Balancing mirrorless and long & heavy lenses! :-)

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Magnar W
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Balancing mirrorless and long & heavy lenses! :-)

Since mirrorless entered the scene, many claim that you need a large and heavy camera to balance long lenses. After using long lenses with my A7 for years, and before that with small and light SLR cameras, my answer is: No, this is not true.

Do this, and you don't even need an extra camera grip:

  • Place the left hand under the lens, and everything will balance well
  • Move the left hand a tad more forward than with a heavy camera
  • Use the right hand to operate the camera, and to add some support
  • Enjoy shoooting handheld for longer perods than with a heavier combo

Try to hold such a combo with the right hand camera grip, and everything will be way out of Balance, no matter what camera you use.

With a small and light camera I can build a very compact system for travelling, and I can still use long and heavy lenses with comfort when needed.

Some also claim that the size benefit is lost when using long and heavy lenses, but fact is that a heavier combo will not be steadier, but your left hand will get tired after a shorter period when working handheld. Also, a heavier combo is less flexible for shooting fast moving subjects, like birds in flight.

The trick: Place the left hand under the lens to support weight and to balance the combo.

Size matters, and no mirror makes the smallest one very fast and capable. From

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