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lens support

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by rash_powder, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. rash_powder

    rash_powder Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 10, 2011
    I just scored a deal on a Vivitar 80-200mm F/4.0 lens.

    I am guessing this piece is going to be big and heavy, so I will need to support the lens in some way.

    Is there an add-on tripod mount for the big lenses or some trick? I was thinking maybe silver soldering a nut to a hose clamp and using that, but it just doesn't seem solid enough in my mind.

  2. chrith

    chrith Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 12, 2010
    I've been seeing a couple adapters with built in tripod mounts. around 35 dollars. would seem questionable though putting that much money and faith into a tiny piece of chinese metal
  3. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 27, 2010
    Indialantic, Florida
  4. RichDesmond

    RichDesmond Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 18, 2011
    United States
    Thanks for that. I've got a Soligor 400mm lens coming (should be here today in fact) and been wondering about a "universal" tripod support. Looks like that will work perfectly.
  5. fin azvandi

    fin azvandi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Bend, IN
    I had a Hexanon 300mm lens that was huge, it came with a lens collar that clamped around the lens near the mount. Basically you mounted the lens directly on the tripod and then hung the camera body off the back.
  6. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Remember, that all those huge lenses are capable of bending the camera's lens mount ... so always carry the camera by the lens and never use the camera's tripod mount. I use a lens strap when slinging a big lens.

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  7. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    I put an old Vivitar on my EPL1 with the camera on the tripod with no extra support and didn't have any problems. The camera seemed well capable of handling it (the tripod could secure a larger weight).

    I think the Vivitar in question (which looks the same as the one I had) in this thread is around the same weight as the 300 telephoto native lenses for m43 and the Panasonic 100-300 manual does not mention support, while it does have plenty of other warnings.
    I think a Vivitar 80-200mm f/4.0 is 1 lb 3.7 oz (555g?).
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