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Old 25-05-2008, 21:40   #1 (permalink)
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Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM

I took the plunge and ordered a Canon 70-200mm f/4 usm which I've just taken delivery of and now I'm a bit concerned about the weight of the lens on the front of the 40D on a tripod/monopod.

I'm thinking of buying a bracket but the Canon one is so expensive. Has anyone any alternatives to suggest?
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Old 25-05-2008, 22:39   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM

Does it not come with a bracket? If not I would suggest you buy one. If you mount the camera on the tripod the weight of the lens will pull it down to the front.
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Old 25-05-2008, 22:45   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM

The 40D has a magnesium alloy body so I doubt very much it will damage the camera.

I have the 100-400 L IS USM and I have to admit that came with a lens ring to tripod mount it.

If you can buy a ring try ebay you might find one on there.

One thing mounting the lens to the tripod would do is give better balance
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Old 25-05-2008, 22:46   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM

Yep - you should use a lens mount - not the camera mount. Surprised the Canon lens has not got one as standard

SRB do lens mounts.
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Old 25-05-2008, 22:57   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM

I know the Canon mount is expensive but I myself would buy that than trust a cheap alternative.
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Old 26-05-2008, 00:00   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM

The f4 version is fairly light and I don't think you should have too much trouble weight wise, I never had problems with mine. the f2.8 is a different matter and comes with a tripod mount.
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Re: Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM

The f4 doesn't weigh anything so I'd not be that worried, unless you have a cheap tripod.

A tripod mount is however very useful, especially for quickly rotating between landscape and portrait orientation. Canon are rather cheeky with their pricing for the additional mount
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Re: Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM

I don't know how much the Canon mount is, but the SRB one is £59.
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Re: Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM

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Canon are outrageous with the pricing on all their extras, have you seen the cost of their lens hoods.

A plastic moulding with a fury inner finish at over £25. To me thats extortion
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Free Lens Hoods
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Re: Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM

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Canon are outrageous with the pricing on all their extras, have you seen the cost of their lens hoods.

A plastic moulding with a fury inner finish at over £25. To me thats extortion
Quite agree and I was about to say that all L glass comes with hoods, but that's not true

I believe some of the CF hoods for the big white primes are over £300!!
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Re: Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM

Dunno about all L glass but both mine came with hoods.

I have to admit the one that came with the 100-400 L IS USM is about the size of a family tin of beans, and I'm not sure it isn't a recycled dustbin it's that big

If I decide to get one for my nifty fifty it will be an ebay model
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If I decide to get one for my nifty fifty it will be an ebay model
They have gone up since I bought my lens hood for my nifty, but I'm well pleased with the rubber collapsible one I got from SRB. It stays on the lens permanently, and just folds in and out when I want to use it.

BTW - I have no connections to SRB. It's just that I've used them over the years and have always found them to be really good. Even their brochure is packed with info.
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Re: Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM

I've seen a Canon tripod collar mount today on Google for £80.00.
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Re: Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM

I agree with Dabhand, I have used SRB for many years and have had no complaints for quality or price. Some of their adaptors are imported and one in particular was an 35.5 mm adaptor for my first digital Minolta Dimage S404 which they manufactured themselves in house.
Send for their brochure and you'll be surprised whats available from them.
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Send for their brochure and you'll be surprised whats available from them.Brian.
It is also on the website as a PDF file.
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Re: Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM

Hi Moorcroft,

i have the same lens you're talking about. I haven't ever needed to use a lens mount ring but i did buy one from ebay. It was not the official canon one but a replica which seemed very strong when i tested it! It only cost £20 from what i can remember.

If i can find the link i will send it unto you.

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