A while back I wrote a post about the camera lens mug available on Photojojo. I was pretty excited with idea of the mug, and the guys at LensMug offered to send me one so I could see what the fuss was all about.
LensMug has a pretty extensive selection of different options to choose from in both Canon and Nikon varieties. I opted for the Canon 24-70mm zoomable thermos lens mug simply because I love Canon, and I wanted to see how the zoom capability stood up in mug form.
The mug comes in a box that looks like an authentic camera lens box, save for the phrase “Lenscup” on the side. Definitely a nice touch if you were giving the cup as a gift. The mug itself looks super authentic to a point that if I didn’t know it was a mug I would easily pick it up and throw it in my camera bag.
The inside of the cup is metal to keep your drink warm, but the outside is all plastic, much like a traditional camera lens. The AF/MF switch moves back and forth, and you can “zoom” the cup lens much like you can a traditional lens, however, the lens will not stay extended while the cup is full of liquid.
I work from home, so I don’t do a whole lot of travel beverages. I took the cup with me on a few coffee shop adventures over the past weeks and drank out of it while I was working from a cafe. At least once each trip someone stopped me to ask where I got the mug, and to have a conversation about it – it’s certainly a conversation piece, and a quick way to make friends.
If you’re looking for something to take with you, the Canon mug fit in the cup holder of my car, and when I did take a drink home with me, it did a solid job of keeping it warm. That said, it’s only 12oz so you’re not gonna be taking a whole lot of liquid around with you.
A LensMug like my zoomable Canon version will run you $34.95, a bit pricey for mug, but totally worth it for a huge photography fan. The site also has a few less expensive options, as well as a few larger (and more expensive) thermos’ available.
What do you think? Could you see yourself toting around one of these mugs?