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NEST Carbon Fiber Gimbal heads!

CARBON FIBER GIMBAL HEADS

 The CAMERA COTTAGE is the EXCLUSIVE USA DISTRIBUTOR of NEST Gimbal heads. I am quite excited about this, these heads are of comparable quality to my Wimberley WH-200 heads and are lighter weight and MUCH lower cost! MSRP is $369.99, get it here for just $298 + Shipping! One 6" QR plate comes with the head and extra 6" plates are in stock below. FULL Arca compatible and they come supplied with a nice padded carrying case to protect your head when not mounted. 55# Load Rating! And FLUID DAMPENED to use with the extending telephoto zooms!

5 YEAR WARRANTY!

Please come out and compare these Gimbals, I know you will be impressed too!

(Shipping cost will be added to your order)

Available in the Web Store!!!

Is your NEST Gimbal Head just TOO STIFF! See below:

The Nest Carbon Fiber Gimbal head is a VERY fine piece of equipment, and its unique fluid dampening on the swingarm is a great safety feature to prevent damage to the long telephoto zoom lenses should they be let go of when in an out of balance position. Some people have found this dampening to be just a bit too stiff for their purposes. That is why I offer the head in an ARCTIC version as well which has almost no dampening in the swing arm position and no dampening in the panning base. This makes for completely free-wheeling of the heads motion in all axis'.


IF YOU OWN a USA Warranty standard, dampened NEST gimbal head, I do offer fluid change services for your head where I will completely clean the dampening fluid out of the head, and replace it with the Silicone based non-dampening lube. This service has a 48 hour turn around time here in the shop and costs $35, which will include return shipping of your head. No appointment is necessary, just send in your head to the Camera Cottage with a letter asking for this service, and payment via bank draft or Postal money order and your head will be modified, cleaned, adjusted, and returned to you right away via USPS Priority Mail.

Carters Camera Cottage has a good selection of New, Used, and Factory Refurbished Nikon, Pentax & Canon digital, and Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Pentax and Minolta Film SLR bodies for sale or rent, as well as matching lenses from 8 mm to 600mm.  We have New and Used lenses from Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Olympus, Sigma, Tamron and Tokina.  Medium format film gear is available for those still wanting to shoot this medium. Prices are reasonable on all gear and often negotiable.

Trade-ins are accepted, pricing based on market values.

NEST, Vanguard, Manfrotto and Bogen tripods are available and we have the largest selection of these professional tripods in the state of Montana! I stock NEW and used Nest and Vanguard heads. I also stock several used heads, most were trade-ins on new gear and in very good condition. We will ALWAYS provide a free 10 day warranty on all used gear sold to our customers so you can always buy with confidence here!

5512 Carey Ave. Shepherd, MT
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CAMERA RENTALS (8-14-18) 



CAMERA                                             $  DAY      $  WEEK     DEPOSIT

NIKON D850 NOW AVAILABLE!             110           440             3000

NIKON D500                                             80            320            1000

NIKON Z7              COMING SOON!


CANON 7D MK II                                       60            240            1200

CANON 5D MK IV (NEW MODEL)            100            400          2400


SONY A7 W/28-70MM LENS KIT              75            300            1000

SONY FE 24-240MM OSS                         50            200            750

(ASSORTED A MOUNT MINOLTA LENSES AVAILABLE CHEAP)


PENTAX K-1 FULL FRAME 36MP             75            300            1000

(Assorted K mount lenses available cheap)


SECURITY DEPOSITS REQUIRED FOR ALL RENTALS! 

ALL BODY RENTALS WILL INCLUDE ONE BATTERY.

CHARGER, MANUAL AND STRAP AVAILABLE BY REQUEST.

LENS RENTALS INCLUDE BOTH CAPS, HOODS. CASES MAY BE AVAIL.


REMOTES, TRIPODS, HEADS, EXTRA BATTERIES ALL AVAILABLE, ASK.


RENTAL INVENTORY SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY, RESERVATIONS TAKEN UP TO ONE MONTH IN ADVANCE.

