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Sep 12, 2016 11:29 |  #856

I have sooooo wanted to get the 600mm out on the water, but I can't make a tripod work :(

Even using the super wide Hobie Pro Angler I still can't get a tripod to work without modifying the boat. With that said, I shoot on lakes, ponds, and rivers and find many of my subjects to be in flight. A lot of them are even behind me. With a tripod in the mix I would miss a lot of shots. Even though I would love to have the extra reach I'm having to make due with a lowly 400mm f4 DO :p for the portability.

Hoosier - take this post as jealousy and a compliment!


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Sep 12, 2016 13:24 |  #857

I find a tripod far too restrictive in a kayak so I just handhold and try to keep my shutter speed over 1/1000. With 4-stop IS this works well, even with my 600mm and extenders.


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Sep 12, 2016 17:31 as a reply to  @ ShadowHillsPhoto's post |  #858

On occasion I will take my camera/lens off the tripod and hand hold it for BIF. Having it on a tripod I can still paddle one handed and still take photos.


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Sep 15, 2016 09:34 |  #859

Y'all are gutsy imo . Do you do anything to protect your gear in case of a dunking ?
Other than the obvious don't get it wet . Kudos




  
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Sep 15, 2016 16:27 |  #860

JPB the elder wrote in post #18128902 (external link)
Do you do anything to protect your gear in case of a dunking ?

YOLO! :-P


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Sep 16, 2016 07:58 |  #861

JPB the elder wrote in post #18128902 (external link)
Y'all are gutsy imo . Do you do anything to protect your gear in case of a dunking ?
Other than the obvious don't get it wet . Kudos

My Canon 7D, and 400mm F5.6 went swimming when my kayak hit a submerged tree limb about 2 years ago. The $800 lens is now a paper weight, and I covered up the camera in a tub of white rice for a month. Surprisingly after removing the camera, I turned it on and it still works. Having my gear insured made the accident a little less painful. My 500mm lens I keep in a dry bag when paddling to the location where I am going to be photographing.


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Sep 16, 2016 15:12 as a reply to  @ HoosierHorridus's post |  #862

I'm with you Jason. I wasn't comfortable in the bow of a charterd canoe with a 100-400, but that's was the only way to get close to the moose. When I went out in my own kayak, camera and lens were in a pelican case under my knees until I reached a spot to beach.


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Sep 16, 2016 16:39 |  #863

iPhone shots, haven't taken my camera out yet as it isn't insured.


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Sep 16, 2016 16:42 |  #864

Anyone any experience with these type of bags? Also I assume the quality of the photos will be hindered somewhat??

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Sep 16, 2016 17:14 |  #865

MRphotoIRE wrote in post #18130343 (external link)
Anyone any experience with these type of bags? Also I assume the quality of the photos will be hindered somewhat??

https://www.amazon.co.​uk …ID=41waXlLe92L&​ref=plSrch (external link)

They're awful for good photography. I tried it for a while with shorter telephoto primes, and it's terrible for AF and the quality is like using the cheapest filter around, only a bit worse even.

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Sep 16, 2016 18:35 |  #866

JPB the elder wrote in post #18128902 (external link)
Y'all are gutsy imo . Do you do anything to protect your gear in case of a dunking ?
Other than the obvious don't get it wet . Kudos

Poindexter wrote in post #18129308 (external link)
YOLO! :-P

I wasn't 100% kidding when saying "You Only Live Once." I have various Overboard Dry Bags (external link) that are used when entering and exiting the kayak....and when beer thirty hits ;)

The 7DII + 100-400mm II fits snugly in a 15L bag. The 7DII + 400mm DO fits in a long 20L bag with the hood reversed. I'll stick the Phantom 4 drone into a 35L bag.

When underway I keep the camera at the ready in my lap. The dry bag is just there for when I'm not shooting.


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Sep 16, 2016 19:11 |  #867

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Sep 17, 2016 08:02 |  #868

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Sep 17, 2016 12:54 |  #869

MalVeauX wrote in post #18130363 (external link)
They're awful for good photography. I tried it for a while with shorter telephoto primes, and it's terrible for AF and the quality is like using the cheapest filter around, only a bit worse even.

Very best,

Thought as much. Have a dry bag and must update the insurance. Thanks for the heads up.


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Sep 17, 2016 12:59 |  #870

Maybe also practice treading water in the swimming pool with a 10 pound dumbbell held above your head! ;)


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