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06/06/2008 02:54:32 PM · #1
I'm thinking of purchasing a lens which is rather heavy, and I've been advised to mount it on the tripod with a tripod ring. Do I need to have a tripod with a special head to do so? My tripod is one piece - the head and legs came together - so I can't switch heads. My tripod can uphold the weight - I checked its specifications.

Thanks for any advice.
06/06/2008 03:07:39 PM · #2
The tripod ring will mount to the tripod if the tripod head has the right screw. I think it's a 1/4th inch screw? I could be wrong though. What kind of tripod do you have? What lens are you thinking about getting?
06/06/2008 03:13:43 PM · #3
I have a Manfrotto 728B tripod and I'm planning on buying the Canon 100mm Macro lens to put on my Digital Rebel XT camera.
06/06/2008 03:25:18 PM · #4
That's the same tripod I have and any Canon or Sigma mount ring will mount to that. However, you probably don't need a ring for the 100mm macro. The rings come in handy for the 70-200mm or bigger lenses, I believe the 180mm macro has one too. You should be more than fine without it for the lens unless you're getting a good deal on it.
06/06/2008 03:35:44 PM · #5
I'm pretty sure tripods all use the same size screw, so any tripod ring should also use the same size hole. I know I've used the same full-size tripod head for two Canon point and shoots, a Nikon DSLR, and a Nikon zoom lens. And I've also used the same mini-tripod on all of those.

Isn't standardization wonderful? :)
06/06/2008 04:28:20 PM · #6
I agree with ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' SamDoe1. I use my XTi with the 100mm macro on it on my tripod without a tripod ring all the time. No problem. It's slightly heavy, but nothing even a cheap tripod can't hold on to.
06/06/2008 04:39:23 PM · #7
I will also agree with the others that you don't really need a tripod ring for the canon 100mm macro for stability. It probably does allow you to move the camera and lens a bit easier for framing and composition reasons, so it could be beneficial.
06/06/2008 05:09:50 PM · #8
Thanks to everyone for your advice! I'll try it without the tripod ring first, but I may eventually get a tripod ring too.
06/07/2008 12:09:25 AM · #9
If the lens requires a tripod ring, it will be included with it when you purchase it.
06/07/2008 12:10:39 AM · #10
Originally posted by levyj413:

I'm pretty sure tripods all use the same size screw, so any tripod ring should also use the same size hole. I know I've used the same full-size tripod head for two Canon point and shoots, a Nikon DSLR, and a Nikon zoom lens. And I've also used the same mini-tripod on all of those.

Isn't standardization wonderful? :)


actually Tripod threads come in 2 sizes =)

My manfrotto has two threads, if the smaller is needed the outer thread slips down. It's pretty trick. Andddd my other manfrotto head has two seperate screws.
06/07/2008 08:31:56 AM · #11
Originally posted by jmlelii:

If the lens requires a tripod ring, it will be included with it when you purchase it.


That's not necessarily true, oddly. Case in point: Canon's 70-200mm f/4L zoom this lens has the unobstructed mounting area for a tripod ring but the ring is an optional accessory. It costs an extra 100 bucks or so. I know, because I bought one...

As far as using a "tripod collar" (Canon's preferred term) on the 100mm macro lens, it's a good thing if you've GOT one, but it's not essential. It's desirability hinges less on weight-distribution issues and more on the fact that using one allows you to maintain the axis of your framing as you rotate from landscape to portrait orientation. When you're shooting macros with a conventional tripod setup, switching from horizontal to vertical in 1:1 focusing situations switches the axis WAY over to the left and lower, so much so that you have to both reposition the tripod and raise the center column when you do it. This can be a complete pain in the keister...

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