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Old Dec 28, 2011, 11:01 PM   #1
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I posted earlier that I ordered the Manfrotto 361 shoulder brace for monopod, this thing ===> http://tinyurl.com/7kpt8lq.

I've also wanted to use the ZD 50-200 on the E-P3 so this morning I hooked all the pieces together and went to the lake. Well, let me tell you it works for me.

I used the ZD 50-200 on the E-P3 for the first time. Next summer I want to use the 50-200 a bit more on the P3 and after this morning I know I can do that off the monopod where free hand it is a bit heavy.

These were shot in AP mode at f8, the morning was clear but not bright yet.
As for focus time, well it ain't fast but for the things I shoot now focus time is irrelevant so long as it happens.





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Old Dec 29, 2011, 1:41 AM   #2
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Hi, Bob.

I have a feeling the older micro motor of the 50-200 Version 1 plays better with the contrast AF system than the later SWD motors do. My 50-200 SWD was a mess on the Pen. Both it and the 12-60 sounded like they were going to shake apart when autofocusing on the Pens. The 12-60 worked "ok", but the 50-200 SWD was a disaster, and if you even touched the manual focus ring, the manual focus assist enlargement started zooming in and out very rapidly, to the point I just had to turn it off and manually zoom it in for manual focus assist.

My 70-300mm f4-5.6 four-thirds Zuiko with the older type micro motor operates probably much like your 50-200.
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Old Dec 29, 2011, 8:48 AM   #3
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I am going to give the 50-200 another try and pay more attention to how it acts. Yesterday was the first time for it and I really was paying more attention to the accessory arm than much of anything else. It was cold and I spent only a short time at the lake.

I do very much like the 70-300 on the P3; there are situations where it 'hunts' for focus (same as on the E-3) but for results it is my favorite FT lens where on the E-3 it is the 50-200.

For manual focus the 70-300 works well for me, I need to check that out with the 50-200.

Anyway, the shoulder-brace is a nice addition and that was what yesterday and today were about, the monopod won't get a lot of usage but some is better than none and the brace will help for when I do take it along.
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So, the shoulder brace works in conjunction with the monopod? I looked at the B&H picture and could not figure out how the brace is supposed to work!
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....I'll post a pic later today of the setup
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Cool! Thanks.
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....found the C7070WZ, here is how the 361 mounts. The support comes in a 3/8 x 3/8 configuration, the camera mount 3/8 will separate off the permanent 1/4 camera mount then will screw into the base 3/8 which then results in a 1/4 x 1/4 configuration. Therefore the support will fit any combination of monopod/camera 1/4 and 3/8 combinations. The arm is adjustable 9in - 14in.





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Cool ... I like this arm
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Thanks for the explanation and for posting all those photos of the setting. From what I can see, the brace only works if shooting through the LCD since it will place you quite away from the camera. Is my statement correct?
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....the arm is adjustable 9 inches to 14 inches, I have only used it with the VF-2 but it certainly will work with the LCD as well. For the photos I extended it full out. It swivels FREELY, nothing of it is locked into place.
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