Shoot like a pro – Lens collars

Posted on 15. Oct, 2009 by in Equipment, Everything, Instructional

Many pro photographers use tripods and monopods in their daily work.  One accessory for a lens (sometimes included and sometimes not) that makes using a “pod” a lot easier is a lens with a lens collar.

A lens with a lens collar allows a photographer to quickly rotate the lens from a horizontal (or landscape) orientation to a vertical (or portrait) orientation with having to mess with flopping a ballhead onto its side.  Many “pro” level lenses come with a lens collar while other lenses have lens collars available as an additionally purchased accessory.

Mountain Lion walking across some rocky ground - CA

Mountain Lion walking across some rocky ground - CA

Mountain Lion standing on top of a hill in golden light - CA

Mountain Lion standing on top of a hill in golden light - CA

Another trick that I use while photographing from a tripod or monopod is that I leave the lens collar completely loosened.  This allows me to quickly move from one shooting orientation to the next without fumbling with knobs.  The faster I can make the transition, the more likely it is that I’ll get the shot.  Some folks may worry about making sharp images with the lens collar loosened, but I find that if I use the proper techniques for making sharp images, that it doesn’t present a problem.

Have some more tips for dealing with lens collars?  I’d love to hear them.

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8 Responses to “Shoot like a pro – Lens collars”

  1. Phillip S

    16. Oct, 2009

    How in the world did you find and shoot mountain lions so beautifully??

    • Paul Burwell

      17. Oct, 2009

      Phillip,

      The “-CA” notation at the end of an image of mine denotes that the subject in the photo is a captive animal. In this case, the photographs of the Mountain Lion were made at the Triple “D” Game Farm where I offer photography workshops.

  2. Marc Reindell

    16. Oct, 2009

    Great shots and good tips! I would like to post this article on our blog and link back to you with your permission. We have a blog that is geared toward hunters and wildlife photographers, we like to pass on information that gives our photography readers valuable information, I feel this article would help our readers and may provide you with additional readers as well.

    Thank you for your consideration!

    Marc Reindell

    marc@wildlifecallers.com
    http://www.wildlifecallers.com

    • Paul Burwell

      17. Oct, 2009

      Marc,

      You are welcome to post a summary of the article and a link to it, but I don’t want you to post the entire article on your site.

  3. Ilan

    17. Oct, 2009

    Stunning the photos.
    The golden light here is a great bonus!

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