Is AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR big enought for HydroPhobia?
I'm trying to decide whether to buy the current NIKKOR 70-200 f/2.8 or the f/4.0 for use with my D4. I've considered many factors but one remaining is whether the f/4.0 is big and beefy enough for proper and convenient use with the ThinkTank HydroPhobia. I'd like to be able to work in the rain using a camera strap, with or without mono-pod or tripod, and the Hydrophobia supports that. I've read that it is desirable to be able to bunch up the Hydrophobia around the lens when it is not raining. Any experience or advice?
#1. "RE: Is AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR big enought for HydroPhobia?" | In response to Reply # 0TomCurious Registered since 03rd Jan 2007Tue 05-Nov-13 03:40 AM
Sorry I have no experience with that HydroPhobia. But I see in your profile you have the 70-300VR. This lens is quite similar in size and weight - the 70-200/4 is about the same diameter, a bit more than an inch longer and weighs an ounce or two more. So you could try it with your 70-300VR, and if that works you should be good with the 70-200/4. I can tell you that optically, the 70-200/4 is superb. I eventually sold my 70-200/2.8 VRII since I was not using it anymore.
Here is a recent sample, at 200mm and f/4:
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#2. "RE: Is AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR big enought for HydroPhobia?" | In response to Reply # 0nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Tue 05-Nov-13 05:43 AM | edited Tue 05-Nov-13 05:45 AM by nrothschild
I have the 70-200 Hydrophobia with the outboard flash option. I went down to Service Photo when they had both variants in stock and tried them on my 70-200. Tough choice and the short story is I should have either bought both or maybe the non-flash version since I will probably rarely use it with flash. But it made sense at the time since in principle light is often scarce when it is raining.
I also have the larger Hydrophobia for my 500/4. That is a very excellent rain cover because the size of the lens allows for a very ergonomic fit. I've also used it with my 300/2.8, with the same impressions.
On the 70-200 I find the concept not quite as elegant. Hard to explain, which is why you should try it in person, especially if you are considering the f/4 version. There is just too much material wrapped around too little lens. I can't explain it any better than that. Not that it doesn't do the job; it just isn't quite as good an experience as with the larger lenses.
I have not handled the 70-200 f/4 so it is hard for me to fully assess that arrangement. But I can't stress enough that you should try before you buy. It probably comes down to personal assessment.
P.S. I know I owe you an email that slipped between the cracks...
Edit: Thinktank says that the smaller Hydrophobia will work with something like a 24-70/2.8. I've never actually shot mine that way, but my sense is that it would not be fun. But just to say that in theory it can do it.
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