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05-24-2013, 01:35 AM   #1
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Tripod mount ring for Pentax F 300 4.5 and A 200 4.0 macro

Could anybody suggest me how to find a tripod mount ring/foot for Pentax F 300 4.5 and A 200 4.0 macro? Do any third part tripod collars suit these lenses? On ebay there are tons of tripod collars of Canon and Nikon but nothing for Pentax...
Thanks a lot for your advice!

05-24-2013, 02:41 AM   #2
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I dont have either but I remember, according to Ron aka "brandrx" the resident long lens expert at DPReview ( Pentax DSLR talk) the one from the Canon 70-200 f4 works on the FA*300

Re: Nice fitting tripod ring for FA* 300/4.5: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review (i'm not sure if PF lets links to DPR go through.)
(edit: yes PF do link to DPR, wouldn't it be nice if DPR would offer us the same courtesy)

ebay link within that post
Canon 70-200mm f4 tripod mount ring | eBay
they also warn just check for rough edges on the inner surface of the el cheapo ones. The silver paint on the FA*300 is quite delicate.
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Oops Sorry I've just read your post again and realised you said its for an F 300 /4.5 not a FA 300/4.5.

The F300 had a dedicated removable mount whereas the FA300 did not have one at all.

I do remeber there was another person with a similar plight, but i just found that thread and doesnt appear to have found a solution.
Maybe PM one of the parties involved to se if they found something suitable.
It says that the A 200/4 foot fits onto the F 300/4.5 but the original F300/4.5 foot does not fit on the A 200/4. strange?

just a thought, Custom made?
Recently "StigVidar" custom made a mount for his F 250-600. Is the F300/4,5 a similar design concept?
05-28-2013, 02:10 AM   #4
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Thank you very much for all your suggestions!!! The threads you pointed out were very useful! Seems to be a pretty complicated issue... so I hope that both lenses are light enough to stay steady if I mount directly a camera to a good tripod... Btw - pretty sad to see how much better and more complete Pentax offer used to be...
my best, Konrad

05-29-2013, 08:59 AM   #5
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If you are looking for a tripod ring, it will largely pend on the diameter of the lens barrel where you intend to mount the ring.

For my Q/PK adaptor I discovered that the ring from my sigma 70-200/2.8, when shimmed with a 3mm thick leather strap, was perfect. Same for the canon 100/2.8 macro ring ( that I ultimately bought for this specific use. Cost me a whopping $10 for an aluminum one

The canon adaptor is for something like a 72-73mm barrel, thebQ/PK adaptor is 68 mm
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I'm not sure that I would be happy to mount use the cameras tripod mount to support either of those lenses. At 900g they're not that light and at $1000+ they're not that cheap either.

The heavy lenses and physically long lenses (with centre of mass out from the flange) would put a bit of torque on the mounting flange.

Pentax don't put a mount on the DA*200 but I guess its a choice of a 800g lens on offset from the camera mount or a 750-900g body offset from the lens mount.

Measure the lens body OD with a vernier caliper and see if there is an ring mount that could be adapted.

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