Ok guys I need some options/suggestions from the more experienced users here. I have trying to to get sharp pictures with my 200-400 but in two words; “inconsistent results”. I have read all the posts and threads about Long Lens Technique and Support for this lens, implemented all of the recommendations and I saw some improvement but not enough. What do you think should be replaced: izzy: I started out with the Gitzo 1257, as recommended I upgraded it to a GT3530LSV and I saw little improvement if any!!! So I am guessing the weakest link is somewhere else, maybe me???? :biggrin: My current setup is D2Xs+200-400+Markins M10+Sidekick with a Markin’s plate on the lens. I am more incline to believe that it is the M10, which in my mind doesn’t make sense (90 lbs load ratio) but its higher profile could influence the whole rig. So should I replace?: M10 with a RRS BH-55? Sidekick with a Wimberly II? Get some lens feet replacement? Will this help in this matter or is it just the convenience of not using plates? Any other suggestions? Thanks in advanced for any help you can bring into this!!!!