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The other lens I was using before was my ancient Maxxum 70-210 f4...kind of hard to compare handling because it works only in manual mode on the X-S10. But this new one focuses like lightning compared to how the Maxxum lens worked on the Maxxum, or even on the newish Sony A58 I was using it on previously.

The 70-300 is pretty stiff when turning the zoom ring though. It has a zoom lock so I know they were worried about "lens creep" (not to be confused with what the local wildlife is probably calling me lol).

Sample photos to follow (real-world sample photos, not crazy stuff like above. I was just blown away by the IBIS).

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Anybody have some ideas for a tripod support for this? I’ll be using it for moon photography combined with the 2X teleconverter and don’t feel confident mounting that combo from the camera only. Thanks

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1 hour ago, mokba said:

Anybody have some ideas for a tripod support for this? I’ll be using it for moon photography combined with the 2X teleconverter and don’t feel confident mounting that combo from the camera only. Thanks

It does not look like a standard tripod collar with quick release will fit this lens. You may be able to use something like this:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/554350-REG/Manfrotto_293_293_Telephoto_Lens_Support.html/?cnxclid=16173288597642086376410070301008005

But these are getting tricky to find. Once you know the size, you may be able to adapt what are called guide scope rings:

https://www.highpointscientific.com/telescope-accessories/mounts/telescope-mount-accessories/mounting-plates-tube-rings-accessories/telescope-mounting-rings

Once you get things worked out, show us some photos!

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12 hours ago, jerryy said:

It does not look like a standard tripod collar with quick release will fit this lens. You may be able to use something like this:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/554350-REG/Manfrotto_293_293_Telephoto_Lens_Support.html/?cnxclid=16173288597642086376410070301008005

But these are getting tricky to find. Once you know the size, you may be able to adapt what are called guide scope rings:

https://www.highpointscientific.com/telescope-accessories/mounts/telescope-mount-accessories/mounting-plates-tube-rings-accessories/telescope-mounting-rings

Once you get things worked out, show us some photos!

Thanks, I’ll dig into this and respond with my final solution. 

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2 hours ago, mokba said:

Thanks, I’ll dig into this and respond with my final solution. 

I’m giving this item a shot as it will mount easily on an Arca Swiss head. I’ll report back on how it works out. 

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On 4/2/2021 at 10:47 AM, mokba said:

I’m giving this item a shot as it will mount easily on an Arca Swiss head. I’ll report back on how it works out. 

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I picked this up and have been testing.  The assembly looks a bit frankensteinish but seems to serve the purpose.  I agree with CatAreGods comment on this maybe being unnecessary under some circumstances.  I am pretty happy with it from the standpoint that it lets me balance the entire camera/lens/teleconverter assembly much better over the tripod mount.  That will come in handy with windy or other challenging conditions.

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