LENS RENTALS (8-14-18)

LENS                                                     $ DAY     $ WEEK      DEPOSIT

NIKON DX 10.5MM FISHEYE                       18           72             300

NIKON SIGMA 14-24MM F2.8 ART               50          200          1200

NIKON 17-35MM F2.8                                    80          360          1300

NIKON TAMRON 15-30MM F2.8 VC G2       75           300           1200

NIKON TAMRON 35MM F1.8 VC                  22           88             300

NIKON TAMRON 45MM F1.8 VC                  22           88             300

NIKON TAMRON 85MM F1.8 VC                  28          112             500

NIKON AF 80-400MM VR (OLD STYLE)       25          100             400

NIKON AF-S 200-400MM F4 VR                    90         360           1200

NIKON AF-S 200-500MM F5.6 VR                 75          300           1000

NIKON AF-S 600MM F4G VR II NANO         125          500           3000

NIKON SIGMA 24-70MM F2.8 ART OS          40          160           1000

NIKON TAMRON 24-70MM F2.8 VC              28          112            400

NIKON TAMRON 70-200MM F2.8 VC G2       36          144           700

NIKON SIGMA 120-300MM F2.8 SPORT       100        400            2800

NIKON SIGMA 150-600MM SPORT  OS        80          320           1200

NIKON 500MM F5.6E PF VR         COMING SOON!!!


CANON EF16-35MM F2.8                                 50          200         1000

CANON EF 24-105MM F4 IS                             35          140         600

CANON EFS 60MM F2.8 MACRO                    25          100         350

CANON SIGMA 24-70MM F2.8                        28           116          400

CANON SIGMA 180MM F2.8 MACRO OS        75          300         1200

CANON TAMRON EF 90MM F2 MACRO          25          100          300

CANON EF 70-200MM F2.8 NON-IS                 50          200         900

CANON TAMRON 70-200MM F2.8 VC G2        36         144          900

CANON EF 100-400MM IS                                 50         200          900

CANON TAMRON 150-600MM G2                    75          300         1200

 

LONG lens rentals WILL NOT INCLUDE tripod and Gimbal heads BUT THEY ARE AVAILABLE IF NEEDED FOR $25 FOR THE RENTAL DURATION.

RENTALS ARE SOLD OFTEN TO ALLOW ROOM FOR UPGRADED MODELS SO ALWAYS CALL FOR AVAILABILITY.

PLEASE compare my prices to Bozemans rental rates, I am well worth the drive!

We also rent tripods, heads, straps, vests, bags, and almost anything else you may need for photography!

An IMPORTANT discussion about Teleconverters (Tele-extenders)

 

I have been inundated with questions recently about people wanting to use TCs (Teleconverters) on kit, or slow, lenses. I feel this is a large enough issue to be addressed directly.

TCs are designed to magnify the image projected by the lens, they do so by extending the lens itself a set distance further out from the sensor depending on the magnification power of the TC (1.4X, 1.7X or 2X magnification, each one is longer than the one before it). The nature of these TCs causes them to cost the user a certain amount of light in the process. A 1.4X will cost you one full stop of light (100mm F2.8 lens becomes a 140mm F4 lens). A 2X will cost you two full stops of light (100mm F2.8 lens becomes a 200mm F5.6 lens). These numbers do NOT represent a "crop factor" but are a true magnification of the lens in use.

Most modern DSLR cameras will not Autofocus a lens with a maximum aperture of smaller than F6.3. SOME Pro and Semi-Pro models will Autofocus up to Maximum aperture of F8 under very particular circumstances. This leads to loss of autofocus function when a slower lens is used with a TC. A typical 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens when used with a 2X TC becomes a 36-110mm F7-11 lens, and will not autofocus at all.

Now for the DANGEROUS part. Almost all "kit" lenses, as well as most longer VARIABLE APERTURE zooms, have a rear optical element that actually extends back beyond the lens mounting plane and into the body of the camera when zoomed back to its widest focal length. This causes an "interference fit" situation. In short, that means that the rear element of the lens will actually crash into the optical element of the TC and damage either the lens, the TC, or in a worse case scenario, BOTH.

As a general rule DO NOT use any TC an any lens with a variable aperture (F3.5-5.6 or similar) as these lenses almost all give you an interference fit condition. Fixed aperture lenses almost always accept a TC, and if they are "fast" enough, autofocus will continue to function. An F4 lens will AF with a 1.4X TC, but seldom with a 1.7X or 2X model. An F2.8 (or faster) lens will almost always retain AF with any TC on any camera. Fast lenses are the only ones designed by the manufacturers to work fully with TCs and each and every lens manufacturer will have a full listing available that designates TC compatibility with their lenses.

I pretty much only recommend using a manufactures TC on their lenses as the use of third party TCs can be a gamble. Some third party TCs may mount on "interference" type lenses and not have interference issues, but you will still usually lose AF as well as the ability to effectively focus in lower light situations because of the loss of stops the TC causes. The old split prism viewfinders found on film cameras makes this function easier, but the flat screen viewfinders typically used in DSLR cameras makes manual focusing more difficult, and nearly impossible in low light.

Good luck to anyone using TCs, they can be a useful tool on the right lenses, but can cost you a small fortune if used on the wrong lenses, and offer very little potential benefit.