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BIRDS AS ART gladly accepts returns on unused items.  We' will always be glad to send you a full refund less the shipping charges.

Because we have lost numerous shipments to foreign countries and because the US Post Office does not offer any type of signature confirmation, we will--as of May 25, 2005, be using only UPS or FedEx service to deliver all overseas orders totaling more than US funds.  We regret that this will increase the cost of shipping significantly but we simply cannot continue to lose shipments on a regular basis.  Please e-mail us at to request shipping charges for all foreign orders.  If using Paypal, please include your telephone number in the comments section.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON SHIPPING CHARGES: With the recent USPS increases, the cost of sending items via Priority Mail has risen dramatically, but it is still the best and cheapest way to ensure that your parcel gets to you safely (and for sure!).  Most orders over about are sent Priority Mail.  We regret the corresponding rate increases noted below (mostly for the heavier items).

Overseas folks are best off using the e-mail address as many attempting to e-mail us at the verizon.net address from Europe and Asia have encountered problems.

Canon - Nikon - Sigma

Moving a big white (or black) lens near skittish wildlife is like waving your arms – a sure way to flush your subject and ruin what could be a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity. LensCoat™ Lens Covers mask your 200 mm to 600 mm lens, giving you a better chance at getting the shot.
LensCoat™ Lens Covers are manufactured from 100% closed-cell neoprene, offering protection from bumps, jars and nicks, with a camouflage-pattern fabric cover. LensCoat™ Lens Covers also provide a thermal barrier, protecting your hands from cold lenses in lower temperatures. They are easy to install and remove, leaving no residue on the lens. And LensCoat™ lens covers are waterproof, providing protection in harsh conditions.
Other features include a clear, flexible UV-PVC window over the AF/IS/VR controls and the distance-scale window. The LensCoat™ also features custom holes that reveal the red-dot for easy alignment to the camera body without removing the cover.

NOTE: The Advantage "Classic" is in very limited supply, so please call or e-mail to check avail.

 

           Forest Green Camo                                                  Black

            Realtreetm Advantage Classic            Realtreetm Hardwoods Snow

Canon "white" (Canon lenses only)

Please note: The Realtree Classic pattern has been discontinued by the material manufacturer.  When the remaining stock is depleted, it will be replaced by a new "High Tech" design that looks like this:

When ordering, please include the lens and pattern.  Also include .00 for Priority Mail shipping for each order.  Orders to Canada should add .00 for each order.  Orders for extender sets should add .00 per order.   Overseas orders please call or e-mail for shipping costs.

 

 

 

 

Realtree® patterns

 

Forest Green

Advantage MAX-4

 

Black/Canon White

Hardwoods Snow

Canon Covers    

Extender Set 1.4 & 2x

19.99

24.99

70-200 f4 IS

79.99

89.99

70-200 f2.8 IS

79.99

89.99

                 28-300 IS                  79.99                     89.99

100-400

69.99

79.99

300 f2.8 IS

79.99

89.99

300 f2.8 Non IS

79.99

89.99

300 f4 IS

74.99

84.99

400 f2.8 IS

89.99

99.99

400 DO

99.99

109.99

400 f5.6

69.99

79.99

500 f4 IS

89.99

99.99

500 f4.5

99.99

109.99

600 f4 IS

89.99

99.99

600 f4 Non IS

89.99

109.99

     

Nikon Covers

   

Telecon set 1.4,1.7, 2x

29.99

34.99

70-200 VR

79.99

89.99

80-400 VR

79.99

89.99

200 VR

99.99

109.99

200-400 VR

94.99

104.99

300 f2.8 VR

79.99

89.99

300 f2.8 AFS II

79.99

89.99

300 f4 AFS

79.99

89.99

400 AFS II

89.99

99.99

500 AFS I

89.99

99.99

500 AFS II

89.99

99.99

600 AF I

99.99

109.99

600 AFS I

89.99

99.99

600 AFS II

89.99

99.99

400 VR 89.99 99.99 500 VR 89.99 99.99 600 VR 89.99 99.99      

Sigma Covers

   

50-500

99.99

109.99

120-300

79.99

89.99

300-800

99.99

109.99

500 f4.5

99.99

109.99

LegCoatTM tripod leg covers protect your shoulders when carrying your gear and the camouflage helps break up the shape of your tripod at the same time.

Made of closed cell foam padding and heavy-duty neoprene, it is soft to the touch but rugged in function. The padding guards your hands from the cold tripod legs in lower temperatures, and can protect the tripod from nicks and scratches.

