70-200 mug review (tongue firmly in cheeck)

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by matthijs, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. Read this before buying.
    I especially like the remark about the optics...
    Gotta have one!
    You?
     
  2. I was a bit disappointed the tripod ring mount has to be purchased separately again :)
     
  3. I'm wondering what type of filter to buy for this one. I know Braun sells several different models, but what about Makita? Anyone have any experience using both types?
    I know G. Dan is not a big filter advocate, but I wonder if his opinion has been swayed by this particular model?
     
  4. Should I buy this now, or wait for version II with IS to come out?
     
  5. I'll take a case of 24.
     
  6. I've said it before and I say it again: push-pull is much more convenient in the field so I'm waiting for the 100-400 in mug version. IS is a must when it's cold. Some might prefer a 55-250 for champagne, a 16-35 for wine and perhaps a 300/4 for beer.
     
  7. ... and where is the hood?! If this were a Tamron or Sigma mug, it would come with a hood. I suppose that's yet another part I need to buy separately.
     
  8. For those who prefer a more standard range or stabilization (doesn't look too stable though):
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  9. The problem with the push-pull mug is that you introduce all sorts of dust and environmental contaminants into the interior elements. While these probably won't affect the final quality of the beverage, you're going to have some cosmetic issues.
    On the plus side, once you get used to it, it beats a zoom ring for quick adjustments any day of the week. fine-tuning is a little difficult.

    Also, I know the best advice on cleaning these things is normally, "as little as possible" in order to discourage excessive wear on the coatings and potential scratches of tough dust or grit, but I think that a less-is-more policy might not be the best idea for this particular mug, especially if it gets daily use, which I'm sure it will for most pros. In any case, I suspect we'll have the standard admonition to not put the cleaning solution directly on the mug....
    Also, I am a poor photographer on a budget. I understand that there are a number of "non-L" EF and EF-S mugs that give similar quality for 1/2-1/4 of the price. Can anyone send me a link to those?
     
  10. Now how's that for weather sealing !
     
  11. The problem with the push-pull mug is that you introduce all sorts of dust and environmental contaminants into the interior elements.​
    That's probably true. But perhaps they can design the push-pull mechanism such that you can carbonate your coffee, wine or whatever on the fly. Or, in reverse mode, use it as a small Liquidator.
    I think that a less-is-more policy might not be the best idea for this particular mug, especially if it gets daily use, which I'm sure it will for most pros. In any case, I suspect we'll have the standard admonition to not put the cleaning solution directly on the mug....​
    I agree. I also think it's reasonable that we ask Canon to start warning against washing (real) lenses in the dishwasher. I mean, who will tell the difference after a 600/4L of beer?
     
  12. A 1-Page manual with usual warnings is the other included item in the box.
    LOL
     
  13. Should I buy this now, or wait for version II with IS to come out?
    I think if you us decaf coffee in the Mug it becomes an IS :) Cheers
     
  14. I want one
     
  15. Totally want one of these, but all vendors selling them seem to be price gouging big time. Hopefully in a few months they'll be reasonable.
    It also seems (from browsing ebay) that there are black box 'fakes' out there that are crappier quality.
     
  16. ^ That reminds me - anyone who wants to purchase one of these should make sure they buy it from a reputable dealer and not from a gray market source....that could definitely cause some warranty problems.
     
  17. Anders, I don't know about carbonating, but I use mine for frothing, and works great!
     
  18. I would suggest that starting with a few, good prime mugs is clearly a better choice than this zoom version. Depth of foam is far easier to control, and I have always noticed a little fuzziness around the edges when using a zoom mug filled to its full aperture. It is hard to focus quickly when you want to get close to your desired subject (even with a well-engineered diaphragm), and there are clear issues that have been noticed with the mount. When used repeatedly, wide-angle subjects become distorted (the “inverse barrel” phenomenon), and one feels that the ground is much closer than it really is. The red-eye effect is difficult to eliminate with this thing. Moreover, the device, for some strange reason, always causes an unwanted switch of my Argus into P-mode. All in all, this is a useable product, but only in very low-light conditions.
     
  19. As usual, the Nikon version is much more expensive.
    Maybe it's finally time to switch from Nikon to Canon.
     
  20. Man if only I was using Canon. This is nice!
     
  21. Good thing its not an EF-S mount or everyone wouldn't be able to use it.
     
  22. This zoom looks very useful, but in the morning i prefer the speed of a prime instead.
     
  23. I saw one of these being used on the sidelines of the pitch at South Africa's World Cup.
     

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