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09/01/2014 06:21:55 PM · #1
Hi all. Has anyone got any recommendations for a 3rd party manufacturer of lens collars?
I have some friends who have long lenses and their lens collars are flimsy or the L bracket is too short for a solid mount to the Gimbal Plate. Any URL or brand name recommendation would be great, thanks!
09/01/2014 06:24:36 PM · #2
I think Ryan got a 3rd-party lens collar for his 500mm...will get back to you...
09/01/2014 06:47:30 PM · #3
Really Right Stuff makes GREAT lens collars but they are pricey. Fabulously designed and machined, not cast.
09/01/2014 08:01:11 PM · #4
I have RRS lens plates for both my 200F2 and 400MM F2.8.

09/01/2014 09:10:38 PM · #5
I have a RRS collar on my 300. Great stuff.
09/02/2014 01:54:17 PM · #6
Thanks for the replies thus far. I'd forgotten about RRS, will go sniff around.
09/02/2014 04:05:39 PM · #7
Sadly nothing spefically made for Sigma long lenses (120-300mm f/2.8 OS HSM APO DG EX) and a very limited range for the other lenses so far.

there is what looks like a universal support that might enhance the existing lens collar here... but $290-00 and you still need to buy the foot play and RRR tripod to go with all of it... yikes! Quality comes at a price.

Back to the drawing board... Any more ideas?

Message edited by author 2014-09-02 16:06:43.
09/02/2014 04:21:25 PM · #8
If it were me, I'd head to the home improvement store and allow myself an hour of walking around playing with random stuff, in all departments, until I found a combination of things that would work. Perfect? No, but cheap.
09/02/2014 04:45:20 PM · #9
Kirk is the lens collar Red has for the 500mm. Superior stiffness compared to OE; longer mounting foot gives better balance options; lower profile means lower centre of gravity for lens which widens balance point of gimbal. $$ not too bad, around $100 CDN.

Hope this helps!
09/11/2014 06:20:23 PM · #10
Thanks! However Kirk's web site only show for a variety of Nikon primes and the 80-400. Must be out of date. I'll check e-tailers for "Kirk". This looks like I'm going to have to approach my engineer friend...

Message edited by author 2014-09-11 18:21:43.
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