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07-15-2016, 01:25 PM   #22516
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QuoteOriginally posted by gaweidert Quote
I did a lot of pondering over whether to get a Kirk or Eckla window mount. I finally went Kirk because how deep the doors on my Ford Edge are, i was not sure if it could mount properly. In any event, the Kirk works fine for now. I did have to get a couple of 1" risers so I could get a full rotation of my gimbal heads
Because car door windows are usualy slightly curved I use a couple of wooden wedges to get the Kirk window mount to fit properly

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ducatigaz Quote
A new car window mount arrived this afternoon, this should help me overcome the problem of lack of height of the door glass because the platform that the ballhead is mounted to can be lowered, also the ballhead can be moved back or forward. It's made by a company called Eckla I have test fitted it to the door and it looks like it will work. The new car we are getting has more rake on the windscreen so the 600mm will not go through the drivers/passenger windows on the Kirk window mount
nice, what kind of car is this ?
I was thinking of a windows mount for a while for the 250-600, but did not pull the trigger yet... I saw those Eckla mounts, and the reviews were pretty good.
I have a Nissan Murano, I don't know which would be the best for my car... but the Eckla is interesting!
Show us some pics with the lens mounted!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Racer X 69 Quote
Sigma 300mm f2.8 APO EX DG.
Thanks! yes I forgot that one, actually, we dont see pics taken with this one often here...
I used to see a brand new copy sold from a online store in AB for 2000$ CAN 2 years ago...
I think that was a very good price!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Racer X 69 Quote
Sigma 300mm f2.8 APO EX DG.

my solution: a used pentax f* or FA 300 f 4.5 and the new pentax 1.4x converter.
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and the new pentax 1.4x converter
OK, but it is not FF compatible...

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Here are some shots with my old manual lens SMC 500mm f/4.5




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Some more pics with my SMC A 400mm f/5.6




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QuoteOriginally posted by Weevil Quote
OK, but it is not FF compatible...
indeed the converter isn't FF which is a problem. it has everything to do with why I took my ancient Pentax - A 400 f-2.8, and equallly old pentax -L converters to alaska recently. I am most hopeful
that Pentax will soon bless us with an FF converter although manual focus isn't all bad in bird photography. I don't know how many times i've taken a picture of a fairly 'small in the frame' bird
and had the auto focus --focus perfecty on the background, and put the bird completely out of focus.
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M 400/5.6 is working for me

Here is a recent shot taken with the M 400/5.6 on K-3 1/125" @ f/8, ISO 800. It's a decent shot. This is the full 6000x4000 image. Taken on Manfrotto 055B with the LensMaster RH-2 gimbal head. Loving it! I should have switched from the ball head years ago. Without the AFA 1.7X the green button gives me a good exposure without compensation.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Weevil Quote
OK, but it is not FF compatible...


But the Sigma is. As well as the Sigma 1.4 and 2.0 converters.


And they work great.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Weevil Quote
nice, what kind of car is this ?
I was thinking of a windows mount for a while for the 250-600, but did not pull the trigger yet... I saw those Eckla mounts, and the reviews were pretty good.
I have a Nissan Murano, I don't know which would be the best for my car... but the Eckla is interesting!
Show us some pics with the lens mounted!

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Thanks! yes I forgot that one, actually, we dont see pics taken with this one often here...
I used to see a brand new copy sold from a online store in AB for 2000$ CAN 2 years ago...
I think that was a very good price!
Here are some pics with the 600mm mounted. The Kirk window mount sits on top of the door trim so with a ballhead fitted it is much higher. The platform on the Eckla mount can be lowered so the ballhead is below the top of the door trim. In one of the pictures you can see that I have riveted a piece of aluminium to the bracket that should slide down past the window and into the door, the bracket supplied was not long enough to be safe, I didn't want the whole lot falling off the door when I'm driving up a track. With the platform fully lowered I think a gimbal could be used and I will give this a try at some point.
The measurment of the window opening at the back of the door on the peugeot 308SW is about seventeen inches, on the new car that is coming, a Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer the window measures about fourteen inches.




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nice set up for your car. Does it accommodate a BetterBeamer?
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nice set up for your car. Does it accommodate a BetterBeamer?
the mount can be turned round so that it's on the outside of the door then a flash braket can be used.
The Best Window Mount for wildlife photography

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ducatigaz Quote
Here are some pics with the 600mm mounted. The Kirk window mount sits on top of the door trim so with a ballhead fitted it is much higher. The platform on the Eckla mount can be lowered so the ballhead is below the top of the door trim. In one of the pictures you can see that I have riveted a piece of aluminium to the bracket that should slide down past the window and into the door, the bracket supplied was not long enough to be safe, I didn't want the whole lot falling off the door when I'm driving up a track. With the platform fully lowered I think a gimbal could be used and I will give this a try at some point.
The measurment of the window opening at the back of the door on the peugeot 308SW is about seventeen inches, on the new car that is coming, a Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer the window measures about fourteen inches.





Nice! Thanks for sharing... you have convinced me that this mount is better and more flexible than the Kirk window mount...


another question, when you drive, don't you have the lens/camera/mount in your way for driving ?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Weevil Quote
Nice! Thanks for sharing... you have convinced me that this mount is better and more flexible than the Kirk window mount...


another question, when you drive, don't you have the lens/camera/mount in your way for driving ?
The lens/camera/mount is not really in the way I only use up tracks not main roads. Also because the ballhead is mounted on a slotted hole the camera/lens can be moved into the car

Just out of interest what is the measurement of the back edge of door glass on your car?
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Thanks for your responses - another addition to my wish list Eckla
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Thanks for your comment..
QuoteOriginally posted by Ducatigaz Quote
what is the measurement of the back edge of door glass on your car?
Sorry, I dont understand what to measure , You mean the height of the window opening ?
(may be a translation issue on my side)
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