  • Provides all day carrying comfort

  • Acts as a thermal barrier- guards hands from hot and cold

  • Customized for YOUR tripod - no cutting or fitting required

  • 100% heavy-duty neoprene cover

  • Made with Velcro® fasteners for easy assembly

  • Available in Black, Forest Green Camo, Realtree® Advantage Max4 HD, Realtree® Hardwoods Snow

When ordering, please include the tripod and pattern.  Also include .00 for Priority Mail shipping for each order.  Orders to Canada should add .00 for each order.   Overseas orders please call or e-mail for shipping costs.

 

 

 

Realtree® patterns

 

Forest Green

Advantage MAX-4

 

Black/Canon White

Hardwoods Snow

Gitzo     2530/2931

42.99

46.99

1227

42.99

46.99

2540/2941

42.99

46.99

1228

42.99

46.99

241L/2941L

42.99

46.99 3540

42.99

46.99 3530/3530xls 42.99 46.99 1325/3530LSV 42.99 46.99

1340

42.99

46.99

3540L/3540LS

42.99

46.99

1348/1349

42.99

46.99

1410

42.99 46.99 1548 42.99 46.99

5530s/5560sgt

42.99

46.99

NOTE:  Fits several different brands/models see www.lenscoat.com for details                                .


Discontinued Item

We have a few still left

The JRF Protective Neoprene Lens Covers are individually designed and manufactured for the Canon 300 mm to 600 mm IS and non-IS lenses, and also the Nikon 600 4 AF. The camouflage-patterned neoprene protects your lens from the nicks, dings, and scratches that scar your expensive investments. The camo also takes the edge off the effect of swinging a big white lens off your shoulder after carefully approaching a free and wild bird, somewhat reducing the chance that you will cause the bird to flee.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The manufacturer uses different camo patterns; we have no control over what pattern we receive, and therefore the cover you receive may appear different than the image on the top of this page.

All of the covers listed below feature a clear, flexible UV-PVC material that will protect the AF (&IS) control panels from weather and scratches. Some of the controls can be operated through the clear covers; for others, it will be necessary to custom punch holes with a 1/4 inch hole punch.

 

 

JRF Cover Price List The 300/2.8 IS 0.00 Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 0.00 Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 IS 0.00 Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 II 0.00 Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 IS 0.00 Canon EF 500mm f/4.5 0.00 Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 IS 0.00 Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 0.00 Nikon 600mm f/4.0 AF-S 0.00

All covers are sent U.S. Priority Mail/Signature Confirm. Please add .00 shipping and handling. Florida residents please add 7% sales tax to cost of cover only. Please make all checks out to "Arthur Morris" and send to  the .

 

BAA now accepts credit card orders by phone: 863-692-0906

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After was published, many folks wrote asking about the umbrella clamp set-up that I used so much when it rained so much in San Diego.  The combination of the Bogen Super clamp (without stud) and the Avenger Add-a-Head is relatively heavy at 2 1/4 lbs.  I had tried many methods of attaching an umbrella to my Wimberley head and had no success at all until a Gitzo rep provided the elegant solution.  The Add-a-Head will accept a great variety of umbrella shaft diameters and the rig is designed so that it is possible to place the umbrella (not included) in a variety of positions and at a variety of angles.  With a medium or large umbrella it is easy to use a flash under the Umbrella Clamp Rig so long as you do not need to point your lens too far upwards.  While it is obvious that one should not use the rig during thunder and lightening storms or in high winds, we ask you to exercise common sense when using the Umbrella Rig.  By doing so you will assure that you will not be fried by lightning and that your 500mm IS lens and Mark II will not wind up flying up, up, and away like a kite! 

We are offering the Umbrella Clamp Rig (UCR) for .00 incl. shipping.  Florida residents need to add 7% sales tax to the cost of the rig only (.62).  Order today to ensure that you get one soon.  That way, when it rains, you can smile as you head out to photograph birds knowing all the while that your valuable photographic equipment will be safe and dry. 

Please make all checks out to "Arthur Morris" and send to  the .

 

BAA now accepts credit card orders by phone: 863-692-0906

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WHICH GITZO GT 6X SERIES CARBON FIBER TRIPOD IS BEST FOR YOU?

 Gitzo GT 6X CF tripods:

Gitzo GT3530LS Carbon Fiber 6x Tripod.  (now in stock):         9.98 plus US shipping. 

Gitzo GT3540XLS Carbon Fiber 6x Tripod (in stock):                      9.98 plus US shipping.

Gitzo GT5541LS Carbon Fiber 6x Tripod (in stock):                     9.98 plus US shipping.

