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03-14-2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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Pentax 300mm lens bracket

I have purchased the manual focus 300mm F4 lens. Unfortunately that lens does not come with a tripod mounting bracket and it fells pretty unbalanced on the tripod with my 645D. Does anyone have any solutions to this that are not to heavy and don't take up a lot of space ? I hike with my camera so my backpack space is fairly limited outside of the camera and lenses.

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Hi take a look at "really right stuff" tripods, they seem to have all manner of supports and brackets, you might find something suitable, the make some great gear.
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The Manfrotto support works really well with this lens, but together they do take up space of course. I doubt that you get anything smaller, though, and most of the bulk is the lens itself. The stability is great. I had both.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Smolk Quote
The Manfrotto support works really well with this lens, but together they do take up space of course. I doubt that you get anything smaller, though, and most of the bulk is the lens itself. The stability is great. I had both.
Good to hear from someone who has used them. They're about 30% the cost of the "really right stuff" offerings too.
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I too have the 645A*300/4, and queried a 645-qualified Pentax rep about options. He recommended strongly against putting a collar on the lens, because the construction of the lens tube would not sustain the weight of both lens and camera. I bought instead the Manfrotto solution mentioned above, and it works very well. If your system is Arca-Swiss based, consider instead the solution from RRS called "long lens support package". It's filed under "multi-purpose bars and rails" on their webside. With any luck this link takes you there:
Really Right Stuff - Item Listing

Notice that both solutions basically consist of a monopod head connected to an L-shaped stabiliser for the lens. If you already have a monopod head you might have half a solution. :-)
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