Questions about Bogen Telephoto Lens/Camera Support

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Scotty, Nov 24, 2003.

  1. Scotty

    Scotty Guest

    Hello Everyone,

    While recently poking around the Porter's Camera web site, I came across this

    Have any of you out there used one of these? If so, I have a couple of
    questions about it:

    1) How is the lens support on the front adjusted for different lens barrel

    2) Can the camera be rotated for vertical-format shots? If so, how is it done
    or how difficult is it to do?

    I have a 200mm lens that works well with my 2X teleconverter (both Nikon) but
    the lens doesn't have a tripod mount and I worry that the lens/teleconverter
    combination puts too much strain on the camera's lens mount and frame.

    So, if any of you have any experience with this thing, I'd appreciate your



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  2. I think that's the Bogen 3420. If so, check around for pricing. I
    own and use one with a Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8, which is the older model
    without a tripod mount. You can adjust the Bogon 3420 two ways for
    lens fit. First, you can move the lens support closer or further away
    from the body. Second, you can tilt the arm to any necessary angle.
    The combination lets you place the lens support in just the right
    place. You then wrap the velcro strap around the lens to fit.

    You can't rotate the camera for verticals. What you can do is replace
    the 3157N quick release plate that comes with the support with a Bogen
    341 Junior Elbow Bracket. I don't have the bracket, so I can't tell
    you if it's worth the extra $50 or so.
    First the good news, it's more solid than most tripod mounts supplied
    by the lens manufacturers. The bad news is that it doesn't rotate and
    is clumsier to use than a built-in.
    Michael Benveniste, Nov 24, 2003
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  3. Scotty

    Scotty Guest


    Thank you very much for answering my questions. I appreciate it.

    I found it at B&H for a lot less than Porter's is asking, so I ordered it from

    Thanks again.


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