Florida residents need to add 7% sales tax to the cost of the tripod only.  Overseas customers please e-mail at for shipping costs (and be sure to include your complete ship-to address).

 

The popular 3530 LS (three leg sections/4 lbs), which replaces the CF 1325, has been extremely short supply since its release several months ago; we now have them in stock.  This is the tripod that I use every day with both my 500 and 600 mm f/4L IS lenses with either the Wimberley head or the Mongoose M3.5.  I also use this tripod for macro, and—with the Mongoose 2.3—whenever I need a tripod-mounted intermediate telephoto.  

(See TRIPOD MISINFORMATION below.)

The 3540XLS (four leg sections/4.3 lbs) is for tall folks, 6’ 4” or taller.  Todd Gustafson, all 6’ 8” of him, asked me to get him a 3540XLS after hearing good things about it from multiple IPT veteran Bob Wilmschen.  I was, however, leery of the rather thin lowest leg sections and suggested that Todd only partially extend the bottom sections.  After following my advice, here is what he had to say:  

“They finally did it!!  They came up with a tripod that I can shoot with in complete comfort.  For years I used the heavy Gitzo 410.  The height came to just below my chin.  It was almost tall enough to shoot flight with but didn't pack down small enough to fit in a regular suitcase.  When Gitzo integrated carbon fiber technology into their tripods I switched to the lighter 1548 model thinking I was saving lots of weight.  The 1548 folded down to a convenient suitcase size but was still too short.  I moved the center column from the 410 tripod to the 1540 so that I could make flight shots in comfort.  After shooting a week of jungle birds in Costa Rica I couldn't figure out why my back hurt so much.  I realized that the whole tripod set up still wasn't tall enough and that with the center column the 1548 was only one pound lighter than the old 410. 

Enter the new line if Gitzo Carbon 6X tripods.  My new GT3540XLS model stands an amazing 77" tall!  I can stand at full height in comfort and shoot into the jungle canopy or make flight shots with no back pain.  The new carbon technology has cut the weight to just over 4 pounds while still providing enough strength to support a 600mm lens, a pro camera body, and a flash setup.  The setup and breakdown time on the 1548 model was 45 seconds or more and required 2 hands. With the GT3540XLS I can break down and setup in 10 seconds with one hand due to the new independent leg-locks!  Even with the added height it easily fits into a suitcase.  And best of all, my images are sharp, even those created at shutter speeds as low as 1/60 second.”  

The  GT5541LS (four leg sections/6.5 lbs) replaces the CF 1548, but is lighter, stiffer, and stronger.  We recommend this model for folks with 400mm f/2.8 or 600 mm lf/4 lenses that do not feature IS or VR technology, and for those who—in their efforts to create the sharpest possible images—demand the most rigid long lens CF tripod available. 

TRIPOD MISINFORMATION

 

Below is a recent e-mail exchange between myself and subscriber Robert Turner.  See the moral below.

 

Hi Robert,

 

re:

 

RT: My question is about the Gitzo 3530 LS (no column) CF tripod.  All on-line sites state that it replaces the 1325. The problem is the maximum height of the 3530 LS is listed as 50.4 inches versus 58.0 inches for the 1325.

 

AM: That information is incorrect.   One and one half minutes ago, in my garage, I measured the difference in total length of a 1325 and a 3530.   The difference was a shade less than 5/8 of one inch.  With the legs fully spread, the difference in height was (as expected) even smaller at less than 3/8 of one inch.

 

RT:  Therefore it is not a real replacement.

 

AM: Is too.

 

RT: The 3530 is too short for 5-11 persons and the next size is the 77 " 4-section model. 

 

AM: Says who???  I am 5' 11 inches. (Used to be 6 foot.)  I use the 3530 with the bottom leg sections in about 4inches for most photography (though I do extend them a bit more for some flight situations). 

 

RT: There is a huge gap between the two models.  Any suggestions for another quality model 58" height?

 

AM:  Yes, the 3530 LS.  I went back to the garage with my able-bodied assistant Jim Litzenberg for a second style of measurement:  The height of the 1325 open is indeed 58 inches. The height of the 3530 fully open is 57 3/4 inches.   It is best not to believe everything that you read on the internet.   We have several 3530 LS tripods in stock and look forward to filling your order.

 

Later and love, artie

 

Moral: The big camera stores (and all of the little ones too) may have huge stock and experienced salespersons.   And they carry Canon and Nikon cameras which we do not.  They are not, however, nature photographers.  I have been doing this coming up on 25 years now and I do not BS folks.   We know what we are talking about and sell only the stuff that I use and the stuff that works.   If we do not carry the exact Gitzo CF tripod that would like to purchase, please get in touch with us and we will have it drop-shipped (after telling you whether or not you are purchasing the correct tripod for your gear.  And, as always, we sell everything for a nickel less than B&H except when we are not permitted to do so. 

