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raj
6th July 2013, 09:10 PM
Hi, I saw this on a video posted by 43rumours and it looks a great idea as I have always thought it would be nicer to secure the lens on the tripod due to balance. I am contemplating ordering one just thought I'd share if anyone has felt the same as me.

http://www.roesch-feinmechanik.de/29701.html

Regards Raj

raj
6th July 2013, 09:11 PM
Link to video Get Sharp Shots with the Panasonic LUMIX 100-300mm f4-5.6 G MFT Lens - YouTube

peak4
6th July 2013, 09:34 PM
Looks quite neat. I was contemplating making one myself, but this might save me the trouble.
Any idea of the price?

Andrew Riddell
6th July 2013, 09:38 PM
Hi, I saw this on a video posted by 43rumours and it looks a great idea as I have always thought it would be nicer to secure the lens on the tripod due to balance. I am contemplating ordering one just thought I'd share if anyone has felt the same as me.

http://www.roesch-feinmechanik.de/29701.html

Regards Raj

I haven't tried this one, but I do have Rösch's mount for the FT Zuiko 70-300. It's not as neat as the one for the 100-300, but that's because of the design of the lens. It works well and is machined precisely! Not cheap, however, but quality usually isn't.

Andrew

raj
6th July 2013, 10:57 PM
Looks quite neat. I was contemplating making one myself, but this might save me the trouble.
Any idea of the price?

Hi, I certainly does look great, price wise reading some of the comments on the video a YouTube viewer has bought one for 74 Euros shipped to the US so I am hoping its A little cheaper shipped to the UK. I have found another picture of it mounted on an OMD.

I haven't tried this one, but I do have Rösch's mount for the FT Zuiko 70-300. It's not as neat as the one for the 100-300, but that's because of the design of the lens. It works well and is machined precisely! Not cheap, however, but quality usually isn't.

Andrew

Thanks Andrew for the feedback on build quality and workmanship. it certainly fills me with confidence knowing it holds up.

raj
8th July 2013, 08:15 AM
Hi, if anyone is interested price to the EU is 83 Euros however there is a 2 week wait as they will need to produce a new run.

Bikie John
8th July 2013, 09:28 AM
Thanks for telling us about this, Raj, it looks very useful. Have you been able to contact them in English? I doubt whether my German would be up it - I haven't used it since taking an O-level 43 years ago!

Ciao ... John

Andrew Riddell
8th July 2013, 10:28 AM
Thanks for telling us about this, Raj, it looks very useful. Have you been able to contact them in English? I doubt whether my German would be up it - I haven't used it since taking an O-level 43 years ago!

Ciao ... John

They corresponded with me in English!

Andrew

raj
8th July 2013, 10:34 AM
Thanks for telling us about this, Raj, it looks very useful. Have you been able to contact them in English? I doubt whether my German would be up it - I haven't used it since taking an O-level 43 years ago!

Ciao ... John

No problem and yes indeed they will reply in English

Bikie John
8th July 2013, 10:54 AM
Thanks Raj and Andrew, I will contact them.

John

raj
8th July 2013, 12:21 PM
I have just placed an order by emailing them and payment is made via PayPal. The unit costs 83.50 euros. I will update this thread once I receive it with pictures and my impressions for anyone else who is interested.

IamFisheye
11th July 2013, 11:41 AM
Any ideas if they make one of these for the 4/3 7-14mm? I'd like to use it with my EP-2 as I don't think the tripod mount on the EP-2 would be up to job.

raj
11th July 2013, 12:27 PM
On the website they only have one for the 100-300 and the 4/3 70-300 but I think it could be worth dropping them am e-mail they reply in English
kontakt@roesch-feinmechanik.de
Raj

raj
13th July 2013, 06:19 PM
Hi,

I received mine yesterday morning and was surprised at how well made this thing really is. Made of Aluminium it does not at all feel like a cheap product but a really well engineered collar. Finished in anodised in black is also really nice with no sharp edges that I can see. The following is what you will receive:

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2854/9278670394_f8f5ee08f2_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81584576@N02/9278670394/)
P7130030 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81584576@N02/9278670394/) by RPX1 (http://www.flickr.com/people/81584576@N02/), on Flickr

Assembly is very easy which consists of just screwing the foot onto the collar using the provided screws into the marked holes:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7387/9278670054_cbaee2584b_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81584576@N02/9278670054/)
P7130031 copy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81584576@N02/9278670054/) by RPX1 (http://www.flickr.com/people/81584576@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7356/9278669742_8f5df310a1_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81584576@N02/9278669742/)
P7130033 copy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81584576@N02/9278669742/) by RPX1 (http://www.flickr.com/people/81584576@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5525/9278729572_540fb89415_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81584576@N02/9278729572/)
P7130034 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81584576@N02/9278729572/) by RPX1 (http://www.flickr.com/people/81584576@N02/), on Flickr

And we have:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3751/9278669466_2fa851d63e_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81584576@N02/9278669466/)
P7130035 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81584576@N02/9278669466/) by RPX1 (http://www.flickr.com/people/81584576@N02/), on Flickr

