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Canon 500mm, 600mm and 800mm owners and potential buyers please respond.

 
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Jan 27, 2009 09:56 |  #31

I'm planning on picking up a 500L, hopefully in the next few months. I've been shooting tons with my 100-400L, and find myself needing some reach after 400mm. If i had a 600L, i think it would be over-reaching for my needs.


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Jan 27, 2009 11:35 |  #32

AdamJL wrote in post #7197356 (external link)
I'm not sure I'd sell the 300 for anything. It's too good. Optically superior to the 500 without a doubt.
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I'd have to agree with this (substituting 600 for 500 above).

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Jan 27, 2009 11:55 as a reply to  @ post 7197356 |  #33

I was in the same posision as you last year apart from the 800 dont interest me, I opted for the 500 and when needed I can hand hold it.


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Jan 27, 2009 13:03 |  #34

in my opinion after using the 500 for 2 years and the 600 for about a month, the 500 F4 IS is the most versatile and practical of them all. btw,. i now shoot my 500 + 1.4x handheld about 98% of the time....




  
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Jan 27, 2009 13:25 |  #35

I am 6' 180lb in shape and couldn't imagine a real "hike" with the 600 f4 and appropriate equipment. I would rather hike myself a little further with the 4005.6 to get the shot.


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Jan 27, 2009 13:40 |  #36

I sold my EF 300/2.8 L IS lens when money got tight. Unless you also do sports and have need of a 300/2.8 do not get it for birding. Do not buy any lens that you plan on only using with a TC. If torn between 2 lenses, get the longer one even if it is slower. Of course, I now have a 300/2.8 again but this time a Tamron.


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Jan 27, 2009 13:55 |  #37

Why not the 400 2.8 ? Price, weight? Honestly, if I had the money I'd go with it. It's more versatile. You could go with 400 at 2.8 or with the 1.4x TC you get a 560 f/4 or with the 2x TC you get an 800 f/5.6. It just about meets or beats most of the other lenses and TC combos on a FL to aperture basis while still maintaining AF on all bodies.

Now you don't want to hand hold the 400 2.8 but I don't think you want to hand hold the 500 f/4 either. Have you tried it? It's big enough that I wouldn't use it without a monopod.




  
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Jan 27, 2009 14:07 as a reply to  @ gooble's post |  #38

Bought the entire Fleet..!

It was a very hard decision etc, etc, and all the pundits have there Point of View. So what I did was just buy the entire current Canon Lineup of Super telephotos and now I dont have to ask on what one I should snag..!

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Jan 27, 2009 14:08 as a reply to  @ gooble's post |  #39

I have a 300 2.8 since 2 years, I had a 500 that i used for 70 % with 1.4 and another 15 % with 2.0. Recently I sold the 500 to replace it with the 800 5.6

The 500 is a superb lens but i do not regret i sold it and bought a 800 mm

For hiking and international flights I use the 300 2.8 + 1.4 (excellent wide open) and 2.0 (very good at f8). I would never sell the 300 mm. Very handholdable for BIF's. I have less or almost no need to use the 800 with 1.4. Bare lens is always better. If you can afford it for me the ideal combination of superteles is 300 + 800 + extenders.

You never have enough reach if you are using 1.3 and full frame body's.
I'm just struggling to find the ideal travel/backpack that can take the 800 mm

The above represents my experiences so far

Arhur Morris has some interesting bulletins and has recently reviewed the 800 mm

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Jan 27, 2009 14:49 as a reply to  @ romulus_be's post |  #40

You'll always want more

I've had my 500/4 for 4 years and dragged it on dozens of airplanes and 100's of miles of hikes (though admittedly never more than 3-4 miles at a time). I'm pretty sure that would have been impossible with the next size up in the elephantine Canon arsenal.

But yeah, the EF1.4II pretty much lives on it and if someone offered me a straight trade for a 600/4IS I would probably be unable to resist the temptation.

In a perfect (i.e. lottery winning) world, I would keep the 500/4 for birding + hiking and get a 800/5.6 for car based shooting (or very short walks). I kind of think of the 600 as a compromise - not nearly as hand holdable or hikeable as the 500, but not as good as the 800 when used with an extender to get the same effective focal length.




  
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Jan 27, 2009 15:19 |  #41

Bulbmogul wrote in post #7199287 (external link)
It was a very hard decision etc, etc, and all the pundits have there Point of View. So what I did was just buy the entire current Canon Lineup of Super telephotos and now I dont have to ask on what one I should snag..!

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Jan 27, 2009 16:24 |  #42

Bulbmogul wrote in post #7199287 (external link)
It was a very hard decision etc, etc, and all the pundits have there Point of View. So what I did was just buy the entire current Canon Lineup of Super telephotos and now I dont have to ask on what one I should snag..!

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Wow....just...WOW

how is the 400 DO?


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Jan 27, 2009 17:06 |  #43
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KenjiS wrote in post #7200136 (external link)
Wow....just...WOW

how is the 400 DO?


I think one lens is missing...not sure which one...:)


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Jan 27, 2009 17:12 |  #44

TooManyShots wrote in post #7200402 (external link)
I think one lens is missing...not sure which one...:)

The 1200mm


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Jan 27, 2009 17:32 |  #45

While I don't have the 500 L or the 800 L, I do have the 600 L and a couple of spare 500s, one a Leitz Mirror and the other a Sigma 150-500 OS. I also have a 400 L, first generation, no IS. The 400 and the 600 are about the same weight, neither are any fun to carry with a monopod or a tripod and both benefit from using a gimbal head. I have never shot the 400 handheld but I have shot the 600 handheld when a bird did something interesting before I could haul out the tripod from the back of my Jeep.

Luminous Landscape did a review where the author decided on the 500 as the best of the choices, good with extenders, yet light enough to haul around and even shoot by hand.

Yet we never seem to have enough reach. Those extenders keep going on whatever is hanging on the tripod, even the 600. The new 800 is a bit lighter and considering that the 600 usually has the 1.4 on, you lose nothing but money by getting the 800.

On the other hand, since these things are heavy anyway and a tripod is better if not absolutely necessary, the Sigma 300-800 is very appealing because finding those flitting little twerps in the bushes is hard to do with a prime lens. It's easy to use the 120-300 Sigma zoom to find a critter and zoom in, perhaps the 300-800 would prove nearly as useful.


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