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Rayqual makes MFT and E adapters with built-in tripod mounts

By dpreview staff on Sep 10, 2011 at 01:09 GMT

Japanese adapter maker Rayqual has announced a series of adapters for Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-mount with built-in tripod mounts. The adapters allow the use of long and heavy lenses on mirrorless cameras without the camera having to bear the weight. Adapters are available for Nikon F, M42, Leica R, Olympus OM, Canon FD and Pentax K mounts. Aperture control is not available on the F and K mount versions.

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Total comments: 32
Jogger
By Jogger (Sep 11, 2011)

its funny that the promo photos show them mounted to lenses with aperture rings.. to cover the fact that there is no aperture control dial on the adapter. pass

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Sep 11, 2011)

And it's absolutely no problem for M42, Leica R, Olympus OM or Canon FD lenses

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Brian Lund
By Brian Lund (Sep 10, 2011)

Why the tripod mount? No tripod thread on the MFT cameras!?!

If it's for the long lenses it won't help since you still risk bending the mount, but instead of the camera it's now the adapter you ruin... I guess that's cheaper than ruining the camera though!

Most really long/heavy lenses do come with a tripod collar though.

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nachos
By nachos (Sep 11, 2011)

The tripod mount helps with stabilizing the camera setup on the tripod. Yes, these cameras have 1/4-20 on their body, but even a relatively small 35mm lens makes them tip & bobble forward a bit with its added weight.

if you've ever mounted a heavy collar-less 35mm lens on a small body (like nikon's 28-70), the sagging effect is noticeable.

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Tim F 101
By Tim F 101 (Sep 12, 2011)

This thing will be a lifesaver for me. My Nikon 180mm 2.8 is a gloriously clear long lens on a E-P1, but I simply would not think of putting it on a tripod as of right now. The balance is far off center and there is no way that the Pen's lens mount was designed for that much weight leveraged that far forward. A shame, of course, since a 360mm equivalent lens is a rather boutique item if you can only hand-hold it. Ordering a Rayqual adapter right away.

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Khun_K
By Khun_K (Sep 10, 2011)

Really need aperture control, what a miss

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Sep 11, 2011)

Only affects F and K mount; M42, Leica R, Olympus OM, Canon FD always have aperture rings on the lenses.

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jrg
By jrg (Sep 10, 2011)

I'm sorry but I'm completely lost here, and I used Google Translate. Where is a concrete description of anything regarding a tripod collar for my long lenses?

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Brian Lund
By Brian Lund (Sep 10, 2011)

Look at the picture... There are no tripod collars! It's simply a tripod thread built into the adaptor, nothing more.

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marike6
By marike6 (Sep 11, 2011)

Then these are less useful than I thought as they don't help you switch to the vertical orientation.

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sensibill
By sensibill (Sep 10, 2011)

Hey Rayqual - since you seem to be supportive of every other Mirrorless brand, how about a Samsung NX version?

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nachos
By nachos (Sep 10, 2011)

I use a similar adapter (fotodiox) to put my small nikon primes on my nex-5. It's the best combination of small size + quality + price I've found so far.

Manual aperature and manual focus with the focus peaking firmware takes some practice and isn't for everyone, but I've always valued taking my time to deliberately compose and create images.

Anyone know what the little wheel on the Rayquals at the bottom of the page is? It almost looks like a focus pulling aid for video, but google translate doesn't help :P

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Tim F 101
By Tim F 101 (Sep 12, 2011)

The little wheel is the tripod mount. It flares out at the bottom for stability.

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MP Burke
By MP Burke (Sep 10, 2011)

This is a clever idea. Various people have been trying legacy telephoto lenses on mirrorless cameras, but are concerned that heavy lenses could bring about deformation of the mount if the camera is attached to a tripod. How the answer to the question is- buy another adaptor!

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kff
By kff (Sep 10, 2011)

well done ... but aperature control and autofocus is necessary for people with this lens ... like Pentax K

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kff
By kff (Sep 10, 2011)

like Pentax DA* 300/4 , DA* 55/1.4 or DA 21/3.2 Limited etc.

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kff
By kff (Sep 10, 2011)

Who will be first ... These people want to have micro 4/3 cameras but don't want to get away their lenses ...

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Sep 10, 2011)

These people ?

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Sep 11, 2011)

While it's theoretically possible for an adapter to autofocus and have electronic aperture control on newer lenses (especially Canon EF) the fact that there are no adapters that can seems to suggest there's some technical reason why it's not practical.

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jrg
By jrg (Sep 10, 2011)

Good to hear. Great. But i couldnt make anything out of the link and that website.

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jpr2
By jpr2 (Sep 10, 2011)

any better?
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rayqual.com

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Yousaf Feroz
By Yousaf Feroz (Sep 10, 2011)

That's Good

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (Sep 10, 2011)

This really is a great idea. Lets hope these adapters are reasonably priced....

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Nate21
By Nate21 (Sep 10, 2011)

thank you for this i could final mount the olympus 300mm f4.5 on the pen

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joyclick
By joyclick (Sep 10, 2011)

Panasonic is absent in this list?

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policeman0077
By policeman0077 (Sep 10, 2011)

panasonic is same as olympus?

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sphexx
By sphexx (Sep 10, 2011)

There are no Panasonic lenses, the list refers non µ43 lenses.

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subhrashis
By subhrashis (Sep 10, 2011)

And now, can someone please make something that adds a tripod mount to NIKON 70-300 VR?????? PLEASE?

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policeman0077
By policeman0077 (Sep 10, 2011)

can't adjust aperture and focus?

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jim stirling
By jim stirling (Sep 10, 2011)

There are a few around such as this one

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Manfrotto-293-Telephoto-Lens-Support/dp/B001HFK1IS

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imbimmer
By imbimmer (Sep 10, 2011)

Where can we buy these in North America? ... eBay excepted?

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SteveNunez
By SteveNunez (Sep 10, 2011)

This is great for us adapters who use longer lenses...excellent- I hope they sell on eBay!

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Total comments: 32