Germany Made Tripod Collar for Panasonic 100-300 lens

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I love my new Panasonic GH4 camera. The lenses focus quickly and are small and light, even though they cover a range from 14 -600. My biggest complaints are that the 100-300 (200-600 in 35mm terms) doesn’t have a tripod collar. So not a big deal if you are shooting higher speeds, since it is light enough to hand hold easily. But I really don’t like that much lens hanging off the front of the camera, especially when I’m doing longer exposure stuff ( or it’s windy!). So Dan Cox told me about a tripod collar made by a company in Germany. I was able to find the company and email them to order the tripod Collar and received, from Germany, it a little over a week from order. That’s pretty great service.

The company is Roesch Feinmechanik in Germany and it was a pleasure to deal with them. I emailed them at kontakt@roesch-feinmechanik.de, and told them in English that I would like to purchase the Panasonic 100-300 tripod collar. Andrea responded back quickly and inquired about which camera and whether I was using a grip. Supposedly the grip has caused problems in the past. I also said I was going to be using the lens with my Really Right Stuff Ball head and did they have a compatible foot. All was arranged and I paid via Pay Pal and received my collar yesterday. I have always admired Germany engineering and manufacturing (my family owned several Mercedes Benzs growing up) so I was not surprised when the fit and finish on this tripod collar lived up to my expectations. Thanks Andrea!

Mounting was a cinch and the collar allows rotation easily, even with the Grip/ Battery pack on the bottom. So for anyone looking for a tripod collar for their Panasonic 100-300 lens and have a GH4, it works. They said I was the first person to order the collar to be used with a GH4.. BTW, the RRS L Bracket for the GH3 works perfectly on the GH4. Took a chance because didn’t want to wait with a trip to Ireland coming up next week.

Here are some images of the collar and lens!

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 Rotated without Grip

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 Fits even with Grip (tight clearance but it works fine)

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Rotated with Grip attached without any problem. The RRS L bracket is for the GH3 and works fine

 

One Response to “Germany Made Tripod Collar for Panasonic 100-300 lens”

  1. davidferrone says:

    Hi Bill, check out http://davidferrone.wordpress.com/2014/05/ i have been ytying to find a solution to using these collars with GH3/4’s with battery grips. Regards David

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