 

 

The leveling base fits Systematic tripods and offers high performance and 15° tilt around a large half ball. The ultra wide platform gives solid support. Ideal for leveling flat base fluid heads, it also can be used as heavy duty, low profile head substitute for medium or large format cameras.

GITZO GS5120LVL Leveling Base: 9.94 incl. shipping to US.  Overseas customers please e-mail for a shipping quote.  Florida residents please add .60  sales tax. 

(Please call for availability)

 

BAA now accepts credit card orders by phone: 863-692-0906

9am to 3pm is best / MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Amex.

 

We also accept Paypal:

The Canon Off-Shoe Remote Cord 2 is the weak link in an otherwise great flash system.  Over the years, I have probably purchased two dozen of them.  The biggest problem is that when your flash is mounted on a flash bracket, the constant vibrations cause the screws that hold the distal hot shoe (the one that screws into your flash bracket) in place loosen over time, sometimes to the point that the flash no longer makes contact with the hot shoe (at which time your flash is rendered inoperable). There is a rather complicated fix that involves prying off the u-shaped cover with a tiny flat blade screwdriver and then tightening the tiny screws with a cross-type or Phillips head screwdriver.  (It is best to tighten the screws after applying some non-permanent Loc-Tite.)  Even with the hot shoe securely tightened in place this unit experiences other problems.  With frequent use, the Remote Cord 2’s wiring fails quite often causing the LCD on the flash to go haywire.  I always traveled with a spare Remote Cord 2.  If your flash goes whacky, first try fresh batteries in your flash head, then remove your Remote Cord 2 and try your back-up.  If you are using any other external battery pack, it is necessary to travel with a backup cord as well.  Lastly, if your flash rig hit against some branches as you were walking through the woods, the hot shoe mentioned above often simply broke in half.  

 

Once again Robert O’Toole’s vast technical knowledge saved the day.  He suggested using the remote cord that he uses, the PROMASTER “Flash Extension Cord/Off Camera TTL unit.  He stated that he had been using one for two years without a single problem.  It took me a few weeks to get my hands on one, and several months more to order 100 units.  I have been using mine for more than three months and am impressed with the sturdy construction and the performance.  Full automatic flash exposure control is maintained with all modern Canon flashes. 

 

BIRDS AS ART is proud to announce the latest product in our mail order line, the PROMASTER “Flash Extension Cord/Off Camera TTL” unit is now available for .00 incl. shipping and handling.   Overseas customers please e-mail for additional shipping charges.  Florida residents please add 7% sales tax to the cost of the cord only.   For Florida folks, the cost is .20 incl. shipping.   If you are tired of buying Remote Cord 2 after Remote Cord 2, you will find this new product an amazing improvement.

NOTE: Please specify Canon or Nikon when ordering

NOTE: We also have the same cord for Nikon systems.  If you are using this with a Wimberley flash bracket, you will also need this:  (Nikon Only)

This adapter allows you to attach the Nikon SC-29 Cord or the PROMASTER cord to Wimberley flash brackets.

The price is .00 incl. shipping and handling.  For Florida folks, the cost is .33 incl. shipping.

Please make all checks out to "Arthur Morris" and send to  the .

 

BAA now accepts credit card orders by phone: 863-692-0906

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The Wimberly Head

 

New Model WH-200


If you own a 500 or 600mm autofocus lens this is your tripod head. Period. This unique head incorporates an elevated tilt mechanism and adjustable platform to perfectly align the center of gravity of a big lens for perfect balance. Perfect balance means that a 10, 12 or 14 pound 600 mm f4 behaves as if it were weightless. Images not possible with a ball head are routine with a Wimberley. It is ideal for photographing birds in flight. No more wrestling with your large lens. Just point.... and shoot, even with one hand!

Wimberley Head V-2 (includes clamp): 7 incl. shipping and handling.  Florida residents please add 7% sales tax = .65.  Please make all checks out to "Arthur Morris" and send to  the .

 

BAA now accepts credit card orders by phone: 863-692-0906

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The Wimberly Plamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wimberly Sidekick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Wimberley Arca-Swiss
Style Lens Plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Plamp is an easily positionable arm used to hold macro subjects and other useful objects. One end clamps to your tripod while the other grasps the object. One day in the field with a Plamp (or two) and you will begin to realize its full potential. The Plamp is a must for any macro enthusiast!
 
