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    Posted: 16 February 2021 at 08:33
How have people marked the tripod feet* on their long lenses?

I'd like to mark the sweet spot where the lens and camera will be perfectly balanced fore and aft. Maybe I'm too impatient, but I'd like to drop the foot into the QR and secure it without endless fiddly adjustments.

I know that the sweet spot shifts when I use a different body or add a battery grip, but if I have a single mark for the principal camera used with each lens then I can readily make the appropriate adjustment.

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Maybe I'm misinterpreting what you mean, but I rarely use a tripod on flat ground, so I've never bothered with marking them. I quite often have one leg only partly extended anyway.
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I mean the foot attached by a collar to a long lens, by which the lens can be attached to a tripod/monopod head/gimbal.

If the foot has a dovetail to fit an Arca Swiss style quick release, then the foot can be slid forward or back so that the camera & lens combination is perfectly balanced.

I'm looking for suggestions on how to mark the foot so that I can go straight to the magic position.
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I have an Arca-Swiss plate on each of my long lenses. I lock this in a position that will ensure balance for each situation, i.e. lens and camera, lens and 1.4 teleconverter and lens, grip and camera. I then mount and balance the combo on my gimbal. I then score a mark on the lens plate for that particular combo. Then repeat for each camera /lens set up. When in the field, it is easy to mount the lens and camera at the correct position to give balance. I also repeat this for the vertical CoG when using a gimbal head.
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