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Dec 11, 2011 19:19 as a reply to  @ post 13525887 |  #436

Did you pull the trigger on it?!


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Dec 11, 2011 19:47 |  #437

Goincarcrazy wrote in post #13529099 (external link)
Did you pull the trigger on it?!

What if I was to "die wondering"? No point in that, so yes, I pulled the trigger! :D

Went over to the neighbouring province on Saturday and had a look at it...Canon code stamp says its from 2006, in immaculate condition. Actually I found it front focuses a hair, but absolutely consistently so I have no doubt my micro adjustment can fix that.

Man, though, you guys must all be he-men....it's a real beast, is it not! I am robust enough still to lug it around, but a bit of gym work wouldn't go amiss! I'm thankful for my daily walks in the hills with my dogs.

I know there will be a big learning curve to get the best out of it...I doubt I'll be matching yours or many others here for a while, but will make some contributions when I can. I'll be picking it up on Thursday, so expect a pic or two sometime in the next week! :cool:


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Dec 11, 2011 21:24 |  #438

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Oh. My. Goodness.

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Dec 11, 2011 23:03 as a reply to  @ bps's post |  #439

yeah its a pain to lug, but I've come to like it more these days when I gave up toting a tripod along with it. My last few submissions have all been handheld. I can't stand this lens on a tripod, it limits me so much. It's a heck of a work out, but believe it or not, you get used to it... and I will say, the handle is VERY comfy to hold the whole setup by as you're walking.

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Dec 11, 2011 23:08 |  #440

well done mate, you mean you prefer handheld than on tripod :o.


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Dec 11, 2011 23:41 as a reply to  @ commonjunks's post |  #441

Thanks! And yes, I much prefer to handhold this thing rather than use a tripod when I'm out hiking or walking around. I'm building my stamina for a trip down to Paynes Prairie in Gainesveille, FL where I'll be walking for about 4 hours with this thing. we'll see how that goes! Just in training. I'm up to 2.5 hours without much fatigue...haha.


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Dec 11, 2011 23:55 as a reply to  @ Goincarcrazy's post |  #442

i can only salute you, i can handheld for a few seconds.


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Dec 12, 2011 00:56 as a reply to  @ commonjunks's post |  #443

Well hey, when you don't have the money for a nice Gitzo tripod and all you have is an old 10lb Bogen 3046 with 13lbs worth of gear attached, you learn to cut out half the weight and just learn to stabilize on your own. I tend to kneel on my right knee quite a bit and hold the lens near its balance point while my left elbow rest on my left thigh. If I had to hold this sucker up free handed, I can do it for MAYBE 30 seconds before no amount of IS could ever help me.

There have been many times I've thought of about going over to the 500mm camp, and I still might, but I want to get through this season with it and really try to make friends. Sometimes it makes it hard, but the results are amazing when you get along!


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Dec 12, 2011 02:36 |  #444

commonjunks wrote in post #13530322 (external link)
i can only salute you, i can handheld for a few seconds.

Me too!

Well Carcrazy is stronger and probably a fair bit younger than I am. I tried a couple of shots hand held when I gave the lens a try-out, and they were sharp, but I wasn't under any stress at the time. I suspect I will come up with a way to support the beast without restricting my movements too much.

Commonjunks...what support do you use...your bird shots are terrific.


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Dec 12, 2011 05:09 |  #445

Ricardo222 wrote in post #13530705 (external link)
Me too!

Well Carcrazy is stronger and probably a fair bit younger than I am. I tried a couple of shots hand held when I gave the lens a try-out, and they were sharp, but I wasn't under any stress at the time. I suspect I will come up with a way to support the beast without restricting my movements too much.

Commonjunks...what support do you use...your bird shots are terrific.

Ricardo, for me Tripod and Wimberley head.


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Dec 12, 2011 14:59 |  #446

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Ricardo, for me Tripod and Wimberley head.

Thanks.

Will see what I can find in a gimbal head that I can afford just now...the bank balance looks a little lean after buying this lens!
Fortunately my tripod is rated for a load of 26 pounds, and has a very solid feel about it, specially when not fully extended.


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Dec 12, 2011 15:09 as a reply to  @ Ricardo222's post |  #447

Hey Common (or anyone really), do you just sit in one spot and wait for the birds to come to you, or do you go walking and the birds just happen to be behaving nicely for you to snap pics?


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Dec 12, 2011 20:21 |  #448

Goincarcrazy wrote in post #13533515 (external link)
Hey Common (or anyone really), do you just sit in one spot and wait for the birds to come to you, or do you go walking and the birds just happen to be behaving nicely for you to snap pics?

It never happen :), we have to run around and there are fallen trees on ground have to make your way around or jump over :). But i don't have mountains here so yah i don't have to climb steep slops ;).


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Dec 14, 2011 11:01 |  #449

Sit for a little while, then move around, sit for awhile, then move around and so on.

Goincarcrazy wrote in post #13533515 (external link)
Hey Common (or anyone really), do you just sit in one spot and wait for the birds to come to you, or do you go walking and the birds just happen to be behaving nicely for you to snap pics?


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Dec 17, 2011 23:03 |  #450

Took us around 5 hours to sit and wait for only 1 minute appearance ;).

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