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so far as i can see the ishoot is on;y available from China. If you bought one from there did you have to pay import duty? or does anyone know of a UK source?


jozioau said <<<I would also recommend checking for micro focus adjustment, but once youíve confirmed thatís right, it is brilliantly sharp. >>>   

do you mean calibration? is there a special way to check or is it just a case of taking some test pics?
 



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If you buy through Amazon you pay VAT to them and according to Her Majesty's Government it seems you only have to pay import duties if the value is over 390 GBP.

(that is btw very good, in The Netherlands we have to pay import duties for anything over Ä22,- according to the Douane)
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Originally posted by beccles beccles wrote:

so far as i can see the ishoot is on;y available from China. If you bought one from there did you have to pay import duty? or does anyone know of a UK source?


jozioau said <<<I would also recommend checking for micro focus adjustment, but once youíve confirmed thatís right, it is brilliantly sharp. >>>   

do you mean calibration? is there a special way to check or is it just a case of taking some test pics?


That i-shoot link I posted was deliberately chosen for being via Amazon UK, local to you. I did see that the same or similar products are listed on eBay as well, but I would have thought the UK Amazon link would be the way to go for you.

With respect to micro-focus adjustment, it's worth doing if your camera has that capacity via its menus. Below is a YouTube clip on how to do it. A bit laborious, and I guess you don't need it if you're happy with the IQ of your lens across all its focal lengths. I found my SAL70400G 1 was very sharp out of the box, but my replacement SAL70400G 2 was a bit soft at its 400mm end wide open until I did the exercise after which it's now sharp across the spectrum. I used a print-out of a test chart that I photocopied from a page of David Busch's guide book on the Sony a900 DSLR, but really you could use any printed page with fine graphics.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote beccles Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 July 2019 at 11:06
no.. i did see that and checked, unless of course he has 2 ebay accounts in different places ;-)

now looking for a triangle bag that will take camera with lens fitted, about 30cm, can only find thewm to 22cm
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Originally posted by beccles beccles wrote:

looking at the mount, and the rapid strap i'm wondering how you safely attach the strap so the camera/lens doesn't fall off when you're clambering over fences etc?


never did get a reply to this....?? this was about carrying camera with rapid strap attached to tripod mount as was suggested..
 



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Originally posted by beccles beccles wrote:

Originally posted by beccles beccles wrote:

looking at the mount, and the rapid strap i'm wondering how you safely attach the strap so the camera/lens doesn't fall off when you're clambering over fences etc?


never did get a reply to this....?? this was about carrying camera with rapid strap attached to tripod mount as was suggested..
I don't have a 70-400 but I had an 80-200 with a similar tripod mount. I just screwed in the eye and then attached it to the hook, no different then I attach it to a camera body in case the lens doesn't have a tripod mount.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 July 2019 at 12:16
Originally posted by beccles beccles wrote:


now looking for a triangle bag that will take camera with lens fitted, about 30cm, can only find thewm to 22cm
Lowepro toploader 75 AWII, according to the specs it's 29,2 cm internally.
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Originally posted by beccles beccles wrote:

Originally posted by beccles beccles wrote:

looking at the mount, and the rapid strap i'm wondering how you safely attach the strap so the camera/lens doesn't fall off when you're clambering over fences etc?


never did get a reply to this....?? this was about carrying camera with rapid strap attached to tripod mount as was suggested..
I don't have a 70-400 but I had an 80-200 with a similar tripod mount. I just screwed in the eye and then attached it to the hook, no different then I attach it to a camera body in case the lens doesn't have a tripod mount.


don't have the mount yet, not sure it has a screw-in eye
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Originally posted by beccles beccles wrote:


now looking for a triangle bag that will take camera with lens fitted, about 30cm, can only find thewm to 22cm
Lowepro toploader 75 AWII, according to the specs it's 29,2 cm internally.


looks the business.. friggin expensive though.. what with having to buy a tripod mount as well the price of this lens is going up & up!
Will look for a cheap Japanese copy.. ;-)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 July 2019 at 12:55
Originally posted by beccles beccles wrote:


don't have the mount yet, not sure it has a screw-in eye
My Rapid strap came with a screw in eye that fits into the tripod thread.

How do you attach your rapid strap to the camera with a lens w/o tripod mount?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote beccles Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 July 2019 at 17:28
i don't have a rapid strap (yet) - didn't know they came with the tripod thread connector, hence the question..Thanks, you've answered the question now :-)

i carry my current setup with standard strap attachment to camera.
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