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Apr 16, 2015 14:23 |  #46

Just purchased the Sigma 150-600 C.... Super happy with it. It was my desired lens for wildlife/bird. I'm just super excited to learn with this awesome lens.


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Apr 26, 2015 15:50 |  #47

I started with EF300mm F4L IS with 1.4x II sold that set then bought Tamron 150-600mm a year ago and a few days ago pulled the trigger for the 500mm F4L hoping to received it this week.


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Apr 26, 2015 15:51 |  #48

Peter2516 wrote in post #17533409 (external link)
I started with EF300mm F4L IS with 1.4x II sold that set then bought Tamron 150-600mm a year ago and still loving it. But few days ago pulled the trigger for my dream lens the 500mm F4L hoping to received it this week.


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Apr 26, 2015 16:35 as a reply to  @ Peter2516's post |  #49

The 500 F4 is quite a big beastie but you will love the results!


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Apr 26, 2015 16:40 as a reply to  @ johnf3f's post |  #50

Thank you. I can't wait to have it. Honestly I never held this particular lens before so I am really excited.


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Apr 26, 2015 16:48 as a reply to  @ Peter2516's post |  #51

Assuming that it is the L IS Mk1 version then it is about 3.8 kilos in weight. That means that whilst it can be hand held very successfully for most of the time a good tripod and a decent gimbal head will be the order of the day.
Getting your new toy to where you want to shoot will take more effort than your Tamron - but the AF and IQ will more than make up for it! Additionally if you need a bit more reach the Canon 1.4 Mk2 and Mk3 extenders work well with this lens so long as the light is reasonable.
P.S. You will curse the weight and bulk, but I guarantee you will love this lens - you are moving into the 1st division with the 500.


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Apr 29, 2015 11:30 |  #52

Finally got the lens and this thing is a beast. Wow. I am one happy camper.


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Apr 30, 2015 00:05 |  #53

Congrats and welcome to the club Peter. The 500L (f4) is my preferred lens and all I want or need for the shooting I do. It took a bit of practice hand holding it for flight and action but the results can be amazing.


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Apr 30, 2015 01:44 |  #54

Nighthound wrote in post #17538001 (external link)
Congrats and welcome to the club Peter. The 500L (f4) is my preferred lens and all I want or need for the shooting I do. It took a bit of practice hand holding it for flight and action but the results can be amazing.

Thanks. I've been busy since I got it Monday but today I had a couple of hours to play with it, went to to see the Osprey nest not so far from my house. All i could say is wow, I am totally in love with this lens. Got it from a fellow potn member (Ed). Tried handholding it but I gave up after a few minutes :).


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Apr 30, 2015 01:45 |  #55

Current is the 200-400 1.4x

I'd like to get a 600 f4 IS II in the next year or so.

I have also been considering the new 100-400 as well to have something light which I can move around with quickly. Maybe pair it with the 7D2 as i sold my 7D or just use my 1D4, not sure.


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Jul 19, 2015 09:36 |  #56

I currently have the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 + 1.4 and 2x TCs. Would love a 600 f/4 II, if I could persuade the other half I should spend the money.




  
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Jul 25, 2015 21:40 |  #57

I'd really like to someday own the 1200mm


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Aug 06, 2015 09:15 |  #58

Another 400 mm f5.6 fan here.

I would love to have the fast 400 some day, but I don't know if will displace the 5.6 for BIF. I might hurt myself that way...  :p




  
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Aug 16, 2015 12:09 |  #59

The lens I use the most right now is my Nikon 70-300 VR. I love this lens. Sharp at 300 and wide open. Amazing lens especially considering the price. My wish lens, if money was not a issue would be a 500mm F4. With money being a issue in real life, I hope to raise enough to buy a Sigma or Tamron 150-600.


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Sep 15, 2015 09:44 |  #60

Heya,

Lately, been really putting some work in on my 200F2.8L prime with a 2.0x TC (400F5.6), shooting wide open. It's very compact (so small it fits in a lunch box attached to the camera!), all black (which I adore, less attention here in Florida at my coastal towns), and still has blazing fast AF and is sharp enough for me wide open still. I often use it from a kayak here on the ocean on the Gulf of Mexico for small shore line birds (less often for larger birds like Osprey or Pelicans, but sometimes I get those) and sometimes Egret & Heron. It's inexpensive, so if I trash it while on the water, I'm not dumping thousands into the ocean, literally.

But... the more I shoot on the water, and chase small birds, the more I realize I want more reach, faster aperture and higher resolution. If I can't get the reach (lord knows I want that 600 DO that's in the making!), if I had higher resolution I could at least get more pixels on target and crop which is still quite good for display. I'm currently using a 1D2 with 8MP, so moving to an 18MP resolution camera would give me more options for much less, than trying to get the equivalent gains in reach from a focal length. I definitely would LOVE to have a 400 DO. Sure, it's the same focal length, but F4 is even faster, and I gather it's going to be optically better than my hack-job setup right now. Plus it can still take a TC, and give me a 560mm F5.6 lens that is even more reach while still being light enough to hand hold from a kayak or from the water. And if I switch to APS-C from APS-H, I would have a really long reach with that setup, nearly equivalent to 900mm on full frame, which mainly would be helpful for the large birds like Osprey that I like to watch dive-fish. Problem is, I'm definitely not throwing $2k even at this. Which is why I'm still shooting an ancient 1D2 and my hack-job 200F2.8+2.0xTC (400F5.6) "boat birding" setup.

I think for the cost though, ultimately, if I ever do put more money into this particular setup, it will be to move to an APS-C body (likely just a 7D, original version) to gain a lot more resolution than I currently shoot with (8MP to 18MP) while keeping the good aggressive AF that I need on a boat, and if I ever stumble upon a 400 F4 DO lens, even an old one, I would love to get it, maybe around $2k, obviously would prefer less. As much as I want a 120-300 F2.8 OS, I know I won't want to handhold that from a kayak. So a 400 F4 DO (older, not the new one) with a 1.4x TC (maybe the Yongnuo one, it's new and basically as good as the Canon MKIII's) would be my next overall solution. 7D + 400 F4 DO + 1.4x TC. But, probably not going to happen with a stay at home wife & toddler currently, lol.

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