Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    NH, USA
    Posts
    2,425
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
    Feedback Score
    13 (100%)

    Default Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support

    This is a link to my full review of the Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support Bracket. It discusses how it can be used with the combination of the Olympus 70-300mm lens plus EC-14 teleconverter. The review also includes a section on how to modify the bracket for use with shorter lenses, such as the 70-300 alone.

    You can read the full review at:
    http://www.rahsoft.net/m293_bracket/

    Attached are 3 shots, one of the bracket and 2 of it in use.
    Rich
    E-520; 9-18mm; 14-42; 14-54 MkI; 35; 40-150; 18-180; 70-300; EC-14; EX-25; FL-36R

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    1,321
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    6 (100%)

    Default Re: Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support

    Very nice write up, thank you very much. I hope it will be very useful to some of 70-300 users!

    Sincerely yours
    Bojan

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    NH, USA
    Posts
    2,425
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
    Feedback Score
    13 (100%)

    Default Re: Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support

    Glad you like the review, Bojan. This Manfrotto bracket seems like the only thing like it that you can use with the 70-300, so I wanted to let folks know about its good and bad points.
    Rich
    E-520; 9-18mm; 14-42; 14-54 MkI; 35; 40-150; 18-180; 70-300; EC-14; EX-25; FL-36R

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    1,321
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    6 (100%)

    Default Re: Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support

    Quote Originally Posted by RAH View Post
    Glad you like the review, Bojan. This Manfrotto bracket seems like the only thing like it that you can use with the 70-300, so I wanted to let folks know about its good and bad points.
    Yes great effort and description
    Yours Bojan

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    NH, USA
    Posts
    2,425
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
    Feedback Score
    13 (100%)

    Default Re: Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support

    I have updated my review with a new section about results "in the field." You can jump directy to the new section with this link:
    http://www.rahsoft.net/m293_bracket/index.htm#field
    Rich
    E-520; 9-18mm; 14-42; 14-54 MkI; 35; 40-150; 18-180; 70-300; EC-14; EX-25; FL-36R

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Wisconsin, USA
    Posts
    206
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default Re: Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support

    Quote Originally Posted by RAH View Post
    I have updated my review with a new section about results "in the field." You can jump directy to the new section with this link:
    http://www.rahsoft.net/m293_bracket/index.htm#field

    Rich,

    I just purchased the Manfrotto 293 to use with my 70-300. I don't have a teleconverter, just the 70-300. I wanted to thank you for the detailed notes. They worked like a charm and the setup really solves the front heavy problem. I have the 488RC2 ballhead and getting the weight back and balanced really helps.

    I might add one suggestion, and that would be to buy some 3/8" to 1/4" adapters when you buy the 293. It might just be in my area, but I couldn't find anybody that carried them. But I found them sold at Amazon, B&H and Adorama. I've included the links below. There are several brands, but I bought the Manfrotto ones to be certain they'd work with the 293. I'm sure the others work, but I just wanted to make sure. I bought the 5 set one, item #148KN. One advantage to this is that you can use 3 of them to fill the three 3/8" inch holes on the 293 plate. Since all my quick release plates are 1/4" I can then use any of the 6 holes on the plate instead of just the three 1/4" ones. That could come in handy if I want to shift the weight of the setup.

    Thanks again for the detailed instructions.

    Regards,
    Bill

    http://www.amazon.com/Bogen-Manfrott...8544195&sr=8-2

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/shop/3...gs_Screws.html

    http://www.adorama.com/searchsite/de...hinfo=bushings
    Olympus Stuff: E-5, E-1, E-330(2), E-300, 14-45, 14-54(I), 50 f/2 macro, 40-150(I), 70-300, 50mm 1.8, OM 4/3rds adapter, EX-25, FL-36, FL-50R.

    Manfrotto Stuff: 190CXPRO3 tripod, 438 leveling base, 488RC2 ball head, 341 Junior Elbow Bracket, 293 Telephoto Lens Support, 454 Focusing Rail

    Other Stuff: Cotton Carrier


    http://wrw.smugmug.com/

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    NH, USA
    Posts
    2,425
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
    Feedback Score
    13 (100%)

    Default Re: Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support

    Quote Originally Posted by wrwcfa View Post
    Since all my quick release plates are 1/4" I can then use any of the 6 holes on the plate instead of just the three 1/4" ones. That could come in handy if I want to shift the weight of the setup.
    Bill, glad you like the review and were able to use the bracket with just the 70-300.

    That's a really good idea about filling all the holes on the plate with 1/4" adapters. I already have some adapters (acquired over the years in the same way you just did - buy them when you order something else), but didn't even think of using them to acquire more balance-point holes.
    Rich
    E-520; 9-18mm; 14-42; 14-54 MkI; 35; 40-150; 18-180; 70-300; EC-14; EX-25; FL-36R

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    NH, USA
    Posts
    2,425
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
    Feedback Score
    13 (100%)

    Default Re: Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support

    I have added some more information to my review, now that I have had more time to use it in the field. The review itself has quick links at the top to the sections that have been updated. Again, the review is at:

    http://www.rahsoft.net/m293_bracket/
    Rich
    E-520; 9-18mm; 14-42; 14-54 MkI; 35; 40-150; 18-180; 70-300; EC-14; EX-25; FL-36R

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    NH, USA
    Posts
    2,425
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
    Feedback Score
    13 (100%)

    Default Re: Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support

    I have updated my review to give some measurements for non-Olympus DSLR/lens users.

    Again, the review is at:
    http://www.rahsoft.net/m293_bracket/
    Rich
    E-520; 9-18mm; 14-42; 14-54 MkI; 35; 40-150; 18-180; 70-300; EC-14; EX-25; FL-36R

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Salt Lake City, Utah and Fishcreek Cove near Capital Reef
    Posts
    46
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    2 (100%)
    Real Name
    Robert E Finley

    Default Re: Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support

    Thankyou very much for your review. I ordered the 293 today.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    NH, USA
    Posts
    2,425
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
    Feedback Score
    13 (100%)

    Default Re: Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support

    You're welcome. Hope you like it as much as I do!
    Rich
    E-520; 9-18mm; 14-42; 14-54 MkI; 35; 40-150; 18-180; 70-300; EC-14; EX-25; FL-36R

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Dammam, KSA
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Feedback Score
    0

    Default Re: Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support

    Fantastic review and I went ahead and bought one. After using it I want to draw your attention to a point you made in your review wherein you said you did not feel any need to use the Velcro strap. Whilst the strap may indeed not be required to hold the lens more securely in a normal shooting position, when using a very long telephoto lens I found that the Velcro strap serves to further dampen vibrations, akin to resting your left hand lightly over the lens.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    NH, USA
    Posts
    2,425
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
    Feedback Score
    13 (100%)

    Default Re: Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support

    Sorry, I just noticed this posting. Glad you liked the review. Yes, I can see how the velcro strap could help dampen vibrations; I didn't even think of that. Thanks for the feedback.
    Rich
    E-520; 9-18mm; 14-42; 14-54 MkI; 35; 40-150; 18-180; 70-300; EC-14; EX-25; FL-36R

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •