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Old November 7th, 2015, 07:10 AM   #1
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Battery grip and heavy lens on a tripod

I use a Meike battery grip and am finding that when using this with the metabones/canon 24-105 on a tripod I get an unnaceptible amount of play between the battery grip and camera. This i not apparent when I'm hand holding as I always have one hand on the lens but on a tripod - there is a little 'bounce' that becomes apparent with any tilts - would the Sony battery grip be any better? I would imagine the mounting would be the same.

The 24-105 is heavier than my Zeiss 24-70 but still not classed as a 'heavy' lens as it has no tripod mount on the barrel.

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Old November 7th, 2015, 07:53 AM   #2
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Re: Battery grip and heavy lens on a tripod

Hi Pete

The aftermarket grips are usually a copy of the genuine ones so I would doubt whether a Sony would work any better .. the problem is that you are raising the centre of balance of the actual camera by including a grip so a small amount of play between the camera and tripod plate doesn't affect the bounce much. Lift it up the height of a grip and the same play is almost doubled so you get more bounce. Much the same as bumping the camera when wide (no issue) compared to bumping the camera on a full zoom (big issue)

Can you not figure a way to have maybe an external battery pack when on a tripod ..that would solve the problem. I had a huge amount of bounce on my FZ1000's on tripod cos I had a 25mm piece of square aluminium under the camera ..I took that off and solved the problem!
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Old November 7th, 2015, 08:47 AM   #3
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Re: Battery grip and heavy lens on a tripod

I'm trying to work out my options Chris - battery life for the A7s is pretty dire <1hr so I get up to 2 hours with the battery grip which is OK (not as OK as my all day NP-F790 on the EA50) but gives this little 'bounce' issue. I could loose the battery grip for establishing shots/ceremony/speeches where it's noticeable but, especially for the ceremony, time is tight and each time I have to faff with gear it's costly, especially If I have to remove and replace tripod QR plates. Also I'm back to one battery and worries about when to change etc. I do have a NP adapter which will let me run for hours on end but it's another bit of kit and a trailing wire (potential for coming out) at a time when I'm trying to simplify my gear - not add to it.

One option is to ditch the battery grip and use my NP adapter for the whole wedding shoot - I have some down time now so I'm going to give it a try, I just need to get it secured nicely to my mini rig

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Old November 7th, 2015, 10:57 PM   #4
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Re: Battery grip and heavy lens on a tripod

I used to shoot stills with Konica Minolta Hi7 cameras many years ago and they used to eat up rechargeable batteries .. so I went to the local electronics shop and bought a diecast aluminium box and had batteries mounted inside ....Because the diecast box doesn't flex like a flimsy plastic grip it really worked well for me ..I just had 1/4 screw on the top to mount under the camera and a tripod plate bolted underneath ... it was certainly a much better a more stable option than a grip .. I have already tossed out two of my Nikon grips cos they fell to bits!!

Beachtek use a similar method to attach their XLR adapters between the tripod and the camera and they are solid as a rock simply because they are rigid diecast aluminium

Maybe something like that would work for you???
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Old November 10th, 2015, 07:25 AM   #5
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Re: Battery grip and heavy lens on a tripod

Can you use the tripod threads on the Metabones adapter rather than mounting the camera itself to the tripod?
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Old November 11th, 2015, 02:33 AM   #6
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I tried that John but during a wedding shoot I switch between the canon lenses and native sony FE so it means attaching and reataching the tripod plate which is a real faff when you're up against it.
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Old November 12th, 2015, 10:26 PM   #7
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Tripod plates are cheap... it never hurts to have a couple of extras!

When I shot with 5D's I used to have plates permanently attached to each body as well as the lens feet on all the bigger lenses.
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Old November 13th, 2015, 10:28 AM   #8
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Really Right Stuff has a new QR plate for Metabones adapter.
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