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07-14-2015, 04:25 PM   #1
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A 300mm F4 Tripod Mount

Looking for a 300mm lens with a tripod mount. I know the FA has one but it's considerably more expensive than the A version. Doesn't sound like there is any real difference in IQ and I'm good with manual focus so if I can save some bucks....

07-14-2015, 08:11 PM   #2
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The A series 300/4 is a pretty small lens, it does not look like a 300. I don't think it ever came with a tripod collar, and I'm not sure where you would mount one.
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I have the same lens (A* 300/4) and went through the same search (for some reason I miss typed an M for an A). The information is down at the bottom of the thread....Actually, as I get older - I have found that my eyesight is not conductive to manual focus, especially for the longer focal lengths. Earlier this year, over the holidays, I picked up a 60-250 with the 1.4x teleconverter.

The one thing I can say on this setup, is that you need a rail that supports a front mounted assembly. Hence the screw hole on the leading edge. There are only a couple of vendors that support this.

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Sorry, should've specified; 645 A 300mm. This lens is longer and heavier than the DA 300, which has a tripod collar. Thanks

07-17-2015, 05:36 AM   #5
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Have you looked at the RRS setup? They offer a very solid rail which is good for the 645Z and long lens. I looked at mine, but there are no part numbers on the rail nor on the roller extension.
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I use this 'Canon tripod mount ring A(W) 70-200mm.F2.8' on my 645 A*300/4:

It's a little to wide, my quick and dirty solution was some electric insulation tape

02-13-2019, 11:18 PM   #7
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Hello everyone,

Any new inputs on the tripod collar for the Pentax A* 300mm? Or any specific setup using RRS stuff which can be conjured to support this lens reliably?

I am looking at a A* (mint condition - optically superb with not even a speck of dust inside) at 300 USD which a friend of mine wants to sell and a FA* at 630 USD (near mint - it has some dust inside). If I can somehow work out the tripod collar which is absolutely rigid and reliable, I guess I can go for the 300mm A*.

I would be thankful for early reply as I need to make the decision soon (may be even today).

02-14-2019, 11:55 PM   #8
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Adding an adapter to an already long and heavy lens would further make it longer and heavier. It is as expensive as the 645 FA* 300mm (or sometimes 100 USD more on eBay). Add to it the cost of the adapter and the 67 M* 300mm becomes a more expensive, heavier and longer option in manual focus than the 645 FA* 300mm in autofocus. I therefore feel it would be better to stick to the 645 lenses.
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Bought the FA* 300 f4 finally. Comes with tripod collar. Problem solved :-)

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