They have cut a slot into the collar which will allow it to pass the Mega OIS switch on the lens and once rotated the collar will not come off which will save you from dropping the lens if loosened! :D

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/9275885045_cb840782ae_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81584576@N02/9275885045/)
P7130038 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81584576@N02/9275885045/) by RPX1 (http://www.flickr.com/people/81584576@N02/), on Flickr

With the lens:

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2878/9275884387_d5e4aa2a46_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81584576@N02/9275884387/)
P7130043 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81584576@N02/9275884387/) by RPX1 (http://www.flickr.com/people/81584576@N02/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7311/9275884733_d79fcdc0e5_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81584576@N02/9275884733/)
P7130042 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/81584576@N02/9275884733/) by RPX1 (http://www.flickr.com/people/81584576@N02/), on Flickr


Overall I am impressed with the quality thanks for looking hopefully that covers it comprehensively.
Raj

Jetset95
13th July 2013, 09:47 PM
You'll have to let us know if it improves your long range photos.

Thanks for sharing.

Bikie John
14th July 2013, 10:11 AM
Thanks Raj, it looks good. I have just exchanged emails with them and intend to order one.

Ciao ... John

Jetset95
23rd July 2013, 08:34 PM
There has been a similar discussion to this one on the Panasonic forum as well http://www.lumixgexperience.panasonic.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=4295#p125315 where one of the members has suggested that you might be able to modify a much cheaper generic one to fit the 100-300mm diameter with just a bit of DIY to cut out the whole for the OIS switch. Take a look if you're interested, and I'll let everyone know on here if the results pan out.

CJJE
25th July 2013, 03:08 PM
Looks like the new stock are in as I've just had an email from them saying they'll send mine out as soon as I've made my payment. Just done that via PayPal so mine should be on its way :)

Chris

raj
25th July 2013, 03:23 PM
Looks like the new stock are in as I've just had an email from them saying they'll send mine out as soon as I've made my payment. Just done that via PayPal so mine should be on its way :)

Chris

Great, I've had mine a couple weeks now its top quality and with the few times I have used it I have found the lens allot more enjoyable since having bought this collar.

You'll have to let us know if it improves your long range photos.

Thanks for sharing.

I've done a bit of shooting with it not much since but early impressions are very positive if you use MF allot then its brilliant as it is much easier to focus since its so much more stable.

Bikie John
25th July 2013, 06:14 PM
Looks like the new stock are in as I've just had an email from them saying they'll send mine out as soon as I've made my payment. Just done that via PayPal so mine should be on its way :)

Chris

Good news - I sent the order and payment in last week.

John

jamsa
26th July 2013, 02:45 PM
brilliant bit of kit....

Bikie John
30th July 2013, 10:44 AM
Mine arrived this morning and it looks every bit as good as everyone says. I intend using it for sport, with a video-style shoulder pod - as well as balancing better, the collar adds the great advantage of making it easy to turn the camera to portrait orientation.

I've got a cricket match in a couple of weeks so as long as it's a dry day I will use the lightweight kit which will be a good test for it.

Many thanks Raj for bringing it to our attention.

Ciao ... John

CJJE
30th July 2013, 11:34 AM
Mine also arrived this morning, and is now mounted on my 100/300mm lens.

As has been said before, it looks well made, and holds the camera and lens securely on a tripod. There are no problems in using it in landscape mode, but rotating the lens/camera clockwise into portrait mode puts the shutter release at the bottom - still no problem if you're using a remote release as you should be! But the handgrip on my OM-D just fouls the tripod ring in this position and needs to be removed to avoid rubbing it. I haven't tried (yet) rotating the camera/lens anticlockwise instead to bring the shutter release to the top and so avoiding fouling the OM-D hand grip. This will block off the 100/300mm lens' OIS switch but I'd be using the OM-D's OIS anyway so it's not a problem.

Many thanks Raj for telling us about this!! :)

Postscript: Yes the tripod ring will let the lens/camera rotate anticlockwise into portrait mode which puts the shutter release at the top and doesn't foul my OM-D's handgrip. The only drawbacks are that there is no mark on the tripod ring to align the combo with the horizon, and you have to use the camera's OIS switch rather than the lens' Neither of these seem likely to be a problem in my opinion.

Bikie John
30th July 2013, 01:04 PM
I also noticed the way it prefers you to turn clockwise for portrait orientation - I habitually go the other way, and as you say it gets into a bit of a mess. I intend to mention it when I email them to let them know that it's arrived and say thanks.

Not a problem at all for me as I use it on an E-M5 and use the IS in the body rather than the lens, but it might be a niggle for Panny users. I don't know whether adding another cutout would weaken the ring or not.

Ciao ... John

Bikie John
30th July 2013, 04:15 PM
Come to think of it, when you twist the camera anticlockwise so the shutter release is at the top, the IS on/off switch will be at the bottom. So it would be rather tricky to put a hole in the mount there!

Ciao ... John