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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鈥檒l be using it for moon photography combined with the 2X teleconverter and don鈥檛 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鈥檒l be using it for moon photography combined with the 2X teleconverter and don鈥檛 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聽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.聽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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I've been shooting the moon with both the 70-300 and a Tamron 500 mirror lens with 2x teleconverter and had no problems whatever. It's a compact zoom, not a long telephoto.

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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聽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.聽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鈥檒l dig into this and respond with my final solution.聽

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2 hours ago, mokba said:

Thanks, I鈥檒l dig into this and respond with my final solution.聽

I鈥檓 giving this item a shot as it will mount easily on聽an Arca Swiss head. I鈥檒l report back on how it works out.聽

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

I鈥檓 giving this item a shot as it will mount easily on聽an Arca Swiss head. I鈥檒l report back on how it works out.聽

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I picked this up and have been testing. 聽The assembly looks a bit frankensteinish but seems to serve the purpose. 聽I agree with CatAreGods comment on this maybe being unnecessary under some circumstances. 聽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. 聽That will come in handy with windy or other challenging conditions.

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has anyone had any problems with manual focus on the 70-300?

When I'm in AFs and trying to use manual focus, the focusing doens't really move.

Sam goes for when im Manual Focus, the focus ring doesn't really move. UNLESS聽 I pull the focus ring towards the body, then it'll adjust focus. Is this just how the lens is or do i have a faulty lens?

I hardly use manual focus, specially on a zoom lens, but for 800$ I want a perfect working lens!

and the bad part is the lens is on back order everywhere!!

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5 hours ago, lckychrmsbboy said:

has anyone had any problems with manual focus on the 70-300?

When I'm in AFs and trying to use manual focus, the focusing doens't really move.

Sam goes for when im Manual Focus, the focus ring doesn't really move. UNLESS聽 I pull the focus ring towards the body, then it'll adjust focus. Is this just how the lens is or do i have a faulty lens?

I hardly use manual focus, specially on a zoom lens, but for 800$ I want a perfect working lens!

and the bad part is the lens is on back order everywhere!!

Have you read the user manual of the lens? iirc this lens has a locking mechanism.

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