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Old 12th of August 2007 (Sun)   #1
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Default Canon 500 vs. 600 (again)

looks like my 500 is now sold (i am doing a favor to a friend and selling him mine when i go back home) so when i get back in 3 weeks, i will have the cash in hand to pick up a new 500mm F4. not sure why, but i have been thinking about maybe picking up a 600F4 instead. i would like to hear the opinions from people like morehtml, peteparker and all the other people that had a chance to use them both. i know all about the weight difference between the two but i also know that i have shot my 500mm handheld exactly one time and have no plans of doing that again.
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Default Re: Canon 500 vs. 600 (again)

Yea I have both. For birds if I plan on taking any handheld flight shots OR if I'm traveling on a plane I take the 500. Otherwise I almost always take the 600 90 percent of the time for birds.

If I'm shooting bigger wildlife I take the 600 and 300 2.8 if by car and the 300 and 500 if by air.

The 600 makes 44% more pixels on your target.

AF speed and sharpness is pretty much the same between the 2. 500 is VERY slightly sharper, not enough to sweat over. The 500 is easier to get sharp shots because you don't have as much focal length to worry about but with good technique the 600 works just as well.

600 is harder to shoot out car window but I still do it all the time and use a kirk window mount.

Most of the animals I shoot even deer, bear, etc the 600 is usually used if I go by car.

I can still handhold the 600 if need be.

As far as weight:

Here's my rig

1 Series - 2.56 Ib
Gitzo 1325 - 4.5 Ib
Wimbeley II - 3.15 Ib
Flash & Bracket + Batt pack & Batteries - estimated 3 Ib
Add 500/600 Lens - 8.5/11.8

As you can see the whole setup is

21.7 Ib with 500mm and
25 Ib with 600mm or 15% heavier which isn't the end of the world

In real world use you notice the bulky factor more.
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Default Re: Canon 500 vs. 600 (again)

wow, just what i was looking for Allen!! you even listed my entire rig specs so that is even better (we use the exact same setup)
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wow, just what i was looking for Allen!! you even listed my entire rig specs so that is even better (we use the exact same setup)
Cool if you need to see any side by side shots of the 300/500/600 or cases that are not covered on http://www.the-digital-picture.com/R...ns-Review.aspx

then let me know
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Default Re: Canon 500 vs. 600 (again)

actually, if you can post a few of the two of them laying on the floor side by side that would be great. also, what do you use for a bag for the 600 and can i see it in the bag compared to the 500?
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Default Re: Canon 500 vs. 600 (again)

Luky for you it's so hot I can't go out and shoot anything this afternoon because of the heat









Kinesis Bags. A little deceptive because the 600 bag will hold the lens + cam attached and the 500 will only hold the lens. While taking this picture though I toyed with it a bit and i think without the hood the 600 will actually fit in the 500 bag and I could pack the lens hood in a checked bag to fly if need be.
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holy crap that is a huge difference!!! i think that i am going to stick with the 500
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holy crap that is a huge difference!!! i think that i am going to stick with the 500
Blonde,

Thanks for starting this thread. I'm going for wildlife in NoCal soon, and have wanted a large prime for a little while now. No matter what I do my 1-400 dosn't reach out far enough even with T/C (and I lose autofocus too). I'm assuming my T/C will still allow autofocus with either of these two lenses.

Any way the info here is very pertintent to my decision.

BTW, I like Blonde's reviews.
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Default Re: Canon 500 vs. 600 (again)

Thanks for the reference, wasn't sure I put the lens coat on right
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Default Re: Canon 500 vs. 600 (again)

I use both regularly for sport, but I rarely shoot wildlife.

On larger football (AFL)/cricket fields I favour the 600/4 IS, but I prefer using the 500/4 IS on smaller fields as it is easier to acquire and frame moving targets.

For motorsport I prefer the 500/4 IS due to the fact that I spend all day walking around and the weight penalty of the 600/4 IS is higher, but for motorcycles I will normally put up with the weight and go for the 600/4 IS as the subjects are smaller and the races are shorter.

Sharpness is a dead heat from what I can tell. Both take TCs very well.

If I could only have one I would favour the 600/4 IS.
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cwphoto,

I'm coming around to your way of thinking.
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Default Re: Canon 500 vs. 600 (again)

I was asking about that many times here or on some forums, even blonde himself posted that he prefers 500, and i think he shouldn't change what he preferred, always he prefers something then after a while of usage he wants to try something new.
I will go direct for 600, just spending my vacation now and when back i will start to save for 600, not looking for handholding heavy lenses even that 300 which is the lighter than the others.

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Default Re: Canon 500 vs. 600 (again)

Yes, it is imperative that we never change our minds..
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Default Re: Canon 500 vs. 600 (again)

Good thread.

I just sold my 300 f/2.8, and was starting to research my next long lens. Those pictures of 500 vs 600 are excellent. The spec differences don't look as significant as the actual lenses side-by-side. That 600 is huge!

I'd like to see a DO version of the 600. I know it wouldn't accept TCs as well, but it might make a nice size/weight package. And would probably be fine at 600mm or 840mm. On the other hand, the price might be a bit scary (more so than the current 600).

Sigma doesn't make anything in these lengths with OS, do they? I think I'd love their 300-800 with OS, since my Zooms always seem to get the most usage.

Oh well. Thanks for getting this tread started. Glad to see the comparison between these two.

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Great thread BTW..

Cannot add anything to your thread Snir and you don't need telling how good both these giant lenses are..

Good luck with whatever you choose..
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