Use the Plamp to:
 

  • Stabilize windblown subjects.
  • Adjust the position or angle of your subject.
  • Move background objects and obstructing foliage.
  • Hold reflectors, graduated filters, and lens shades.

Wimberley Plamp: .95 incl. shipping and handling. Buy two or more and the shipping is on us-- sorry US addresses only. Florida residents please add 7% sales tax .54 including shipping. Please make all checks out to "Arthur Morris" and send to  the .

BAA now accepts credit card orders by phone: 863-692-0906

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At only 1.3 pounds and small enough to be easily packed, the Sidekick converts your ball head into a gimbal head in seconds. Simply slide the Sidekick into the quick release of your ball head. The Sidekick's elevated tilt mechanism and side mounted quick release allow the lens to rotate around its center of gravity. This provides the same action and ease of use found in the Wimberley Head at greatly reduced size, weight, and cost. Remove the Sidekick and your ball head is ready to use with smaller lenses. The Sidekick is designed for lenses similar in size to a 300mm F2.8 (including most 500mm lenses).

Wimberley Sidekick: 0.00 incl. shipping and handling. Florida residents please add 7% sales tax 7.50 including shipping. Please make all checks out to "Arthur Morris" and send to  the .

BAA now accepts credit card orders by phone: 863-692-0906

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Wimberley lens plates come with safety stops at the front and back of the plate. No more worrying about your expensive lens accidentally slipping out of the quick release clamp. This feature is unique to Wimberley Plates. I recommend that you opt to use both stops. If you do so, you must open the jaws of the quick release clamp wide enough to load your lens from the top (instead of sliding it in). Use of the two stops will ensure that your big expensive lens will never fall out of the clamp should you (as we all do every now and then) forget to tighten the clamp when balancing your rig fore and aft.

Wimberley Lens Plates

The suggested plates allow enough length to easily balance your lens in almost every configuration. The plates are generally at least 3/4" longer than the mounting foot of the suggested lens. This allows you to attach a flash bracket to the top surface of the plate.

For Canon EF Lenses:

The P-5 plate is the Universal Camera Body plate

The P-20 plate is perfect for the 180mm Macro, the 70-200mm f/2.8, the 80-200 f/2.8, the 35-350 zoom, all of the 300mm f/4.0s, the 100-400mm IS zoom, and the my beloved "toy lens" the 400mm f/5.6.

The P-30 plate fits the Nikon 400 3.5 MF, Nikon 500 4.0 MF, 600 5.6 MF and Canon 300 2.8 IS.

The P-40 plate is perfect for the 500mm f4/5. The P-40 plate plus one reducer bushing is perfect for the amazingly popular 500mm f/4.0 IS lens.

A reducer bushing is needed for some of the Canon IS super-telephotos because one of the mounting holes is larger than the other (to accommodate sports photographers using monopods).

The P-50 plate is perfect for the 400mm f/2.8 II and the 600mm f/4.0.

The P-50 plate plus one reducer bushing is perfect for the 400mm f/2.8 IS, the 600mm f/4 IS lens and the old EF 800mm f/5.6L.

The P-40 plate is correct for the 400mm f/2.8 AF-S and for all Nikor 500mm AF lenses.

The P-50 plate is correct for 400mm f/2.8 AF-I, all of the 600mm lenses, and the old manual focus 800mm f/5.6.


 


 


 


 

Prices:

The P-5 plate is incl. shipping and handling

The P-20 plates are incl. shipping and handling.

The P-30 plate is incl. shipping and handling.

The P-40 and P-50 plates are incl. shipping and handling. Please add .00 if you need a reducer bushing. Thanks!

Florida residents please add 7% sales tax to price of the plate only. Please make checks out to "Arthur Morris" and send to  the .

BAA now accepts credit card orders by phone: 863-692-0906

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(for Wimberley Head Version II)

This bracket consists of modules M3 & M9. It attaches directly to the Arca-Swiss style dovetail on the swinging arm of the Wimberley Head Version II. Since it is attached to the head and not your lens, it remains in place when you switch lenses. The bracket folds flat for easy storage. 

The F-9 bracket has been designed to clamp to both the swing arm of the V-2 Wimberley and to the plates so it can be used when working on the ground or from the car, but I still  prefer the F-1 to the F-9 in these situations as it gives you more flexibility.  

The Wimberley Arca-Swiss Flash Bracket: 2.00 incl. shipping and handling. All Flash Brackets are shipped by US Priority Mail delivery confirm. Florida residents please add 7% sales tax to price of the bracket only. Please make checks out to "Arthur Morris" and send to  the .

