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Wes James Jun 6, 2011 12:55 PM

Heavy lens support
When using a tripod with a long-length tele lens such as the Panny 100-300mm, I assume the tripod socket is strong enough to support the weight of the lens hanging out in front? At what point if adapting other lenses to the E-PL1/2 would one want to worry about providing additional support for the lens- such as a plate under the camera or some other means?

Greg Chappell Jun 7, 2011 10:43 AM

I often use my E-PL1 with both the 12-60 and 70-300 Digital Zuikos from my Olympus DSLR outfit, and both of those lenses are heavier than the Panasonic 100-300..

Panny 100-300- 1.14 pounds
Olympus 12-60- 1.27 pounds
Olympus 70-300- 1.36 pounds

Both Olympus lenses on an E-PL1 and with the E-PL1 mounted on a tripod is very useable. The tripod mount built into the body is more than capable of handling this amount of weight and so should be fine with a lens like the Panasonic 100-300. You probably need to go two times or more than this weight before it starts getting unweildy. A lens like my 50-200 f2.8-3.5 SWD (over 3 pounds) is way too heavy to use with a tripod-mounted Pen, but that lens has its' own tripod mount so I would simply mount the lens on the tripod, then the Pen on the lens...

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