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Recommendations for alternative to Canon Tripod Mount Ring for EF 70-200mm f/4L?


psiman 11 551 Wales
24 Sep 2011 9:44PM
Hi Folks,

I've generally quite successfully been using my EF 70-200mm f/4L on a tripod mounted 40D. However recently when I tried using this combination in fairly windy conditions I noticed that the lens tends to vibrate causing camera shake in my images. I'm therefore looking at using a Tripod Mount Ring but the Canon version is around 100 whereas there are quite a few alternatives available for around 20. However many of the reviews about these cheap alternatives complain about the lens' paint being scratched by the Tripod Mount Ring and so I was wondering if anybody has experience of them and can make any recommendations?

Many thanks,

Simon

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brian1208 e2
11 10.4k 12 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2011 10:03PM
I've not tried a cheap version for the 70-200 but did get one from DHGate in China for my 70-300LIS and would not recommend it. It was poorly constructed (very difficult to line up the clamp screw with the threaded hole), felt very unstable unless clamped up very tight (not good as I like to use my tripod ring just nipped up but with the ability to quickly and smoothly rotate from landscape to portrait) and because of these weaknesses it doesn't get used. I'm saving for the proper canon ring
mikehit e2
5 6.8k 11 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2011 10:02PM
I bought this for my 70-200 f4L IS and ahve been very happy with it.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tripod-Mount-Canon-EF70-200mm-EF200/dp/B002V80BC6/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1317071669&sr=8-9

It is metal construction with a felt liner and I have not noticed any scratches on the lens barrel.
LensYews 5 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2011 11:30PM
The Canon ring mounts aren't completely sturdy if you are regularly going to be using the lens in windy conditions, so you might want to consider a telephoto lens support, something like the Manfrotto 293.
psiman 11 551 Wales
4 Oct 2011 10:40PM
Thanks Guys for all your comments. The Manfrotto looks sturdy but its a bit of a beast and not that cheap. I think I'll try Mike's Amazon offering first, it was the one I was considering before I started this thread.

Thanks again.

Simon

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