 

BAA now accepts credit card orders by phone: 863-692-0906

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Wimberley Head
Flash Bracket

(For Wimberley Head Version I)

The Wimberley Head Flash Bracket attaches in an instant to the arm of the Wimberley Head with a low-profile quick release clamp. No more dropping and turning little screws for five minutes... Since it attaches to the head instead of the lens, it is smaller than other brackets. Furthermore, it stays on the head when you switch lenses (no need for multiple brackets, or to move a bracket from lens to lens). The bracket disassembles and folds for easy storage.

The F-4 bracket fits only the (older) Wimberley Tripod Head Version I.

Wimberley Head Flash Bracket: 2.00 incl. shipping and handling. All Flash Brackets are shipped by US Priority Mail delivery confirm. Florida residents please add 7% sales tax to the price of the bracket only. Please make checks out to "Arthur Morris" and send to  the .

BAA now accepts credit card orders by phone: 863-692-0906

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Wimberley F-1
Flash Bracket

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wimberley Sidekick

Flash Bracket

This bracket attaches almost instantly to the quick release plate of your telephoto lens and wraps 180 degrees around the lens to position the flash above the lens. No more dropping and turning little screws for five minutes... Adjust the vertical position of the Tilt Arm on the Upright for different sized telephoto lenses. Flip the Tilt Arm upside down to lower the flash even further. You can also attach the Tilt Arm so that it positions the flash off-center.

The F-1 can be used on any telephoto lens with either a long enough plate or any Wimberley Plate such as the P-40 or P-50.  All Wimberley heads have top of the plate mounting capabilities, that is, you can turn the clamp module upside down and attach the F-1 to the top of the plate.

The huge advantage of the F-1 over the F-4 bracket is that it can be used when you are working on the ground or from the car.   The newer F-9 bracket has been designed to clamp to both the swing arm of the V-2 Wimberley and to the plates as well, but that said, I prefer the F-1 to the F-9 when working on the ground or from the car as it gives you more flexibility.  

The Wimberley F-1 Flash Bracket: is 2.00 which includes shipping and handling to US addresses.  All Flash Brackets are shipped by US Priority Mail delivery confirm. Florida residents please add 7% sales tax to price of the bracket only. Please make checks out to "Arthur Morris" and send to  the .

BAA now accepts credit card orders by phone: 863-692-0906

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The Sidekick bracket is comprised of modules 1 and 3. It attaches to the quick release plate on your lens and wraps 90 degrees around the lens to position the flash above the lens when using the Wimberley Sidekick. Any other combo that includes modules 1 and 3 will allow you to create this bracket.

The Wimberley Sidekick Flash Bracket: 8 incl. shipping and handling.  All Flash Brackets are shipped by US Priority Mail delivery confirm. Florida residents please add 7% sales tax to price of the bracket only. Please make checks out to "Arthur Morris" and send to  the .

BAA now accepts credit card orders by phone: 863-692-0906

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     C-10 Quick Release Clamp


The C-10 clamp is 2.5" long. It has a central 3/8" threaded hole that can be used to fasten it to a tripod head or any piece of equipment requiring a quick release. It also has two 1/4" threaded holes located 1" to each side of the central hole. These can be used to keep the clamp from twisting in applications where it is possible to use more than one fastener (e.g. mounting to a slot, or for custom equipment).
 


 The C-10 clamp comes with a 3/8" to 1/4" brass reducer bushing that you can use if your particular application requires a 1/4" threaded hole instead of a 3/8" hole.
 
 
 
 C-30 Quick Release Clamp for the Wimberley Head
 

 
The C-30 Clamp in made specifically for the Wimberley Head. It is 4.1" long. The clamp attaches to the Wimberley Head with two 3/8" stainless steel fasteners. The dual fasteners prevent it from moving or twisting once installed.
 
The C-30 clamp comes with all hardware and tools needed to fasten it to the Wimberley Head.
 
Note: you can also attach the C-30 to other pieces of equipment for applications where you desire a long clamp. The clamp has three 3/8" threaded mounting holes, one of which is centrally located.

Prices:

The C-10 Clamp is plus shipping.

The C-30 Clamp is 0 plus shipping.

All Clamps are shipped by US Mail. Florida residents please add 7% sales tax to price of the clamp only. Please make checks out to "Arthur Morris" and send to  the .

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Double Bubble Level with
Vertical Bubble Centered


No more crooked horizons!

No more birds that are not square to the world! No more tilted subjects when your tripod is on a slope or your long lens is low to the ground and you are bent over sideways and cockeyed! One bubble for horizontals, another for verticals. You'll never see me without one of these indispensable, overpriced (don't blame me) doo-dads in my hot shoe.

