough to swing and bang into things, and it's just too heavy to hang from a neck.  A shoulder works for a bit.

Usually one carries the lens this way:

1. cradled in your arms ready to shoot

2. carried in hand with a straight arm by the tripod collar (too heavy to carry with bent arms)

3. over your shoulder attached to a tripod.

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Re: Nikon D850 and 500mm lens

ales44 wrote:

I can't find this information anywhere so I would ask here. Does Nikon D850 support the 200-500mm lens weight on its own, by that said, if you have the D850 hanging from your neck with the 200-500mm lens attached, will the lens break the connection ring on D850 or can that havey lens break the D850 ring in case if I don't hold th the lens by its collar foot? Thank you. Any good but affordable straps recommended for cariing such lens attached to the D850?

Thank you.

You really want the combined weight of 6lbs hanging off your neck?  Carry it by the foot, place the camera and lens in your bag, or mount the foot to a tripod and rest the entire setup over your shoulder.

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ARClark
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I never hang my D850 from my neck with any lens. I will carry it over my shoulder with smaller lenses. But with the 200-500, I’ve removed the tripod foot to reduce weight and only cradle it or carry by hand. It’s never been on a tripod. I carry it a couple hours at a time when shooting in natural areas and gardens for not only birds but flowers and insects.

However, if the weight is a problem, I’d suggest a black rapid strap or attach it to a tripod or monopod. I often carry my 500 f4 on a tripod, but more frequently cradle it or carry it by the large tripod foot. But if hiking distances and only pulling out to shoot occasionally, you might consider a suitable backpack.

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OP ales44 New Member • Posts: 4
Re: Nikon D850 and 500mm lens

thank you for the opinions and suggestions, will definetly look into getting a strap for it, just needed to know why and if I take photos and the lens accidently sleeps from my wrist (with the DSLR strap around my neck) by any chance, so it's not gonna break the ring on my D850. Thats all I needed to know. Thank you again.

michaeladawson Forum Pro • Posts: 14,885
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ales44 wrote:

thank you for the opinions and suggestions, will definetly look into getting a strap for it, just needed to know why and if I take photos and the lens accidently sleeps from my wrist (with the DSLR strap around my neck) by any chance, so it's not gonna break the ring on my D850. Thats all I needed to know. Thank you again.

I don't think anyone really said that.  If you are supporting the rig by carrying it with your hands and it slips out and drops, but is saved because you have the strap around your neck...  that kind of potential sudden shock is the kind of thing that can snap a mount.

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Bill Janes Senior Member • Posts: 1,970
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T O Shooter wrote:

You can throw the mount off if nothing else. I would recommend against it.

I use a neck strap and hold the lens in my hand by the foot. Sometimes I just carry both of it by holding on to the lens foot. Likely a little risky but it happens from time to time.

Some fellows use a Blackrapids strap on the lens, or on the tripod socket of the body, but there's been a few horror stories on that.

It would depend to some extent what 500 mm lens you have. The 500 f/5.6 PF is much lighter than the f/4, and the former might be carried with the lens attached to the camera. I have an L-plate attached to the camera, which might distribute the weight more evenly across the camera base in the above mentioned case. However, with my own 500 PF with attached RSS replacement foot with an Arca mount, I sometimes carry the assembly with a Black Rapid strap attached to the lens foot (replacement RSS) via an Arca clamp. The same goes for mounting to a tripod or monopod-use the foot, not the camera.

There are many stories of the 500 PF lens detaching from the Nikon foot, and a replacement foot is advisable. If I were shopping for a foot again, I would use a one piece unit such as the Hejnar or Wimberly . The RSS replacement is two piece like the Nikon but hopefully more secure.

I have used the RSS clamp , but the Desmond clamp is much cheaper and seems equally well built but less streamlined because of the two loop openings (see photo on link).

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You are correct Bill.  But the OP did specifically say the 200-500.

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T O Shooter Forum Pro • Posts: 11,130
Re: Nikon D850 and 500mm lens

michaeladawson wrote:

ales44 wrote:

thank you for the opinions and suggestions, will definetly look into getting a strap for it, just needed to know why and if I take photos and the lens accidently sleeps from my wrist (with the DSLR strap around my neck) by any chance, so it's not gonna break the ring on my D850. Thats all I needed to know. Thank you again.

