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When is it advisable to use a lens support?


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#1 Adam Paul

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 06:04 AM

I'm wondering when is it advisable to use a lens support. Does it depend on the weight, length or both? For example, would a 2kg, 180mm (7") long PL lens need support?
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#2 Dan Goulder

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 10:32 AM

I'm wondering when is it advisable to use a lens support. Does it depend on the weight, length or both? For example, would a 2kg, 180mm (7") long PL lens need support?

The lens you describe would not need support. Generally, support is required when you are dealing with zoom lenses that go to 25mm or wider, or fast telephoto 300mm T2.8 lenses, and most telephotos above 300mm, regardless of speed.
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 10:38 AM

The lens you describe would not need support. Generally, support is required when you are dealing with zoom lenses that go to 25mm or wider, or fast telephoto 300mm T2.8 lenses, and most telephotos above 300mm, regardless of speed.

Thanks. Is there a guide line in terms of weight or length?
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#4 Jon Kukla

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 12:59 PM

I'd say the rule of thumb is if you can, you should. In other words, if the lens comes with a support bracket and/or has a screw receptacle underneath it, that probably means that it was provided precisely for that reason...
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