Knock-off Canon tripod collar for 70-200 2.8

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by mfacey, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. mfacey macrumors 65816

    mfacey

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    #1
    Hi all,

    I just received a borrowed Canon 70-200 F/2.8L IS yesterday and realized that the owner forgot to add the tripod collar. Seeing as the collar is residing in the USA and I´m in Holland its quite a trip for the poor little collar to make by mail.

    I figured I´d just buy one here, but those things retail at $150! Crazy for what it is. On ebay there's plenty of knock-offs going for as little at $9. The question is whether I want to rely on a $9 component to support a $2000 lens :confused:

    Does anybody have any experience with a knock-off collar?
     
  2. Westside guy macrumors 601

    Westside guy

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    I've seen Derrick Story talk about this third-party "tripod mount" that basically is just a ring clamp of sorts. He thought it worked pretty well, and I think it was less expensive.

    If I can find the link I'll post it here.

    Addendum: Canon Tripod Ring Mount - looks like the price isn't really any better, though...
     
  3. R1CH4RD 21 macrumors newbie

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    I use one of these as I also begrudge paying that much for a tripod mount. I have never had any problems with it and it is perfectly stable and secure. Personally I cant see how the genuine one would differ so greatly.
     
  4. firestarter macrumors 603

    firestarter

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    For 9 bucks just buy the thing and see what it's like when it arrives.
     
  5. josh1231 macrumors regular

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    I have the opteka I bought on ebay for the 70-200 F/2.8L lens, and it works perfectly. Can't figure out why anyone would spend $150 for Canons Collar.

    It's not really a knock-off, just a different brand.
     
  6. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

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