I don't think anyone really said that. If you are supporting the rig by carrying it with your hands and it slips out and drops, but is saved because you have the strap around your neck... that kind of potential sudden shock is the kind of thing that can snap a mount.

Definitely not. A very good chance you'd tear the face off the camera.

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I caused an $800 repair once, by carrying a D500 with the 200-500 lens and attaching the strap to the body rather than the lens.  Cracked the mount WITHOUT dropping my gear.  Learned my lesson there: always attach your strap to the heavy lens rather than the lighter body.

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michaeladawson Forum Pro • Posts: 14,885
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lokatz wrote:

I caused an $800 repair once, by carrying a D500 with the 200-500 lens and attaching the strap to the body rather than the lens. Cracked the mount WITHOUT dropping my gear. Learned my lesson there: always attach your strap to the heavy lens rather than the lighter body.

Exactly.  Personal opinion, but I also find that attaching a strap to the lens is simplay a more comfortable way to carry the lens.  I'll usually still put my hand on the lens foot while I'm walking but that's to restrict the swaying.

I used to cringe at the horror stories with BlackRapid straps.  Swore I'd never use one.  Now I do.  An excellent strap option.  I even went so far as to buy the Kirk foot and quick release swivel.  Horror of horrors!!

Slightly off topic - Look at all the dented cars on the road.  I've had a car drive right out a parking lot entrance and into the side of my car while I was stopped at a stop sign.  I've been at a standstill in a parking lot behind other cars and had a car back out of a stall right into me.  I've been driving in the right hand lane at the speed limit on a straight expressway and had a car change lanes right into the left rear of my car.

None of these incidents were remotely my fault and there's nothing I could have done to prevent any of them short of not owning a car.  The point is, $&%# happens.  If my camera falls off my BlackRapid strap it's no big deal.  And this time it probably is my fault for not making sure it was tight.

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The Peak Design Slide with one end connected to an anchor link on the tripod foot (rotated with the foot over the top of the lens), the other end attached to an anchor link on a plate at the base of the D850, and the strap slung over one shoulder with the camera along the opposite side like a satchel is the way to go.

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T O Shooter Forum Pro • Posts: 11,130
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michaeladawson wrote:

lokatz wrote:

I caused an $800 repair once, by carrying a D500 with the 200-500 lens and attaching the strap to the body rather than the lens. Cracked the mount WITHOUT dropping my gear. Learned my lesson there: always attach your strap to the heavy lens rather than the lighter body.

Exactly. Personal opinion, but I also find that attaching a strap to the lens is simplay a more comfortable way to carry the lens. I'll usually still put my hand on the lens foot while I'm walking but that's to restrict the swaying.

I used to cringe at the horror stories with BlackRapid straps. Swore I'd never use one. Now I do. An excellent strap option. I even went so far as to buy the Kirk foot and quick release swivel. Horror of horrors!!

Slightly off topic - Look at all the dented cars on the road. I've had a car drive right out a parking lot entrance and into the side of my car while I was stopped at a stop sign. I've been at a standstill in a parking lot behind other cars and had a car back out of a stall right into me. I've been driving in the right hand lane at the speed limit on a straight expressway and had a car change lanes right into the left rear of my car.

If you were in Toronto, that would be the problem right there.

None of these incidents were remotely my fault and there's nothing I could have done to prevent any of them short of not owning a car. The point is, $&%# happens. If my camera falls off my BlackRapid strap it's no big deal. And this time it probably is my fault for not making sure it was tight.

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michaeladawson Forum Pro • Posts: 14,885
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T O Shooter wrote:

Slightly off topic - Look at all the dented cars on the road. I've had a car drive right out a parking lot entrance and into the side of my car while I was stopped at a stop sign. I've been at a standstill in a parking lot behind other cars and had a car back out of a stall right into me. I've been driving in the right hand lane at the speed limit on a straight expressway and had a car change lanes right into the left rear of my car.

If you were in Toronto, that would be the problem right there.

Perhaps I should have phrases that differently.  I was going at the same speed as the overall traffic flow.

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