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Feb 15, 2013 19:42 |  #16

That was with the 1.4x III uncropped from about 60 yards away.


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Feb 16, 2013 06:42 |  #17

Tapeman wrote in post #15614686 (external link)
That was with the 1.4x III uncropped from about 60 yards away.

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to get a 500 ii on loan from CPS.

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Some are with my 1.4 x ext ii but most without and all handheld. Its by far the best and sharpest lens I've had the joy to use. The only thing that bothers me is I am used to the flexibility of a zoom. If I'm going to drop an obscene amount of money on a lens I don't want any regrets. I know from use that is a stunning piece, but I can't help thinking I need to see the 200-400L in action before I commit. Your thoughts? :)




  
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Feb 16, 2013 09:27 |  #18

When the 200-400 finaly is released I'll be interested to see how it performs. However my lens budget is shot, and will be for quite a while.


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Feb 17, 2013 13:12 |  #19

butterfly2937 wrote in post #15613085 (external link)
I have a 300mm f/2.8 IS so that is making the decision harder. I plan to keep the 300 too. The weight and size of the 500mm is attractive but I feel I will always have a TC on it 99% of the time so that is why I am considering the 600mm. I see you have the 300mm too so I will be interested in your thoughts and review.

I can't comment about the combination of the 300 F2.8 L IS and the 500 F4, as I don't have a 500!
Up until recently I was using the 600 F4 L IS Mk1 with my 300 and found this to be a pretty good combination, except that the weight was rather restricting if carrying both. I recently traded my 600 to get an 800 F5.6 L IS and find this to be a better overall combination. The 800 gram weight saving makes a surprising difference to me!


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Feb 17, 2013 15:25 |  #20

johnf3f wrote in post #15620143 (external link)
I can't comment about the combination of the 300 F2.8 L IS and the 500 F4, as I don't have a 500!
Up until recently I was using the 600 F4 L IS Mk1 with my 300 and found this to be a pretty good combination, except that the weight was rather restricting if carrying both. I recently traded my 600 to get an 800 F5.6 L IS and find this to be a better overall combination. The 800 gram weight saving makes a surprising difference to me!

The new 600 f/4 II is lighter though 8.64 lbs. The 800mm is 9.9 lbs. Not by much but a little lighter. LOL


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Feb 18, 2013 15:52 |  #21

butterfly2937 wrote in post #15620613 (external link)
The new 600 f/4 II is lighter though 8.64 lbs. The 800mm is 9.9 lbs. Not by much but a little lighter. LOL

The 800 was 5000 pounds (sterling) lighter than than the 600 Mk2 as well as being 800 grams (physically) lighter than the 600 IS Mk1.
Hence my choice!
I would prefer a 600 Mk2 but I am running low on kidneys!


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Feb 18, 2013 19:53 |  #22

I went with the 400mm f2.8 II, my next will be the 600 f4. You got a very nice lens. :)


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Feb 18, 2013 20:19 |  #23

The 500 fits in my backpack along with 70-200, 3 TCs, and my 1D4.
I also carry a small shoulder bag with my 5D2, 16-35, 24-105, and a flash.
This gear goes with me everywhere.

I doubt I would always have the 600 with me.


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Feb 18, 2013 20:50 |  #24

Reading threads like this gets me excited thinking about the day I unbox one of these beauties for myself...

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Feb 21, 2013 17:18 |  #25

bps wrote in post #15625618 (external link)
Reading threads like this gets me excited thinking about the day I unbox one of these beauties for myself...

Bryan

If you are patient you can find some used bargains about. I have managed to pick up 3 Superteles (early 400 F2.8, 300 F2.8 L IS Mk1 and 800 F5.6 L IS) from a well known auction site for 30%+ less than the going auction rates by simply looking carefully, only bidding what it is worth to me and being patient. The last one is the hardest! Additionally if you cannot pick it up (and try it first) yourself then don't bid - Note all these 3 lenses were in better condition than described.
They were still a lot of money but going secondhand does bring the unboxing day closer!


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Feb 21, 2013 17:24 |  #26

John f3f My wife is Welsh and we visit Wales often. I think we will get there again this year. Maybe you could advise me about places to photograph wildlife on my next trip.


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Feb 22, 2013 17:19 |  #27

Tapeman wrote in post #15637373 (external link)
John f3f My wife is Welsh and we visit Wales often. I think we will get there again this year. Maybe you could advise me about places to photograph wildlife on my next trip.

I am far from an expert on locations but would be more than happy to help.
I live in one of the South Wales mining valleys - is this your wife's part of the world?


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Feb 22, 2013 19:34 |  #28

Actually she is from North Wales, Holywell. Not too far from Chester England. Her sister lives in Llandudno.


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