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Old Nov 2, 2010, 1:40 PM   #1
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Taken from an advertisement in a photo magazine. Obviously neither the ad men responsible for this shoot nor the "photographer" pictured knew anything about photography, but the guy who actually took the photo should have known better (edit: and so should the one who posted this!).

What do you think the "photographer" was looking at? And what else is wrong here?

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Old Nov 2, 2010, 4:33 PM   #2
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improper support for the big gun!!!
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Is the black ring at the front of the lens, the lens cap? If so, the photographer was staring into a "black hole."
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I've no clue, I've looked a few times at this and nothing jumps out..... so probably it is looking at me right in the face.

The lens hood is right with the black band on the front, this isn't a lens cap at the end and he would be using AF so doesn't matter if he touches the focus ring or not. The support is enough for the 600mm f4 so again no issue.

I would actually say the guy is a photog as he has his thumb on the rear AF button which most people wouldn't be doing.

Basically I'm stumped.
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Old Nov 2, 2010, 6:14 PM   #5
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black ring not necessarily ring for lens cap, several have black bands on front...I would say that if I were to advertise a huge behemoth like this, I would NOT place it ON a photographer...it would seem, hell is, HUGE...and would scare away a lot of people...potential Buyers.
The stand is very flimsy, and I wouldn't show THAT under it either, looks diminished. Would Not show it attached to a camera At all.
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Well, I have to eat my words. that sure looks like a lens cap, but Mark is right. I looked at a lot of pictures of Canon EF 400s and didn't see one with the lens hood on, but I finally found one, and that is what it is. But I would think a heavy lens like that would at least require a sturdy tripod with at least a ball head, and not a monopod with only a mounting screw, but I am not a Canon aficionado and I don't use a big lens like that at all, so what do I know.
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High All,

The black ring at the front of the hood is a thick protective rubber ring. It allows you to stand the camera/lens on the end of the hood where it's very stable since the center of gravity is very low and centered -- a 300/2.8 uses a 112mm front filter and a 600/4 would have one that's about 150mm.

I agree that screwing the tripod ring directly to the monopod is probably not the best way to do this. . . but I took a look at this when it was first posted and was stumped also -- so I took the safe way out and waited for some others to answer. . .

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