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E-PL1 and heavy lens on a tripod

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by mikekiwi, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. mikekiwi

    mikekiwi Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 16, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Hi,

    I bought myself a pretty decent macro lens (Tokina At-X 90mm f2.5) which is rather heavy (700gr with extender). For macro I do need to use a tripod, but the lens doesn't have a collar with tripod-mount. So I need to use the tripod-mount on the E-PL1 and the mount of the camera is carrying all the weight. Will that work and hold without doing damage to the E-PL1?

    Are there other solutions to support the lens while it is on a tripod?

    Thanks for any input!
     
  2. mikekiwi

    mikekiwi Mu-43 Regular

    82
    Dec 16, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Thanks Bill. Handheld shooting for macro-purposes (1:1) with a very shallow DOF and Manual Focus is not done. So it has to be on a tripod.

    The links are great, I'm still wondering why my searches up till now missed 2 out of the 3 lnks you mentioned...
     
  3. pdh

    pdh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 6, 2010
    I've wondered if one could find a secure way of sitting a beanbag on top of a tripod ... the Stativklemme solution was just too much cash for the amount i'd use it ...
     
  4. mikekiwi

    mikekiwi Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 16, 2010
    The Netherlands
    I have seen that one indeed and besides the fact that for my lens this would be a bit more difficult, it is a serious price indeed.

    My set-up will be mounted on something like this part of the time:

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    Maybe I can use something on the rail to support the lens...
     
  5. Orientator

    Orientator Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 7, 2010
    Weight should be ok!

    Hi,
    I'm using manual tele lenses quite often with my E-PL1 on a tripod.
    The biggest ones (Tokina 80-200 f4 and Vivitar 135 f2.8) are at 500-650 g incl. Adapter + sometimes a tele-converter (70g).

    Result: The weight is no problem.

    The only restriction I would see is if you carry around the tripod with the camera on it. I think this might be too much.

    Stefan
     
  6. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

  7. mikekiwi

    mikekiwi Mu-43 Regular

    82
    Dec 16, 2010
    The Netherlands
    thanks for that! This is something to remember indeed. Although I still see some problems as the focussing ring on my Macro-lens is as big as the lens itself, it is the best thing I've seen up till now to overcome this problem.

    @Orientator: thanks for sharing your experiences, that is good information. I'm certainly going to give it a try!