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I use a Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 lens, and need to use my tri­pod for some of my shots. How­ever; this lens is heavy and the only tri­pod mount avail­able is one made by a US com­pany called Kirk En­ter­prise So­lu­tions, for $150 plus postage.

See­ing the Kirk model set me think­ing. I had a Fo­to­mate Macro slid­ing rail (bought from a well­known auc­tion site for £11), and with a lit­tle adaption I could use that! I bought a 20mm-wide strip of Vel­cro and cut it down to 390mm in length, then re­moved a mount­ing screw from one end of the rail and fixed the vel­cro in place with a 4mm coun­ter­sunk screw and nut – a 20-minute job.

The cam­era and lens are mounted on to the slid­ing rail, the Vel­cro is wrapped round the end of the lens and they are then mounted on the tri­pod. The vel­cro cost me 90p and the rail can still be used for macro work.

Dave Ber­ridge, via email That’s a cun­ning way to sup­port your lens, Dave!

The push-pull zoom still works with the sup­port

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