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Tripod work and FT-1 mount strain for lenses w/o tripod mount

ckatosmith

Washington state, US
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ckatosmith Registered since 25th Aug 2007
Tue 24-Jan-12 07:33 PM | edited Tue 24-Jan-12 07:39 PM by ckatosmith

I thought I was going to bypass getting a Nikon 1 (V1) until I started seeing exciting possibilities because of the 2.7 crop factor for bird photography/wildlife. I have ordered the FT-1 before even the camera, because it still seems scarce, and I will be excited to try it on my 80-400mm VR (I know its not AF-S, etc), and my non OS Sigma 300-800mm lens (seems it might work with Sigma non-OS from what I've garnered on the web).

So no issues of weight strain since those lenses have their own tripod collars to mount to the tripod. But I wanted to try out the 105 VR for it's f/2.8 and micro capabilities, but the lens doesn't have a tripod mount capability and the Nikon website states that for lenses > 380g (the AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105 f/2.8G IF-ED is 790g) the lens should be attached to the tripod mount instead of the FT-1 adapter (certainly makes sense).

I suspect there are a number of lenses that may fall through the cracks... to heavy for suggested FT-1 tripod mount, but where the photographer wants to do tripod work versus hand supporting the lens weight during handheld shooting.

Any thoughts on this or a work around I'm not seeing?

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