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Think Tank Hydrophobia OR Aqua Tech?????
John E. Szpara, Photographer
South Amboy | NJ | usa | Posted: 7:57 AM on 11.07.08
->> Looking to purchase covers for my Canon 300 2.8 and the 70-200 2.8 IS on Mark III's.
Anyone out there have experience with both of these covers, or either one of them?
I heard that there is a problem trying to zoom with the AT on the 70-200, true or not?
And is there a Hydrophobia for the 70-200?
Thanks in advance for all your feedback!
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Richard Favinger Jr, Photographer
Pottstown | PA | USA | Posted: 8:55 AM on 11.07.08
->> Is there a Hydrophobia for the 70-200? No...
And the Hydrophobia will fit 300mm to 600mm... I own one, for my Nikon 300mm 2.8 S VR, and D2x / D3. I like it, it seems to work well, and be a good investment if you plan to get longer lenses later to "grow with".

Check out ThinkTanks videos on the Hydrophobia, it is very functional.

If ya want one for your 70-200, your stuck with AquaTech, for now.

Rich
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Dan Powers, Photographer
Appleton | WI | USA | Posted: 9:10 AM on 11.07.08
->> You can zoom with the 70-200 and an Aquatech. The key is that you have to take off the lens collar so that the fit isn't too snug...Dan.
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Steven Ickes, Photographer
Mechanicsburg | PA | USA | Posted: 1:36 PM on 11.07.08
->> Hydrophobia for the 400mm and Aqua Tech for 70-200. Both do what they are supposed to do but I wouldn't use anything but the Think Tank on my big lens because of the ease and convenience.
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Ken Charnock, Photographer
Mooresville | NC | United States | Posted: 11:47 PM on 11.07.08
->> I us the same as Steven above; Hydrophobia for the 300 2.8 and Aqua Tech for the 70-200. Both do work well, I do like the simplicity of the Hydrophobia for the 300, I'm hoping they make one for the 70-200?

Good luck!

Ken
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Paul Alesse, Photographer
Centereach | NY | USA | Posted: 12:00 AM on 11.08.08
->> With the ease and convenience of the hydro... there is really never a reason to take it off your camera.
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Scott Sewell, Photographer
Topeka | KS | USA | Posted: 10:55 AM on 11.08.08
->> I've used both covers for my 400/f2.8 and prefer the Think Tank. The Aquatech is nice, but the major difference is that you can keep the TT cover on your hood in anticipation of rain or foul weather, and then roll it back to the hood if the skies clear up. That's the deal breaker for me.
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Matt Brown, Photographer
Fullerton | CA | USA | Posted: 11:43 AM on 11.08.08
->> The Hydrophobia hands down!
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Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 12:16 PM on 11.08.08
->> I purchased a hydro a few weeks ago and it's the best (like all the products from TT). It's a little hard to roll back if it stops raining but otherwise it's a great investment.

My understanding is a hydro is in the works for a 70-200 so it may be worth the wait. If I were guessing I would bet it will have a unique design that allows you to use your 70-200 as a side-arm (like you normally would)when shooting outdoors. Not too many sports you would use the 70-200 by itself.

Finally, every TT product I own is well thought out and worth every penny. I'm sure if I was disapoointed they would refund my money with now questions. They're just that type of company (people) who have built their reputation on quality products, value, and customer service.

Hope that helps.
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Deanne Fitzmaurice, Photographer
San Francisco | CA | USA | Posted: 3:21 PM on 11.08.08
->> We showed the new Hydrophobia 70-200 to a number of photographers at Photokina from the EPA, DPA, etc and got very positive responses and feedback. The current planned introduction is in December.
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Chris Condon, Photographer, Photo Editor
Ponte Vedra Bch | FL | USA | Posted: 3:41 PM on 11.08.08
->> I agree that the Hydro is great for the long glass because its out of the way until you need it. The only suggestion I would make to Think Tank would be to make some kind of flap to cover the eyepiece when not shooting. That's the only thing that Aquatech has that I miss.
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Jack Gruber, Photographer
Fall Church | VA | USA | Posted: 9:33 PM on 11.08.08
->> Hyrdophobia
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David Manning, Photographer
Athens | GA | | Posted: 9:46 PM on 11.08.08
->> I've been using the Hydrophobia in real world, high school conditions over the past month.

Go Think Tank. Its simple and easy to use and well though out. An excellent product and i can't wait for the 80-200 version.

Aquatech is amazing but IMO ThinkTank is more practical for sideline usage and quick deployment.
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David Seelig, Photographer
Hailey | ID | USA | Posted: 11:00 PM on 11.08.08
->> Hyrdophobia since I switched I have not had rain once so go think tank.
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Marc F. Henning, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 12:13 AM on 11.11.08
->> i love my Hydrophobia. only had to use it on my 400 once so far, but it is a very functional lens raincoat. hats off to the staff at Think Tank for a wonderful design. the ability to attach it and then deploy it when needed is really cool. i know someone who has the Aquatech equivalent and he now wants to switch to the Hydrophobia.

my ONLY gripe is having to spend an additional $35 for the eyepiece you must have to hold the Hydrophobia in place on your camera body. i think such a small accessory should be included with the purchase.

marc
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Rodrigo Gaya, Student/Intern, Photo Editor
Miami/Ann Arbor | FL/MI | | Posted: 1:37 AM on 11.11.08
->> What about for wide angle lens? Im in the process of purchasing the FM Photography-Shutter Hat. Has anyone used these before?

They seem to cover everything yet the material looks pretty cheap.

-Rodrigo
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Michael L. Palmieri, Photographer
Barnegat | NJ | USA | Posted: 7:24 AM on 11.11.08
->> Will the Aquatech eyepiece work with the Hydrophobia? I am considering selling my Aquatech but would rather save that $35.
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Marc F. Henning, Photographer
Bentonville | AR | USA | Posted: 12:28 PM on 11.11.08
->> Michael,

the friend i spoke about in my previous post said the eyepiece for his Aquatech is the same and serves the same purpose as the Hydrophobia.

marc
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Patrick Fallon, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia | MO | USA | Posted: 12:29 PM on 11.11.08
->> Yeah I have both, interchangeable.

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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
Live HVN : Work SFO-NYC | | | Posted: 12:59 PM on 11.11.08
->> I have been using the Aquatech for both my 70-200f2.8 and 16-35f2.8 for a few years and find them both easy to use and very protective of my gear.
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Michael L. Palmieri, Photographer
Barnegat | NJ | USA | Posted: 2:07 PM on 11.11.08
->> Marc and Patrick -- thanks. I am considering selling my Aquatech to buy a Hydrophobia, so if that is the case, I will keep my AT eyepiece and skip buying a Think Tank one.

Patrick, since you have both systems, do you prefer one over the other?
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Patrick Fallon, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia | MO | USA | Posted: 2:45 PM on 11.11.08
->> I have the Hydrophobia for my 300mm and AT for my 70-200.

I like ease of being able to keep they hyrophobia on if I think there will be rain. The 70-200 is nice, but it is bulky and somewhat awkward, either on or off really. The AT has additional flaps on it, which are useful for when I have it on my shoulder so rain does not go into the eyepiece. The Hydrophobia does not have that.. but usually the camera is not on my shoulder.

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