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Olympus 40-150 f/2.8 and Body weight

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by zulfur666, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. zulfur666

    zulfur666 Mu-43 Veteran

    254
    Jan 30, 2014
    So now that I've got the Pro 40-150 f/2.8 on my E-M1 I have to say it does feel quite heavy, but I knew that before hand (still less than my FF DSLR and 70-200)
    So my question is should I be concerned picking up the body or letting it hang off my shoulder / neck with that heavy lens attached as in should I be concerned of the mount strength, will it hold or should I rather not let it hang off my shoulder and picking it up one handed just on the camera grip?
    I don't want the mount to break.
    Also in regards to the green EVF burn out, since the camera will be hanging straight down, I wonder if I should be more careful now, even thus my EVF adjustment dial is in the middle.
     
  2. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    Everything is relative :smile:

    Compared to the 150f2 or 14-35 that lens is very light I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  3. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    When in doubt, try to use methods of handling and carrying that put less stress on the mount. I frequently carried my D300 w/70-200 VRII by the lens throat near the body. If I was raising it up to shoot, and the shot was not immediate, I would often grab the grip and raise it, but would try not to swing it up in light of the lens' weight. Now if you need to make a living from your equipment and time is of the essence, do what you need to do. But if that is not the case, and you have concerns about the mount, why stress it more than necessary? The E-M1 is probably strong enough to put up with constant use and even some abuse, but I do not take that as a license to stress the mount.

    Good luck,

    --Ken
     
  4. RMills

    RMills Mu-43 Regular

    94
    Nov 7, 2014
    I think it will be fine (although I think a pro body should have more than 4 screws holding the mount!)
     
  5. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I didn't realise that my 14-35mm f2 is heavier than the 40-150mm f2.8, and physically not much smaller (wider but shorter). I always carry the 14-35mm using just the camera body. The 35-100mm f2 I carry by the lens, as it's twice the weight and a lot longer, so the moment arm is much greater and would put a lot more force on the mount.
     
  6. zulfur666

    zulfur666 Mu-43 Veteran

    254
    Jan 30, 2014
    FYI all pro bodies have 4 screws for mount, check Canon 1DX, 5D Mark ... or others they all have 4 screws, same for lenses 70-200 f/2.8 II = 4 screws etc.
     
  7. RMills

    RMills Mu-43 Regular

    94
    Nov 7, 2014
    My last 2 Nikon bodies, D600 and D610 both had 5.
     
  8. DWS

    DWS Mu-43 Regular

    78
    Jun 6, 2014
    My habit, be it Oly or Nikon with full frame boat anchors, is to hold the body bottom. Admittedly, it is not due to concern about camera/lens integrity, but wear and tear on my body.
     
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  9. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    With the 35-100mm f2.0 I tend to 'cradle' the lens with my off hand under it about where the tripod mount would sit, it balances nicely and there's no issues of anything hanging off anything. If I'm using anything smaller than that it doesn't worry me at all, just let it hang.
     
  10. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    tested both with my g5 and epl5 for weeks, no problem:cool:
     
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  11. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I bought a longer (100mm) Arca Swiss plate and attached that to the foot, as it gives me a much better grip on the foot of the lens. I did the same with the 90-250mm, but used a 120mm Arca Swiss plate.
     
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  12. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    Not a bad idea, would sort of act like a carry handle as well. sadly I'm currently using Manfrotto QR plates. I might try it with an L plate however the L part seems somewhat redundant :).
     
  13. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    It made a huge difference to carrying comfort and security when I added the longer foot. I carry the lenses so that three fingers are under the front of the plate/foot and the pinkie is behind (on the camera side), that way it can't inadvertently come off my hand. I used to use the Manfrotto plates and quick releases, but gave them away long ago. The Arca Swiss style plates and quick releases are available so cheaply from eBay now, that it's worth changing over.
     
  14. zulfur666

    zulfur666 Mu-43 Veteran

    254
    Jan 30, 2014
    Can you share a picture how it looks with the lens perhaps? Thank you
     
  15. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    Given that the E-M1 in particular is designed to be used with 4/3 lenses, I would expect that they would have given extra care to the mount.

    The number of screws is pretty much entirely irrelevant to how strong it is without knowing all the details of the design (clamped area, materials and alloys, screw size, thread pitch, thread engagement depth...)

    I wouldn't be particularly concerned by anything that weighs less than 1kg.
     
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  16. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Here's a quick and dirty of my 35-100mm f2 with a 100mm Arca Swiss foot, it makes carrying very easy:

    PB190001_IJFR.
     
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  17. zathras

    zathras Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 13, 2014
    Waikato, New Zealand
    Chris Nielsen
    There are only 3 bolts holding each engine on a Boeing 737 so I am sure that you can't judge these things just by how many fasteners it has...
     
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  18. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    Clint
    If a lens is heavier than the camera body or has a tripod foot on it, it is getting handled by the lens or tripod foot.