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Carrying the Telyt R 280/2.8 Apo lens

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According to the Leitz instruction manual, the Telyt R 280/2.8 Apo lens weighs 2.75kg - but on my scales it's just over 3kg c/w hand support and caps .Add another 3.5kg for the aluminium case and total weight = 6.5kg. A lighter solution for carrying is a padded lens case … thus the following use of a LowePro 5 case (internal dimensions 29cm x 12cm diameter) purchased years ago. The nearest equivalent nowadays is the LowePro 13x32.

https://www.lowepro.com/uk-en/lens-case-13-x-32cm-lp36307-pww/

Total weight of the lens, case and Billingham shoulder pad is 3.64kg … including the Arca plate. Personally I don't have any use for the lens' hand support shown in the first photo; it's too small for my large hands and awkward to grip. Much prefer to keep the illustrated Arca plate permanently attached for instant use in the Arca saddle on my Jobu Design gimbal. 

This carrying solution will not suit everyone but it's practical and takes up less room than the original aluminium case. 

Transporting the camera and tripod / monopod and a few accessories requires another two bags but it's do-able provided not walking too far or working from a car. If walking longish distances e.g. on nature reserves I use a trolley … but the LowePro lens case stays on my shoulder to avoid jolting the lens elements.  Note the extra foam padding added to the LowePro case lid; there's a similar piece added to the base interior. 

There are a number of forum posts debating the pros and cons of Apo Telyt 280/2.8 vs. the later Apo Telyt 280/4. I've owned both and prefer the 280/2.8 because it's more useful in low light situations - especially when coupled to Leitz APO extenders. They're both excellent lenses but beware of buying a 280/4 with a sticky lens diaphragm. Another reason I like the 280/2.8 is its '2 gear' focusing ring i.e. it has two diameters - the larger diameter enabling finer focus. 

 

dunk

 

 

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Hi, you have one too. A somewhat difficult lens, according to its weight.

I have to buy a new tripod./Jan

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Hello Jan, Heavy lens but not so heavy as the Telyt S 800/6.3.   I use the Jobu Design gimbal on a Gitzo carbon fibre tripod. I bought the gimbal 6 years ago but nowadays there are more lightweight carbon fibre gimbals. I still use the trolley which doubles as a seat … but this seat photo shows me using a modified Nikon J5 with a Linhof ball head on the Gitzo tripod. The J5 (1" sensor, 2.7x crop factor) can also be coupled to the Telyt 280/2.8 as a 756mm lens but I have not yet experimented with the combination  … a project for another day. 

 

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… the Eckla trolley (made in Germany) which doubles as a comfortable seat . Trolley has had 6 years hard use and is excellent value and very practical. 

Photo taken by forum member mike_j 

dunk 

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10 minutes ago, John McMaster said:

You should try moving the 800/5.6 APO Modular lens.....

john

6200g … I'm used to trolleying the Telyt S 800/6.3 which weighs 6800g plus weight of its case. Too impractical to transport and also required a very HD tripod … thus sold it.  My Nikon J5 and 70-300 (810mm FF equivalent) weighs just 1.3kg, has IS (thus usable handheld)  …  all fits in a small Billingham bag and is capable of excellent results. 

dunk 

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Ah, my long lens case (Pelican 1650 I think) carries 70-180/2.8, 280/4, both modular heads with 1.4x and 2x focussing tubes, 1.4x converter, LeiKo adapter (R lens to S) and is rather difficult to lift 😉

john

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Not the 280mm f2.8, but it's larger sister 400mm f2.8 APO-Telyt-R (the non-modular one), since I have just got hand on one... The 400mm bazooka fits nicely into the Nikon CL-L2 semi-soft lens case, even with the 1.4x or the 2x APO-Extender-R mounted. Just in case someone wonder...

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