Even the largest mail order firms charge - plus taxes and shipping. Order yours now for only .00 incl. shipping and handling.

To order a Double Bubble, send a check or money order for .00 (Florida residents add 7% sales tax = .31) to the . Please make checks out to "Arthur Morris."

 

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Moose Peterson in action
with the "Better Beamer"
Flash Extender

The Better Beamer is for use only with telephoto lenses of 300mm or longer.

  • Increase your flash output about  2 2/3 stops.
  • Shoot at greater distances with smaller apertures.
  • Reduces battery drain.
  • Weighs just 2 1/2 ounces.
  • Holds the Fresnel lens in place with no sagging or flopping.
  • Simple and quick set up and removal.
  • Fits in your pocket!

Finally, a projected flash unit for telephoto lenses that is lightweight and sturdy and fits in your shirt pocket when it is disassembled! Flash output is increased about two stops; this allows shooting at greater distances and shooting with smaller apertures. Reduces the drain on battery power by two-thirds.

This ingeniously designed product is, indeed, the Better Mousetrap. It weighs just 21/2 ounces. The rugged, injection-molded plastic side supports are attached to the flash head by a sturdy elastic band. The rigid supports FIRMLY hold the Fresnel screen in place in both Horizontal and Vertical formats. Set-up is simple and takes less than a minute and removal is even easier.

If you are tired of having your flash multiplier flop all over the place in the field and take up half your suitcase while traveling, then the Better Beamer is for you. Order yours today.

Six Sizes:

  • FX-1; For most flashes with a flash head thickness of  approximately 1 1/2 to 1 9/16 inches (like Canon 430EZ, 380, and 199d, the Nikon SB24 & SB28, t he Minolta 5200 and 5400s, and the Pentax 5000 AF) specify FX-1. 
The Canon 380 flash measures 1 Ѕ inches and will fit properly with the shims (included). The measurement between the ears of the FX-1 is 1 9/16 inches.)
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  • FX-1B; The FX-1B is correct for the Nikon SB 80 and the SB 80dx specify FX-1B.

    (Note: We do not recommend the use of a Better Beamer with the Nikon SB-50 due to problems with rigidity.  Additionally, no Better Beamer is a perfect fit for the Canon 420 EX.  Some folks have had success jury-rigging the FX-1B (which is the closest fit for this older Canon flash).  We will gladly refund your money (less our shipping costs) for any Better Beamer returned in as-new condition.

    FX-2; For larger flash heads (like the Canon 540EZ & the 550EZ, the Nikon SB25 & SB26, The Sigma EF 500, and the Minolta 5600 HS

    specify FX-2.  (This Minolta flash needs to have extra shim material (not included) wrapped around the front of the unit)

    (

    The measurement between the ears of the FX-2 is 1 ѕ inches.)

     

  • The FX-3 is designed specifically for the great Canon 580 EX and 580 EX II.
  •                 
    • The new FX-4 is custom fitted for the Nikon SB 800 and SB 600 flash units.
      •  
        • The FX-5 is custom-designed for the Canon 430EX
        •  
        • The new FX-6 is custom fitted for the Nikon SB-900 flash units

         

   

 If your flash is not listed above, you need to measure the height of the flash head. 

Better Beamer: .00 incl. shipping and handling.  To order a Better Beamer, send a check or money order for .00 postpaid (Florida residents please add 7% sales tax = .80) to the . Please make checks out to "Arthur Morris." Thanks!

Canada: .00 including shipping

All other Overseas: .00 including shipping

For replacement fresnel lenses (or Velcro straps), please send .00 (each item) plus .00 shipping and handling.  (Florida residents please add 7% sales tax = .98.)  Make checks out to "Arthur Morris" and send to the


 

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Please specify the correct model of Better Beamer when placing your order. If you are in doubt please see the sizing information above. 


 

Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens on mounted on Panning Ground Pod

 

Image copyright 2002 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

 

Please note:  if you are using a lens with a low foot, the use of the Panning Ground Pod is not recommended as your rig--in most cases--will be too close to the ground.

The ground-pod consists of a 4X8" base plate (with 4 little rubber-nubbed "feet" at each corner) and a small but sturdy Arca-Swiss style clamp mounted atop lazy-Susan type base that makes it is easier to follow running or foraging birds.  (The base itself has four cut-out sections that reduce the weight of the unit.) The thing that I love most about the ground-pod is that when I turn the lens to vertical, the height of the pod keeps the camera out of the sand or mud.  (This is a big problem when you simply place the mounting plate and the lens foot in the sand or mud. as I did for years)  And of course, the ground-pod keeps most of the sand and mud off of your expensive equipment...

