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    Posted: 21 July 2020 at 20:11
I recently purchased a Minolta AF 100-400mm tele zoom lens and I have been searching for a tripod-mounting collar for this lens. Since Minolta was bought out by Sony, and is no longer in business, trying to find Minolta accessories is nearly impossible. I am hoping that someone might know where to find Minolta accessories and specifically a tripod-mounting collar. If there is no longer a collar like this anywhere on "mother earth", I wonder if anyone is using an aftermarket lens tripod support (like the Andoer L200 I have seen on Amazon) and would recommend one.

I thank, in advance, anyone who might be able to assist me in finding a suitable lens support.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote michelb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 July 2020 at 21:05
Never saw or heard of a Minolta accessory like you describe for the 100-400 AF lens
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There's a good reason your struggling to fine a tripod mount for this lens .
Minolta never made one !

The Andoer L200 is the best thing you can buy as it gives the lens and body full support and it's easy to set up for the centre of gravity .
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Hi Michel B,

Thanks for answering my inquiry. Two of the Minolta zoom lenses I have came with identical information sheets. Each sheet shows a "tripod-mounting collar" for a Minolta lens. The two lenses I have (35-70mm and 70-210mm) would not be able to accept a mounting collar and they are small enough to not need one. My Minolta 100-400mm tele zoom lens, however, needs to be supported if I am going to mount it on a tripod. This lens has a place for mounting a collar just forward of the camera body. I can send a picture of the information sheet that clearly shows this mounting collar if you would like to see it. Just let me know.

Thanks again for your reply. I will continue my quest, and if I am not able to find the Minolta lens accessory I'm looking for (I have a friend in Japan who, I hope, is looking for one for me in Tokyo.), there are a couple of after market supports that I can use.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote michelb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2020 at 21:47
By all means, i would definitely be interested in seeing that. I am sure others would too.

To my knowledge, the only Minolta lenses that had a removable tripod collar were the 200 F 4 APO Macro and the 70-200 F 2.8 APO G SSM. But their tripod collar would not fit on the 100-400 since they are designed to fit in a groove in the lens body that the 100-400 does not have.

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Hmmm, I cannot find a manual for the 100-400, but you mention the 35-70 and 70-210. I assume this is the 35-70/4 and 70-210/4. I found the manual here but it does not mention a "tripod-mounting collar".

MHohner also does not mention a tripod collar. It was asked before, see this thread.
There was a tripod mount for primes like the 200/2.8, 300/2.8 etc.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote michelb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2020 at 23:29
Tripod mount for 200mm F 2.8 ?????

300mm F 2.8 APO up to SSM: Yes
300mm F 4 APO: Yes
400mm F 4.5 APO : Yes
600mm F 4 APO: Yes
AF 3X-1X Macro: Yes
AF 80-200 F 2.8 APO

But all of the above were not removable to my knowledge

200mm F 4 APO MACRO: Yes, removable TMC-1071
300mm F 2.8 APO G D SSM: Yes, removable ( probably TMC-1071W but others that own this lens may confirm)
70-200mm F2.8 APO G D SSM: Yes, removable TMC- 1071W



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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2020 at 23:39
Well, I said "like" It was mentioned in the manual on the 200/2.8, 300/2.8 and 600/4. I did not check it any further. My Minolta 200/2.8G did not have a tripod collar (but my Canon 200/2.8L does) and I do not remember if there was a space for one.
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