Modified Sony 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens

Richard Crowe

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I love the Sony 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lens on my Sony APSC A6400 and A6300 and use it both hand held and on a tripod or monopod... This is the lens in its OEM configuration...

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The lens is sharp and the OSS allows me to shoot at relatively slow shutter speeds. I have only two minor problems with the lens: The Sony OEM lens hood is gigantic and the Sony OEM tripod ring doesn't have Arca Compatible grooves.

I like to carry this lens in a holster case with the tripod ring removed. The OEM hood makes it difficult to load and unload into and out of a reasonably sized holster case. The Big hood also attracts more attention than I like to attract. Substituting an after-market screw in hood makes the lens more convenient for me and is less flashy and conspicuous...

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The form factor of the lens is a lot smaller with the screw-in hood and the hood doesn't vignette at any focal length when shooting with the APSC camera (don't know about a full frame camera). This hood protects the lens from flare (using the APSC camera) every bit as well as the OEM hood. I can also use a 72mm circular polarizer and rotate that polarizer by just rotating the hood. Additionally, a 77mm lens cap fits in the front of the hood which allows me to attach and detach the lens cap a lot easier that with the OEM hood...

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As far as physical safety, I have always used a screw in hood with my Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens and once fell onto a concrete roadbed with the camera/lens hitting lens first. The hood was toast but, the lens came through the ordeal undamaged. This might have also happened if I had an OEM hood attached but, I don't know and don't want to find out. Suffice it to say that the five dollar hood protected my thousand dollar lens...

My next modification is the substitution of an after-market tripod ring for the Sony OEM ring...

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The after-market ring is as well made and secures the camera/lens every bit as well as the OEM ring but it has one distinct advantage over the OEM ring. The base of my after-market ring has Arca-Compatible grooves...

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The addition of these grooves allows me to mount the camera/lens on a tripod/monopod that is equipped with an Arca Compatible clamp, as are all of my tripods and monopods, without the addition of a separate A/C base plate between lens and clamp...

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IMO, the Arca Compatible quick release system is the best on the market. I don't know why companies like Sony and Canon don't provide A/C grooves on their tripod ring bases. The cost of casting or milling such grooves would be negligible and the grooves would not prevent photographers from using other mounting clamps. The only company that offers such grooves in their OEM tripod rings is Tamron. Way to go Tamron!
 

addieleman

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I had the same issues with this lens. I also use a generic 72mm screw-in hood, probably from the same Chinese manufacturer as yours and I added an Arca-Swiss mounting plate to the original tripod ring. I remember seeing Fuji offering an Arca-Swiss compatible L-plate, let's hope this trend spreads out.
 

Richard Crowe

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I also shoot with some Canon gear (which I am selling off) and I was able to retrofit the tripod ring of the 100-400mm g/4.5-5.6L IS ii lens with a third party foot that incorporated A/C grooves. Works great, especially since you cannot remove the tripod ring from that lens...
 

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