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Dec 09, 2013 03:33 |  #226

Is it as hand-holdable as the 500 f4 IS?


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Dec 09, 2013 03:37 |  #227

Neilyb wrote in post #16512785 (external link)
Is it as hand-holdable as the 500 f4 IS?

In my opinion and for me yes its about the same. I would not shoot handheld with 500 MK II if I want keepers.


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Dec 10, 2013 12:06 |  #228

EF 200-400 is a bit soft, don't you think?

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Dec 10, 2013 12:25 |  #229

^ it's like watercolor painting. :lol:


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Dec 10, 2013 15:55 |  #230

Neilyb wrote in post #16512785 (external link)
Is it as hand-holdable as the 500 f4 IS?

Yes. I do it frequently. The 200-400 is slightly lighter than the 500mm f/4.0 (not the new mk II). I've shot all day at air shows handholding the 500.

Example of the 200-400 handheld.


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Dec 10, 2013 23:41 |  #231

Example of the 200-400 handheld. 2xIII extender attached, internal 1.4 not used. Only 630mm, did not need that reach for this shot.


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Dec 11, 2013 03:08 |  #232

Zethar wrote in post #16439560 (external link)
Good looking shots. IQ looks terrific.

Can you fellas with this lens tell me how difficult/easy it is to handhold this lens. Could you fellas walk around with it for a few hours on a Black rapid strap?

Thanks in advance.

It's doable, but I don't think it would be any fun. I haven't used the Black Rapid type of straps, so I can't comment on that, but I wouldn't love having something that long and heavy hanging on my side. A challenge is where you put this thing when you're not shooting (i.e. I wouldn't want to put it on the ground). To date, I've mostly shot with a tripod so that the set up can just sit there when I'm not shooting. At the very least, I would say you would notice the weight after a few minutes (whereas for something like the 70-200 2.8, the weight would not be that noticeable).

I'm not a small fellow and although the lens could be handheld, I wouldn't want to do it. Same thing for groceries...I could carry them home, but I'd much rather throw it in the back of my vehicle.

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With no hood on it looks much more manageable....not that size is what's keeping me from buying it...rather the fact that I'd have to sell most of my gear to buy it.... :(

Without the lens hood, the lens is does not seem big at all. I was very surprised at the size when I first got this lens.


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Dec 11, 2013 03:19 |  #233

JBillings wrote in post #16516995 (external link)
Yes. I do it frequently. The 200-400 is slightly lighter than the 500mm f/4.0 (not the new mk II). I've shot all day at air shows handholding the 500.

Example of the 200-400 handheld.

Excellent, I hand hold my 500 quite alot, this is good news but I am still waiting for that big price drop ;)


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Dec 11, 2013 07:18 |  #234

Neilyb wrote in post #16518166 (external link)
Excellent, I hand hold my 500 quite alot, this is good news but I am still waiting for that big price drop ;)

I don't think that will ever happen. Canon don't need to drop the price as there is no rival at all.


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Dec 16, 2013 10:05 |  #235

Anyone know if this lens is available as a CPS Equipment Loaner yet? I'm thinking not, heh, but I sent an email to them anyway (it's not on their online list yet). Would love to take this along with a loaner 1DX to the Pole Vault Summit in Reno in January. I know faster fixed lenses would be better but I'm a spectator, not press, and I'm not sure where I'll end up for photographs - so the flex of the zoom would be great.


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Dec 16, 2013 10:58 |  #236

CPS loaners are good for only one week now. Would that give you enough time? You probably need to just rent the lens. :D


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Dec 16, 2013 13:28 |  #237

10 days, actually. Woot Woot! I've got one coming from CPS along with a 1DX! :D


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Dec 17, 2013 02:50 |  #238

tommykjensen wrote in post #16518357 (external link)
I don't think that will ever happen. Canon don't need to drop the price as there is no rival at all.

I had hope, now all I have is dreams :(


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Dec 19, 2013 14:49 |  #239

Crapola. I may have to cancel my loaner. My insurance doesn't cover loaners and CPS doesn't insure it either. I can't afford to his this lens stolen from my hotel room. :(


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Dec 20, 2013 10:56 |  #240

Neilyb wrote in post #16518166 (external link)
Excellent, I hand hold my 500 quite alot, this is good news but I am still waiting for that big price drop ;)


Here's a couple of samples from last night, both handheld. The first one is at 262mm the second at 400mm, both 1/1000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 12,800, 1Dx


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