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Canon Tripod Ring B (B) – YongNuo Copy – Review

I have wanted a tripod mounting ring for my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens for a long while, but thought that the £163 charge for the Original Canon Tripod Mount Ring B (B) was more than a little over the top.  There are those who say that this ring is unnecessary with the 100mm macro, as it fits very close to the camera body, and therefore does little to improve balance/stability.  This is true, but it does make changing from landscape to portrait orientation a whole lot easier, as the focus point does not change.  Which is not the case when you flip a tripod head from landscape to portrait, then have to completely recompose your shot, and this is the main reason that I wanted this accessory.

Now, I’m not a label snob, but I have tended to be wary of third party products, as I have had my fingers burned in the past, not spectacularly, but burned nonetheless.

However, given that a tripod mount ring is essentially a metallic/plastic ring that goes around the lens barrel and tightens enough to hold the lens securely, I figured that there really wasn’t anything much that could go wrong with this product, so I ordered one off of the hkyongnuophotoequipment eBay store.

  1. Firstly, this is not a faithful clone of the Canon Tripod Mount Ring B (B), which is compatible with both the EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens AND the MP-E65 f/2.8 1-5x Macro Lens.  This ring is not truly compatible with the MP-E65 and YongNuo’s eBay store clearly states that it is only compatible with the EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens.
  2. The original Canon ring is supplied with a sleeve, and has notches cut into the ring that correspond to the 4 raised screws on the outside of the barrel of the MP-E65 lens

In terms of a review, there really isn’t all that much that I can say about this ring.

It’s a metallic split ring that attaches around the barrel of the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens, and the interior of the ring is covered with adhesive velour type material to prevent scratching of the lens barrel.

However, this ring is marginally too large for the barrel of my EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens, meaning that the lens wasn’t held securely and the ring kept sliding off the back of the lens.

However, this was easily remedied by cutting a length of black felt and wrapping it around the lens barrel before attaching the mounting ring around the felt.  This takes up any slack, and the lens is now held securely.

I’ve been using this ring for about a month now, and it really does take the hassle out of switching the camera fromlandscape to portrait orientation, as the focus point does not change.

I will admit that the construction of this item is not going to be anywhere near as good as the genuine article, but first impressions are that it will be good enough for my purposes, and the fact that it cost £6 (approx 1/27) the cost of the original Canon item means that this is a complete no-brainer, unless of course you have plenty of money to burn to get the Canon badged item.