New Gear and a big THANKS!

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  1. Montana

    Montana TPF Noob!

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    Everyone loves new gear! And I also wanted to thank everyone for helping me to pick the best tripod for this set up. The package arrived and contained:

    Canon 600mm f/4 IS
    Wimberley gimble head II
    Wimberley P50 plate
    Gitzo 5541LS
    Canon drop in circular polarizer
    Lens Coat cover in camo

    First impressions.....this thing is huge! I expected big, but dang! But perhaps the biggest shock was the beefy Gitzo. This tripod is a monster. I think you could darn near use it as a jackstand under an automobile while changing your oil! LOL

    So, thanks to those that pointed me in the right direction with the tripod and head. I really appreciate you helping me get it right the first time.

    Derrick

    Forgive the "snapshot pics please. My wife had to take the photos and she hates using a camera. That would be me with the permanent grin!

    That front protective glass is nearly the size of my head!

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    Holy Crap!!!! That's a big MF'er!!!

    Congrats to you!!

    I bet you could see the Needle in Seattle from your house!!!
     
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    Just point that thing north and I'm sure you can see me wave in your direction. Nice outfit, Camera, lens and tripod.
     
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    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Great stuff. Congratulation. I am sure you will enjoy it quite a bit. Now let me help you spend a few more dollars since I am assuming you will be doing some wild life stuff with it. :D

    First, get the strobe off the camera an onto this. F-9 Wimberley Head Version II flash bracket.
    Wimberley Professional Photo Gear - Telephoto Flash Brackets

    Then add one of these.
    Visual Echoes | FX3 Better Beamer for Canon 580EX & | FX3

    Don't forget lens coats in your favorite camo pattern along with leg coats in camo.
    Canon Covers - LensCoatTM Canon 600 LensCoat
    Tripods - LegCoatTM Gitzo GT5540LS/GT5541LS LensCoat

    And do not forget one of each of these.
    http://www.pearlsflowers.com/images/products/roses111.jpg
    http://www.valentine-clipart.com/candy_card_large.jpg

    I think you know what the last two are for. :lol: :lol: :lol:




     
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    I would congratulate you, but my mouth won't stop watering. Seriously though, nice setup, enjoy it.
     
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    Thanks, I have the better beamer and that flash mount already on my wish list. I should have just ordered them since they took enough off of my order (discounted some when I asked them over the phone) to get both, but it was a tall enough order already! LOL

    I did get the lens coat and just finished putting it on. There are a couple of things that erk me a little. The lens can't be stowed in the hard case with the P50 plate mounted on the foot. That sucks. I am undecided about the fit of the lens coat in at the switch area too.

    Thanks for the "extra" links................LOL
     
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    Nice setup ...Makes my 400 f/2.8 look kinda small:lol:
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    Montana TPF Noob!

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    I very seriously considered that lens. Can you put yours in the hard case with the plate on?
     
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    Yes you just need to rotate the lens so the leg is about 10 deg. to perpendiculer.
     
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    Still won't work with mine as my plate extends too much to the rear of the foot. Guess I'll start saving up for a soft case. Dang, this hobby is never ending...
     
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    That is why I would have gone with this. AP-602
    Wimberley Professional Photo Gear - Replacement Feet for Large Lenses

    I have it on my 400 f2.8 and it works great. Lowers the foot mount by about 1&1/2" if I remember correctly. Fits the case fine, plus there is no foot to worry about.

    Forgot to mention. One of these is real nice for your shoulder.
    http://www.birdsasart.com/accs.html#SHOULDER SAVER TRIPOD PAD
     
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    Hey that quick camo throwover blind is something that looks pretty usefull.

    That said I wanted to bump this back up because that 600 mounted on a tripod just looks so cool!!!!

    Hey now how about some first shots ? !!!!!
     

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