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Can a lens be too heavy for a given camera?

Your fears are absolutely justified. But, digging in… The lens mount itself is bolted to the camera’s lightbox. In order to damage the mount, we would need to stress it to the point of damaging ...
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Can a lens be too heavy for a given camera?

You should be just fine holding it by the camera alone, it's the same effect as having your camera on a tripod. A 24-70 F2.8 is also relatively short so it won't be asking to much of your lens mount. ...
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Can a lens be too heavy for a given camera?

I wouldn't be concerned on a 200D. It's a good sturdy body, so should have no issues with a lens of that weight. The 200D has an aluminium chassis, which will be easily strong enough to hold a lens ...
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Can a lens be too heavy for a given camera?

Q: I was slightly afraid of bending the lens mount if I hold the camera body without supporting the lens with my second hand. Were those fears justified? Or can I safely mount any lens on any ...
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Where can I find the maximum camera weight for my lens?

It's not just the weight of the camera that's a concern, but the torque that it will apply to the mounting ring on the lens (and in the camera, of course). Torque is turning force, and it's ...
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Is this a tripod head over capacity or just how they work?

It depends how the head is made. Most ball-heads move a little which is called drift. A millimeter or two is common but should not be more for anything reasonable. Otherwise it makes framing rather ...
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Can a lens be too heavy for a given camera?

In general, if the manufacturer feels that the lens design is excessive for the cameras they produce they install a tripod collar/lens foot. This allows the lesser weight of the camera body to hang ...
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Is this a tripod head over capacity or just how they work?

In my opinion, that ballhead is too lightweight for uses beyond holding smaller DSLRs with shorter/lighter lenses. Many tripod and ballhead manufacturers overstate their "rated" weight. For instance, ...
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How much does weight affect the stability of a tripod?

A heavier tripod is indeed more stable, as it lowers the center of gravity. A 200 g plastic tripod with a 1 kg camera mounted could easily topple over. A 30 kg studio tripod won't topple over, even ...
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Where can I find the maximum camera weight for my lens?

Using Catia (Mechanical engineering software), I tried to answer your question by retro-engineering the canon parts. I found a 3D model of a canon lens from grabcad.com and isolated the lens mount ...
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How does camera weight impact usable shutter speed?

You are able to use slower shutter speeds because you switched to a larger sensor. A given amount of movement is relatively smaller compared with a larger sensor than a smaller one, proportional to ...
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Can I damage my camera's lens mount by lifting it with a super-tele lens attached?

With a 2kg lens, I wouldn't expect any problems; and lenses heavier than that aren't for 'walkaround' use. Those 500 mm prime lenses you mentioned weight in general at least 4-5 kg, and even then they ...
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Is this a tripod head over capacity or just how they work?

The Sirui C-10X ballhead has a capacity of 28.7 lb, about 13 kg (source : http://mob.sirui-photo.com/productseries.php?productclassid=28). Your Nikon 300mm f4 AF weights about 1.3 kg and a regular ...
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Choosing Tripod Based on Load Capacity?

A sturdier tripod is indeed more sturdy but you will reach a point of diminishing returns. Unfortunately, the load specified by manufacturers is not measured in a standard way, so you can only compare ...
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Where can I find the maximum camera weight for my lens?

The 1D Mark II was 55.5 oz. The 5D Mark III + BG-E11 grip + 2 LP-E6N batteries is about 59 oz. The heaviest flash Canon has sold in the recent past is the 600EX-RT which is 18.5 oz with batteries ...
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Is this lens too heavy for my micro four thirds body?

Lens mounts are fairly sturdy things - but why risk it when the good people at manfrotto make these? I can't comment about the particular lens and body combo - but I will say that adding the adapter ...
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What is the maximum stabilizer weight for Manfrotto Element Traveller tripod?

Payload is anything that isn't tripod. Camera + lens + flash + stabilizer weight + anything else you might want to attach. While the tripod itself should be able to hold 8kg (or 12kg, if you consider ...
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What is the maximum stabilizer weight for Manfrotto Element Traveller tripod?

My personal calculations (based on my degree of mechanical engineering): Safety ratio 1.5 (avg) which mean tripod can handle ...
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How does camera weight impact usable shutter speed?

The following presumes the assumption stated in the question: the same focal length of 55mm is being used for both cameras. There are several factors that could be at work here: With a larger sensor ...
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How does camera weight impact usable shutter speed?

The weight may have to do. The shutter has to accelerate quite brutally at the top, and gets rapidly stopped at the bottom. Both create impulses on the camery. Heavier cameras distribute the impulses ...
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How does camera weight impact usable shutter speed?

Beside the effect from full frame sensor (bigger photo cells) there is physiological effect. Your mind command muscles to hold strongly the camera because of the weight (bigger for full frame camera). ...
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How much does weight affect the stability of a tripod?

You might want to rephrase your question in a more general way (e.g. "What features are needed in a tripod to make it suitable for long exposures?") It's not as simple as more weight = better for ...
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Where can I find the maximum camera weight for my lens?

I don't have the answer for you but the answer is maybe obvious : if it were a classic mechanical problem, I would say that the lens capacity shouldn't exceed the capacity of the body (using no lens ...
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