With my E-30 or others and my FTs 50-200 (1.2 kgs), I often use my Benro A49T monopod with Manfrotto 322 RC2 grip ball head. When walking about, I just sling it over my shoulder.They sell beer at the track, but not for those of us standing right next to it...
I use a monopod or small tripod quite a bit, but in different settings. I usually have a shoulder strap. It's not as much about weight on my shoulders as it is heat and sweat. If there's a long delay I usually find a shady spot, sit my butt on the ground and start culling in-camera. Plus, I won't be able to use the capture clip if there's a monopod on the camera.
@lucien, look at my original post again. I added a photo of my setup to it. I use the same Capture Plate on the bottom of the camera as on the tripod collar mount - you can see the edge of it protruding from the bottom of the camera body.but that's with other attachments right? I carry it as is, much easier to carry. I don't want to go off topic. I wish some pics are forthcoming from carbonman
Now I remember where I saw the layout before. Are you sure you don't get pulled over or stopped to inspect your rig. Aka Sniper stuff HA HA HA. It's sweeet.I have a PD Capture Plate on the bottom of each camera body plus on the tripod socket of the 300mm f4 and 40-150mm f2.8. (The tripod mounts are rotated so the bottom of the mounts are facing 90° left. This makes the body lie with the bottom against my body.) I have the plastic Anchors attached to each of these Capture Plates plus the left side strap mount of each camera. There's a permanently mounted hand strap on the right, shutter button side of the camera body.
When shooting with a lens without a tripod mount, I use Anchor links to the camera Capture Plate and the Anchor on the left side of the body. If I have either of the long lenses mounted, the ends of the strap attach to the Capture Plates so the body lugs don't carry any of the weight.
When carrying the 150-400mm f4.5 I use Anchors on the 2 built-in mounting points of the tripod collar and carry all of the lens/camera weight with a Slide Lite strap. It makes changing everything pretty quick and easy.
Good stuff! You echoed my concern exactly. This is a good outcome. In looking at your fist photo, I'd say the foot is quite a bit closer to the camera on mine, about 4" near as I can tell from the net. The collar is supposed to be here today so I'll know more.I tried attaching my PD Cuff to the tripod foot of my O50-200 lens attached to my E-M1, which is as close as I have to the gear you're planning to use.
To my mild surprise the setup works okay. My fear was that the tripod foot would be so far from the grip position that it would take up all the slack in the Cuff and be constraining, but that didn't seem to be an issue.
But if your lens is significantly longer than this one with the foot placed further from the mount to reach the center of gravity, that might become a problem. Similarly if your wrist is significantly thicker than mine, that could take up some of the slack.
It's dawning on me that some dimensions would be helpful. It's just over 3.5" from the lens mount to the tripod mount on this lens. It's roughly 7" on a diagonal from the tripod mount to the strap lug at the top of the grip.Good stuff! You echoed my concern exactly. This is a good outcome. In looking at your fist photo, I'd say the foot is quite a bit closer to the camera on mine, about 4" near as I can tell from the net. The collar is supposed to be here today so I'll know more.
Interestingly, I got a 'how'd we do' email from PD's CS. I suggested (politely) that the person who answered my question wasn't clear on the question or perhaps needed better information to share with customers. We'll see if they respond. I'd love one of their engineer's to explain their response.
I added Sony last December and after using it awhile and coming to several conclusions (both technical and preferential), decided I don't want to mess with two systems.what are you selling out of curiosity? Which gear? Have you switched systems?
I suggest the PD Clutch instead of the Cuff for your application; it will be quick and easy to slip your hand into (& out of) and lets you avoid the camera body death grip because it holds your palm to the right side of the camera body. You can easily tension it or loosen it as needed.I will add the Peak Design (sigh) cuff to this as soon as I get one.