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Tripod collar for 70-300L, is it necessary?

 
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Oct 31, 2013 11:49 |  #1

Is it nice to have or is the lens too heavy for the body?




  
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Oct 31, 2013 12:41 |  #2

for the 70-200 2.8 IS i would say yes, but for this one, no worries


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Oct 31, 2013 15:34 |  #3

For both of these I keep the collar off unless I am using it on a tri/mono-pod.


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Oct 31, 2013 15:41 |  #4

you will be fine without a collar. I shot with that lens for years, never needed a collar, my 70-200 2.8 another story.lol


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Oct 31, 2013 18:09 |  #5

I didn't buy one with the lens and I have never missed it.


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Oct 31, 2013 18:53 |  #6

Considering that you can get one (metal, yes metal) from ebay (china) for A$21 with free postage, I couldn't pass on it, although I only use it when I'm carrying a monopod. Seems good quality as well.


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Oct 31, 2013 20:59 |  #7

With a decent tripod, not needed at all. Great, no amazing lens regardless. Although for a metal one for 21$ I'd be tempted regardless.




  
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Nov 01, 2013 12:57 as a reply to  @ vengence's post |  #8

Thanks for the replies. From what I understood, a tripod collar is not necessary if the tripod is a solid/rigid one, since the camera with this lens is front heavy. Otherwise, the need for the tripod collar is to give the combo a better balance. Correct?




  
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Nov 01, 2013 13:01 |  #9

I like how the tripod ring allows me to hold the lens in the palm of my hand. It adds to the stability and overall experience. I have a non-OEM ring and it works just fine. It also works very well for balance on the tripod. I have Acratech ballheads, with a built in gimbal feature, so using this lens with that feature requires the tripod ring.


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Nov 01, 2013 20:54 |  #10

I didn't have one for the last year and I found myself always allowing for the droop of the lens under the weight.
So I picked up a $20 dollar tripod collar on ebay and it is night and day difference in balance and easy of use.
So I say hell ya get that collar and never look back!!!
On a ball or a gimbal you'll not regret it.


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Nov 03, 2013 03:20 |  #11

I bought one for use with my monopod since when resting my hand on the lens without it it didn't feel 100% solid. With the collar it feels properly balanced and totally rigid, I use a monopod 80% of the time and I wouldn't be without the collar. It's a pucka Canon collar btw.


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Nov 03, 2013 03:31 |  #12

I agree with William.

I notice the most improvement in handling when using my monopod. My RRS ballhead doesn't seem to mind either way but on the monopod, the camera/lens is better balanced and easier to maneuver.


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