2 cameras on 1 tripod?

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I have been searching the net and found various options for mounting 2 cameras on 1 tripod. I am curious if anyone here has done it and if so what solution did you use? Also what sort of weight limit would a tripod need assuming 1 body with a 500-600mm lens with TC and a second body with a normal to mid range zoom? Assume bodies are d300/d3 type or their successors.
 
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You could probably do it with the Manfrotto arm that Sean linked to above, but I don't think it would be a good idea with a 500 or 600 on one end. The balance would not be very good to say the least.

I know that Joe McNally uses that arm in the studio, but he uses one end to hold his camera when not shooting and the other end to hold a tray that holds his MacBook Pro to shoot tethered. I believe he does this on a beefy 5-series Gitzo.
 
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Isamu raises a good point -- a super tele on the end of a dual platform sounds like a bad idea. If you're talking about a fairly short lens on the second body, another option would be something like a Manfrotto super clamp attached to a leg. Still a long way from optimal, though -- both for stability and convenience, you'd probably be a lot more satisfied with a second tripod.
 
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not worth it, get a second pod. Full wimberly on one, nice ballhead on other, your prepared for any situation.
 
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The best way would be one camera over the other. No leverage that way.
 
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