It will depend on the weight of your lens. The limit listed for the Crane is 3lbs 14oz (3.9lbs). A D5000 body with battery tips the scales at 1lb 5oz. A light weight zoom should be fine with the Crane.I have used it with a Sony A99 body with a Sony 28-75 2.8 SAL.which weigh in at 3lbs 4oz (3.25lbs). It works fine as long as the combination is thoroughly balanced before hand. It seems that the heavier the camera lens combo, the shorter the battery life. After a couple of hours of use, I haven't run the battery dead yet though. I hope this helps.