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Fearless Leader
22nd March 2011, 06:54 PM
Is such a thing available? My tripod doesn't suit the extra length of the 70-300, rather than shell out for a new one, it's worth checking if a mount is available!

meach
22nd March 2011, 06:59 PM
Is such a thing available? My tripod doesn't suit the extra length of the 70-300, rather than shell out for a new one, it's worth checking if a mount is available!

Check out this thread I started about a year ago. I have one and it works a treat:

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=8030

Fearless Leader
22nd March 2011, 07:15 PM
Wow, that was quick! Many thanks.

Robusto
22nd March 2011, 08:09 PM
about 75 to buy i see on ebay:(

Fearless Leader
22nd March 2011, 08:11 PM
Not so good!

Andrew Riddell
22nd March 2011, 09:03 PM
On the rare occasions when I want to put the 70-300 on a tripod, I use an old macro focussing rail with a variety of trimmed wine corks to provide lens support.

The disadvantages are that that it's somewhat cobbled together and might not be cheaper if you didn't have a rail lying around.

The advantages are that, if you do have one, it's cheap and you have to drink the wine to get the corks :D

Andrew

IainMacD
22nd March 2011, 09:35 PM
Hi Andrew
I am intrigued by your reply, I immediately fished out my cheapo macro rail to try it out with my E-510 and 70-300mm, but the base of the lens is lower than the base of the camera and I can't figure out how it would work. Which camera do you use and does it have a battery grip?
Thanks
Iain

Maybe I shouldn't have opened the wine?... Ah well it seems a shame to waste it - cheers!

Poacher
22nd March 2011, 09:46 PM
Cheaper on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Manfrotto+293+Telephoto+Lens+Support&x=16&y=20

Andrew Riddell
22nd March 2011, 10:12 PM
Hi Andrew
I am intrigued by your reply, I immediately fished out my cheapo macro rail to try it out with my E-510 and 70-300mm, but the base of the lens is lower than the base of the camera and I can't figure out how it would work. Which camera do you use and does it have a battery grip?
Thanks
Iain

Maybe I shouldn't have opened the wine?... Ah well it seems a shame to waste it - cheers!

First things first - enjoy the wine (but keep the cork!). If your normal tipple comes with a screw top, you may have to upgrade.:D

I have the same kit as you, but I suspect it depends on the design of your rail. You have to either drop the lens end of the rail or raise the camera end (which can easily be done with a tripod screw which has a socket in its base). If you send me a shot of your rail, I might (just might!) think of a work-around.

After all, why pay (except for the wine)!

Andrew

meach
22nd March 2011, 11:53 PM
about 75 to buy i see on ebay:(

I only paid about 50 for mine - but I can't remember where from now. I'll see what I can dig out.

meach
22nd March 2011, 11:57 PM
I only paid about 50 for mine - but I can't remember where from now. I'll see what I can dig out.

56.99 from Warehouse Express:

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-Manfrotto-293-Telephoto-Lens-Support/p11029?cm_mmc=GoogleBase-_-Tripods-and-Monopods-_-Tripod-Accessories-_-Manfrotto-293-Telephoto-Lens-Support_11029

IainMacD
23rd March 2011, 12:18 AM
Hi Andrew
I have attached a picture of the macro rail (fingers crossed!) and would be really interested in any suggestions you have.
Iain

CallaWolf
23rd March 2011, 11:07 AM
56.99 from Warehouse Express:

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-Manfrotto-293-Telephoto-Lens-Support/p11029?cm_mmc=GoogleBase-_-Tripods-and-Monopods-_-Tripod-Accessories-_-Manfrotto-293-Telephoto-Lens-Support_11029


I have one of these for sale (doesn't have the strap, but I never saw the need when using with my 70-300) for 30. Have also used when mounting my 70-300 on my epl-1 (looks weird, but does work). PM me if interested

Ross the fiddler
23rd March 2011, 12:37 PM
I would prefer to have a "reel" lens mount for that lens, to be able to change to portrait position without the lens wanting to sag because the tripod mount screw wasn't tight enough. Maybe I'll just have to look for a generic tele lens mount ring that can be modified & added to with a similar support to the front part of the lens (like the above system), seeing as there isn't much area (or room from the camera body) to clamp the ring mount to. I use that method for macro shooting with the Sigma 150 macro lens & would like to be able to do the same for the 70-300 lens (with a little extra adaption).

Andrew Riddell
26th March 2011, 12:30 PM
Hi Andrew
I have attached a picture of the macro rail (fingers crossed!) and would be really interested in any suggestions you have.
Iain

Sorry I've been off-forum for a few days, but here goes!

You need a screw with a tripod mount screw on one end and the equivalent socket on the other. The screw from the bottom of an old-style 'ever ready' case is ideal. This goes on the fixed screw on the rail (to lift the camera a little).

Then you have to play around with fitting a cork to the moveable screw. I think you could 'excavate' a narrow starter hole and the trim the top of the cork to fit where you want it to support the lens.

Depending on the relative heights of camera and lens supports, you might need a second double end screw to fit between the moveable one and the rail and/or some rubber washers to make sure everything stays in one place.

Of course, this would only work for landscape format, but for portrait I suppose you could fit an L-bracket between the camera and the rail, although you might need to rethink a much longer lens support!

Hope this makes sense!

Andrew

PS: you may want to stock up on corks beforehand ;)

IainMacD
26th March 2011, 09:48 PM
Hi Andrew
Thanks for the input, I now need to know where to find a suitable tripod screw/riser and I will give this a try.
Cheers!*chr
Iain