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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:28 am 
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Hi guys,

going to buy a tripod shortly. As the 55-300mm Nikkor doesn't have a tripod collar I was wondering if mounting this lens to my D3100 on a tripod would be a good idea? The lens seems to be heavy and I don't know if the weight introduced on the F mount might cause some damage.

Couldn't find any information on here or anything specific on Google. Does anyone have experience with this or even done it? Your help is really appreciated as I'm a bit unsure whether I should be trying that.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:40 am 
It will be fine.

Any lens that doesnt have a tripod mount, the reason for this is that it will be fine to just screw the body onto the tripod.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:44 pm 
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Meh, not really worth it imho. the 55-300 is quite a long lens, and your mount point is waaaay back at the body. This means that the camera and lens will wobble/vibrate whenever you try to move it, or use the shutter. Every wobble is greatly exaggerated due to the long lens (acting like a wedge/moment).

It will also limit you in your freedom a lot. the lens has stabilisation, I don't really see the need for a tripod anyway. :)


Purely technical, as far as weight goes you will be fine. The 55-300 is a very light lens and the F-mount will easily handle that. The most tension would actually be on the tripod mount, but that will also be strong enough. I just don't think it's very practical. Save your money :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:03 pm 
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Hey guys thanks for your answers. Well sometimes I really would like a tripod for night photography (limited with 55-300mm) but possible.

Will pick up the 35mm Nikkor tomorrow and am looking for a Tokina 12-16mm so it might be worth it. Will keep you posted :)


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:05 pm 
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There should be no prob for mounting the combo at the body.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:54 am 
Just a pointer or two! If you have the camera/lens combo mounted on a tripod turn off the VR on your lens. Secondly use the mirror lock-up facility on your camera (if it has one) and either use a remote shutter release or set the camera to delayed release. This will give the internal vibrations a chance to subside before the photo is taken.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:15 am 
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Hi Dave,

yep the D3100 has bulb and I'll be getting the MC-DC2 shutter release cord as well. And thanks for the mentioning of VR. This is something new to me anyway as I'm used to handheld shooting without any of those fancy mechanisms and my instinct did tell me to switch it off on a tripod. Will post soe pictures later on when I'm back.


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You will need to turn VR off, it's true.

Also take a look at the ML-L3 remote, when I use mine I have the option of having the shutter lock up when I press the remote once, and then have the picture taken when I press it twice. It greatly reduces any vibrations introduced by the shutter. I'd rather go for the wireless ML-L3, but on my D7000 there's an infrared sensor on the back, on a D3100 you'd need to point the remote at the front of the camera.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:19 pm 
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Tripods are good for long exposures. They can also let you use low ISO at night (as long as there's no action!). Another advantage is that if you are taking something like waves on a beach, the tripod enables you to stand back and look at the subject once you have framed shot, and there's no need to hold the camera up and squint through the eyepiece all the time.

Get a good, strong tripod. A light tripod with your set-up will probably have a high percentage of blurry shots. I like Manfrotto, but a stout Velbon, Slik or Gitzo (for example) all work well.

Does the D3100 have a remote release capability or is it cord only?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:33 am 
As far as I know it's only has a cord release. No wireless that I'm aware of (at least officially, I have seen some 3rd party wireless releases).


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:54 am 
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Hi it's cord only and no wireless.

Yes a tripod is a must and I think the manfrotto 055 is the most affordable for myself. Carbonfibre is too expensive at the moment and Gitzos starting at £500 is a bit too much money for me.

Oh and by the way many thanks for all your tips guys! Really appreciate that :)


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:20 am 
Buy a camera mag or look on the net for tripod deals. I got my Slik with a pan head for less than £100 and it is as solid as a rock. Too damn heavy to carry far but that's the price you pay for solidity. :)


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:23 pm 
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Ok.

Manfrotto 055XPROB with 804 head
EN EL14
MC-DC2
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check.

Close order on 16-35mm F/4, as good as done. What a day! :)


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