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03-31-2013, 12:24 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by StigVidar Quote
Do you now of any which you can recommend?
The problem with sending off to get it done is they will either need a drawing with exact dimensions, or will need the lens plus your drawing. The drawing you posted is no where near enough complete for a mill operator to machine from without having the lens to measure from. And while I stand by my statement that any mill operator with a CNC machine can make the mount for you, I wouldn't be too excited about sending the lens off to get it done.

If however the plastic model you have being made is a good fit, you could get by with sending it in and asking for one machined out of metal. Just make sure the plastic one fits 100% though.

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The problem with sending off to get it done is they will either need a drawing with exact dimensions, or will need the lens plus your drawing. The drawing you posted is no where near enough complete for a mill operator to machine from without having the lens to measure from. And while I stand by my statement that any mill operator with a CNC machine can make the mount for you, I wouldn't be too excited about sending the lens off to get it done.
I have an accurate IGES file. The pictures shown here was some low res screen dumps :-)
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I have an accurate IGES file. The pictures shown here was some low res screen dumps :-)
Then you should be good to go. Are you going with aluminum or stainless? Aluminum comes in different grades, so if you choose it, get one that provides strength without getting into something real exotic that will cost an arm and a leg. Stainless, no matter what grade is more difficult to machine and thus more expensive, not to mention a lot heavier, which with this lens is something you don't need.
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Then you should be good to go. Are you going with aluminum or stainless?
Aluminum, I think. But I have not found a company who can do this. But I suppose I have to wait to after easter before I get any answers on e-mail :-)

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There are many, although I don't know about shipping to Norway.

Here's one:

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Aluminum, I think. But I have not found a company who can do this. But I suppose I have to wait to after easter before I get any answers on e-mail :-)
I can ask my friends at Volvo Design what shop they'd recommend in Scandanavia for this kind of one-off. These guys have quite the machine shop in Göteborg, but it isn't for the general public...

I'll PM you what I hear later in the week, and congrats on landing that monster zoom!!

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I want to see pics of lunde with that monster!
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I want to see pics of lunde with that monster!
I do have a plan of take a trip to the northwest coast of Norway to photograph puffins this year, yes.

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With built in Arca Swiss plate as well to fit straight into the Wimberley? Nice!

Would seriously be interested in one as my copy currently has the FA* silver mount and would love a matching white one in the original style! Could you price one up for me please? Thanks!
It would be interesting to know your price limit. I understand you and I have different needs here. I have to have a new mount, but I suppose you can manage with the mount you already have?

A company in Norway suggest at least €270 for making this in aluminum with anodized finish.
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As the lens is heavy, and the design of the new handle is not the same as the original one, isn't there a risk that the lens escape from your hand ?
May be a small allowance (I don't known if it is the good term) on the indide end of the handle could avoid that.
I personnaly have taped the handle of my FA*600 to add more grip. But you'll not able to do this cause of the arca swiss mount. Beware also of the position of the center of gravity of the lens + body combo.
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I have thought of it and ordered a cheap plastic model of it, made on a 3d printer. I will receive this tomorrow, according to UPS, and will be able to check balance point and how it feels.

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QuoteOriginally posted by VisualDarkness Quote
I want to see pics of lunde with that monster!
I`m gonna take Stig Vidar to Runde , to photograph the *Lundefugl*(puffin) . Well , its gonna be me and him , and two Sherpa`s carrying my FA*300 f.2.8 and his F* 250-600 f.5.6
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Got the plastic model today and it looks good. I have to make a small adjustment, but it is more or less ready.
I was also surprised how strong it was now. Even if it's made of plastic, I had full confidence on mounting it on a tripod. But it would probably not last very long.






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Oh my, we need to work on your tripod head. You're going to get shots of questionable quality from that one.

Might I suggest a Wimberly?
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Oh my, we need to work on your tripod head. You're going to get shots of questionable quality from that one.

Might I suggest a Wimberly?
Thank you for your concern, but I already have a Sirui carbon fibre gimbal

And the head in the picture is a high quality one with a 54mm ball.


But I am looking forward to a proper tripod mount for my "new" F250-600 so that I can start using it
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