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    I'm having real trouble keeping my 70-300 still when mounted on my A6000. The center of gravity is so far in front of the camera body and tripod plate that I see serious sag when I tighten down my ballhead, as well. Anyone have any advice for keeping a lopsided setup like this stable?

    It's causing lots of problems shooting timelapses unless it's absolutely dead calm as the wind blows the lens around a ton. See below:



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    2 things. Use the "drop out" notch of the head when you setup so there's less sag. Or just plan for the sag and counter (setup high, sags to perfect).
    The second trick I use is this:

    what you're basically after is a tripod collar for a lens that doesn't have one and it's not available... so what I did was take a pano clamp (that I already owned) and wedged my soft lenscap under the lens to basically wedge it so it wouldn't wiggle in the wind...
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    I found this which seems to work on the 70-300: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...ollar_for.html

    But

    I also found this but I'm not sure how it works? The clamp seems to be at a 90 degree angle to the rail?

    Ben, do you have a link to B&H for the rail/slide that you use?

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    they don't have mine, it's between 1 and 2 here: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/searc...op+Nav-Search=
    you can get something way cheaper on amazon (first I found, I'm sure there's more): http://amzn.to/2uVDhvD
    this is reasonable, breaks down and looks like it'd work (you'd need a 90 Offset Double Clamp to work with a camera plate): http://amzn.to/2uYpoet
    90 Offset Double Clamp 1: http://amzn.to/2uYt5B2
    90 Offset Double Clamp 2: http://amzn.to/2hnHrb9

    if you go to a rail setup (like the cine guys) then you could use something like this: http://amzn.to/2f7P84v
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