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#1 DavidR

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 03:58 PM

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With the great SteadyShot I see more people hanging the camera with a large lens by the camera lugs.  I was shooting whales with my a7 II and the 70 - 300 on a bouncing boat.  I got great sharp shots but I always held the camera by the lens.  (It does not have a tripod mount on the lens)  How strong are  the lugs and have any of you had problems walking around with the camera hanging by the lugs and a strap over the shoulder?



#2 mttdxb

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 04:53 PM

Not sure what the original lugs can hold, but i am using the Black Rapid Sports strap.
Alot more convenient to use, especially with heavier lenses.

http://blackrapid.co...rt-Breathe.html

#3 Dollanganger

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:04 PM

There are rings which can fit a tripod mount to almost any medium size or large lens like a 70-300mm.



#4 DavidR

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 05:04 PM

Thank you for your responses.  I will search for a ring for my lens as well as look at the Black Rapid strap.  



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Posted 13 January 2017 - 04:13 AM

Dollanganger, Where would I find a ring for the sony FE 4.5 - 5.6/70 - 300 G OSS lens?  I have looked many places and could only find a Novaflex one and I have to purchase the camera adapter from the same manufacturer.  

#6 Dollanganger

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Posted 13 January 2017 - 06:56 PM

Dollanganger, Where would I find a ring for the sony FE 4.5 - 5.6/70 - 300 G OSS lens?  I have looked many places and could only find a Novaflex one and I have to purchase the camera adapter from the same manufacturer.  

Try www.bhphoto.com There probably isn't one specifically for the lens but there should be a ring for the diameter you need. 



#7 tinplater

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 04:33 PM

My A7Rii plus the 70-300 only weighs 3lb 8oz (perhaps a bit less as I weighed with strap attached) and I have absolutely know fear of lug failure..never even heard of that happening although obviously there may be a remote possibility.Google search only revealed an apparent problem with Olympus lugs.

 

Iuse an Op/tech strap which allows easy connect/disconnect (I frequently just plug on a wrist strap).I do have a Carry Speed strap...amazing design but there has been a report of failure of the plate attachment to the camera tripod base so I haven't used that strap with heavy lenses and always check that the ball joint is securely tightened.



#8 tinplater

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 04:37 PM

Here is an interesting link with a discussion about using the tripod screw mount and advising against it from Canon.My instincts are to go with a good strap like the Op/tech attached to the strap lugs.

http://bosstrap.com/...sstrap-for-you/




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