To learn more about ground-level photography, click here: 

 

If  you would like one, please send a check for 1 to PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855.  Florida residents please add 7% sales tax = 4.93.  Please make checks out to "Arthur Morris," not to "BIRDS AS ART."  Thanks! 

(B-DGHA)

By mounting this lightweight (5 ounces) bi-directional adapter on your (old or new) Wimberley Head you can mount a short lens on your Wimberley Head.  For bird or wildlife photographers who like to create an occasional scenic photograph (while using slow shutter speeds) the use of the B-DGHA provides a workable solution to a difficult problem.  You will--of course--need a camera body plate for your camera.  For creating horizontal images, we recommend using the generic Wimberley P-5 plate, but if you are interested in a camera-specific plate, go to and click on the link for plates for camera bodies. 

Now, here is the part that you will hear only from BAA: in order to use the bi-directional plate successfully, you will need to level the tripod platform by adjusting the legs so that the floating bubble in the level on the tripod platform is centered in the scribed circle.  (This process is described in detail in the Practicalities Chapter of ABP II on page 394.)

If you wish to create vertical scenic images with a short lens, you will need to purchase an "L" bracket.  I do not like them.  Routinely keeping one on your camera body increases the weight of your rig by almost 1/2 pound and greatly impedes camera body handling (as does keeping a camera body or wrist strap on camera that is attached to a tripod-mounted lens.)

It is my belief that if you are a serious landscape photographer you should be using a lightweight ballhead.

To order your Gimbal Head Adapter, send a check or money order for 8.99 incl. shipping (Florida residents please add 7% sales tax =.75) to the . Please make checks out to "Arthur Morris."

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A while back, Chas Glatzer handed me a triangular pad designed to ease the pain and strain of carrying a large lens on your shoulder. It laid in the back of my car for a few months until I finally got curious. I attached the Tripod Pad to my Gitzo Carbon Fiber 1325 via the Velcro straps. It took me a while to position the pad perfectly, and it took a bit of getting used to, but now I am totally comfortable with the pad. When you are wearing a great vest with good shoulder pads--like my X-tra Hand Magnum vest-- ( or )--the Tripod Pad is a nice plus adding extra padding to protect your shoulder. I came up with a way to position the tripod on my shoulder so that the Tripod Pad rests on my shoulder while the legs of the tripod do not. The Tripod Pad acts sort of like a cradle.

There are many times, however, that I love to set my vest down on a beach or a boardwalk and take a stroll with just my big lens and a teleconverter or two. Before the Tripod Pad, such short journeys were agonizingly painful as the legs of the tripod would dig into my shoulder with each step. With the Tripod Pad, things are different now: I plop the tripod on my shoulder and hardly notice the rig at all as I search for subjects.

You can order your Shoulder Saver Tripod Pad now for .95 incl. shipping and handling.

Please specify Camo or Black when ordering.

HEALTH TIP: It is best to alternate shoulders every few hundred yards or so when you are expecting action. If you face a long walk to get in position it is even better to un-mount your big lens, carry it (by holding the lens foot) in one hand, and carry your tripod in the other hand.

Notes: I position my Tripod Pad lower on the tripod than is shown in the images above.

In addition, when on the move, I always carry my tripod much higher on my shoulder and more parallel to the ground than is shown in the image above right.

 

Though I rarely rely on throw-over blinds, I do recognize a great product when I see one. Living in Florida, many of the birds are--on average--quite tame. In other areas of the country however, being able to cover up quickly and effectively is a huge plus. Kwik Camo blinds can be used at backyard set-ups, water drips, or in the forest. They are great for reducing stress on the birds when working nests in the woods, at the beach or on the tundra. Lastly, they can be used effectively to hide the human form when you are attempting to work skittish birds from your vehicle. All three blinds are lightweight and portable, and are large enough for most NBA players.

There are currently two models available, the Kwik Camo Original, for most applications in cool to moderate temperatures. And the Kwik Camo Summer, made of a light weight mesh material for use in warmer weather. This model allows for maximum air flow keeping you both cool and camouflaged. This model works great as a cover too! The summer blind is 7.95 and the Original is 7.95 incl. shipping and handling. Be sure to specify the model  (shown below).  For Canada or overseas, please call for pricing.

 

 

The Original Kwik Camo Throw-over Blind is on the top, the Kwik Camo Summer Throw-over Blind in its carrying case is on the bottom.

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Write: Arthur Morris / Birds As Art /
4041 Granada Drive, P.O. BOX 7245,
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