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Handle to screw into 70-200G Tripod collar?
« on: April 23, 2008, 01:34:11 PM »
Some large telephoto lenses have a handle on top of the lens. The 70-200 G doesn't. Currently I have the tripod mount facing up and I hold it/ pick it up by that, but it's really too small to be convenient.

What I wouild like is  screw in a handle to the tripod mounting point so I can carry the lens/camera that way.

Does anybody know of such a beastie?

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or do I start making them and sell them :)
« Last Edit: April 23, 2008, 08:59:47 PM by mtiller »
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Re: Handle to screw into 70-200G Tripod collar?
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2008, 08:59:07 PM »
Come on, more than 50 views onthe topic and noone has an idea? :)
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Re: Handle to screw into 70-200G Tripod collar?
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2008, 09:12:35 PM »
We are just too jealous of the lens to possibly pass comment...:)

No idea about the handle...sounds like there should be something though...:)
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Re: Handle to screw into 70-200G Tripod collar?
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2008, 09:28:24 PM »
Come on, more than 50 views onthe topic and noone has an idea? :)

Were all to jealous to care Mark :mrgreen:




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Re: Handle to screw into 70-200G Tripod collar?
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2008, 11:30:41 PM »
LOL Nice one Rob :)
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Re: Handle to screw into 70-200G Tripod collar?
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2008, 11:58:51 PM »

I've never seen one, but the thread is a standard one, should be easy enough to DIY one using a quick release plate and a handle off something...

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Re: Handle to screw into 70-200G Tripod collar?
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2008, 12:08:20 AM »
He found one from Kirk Enterprises!  It's pretty cool!

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Re: Handle to screw into 70-200G Tripod collar?
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2008, 01:58:28 AM »
hey i gave you all kinds of ideas on the black forum

man that kirk stuff is nice but wow pricey

http://www.kirkphoto.com/supports.html#supergrip

check out the low pod it's super cool
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Re: Handle to screw into 70-200G Tripod collar?
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2008, 12:58:34 PM »
H'mm I like the one from Kirk, but a guy in the US may be custom making some that will screw straight into the lens.  These will be colored white to match the lens body(maybe a different shape though)  and will have tripod mounting hole on the top so it won't have to be removed to mount on a tripod.  I should be able to post a rough CAD image of one this evening.

What would anybody be prepared to pay for something like this?

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Re: Handle to screw into 70-200G Tripod collar?
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2008, 01:21:54 PM »
surely a whol lot les then the 125 kirk wants
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Re: Handle to screw into 70-200G Tripod collar?
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2008, 10:30:01 PM »
Hi All,

Initial design idea is something like this... I get to do the market research :)

What would people be prepared to pay?



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Re: Handle to screw into 70-200G Tripod collar?
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2008, 12:20:06 AM »
Hi All,

Design version 2.



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Re: Handle to screw into 70-200G Tripod collar?
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2008, 12:21:23 AM »
I like the 2nd one!

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Re: Handle to screw into 70-200G Tripod collar?
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2008, 12:30:42 AM »
i would pay around 50 us for one and i would have to say i prefer the first one, les likely to bend or get hooked on something , but i would also have to suggest not anodizing them as that finish wears of quite easily, my suggestion would be to coat them with colored tefflon. As expensive as that sounds, it really is not as you could do about 100 or 150 for about 25 USD at home, if the guy lives in the us if in europe i would guess about twice that if he could not find a supplier in europe.  www.brownells.com  is one of the largest gunsmithing supply companies in the world, and when i worked building copetition rifles and pistols for people while in university i coated alot of guns with teflon to help aid agianst teather and harh conditions of some of the practical courses. The product is called gunkoat (i belive that is how you spell it) and it is available in white and almost any other color you can think of including hot pink (and yes one woman shooter wanted her 1911 hot pink so you have to keep your customer happy)
anyways just some thoughts trying to help. by the way this tefflon is so tough that the only way you can get it off is to grind it or use aluminium oxide sandpaper.
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Re: Handle to screw into 70-200G Tripod collar?
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2008, 12:35:29 AM »
Good suggestion.  I used it when I made my custom CZ American .17 HMR.

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