I don't wanna sandbag.....

Rich M

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..but maybe a beanbag?? :smile:

I am finding that in spite of the IBIS in the Olympus bodies, anything much over 200mm is really hard to hand hold without some motion blur.

I just picked up a 400mm lens and as the previous owner stated, "It can detect your heartbeat."

I have a quick release on the tripod collar and a lightweight CF tripod, but I am looking for something like a beanbag that I can carry in my truck that would be a little quicker or more spontaneous to get set.

Any good experiences out there?

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Brian Mosley

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Hi Rich, considering that 400mm lens becomes an 800mm EFL lens on m4/3rds... it's not too surprising you need some serious stability!

I don't tend to use anything over 150mm (the PL 14-150mm f3.5-5.6) so handholding has been OK for me... but yes, a beanbag (or anything solid you can lean on) should do the trick.

Cheers

Brian
 

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Try the Leica Mini Tripod with a Leica Ball Head.
Very small and compact and will hold a 4 x 5 Deardorff easily.
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You can get things like the Pod, but I'm not sure how good they are and you need a flat(ish) surface to put them on:

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Another option is a small tripod like the Velbon Ultra Maxi-Mini, it's very versatile and very sturdy for such a small tripod (I have one):

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http://www.velbon.co.uk/newvelbon/pages/ultramaximini.html

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The only other option that I would suggest is get a monopod. I use one constantly with my 90-250mm and 1.4 extender and get sharp shots. These are fast, flexible and much lighter than a tripod.

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Ray
 

BartonFlyer

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Hi Rich, considering that 400mm lens becomes an 800mm EFL lens on m4/3rds... it's not too surprising you need some serious stability!

I don't tend to use anything over 150mm (the PL 14-150mm f3.5-5.6) so handholding has been OK for me... but yes, a beanbag (or anything solid you can lean on) should do the trick.

Cheers

Brian
Is that actually true? - just because the crop factor shows for a 400mm lens the portion that would be shown by an 800mm lens dooesn't mean it actually has functioned as an 800 mm lens - or am I mis-understanding the whole aspect-ratio, crop factor issues?
 

DavidB

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Ian, you're right.
I'm sure Brian meant to say something like "[...] considering that 400mm lens has the same field of view on m4/3rds as an 800mm lens does on a full-frame 35mm body [...]". :smile:

The 400mm lens is still a 400mm lens (including for depth-of-field calculations). But it sure *feels* like an 800mm.
 
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