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Dec 08, 2014 14:40 |  #31

500 f/4 IS but for versatility I am impatiently waiting for the arrival of my new 100-400 II as the 200-400 will remain a dream.




  
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Jan 02, 2015 13:01 |  #32

I'm just like everyone else: The 100-400mm.

I've even gone as far as to register my email with Canon Price Watch, hoping that i'll eventually score a deal.




  
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Jan 04, 2015 20:28 |  #33

photographer unknown wrote in post #17320931 (external link)
500 f/4 IS but for versatility I am impatiently waiting for the arrival of my new 100-400 II as the 200-400 will remain a dream.

Could not have said it better


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Jan 04, 2015 22:11 |  #34

My preferred lens is my 28-135mm IS kit. I'm happy with the sharpness for the most part, just want something much longer so my dream lens is Sigma's 150-600mm Contemporary version when it's available which I am currently saving up for.


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Jan 05, 2015 17:31 |  #35

I am currently using the Canon 300 F2.8 L IS and the Canon 800 F5.6 L IS but, with the necessary accessories, this is quite a heavy setup!
I like the idea of a Canon 600 Mk2, but would have to rely on extenders more, and the new 400 DO looks interesting - but expensive! I have tried the Canon 200-400 (lovely lens!) but it is too short compared to Canon's 600/800 mm offerings and too big/heavy compared to the 300 F2.8 or 400 DO for my uses.
Quite fancying the new 100-400 or the 400 F5.6 for when I need mobility, I would prefer the 400 DO Mk2 but it is a LOT of pennies!


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Jan 05, 2015 18:49 |  #36

I recently purchased a used 400 f/5.6L and it's been a successful addition.

I am about 5 weeks away from getting the 100-400ii.... what I don't know is if I'll hang on to both of them or not. The 400 is very light and easy to position and focus on birds in flight. I don't know how easy this will be with the 100-400ii...... then there is the IS on the ii. That might be a game changer, even for birds in flight. The panning mode is reported to work very well.


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Jan 18, 2015 06:57 |  #37

Heya,

Currently using a Tamron 150-600mm lens with 1DMKII, handheld works great, light setup for it's speed and reach.
I carry a 200 F2.8L prime with me for the super low light stuff. And a 2.0x TC, for a 400 F5.6 on the fly if needed that is tiny and weighs nothing.

Lens I want? Unaffordable. I keep swinging back and forth looking at an old used 400 F2.8 (to have F2.8, 560 F4 and 800 F5.6 as options) or an old 500 F4 (with 700 F5.6 as an option). With those lenses, I don't care about weight as I'm not going to hand hold them with a 1D attached and expect to be ok for all day. I'll be on a tripod/gimbal at that point. Why do I want these? Every stop matters for ISO usage and depth of field is a look that you can try to mimic digitally, but I prefer to not have to do that. I'm often shooting at ISO 1600 on any camera I'm using with my 600mm at F8 to keep a fast shutter (greater than 1/1000s, preferably closer to 1/2000s). And when I'm under canopy, I have to entertain 2 more stops of ISO and VC on the lens just to get something that isn't a blur, in dark Florida marsh forests. Then again, I'm not sure I want to stomp around with a super heavy setup, tripod, gimbal, etc, and sit in the mosquitos and heat. I like to be very mobile. But I can't afford these lenses at $8~10k, so probably not a worry in reality.

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Jan 30, 2015 23:07 |  #38

I currently use the 800mm which I absolutely love but sometimes it is a real pain to hall around and to track BIF. I borrowed the 200-400mm f4 from CPS last summer and this would be my lens of choice if I could afford it. It is very sharp and one of the fastest lenses I have ever used. I would probably consider trading the 800mm for one if I could.


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Feb 03, 2015 14:05 as a reply to  @ post 17213331 |  #39

The same as CyberDyne said at the top. Love the 500mm f/4L and as I have gotten older would love to drop that pound and a half by getting the 500mm f?4 L II.


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Mar 04, 2015 17:51 |  #40

For BIF I prefer the 400 f5.6L, it's light, quick focusing, and sharp. For stationary birds I'll use the 300 f2.8L with 2x or 500 f4L with 1.4x.


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Mar 24, 2015 18:55 |  #41

I use my 70-200L right now but will quickly be moving to the Tamron 150-600 learning curve!!!

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Apr 14, 2015 08:14 |  #42

I'm shopping ~

Once imported into Lr5 I seem to heavily crop 70-80% of my 300mm shots...

I can't afford the 100-400 II, so I'm awaiting reviews of the new Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary and then compare versus the Tamron. I will buy the winner.

On paper the Sigma has a handful of feature advantages. I did try a guy's Tamron for 5 minutes out in the field, and it would take getting accustomed to the reverse zoom rotation


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Apr 15, 2015 07:28 |  #43

Just getting into bird photography with 100-400L II; so far so good.

If I get more seriesly with birds later, 600L II for sure. Try 200-400L & 500L II once, like 500L more. 600L II with 1.4x should be killer combo :-)


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Apr 16, 2015 01:35 |  #44

Ugh,

Revising mine.

I keep ending up in situations where I just wish I had weather seals in everything. I constantly flirt with a Pentax setup because I can get a decent K5-IIs and a 300mm F4, both of which together are as weather sealed as it gets, for less than $1500. Shooting in decent light, here in Florida, it should give enough pop when I'm boating, kayaking, etc. Mostly salt water fowl. And enough speed and ISO for the dark canopies of the rivers I frequent for stationary birds like herons.

I wish I could just make my 200 F2.8L weather resistant to couple with my 1D2. Or I wish there were an affordable 300mm or 400mm F4 prime that was weather resistant that was affordable.

I just want something that can function in the salt spray without worrying, but without it being a crazy price tag, so it looks like I won't be able to do with Canon.

Maybe one day in my crazy future I'll add some Pentax gear to my current line up. Sigh.

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Apr 16, 2015 07:40 |  #45

Bought the Sigma 150-600mm (C) yesterday :-P :rolleyes:


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